Winning T-Shirt Design #43 by bloc

sxsw43 - blocThe votes are in and we want to send a big thank you to everyone who participated in the SXSW T-Shirt Design project at The project was a HUGE success producing some truly amazing designs.

We want to send a special congratulations to bloc!

Your design received the most votes and will be printed and sold at SXSW 2010 in Austin, Texas March 12th – 21st.

The Other Finalists

Listed in the order of most votes received:

Design #210 by suanggi

SXSW210 - suanggi

Design #491 by TNT Escapist

SXSW491-TNT Escapist

Design #415 by DerKater

sxsw415 - DerKater

Design #199 by lancerfour

SXSW199 - lancerfour

All 658 designs submitted can be viewed at HERE


Our friends at Yola have come to because they need some really cool, single page web templates created.

They have committed to awarding THREE winners…

BUT they WILL award more if there are some really great designs.

***UPDATE*** Congratulations to all 34 winners!

This project is a great opportunity because there is the potential for many designs to be selected.

Each winner will be paid $250.

***Please read the brief here***

Designers – interested in redesigning a fleet of installation vans for one of the largest providers of satellite television in the United States?

Your designs would literally cover thousands of vans all across America!

5 winners will be awarded $2,500 each for a total of $12,500.

***Please read the brief here***


It’s time to choose the winner of the SXSW T-Shirt Design Project! The winning design will be printed and sold at SXSW 2010!

UPDATE: Voting Closed 11/20/09 – Winners to be announced

First off – I want to send my congratulations to everyone who participated. The designs are seriously Kick Ass! I know the good folks at SXSW had real trouble narrowing it down to just these 5 designs.

Here’s How You Vote

– Take a close look at the top 5 designs shown below.

– You can click each design to enlarge it so you can really soak it in.

– Choose your favorite design on the ballot here > VOTE HERE

The Top 5 Designs

In no particular order…

Design #199 by lancerfour

SXSW199 - lancerfour

Design #491 by TNT Escapist

SXSW491-TNT Escapist

Design #210 by suanggi

SXSW210 - suanggi

Design #43 by bloc

sxsw43 - bloc

Design #415 by DerKater

sxsw415 - DerKater

Voting will end on Friday, November 20th at 5:00 pm PT




***All 658 designs submitted can be seen HERE.


I recently spoke with Valerie Johnson, founder of Big Feet Pajama Company, to discuss why she has returned to time and time again when she needs custom graphic design work done. Over the past year, Valerie has used for custom logo design, web design and a host of other design needs for her business.

What brought you to 99designs?

In this economic climate we don’t have the need for a full time in-house designer, and designers are looking to find projects to work on to make some extra money…So your site is great on both sides. Through 99designs we have created a new logo, a whole new web site, some print collateral…in fact I’ll be running a new project in a month or so for a four page brochure that I’ll use at some upcoming trade shows.

Logo Design


What do you love most about getting design work done at

When you hire one designer, either in-house or on a project basis, you only get their design aesthetic and are really stuck with their concept or vision. With the help of 99designs – you get ideas from so many different people. So what you may have had in your head as far as the concept, you might scrap once you see someone else’s vision.

That’s what I really like – is having so many different options to choose from. In fact the designers who have won my projects have been from all over – some from Bulgaria, the United States, Indonesia… so its really been interesting.

Web Design


Here’s some of the other design work Valerie has had done at 99designs

Postcard Design


Button Design for Website



Day in and day out we are blown away by the talent of the design community at Here are just a few of our favorite designs from the past month (in no particular order):

Design Highlights

9 thumbnail images of logo and web page designs from

  1. InZania web page design by Entertica
  2. Fish on Fire logo design by Ulahts
  3. Kona Jazz Festival logo design by Bold_Estudio
  4. Hanger Alley logo design by Oliva
  5. W1 logo design by Terry Bogard
  6. Chimera Capital logo design by Wizmaya
  7. Andi Gladwin web page design by Lene
  8. logo design by Ink
  9. QFeeder web page design by Pdesignstudio

Which designs from the community have caught your eye?

Leave a comment and let us know.


Terry Bogard

Designer Profile

S. Riz – Toronto, Canada
99designs handle: Terry Bogard
Projects entered: 594
Projects won: 54

How did you get started in design?

Well I remember in school, my classroom’s bulletin board was filled with my drawings. My mom did quite a bit of drawing and my father was a very good poet, so I think I was born with the artist genes. Plus, I was lucky enough to have a lot of creative friends. One of my friends and I used to sketch fighting game characters and made storyboards for games just for fun. The first creative competition I ever entered was to design (shape) a game console for a worldwide contest. Later in 1993 when ATARI Jaguar (game console) was launched, I was happy to see that the design actually had a little bit of the angles I proposed. This alone felt like an achievement and motivated me to do small identity design projects from time to time. Later on I started working with a design studio where I learned more about identity design and market dynamics. That was the start of it really. I have no formal design education or background- I am self-taught.

Park Avenue

How do you get your inspiration?

I think inspiration can come from anywhere – from an individual atom to the entire universe and everything in between. It’s all about observation and bringing your memory of visuals together FOR the right brand, AT the right time, WITH the right combination(s) and WHEN the need arises. But that does not mean that I’m just another creative junkie who is waiting for his next design hallucination. There is a process that formulates this creativity.

I think a product has both functional and emotional attributes. The functional attributes are the brand’s promise to its consumers, while the window to its emotional attributes is what design is really all about. Although design process will vary depending on the project, my most basic practice is to do a 20 second visual check where I brainstorm the keyword(s) that best describe the business or project I am working on. The idea is to know what emotions those keywords generate and what image those emotions translate into from a consumer standpoint.

What led you to start using

I was at my office desk randomly looking at designs on to pass some time, when I came across I thought it was a great idea for both businesses and designers to come together on a platform that offers creativity from around the globe. I participated in a few contests just for fun and noticed that my designs were getting a lot of attention. I pretty much felt the same as I did when I entered the video game console-design contest back in my teens. After my first several contests I won one, and that’s when I started doing it more and more. Since then, the experience has been phenomenal and there has been a huge learning curve throughout. Watching the world design has helped me improve and deliver better each and every time. 50% of the projects that I won ended up with follow-on work. In fact there were times when even though I did not win, I was contacted and offered work. It helped me build a great portfolio and understand market dynamics. I have also made many friends from all over the world who have been extremely helpful and very appreciative. These are all very talented people with very respectful and professional attitude for the trade. I think 99designs is the only site that I have seen with so many contests running at the same time, so it’s a big opportunity to make money too.


What are the three most important things that designers can do to have success at

I get asked this question a lot via private message but nobody ever asked about three things…LOL! Well, success for me is an ongoing process on, and it’s hard to close the box with 3 things only. As I mentioned earlier, it’s important to deeply consider brand & consumer psychology. Here’s my advice for those who have recently joined 99designs:

  • Enter as many projects as you can to get a firm grasp on the whole process, from presenting a design to evolving it as necessary. This not only increases your chances of winning but also puts you in a design-groovy-mode and helps you to consistently generate creative ideas. It very soon becomes a chain reaction and everyone else tries to deliver better and better.
  • Do a little research before drafting ideas and look at other designs to make sure your draft is not similar to anyone else’s. This will help you to not waste time on a design that someone else has already made and allow you to invest your time in something unique.
  • Explain your thought process if you do something outside of what the client described in the brief – After all, you might be able to produce and envision something that the client did not. Have a positive influence on the community by being appreciative of others for constructive criticism. It has always helped me learn in one-way or another.


What do you love most about being a designer?

I think I’m no different than other creatives in terms of enjoying their work. I can simply put it this way – I love being paid for doing what I enjoy. Imagine being paid to have fun, eat and sleep. Designing is my passion and every creation of mine makes me feel great regardless if its sold or not. But getting paid to be passionate is just great.