March 31, 2010
Check out Logorama – a cool animated film about a world full of corporate brand logos that won an Oscar for “Best Short Animated Film” in 2009.
This 16-minute movie took 6 years to produce by French production house H5 and was directed by three Frenchmen: François Alaux, Hervé de Crécy and Ludovic Houplain.
The story revolves around two cops, played by Michelin Men, chasing down Ronald McDonald through a logo filled Los Angeles.
March 24, 2010
The awards are now just 1 month away!
- Entries will only be accepted until April 22, 2010
The idea behind the awards is to uncover and celebrate amazing design talent all across the world and that’s what 99designs is all about!
Award winners will be featured in numerous magazines and blogs, reach over 1 million designers, and have their work judged by some of the best designers in the world – pretty cool huh?
It’s a great way to get recognition for your talents. See a list of all the benefits of entering the Annual Design Awards.
Use the promotional code: 99DSGNOFF – to get 30% off the entry fee.
We are very proud to announce the 99designs.com Ready-made Logo Store is now open for business!
A month ago we invited some of the best designers in the 99designs community to “stock the shelves” of our new logo store and BOY- what a response. We now have over 4,000 high quality logos ready to be purchased and customized for just $99.
- Browse or search our catalogue of logos and choose your favorite
- Go for a non-exclusive license for $99, or purchase the logo exclusively for $298
- The original designer will customize the logo with your business name
- 24 hours later its all YOURS!
It’s a fantastic complement to our popular Design Contest Marketplace – so now there are two great ways to get a high quality, professional logo at an affordable price!
We are especially happy to make the logo store a reality and bring a whole new world of opportunity to you – it has been #2 most requested addition from the design community on our UserVoice forum for months. Your response has been absolutely fantastic – THANK YOU!
Interested in submitting a design for sale? Find out everything you need to know to sell your logo designs here.
Please let us know what you think?
The 99designs Team
March 12, 2010
T-shirt Design Contest to Support Haiti Earthquake Relief
Designers – Here is a great opportunity to lend your talents to a truly worthy cause!
Haiti recently suffered a catastrophic earthquake and is in desperate need of help.
Giving Tee, together with Yudu, ZenPrint, emptees, SkullCandy, Costa Vida and 99designs.com has organized ‘Wear Good For Haiti’ – a T-shirt design contest to benefit Haitian earthquake relief efforts. $10 from each T-shirt sold will be donated to the “Artists for Peace and Justice, Rebuild Haiti” initiatives.
The ‘Wear Good for Haiti’ T-shirt design contest will run on 99designs.com from March 12 – 25 from which 4 winning designs will be selected. The final winning design as voted by consumers will be sold on the Giving Tee website from March 26 – April 26.
The 4 winning designers will be awarded $300 dollars and a Yudu personal screen printing machine, retail value $300.
And go do some Good!
The 99designs Team
March 9, 2010
Emilian Constantin – Bucharest, Romania
99designs handle: ulahts
Projects entered: 2349
Projects won: 301
How did you get started in design?
I started working with pencils when I was 12 years old – drawing sketches of muscles. I wanted to get the finest and strongest abs in my classroom – Later I discovered colors, and I think that did the trick :).
I participated in a few school-to-school drawing competitions which I was fortunate enough to win. At the age of 16 I started to play football (soccer) and I directed my creative juices towards “nasty” ball running. Then – between secondary and superior school, I started messing around with graphics again and especially printing.
I got my first part time job as an offset machinist in a large print house at the age of 21 when I was studying at university – I call that period “colorful white nights”. I worked for about 4 years as a machinist and then later I got into the sales department and prepress management. Of course this is where I discovered my aptitude for graphic design and finally met Mr. Corel … Corel Draw. Yeah, for me Corel was James Bond of graphic design programs for the next few years. Throughout the time I spent in printing I experimented heavily with brand design, logos, stationary, brochure design – almost everything that prints.
Around 2002-2003 a friend showed me a website where I could try to sell my artwork. At the beginning I thought it was a stupid idea, but later it got more competitive which for me – the harder it was the better. I haunted that website for about 3-4 years and worked my way up to being ranked first in the logos section.
What led you to start using 99designs.com?
On 99designs I’ve had great success and during this period (SitePoint and 99designs) I have sold over 500 logos. I think I sold 80-90 logos on SitePoint alone – and that’s really when I began to get addicted to logo design. At this time I was a part time employee and was able to start my own small printing boutique which later brought me even more success.
Participating in projects at 99designs has definitely helped me reach greater heights in my design skills. One important lesson I learned is that if you have doubts about something that you are drawing, even the smallest doubt, then start working in another direction. Another tip I have for designer is do your homework – read about brand identity, color usage, printing etc… It helps a lot!
How do you get your inspiration?
“There is always a heavy demand for fresh mediocrity. In every generation the least cultivated taste has the largest appetite.”
What I love most about being a designer is that it’s related to the brain and that’s an unlimited resource!