If you’re new to 99designs, you may not yet know about one of our customers’ very favorite features: the poll! At any point during the entry submission contest, contest holders can create a poll featuring up to eight designs and invite anyone they like to weigh in by rating designs on a 5-star scale and making comments. (Click here for instructions.)

From time to time, 99designs sponsors fun themed contests for our design community, and asks our customers and the public to vote on the finalists. Here’s your chance! In our latest contest, the Political Parties Logo Redesign Contest, we asked designers to come up with inspired new logos for the Republican and Democratic Parties. More than 1,100 awesome designs poured in.

Selecting the top 8 designs — 4 Democratic Party logos and 4 Republican Party logos — was certainly not easy. However, the following logos ultimately stood out from the crowd for their unique and thoughtful concepts, memorable personalities and careful executions. Take a look at the designs and the stories behind them below, and then cast your vote for the winners!


Design by n4t — Depok, Indonesia
Previous projects won: 74
Summary: Bowler hat — an iconic and dignified symbol for the people, harkening back to the days of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the only Democratic president to serve four terms.


Design by rotred — Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
Previous projects won: 52
Summary: The letter “d”/fingers in the “a-ok” formation/donkey viewing its own tail. The designer’s explanation: “If we look at the past, we can see a vision of the future.”


Design by Ajoy Paul — Durgapur, India
Previous projects won: 3
Summary: Hourglass — The designer’s explanation: “Conservative politics sometimes feels like a clock running in reverse…this design shows that the proper progression of time is on the side of the Democratic Party.”



Design by dasx — New York, NY, USA
Previous projects won: 21
Summary: The letter “R” stands atop the elephant’s circus platform, which can also evoke the platforms on which politicians traditionally deliver speeches. (Infer from this what you will!)


Design by alexspec — Constanta, Romania
Previous projects won: 27
Summary: Telescope — The designer’s explanation: “The goal of any party in power should be scientific progress. Richard Nixon (a Republican) was in office during the first ever manned moon landing, in 1969. This logo brings that back to mind.”


Design by happiness4every1 — Ubud, Indonesia
Previous projects won: 4
Summary: Rearing elephant/the letters “REP” — a more dynamic and engaging variant of the current squat elephant featured in the Republican logo.


Design by JacobParr — Northwood, OH, USA
Previous projects won: 12
Summary: Elephant/apostrophe — The designer’s explanation: “This typographic symbol (comma, apostrophe, quotations) implies that there is more to be said, that there is more to the party than just what is on the surface. It not only symbolizes strong public speaking, but also beckons the public to ‘read further’ and get involved.”


Quite a step up from the current symbols, eh? In the spirit of democracy, we have opened the polls to the general public — the election of a winner is in YOUR hands! Step into the polling booth and cast your ballot for what you think is the BEST Democratic Party and Republican Party re-design!

VOTE HERE: http://99designs.com/logo-design/vote-qpuqno