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DesignCrowd, 8/22/2014 2:30:23 PM
There is an unfathomable amount of tradition, history and pride that accompanies Major League Baseball teams and their logos. For the Chicago Cubs this history extends way back to the 1876 when they play their first National League Baseball game as the Chicago White Stockings against Louisville, and ...
DesignCrowd, 8/21/2014 5:31:23 PM
Who doesn't love a music festival? They bring people together to enjoy and celebrate the wonders of music and what it can do to the human soul. Music is a complex and advanced art form which can be further heightened by triggering both the physical and visual senses. This is why, music festival from ...
DesignCrowd, 8/20/2014 4:50:43 PM
Netflix Launched a New Logo Netflix, the popular internet streaming service, recently launched an experimental new logo – the first update to its image since the original logo first premiered in the late ‘90s when it was a DVD by mail-order company. Abandoning the economic Graphique font (create ...
DesignCrowd, 8/20/2014 10:47:19 AM
It's the age of technology, so why would anyone want to send out a printed flyer? Paper flyers help build relationships with customers, they make the customer feel important. Everyone knows how easy it is to click delete on an email, but getting a nice envelope in the mail invokes curiosity. High- ...
DesignCrowd, 8/15/2014 4:15:24 PM
A business card is often the first thing that people see about your business, so it’s extremely important to keep them up-to-date and looking great. It’s only a tiny piece of cardboard, but it can say a lot about your business, employees and the overall personality of your brand. 1. Create ...
DesignCrowd, 8/12/2014 2:20:26 PM
New businesses don’t have lots of money to invest at the first stages, so how do you get more out of the money and resources you have?1. Give Crowdsourcing A GoDesign Crowdsourcing lets you hire a designer online, only when you need one. If there’s a specific designer on a platform that does brillia ...
DesignCrowd, 8/1/2014 5:34:53 PM
Valerie Motard is a French Canadian designer hailing from Québec, Canada. She’s mother to an energetic baby girl, loves to run a mini marathon every day, works on design projects and still finds time to make professional jewellery. Valerie is one busy woman. Going by the design moniker VM ...
DesignCrowd, 7/22/2014 6:24:05 PM
Posted by Josephine Sabin, DesignCrowd Community Manager If you have had a logo designed to ‘brand’ the goods and services of your business it should be registered as a trademark in order to ensure it is protected, and that you are granted the right to actually use that logo! What is a tradem ...
DesignCrowd, 7/17/2014 9:28:46 PM
By Josephine Sabin, DesignCrowd Community Manager. This post was originally published on Business2Community. In the social media world, images are exploding, just look at the Facebook design changes, Linkedin layout overhaul and In October the Twitter shake-up. Twitter improved its visual content ...
DesignCrowd, 7/17/2014 5:19:47 PM
Google Winter is Coming (Winner) by Stealth Ferret from the UK By Jo Sabin, DesignCrowd Community Manager As big fans of the cult TV series Game of Thrones, we thought it would ...
DesignCrowd, 7/11/2014 10:50:59 AM
By Josephine Sabin, DesignCrowd Community Manager. This post was originally published on The Next Web. Getting the most out of your graphic designer is often reliant on being a great communicator. If you want a brilliant end product, one-line briefs simply won’t do. With over 400,000 ...
DesignCrowd, 7/10/2014 9:35:16 AM
By Clancy Clarke A logo “creates a lasting sensual legacy in the minds of consumers, acts as a reminder, enabling an organisation to differentiate itself from the competition, and gain greater market share in crowded spaces,” writes Bill Green at the Creative Times. Crowdsourcing logo designs is c ...
DesignCrowd, 6/27/2014 9:29:59 AM
By Clancy Clarke If you are an entrepreneur who owns a small business or startup company, you’re probably watching your budget closely. Still, your biz needs a brand that is recognizable and memorable. Any small business can increase their visibility w ...
DesignCrowd, 6/25/2014 2:27:45 PM
By Jo Sabin, DesignCrowd Community Manager As expected, the 2014 FIFA World Cup has produced plenty of memorable moments - many of which were begging for attention by the world's design community. Sponsoring a number of World Cup soccer contests, DesignCrowd and its army of nearly 400,000 designers ...
DesignCrowd, 6/25/2014 11:00:41 AM
By Clancy Clarke Logos are of utmost importance to brands and their identities and in the digital space, crowdsourcing has become an effective way in which businesses can utilise freelancers to re/invent their logos and inject fresh life into their brand for less. Yet there are still many lies tha ...
DesignCrowd, 6/19/2014 4:01:41 PM
By Clancy Clarke Getting a website designed can be an unfathomable task for many business owners. The technology, process and understanding can seem like impenetrable barriers to getting your business online. However, with the rise of crowdsourcing over the past few years, the gap between web desig ...
DesignCrowd, 6/18/2014 8:04:33 PM
By Jo Sabin, DesignCrowd Community Manager. Worth1000.com, a creative contest platform home to over 600,000 users, has joined DesignCrowd to create a bigger and better marketplace for freelance designers to find clients and earn income and where businesses can crowdsource graphic design fr ...
DesignCrowd, 6/18/2014 4:36:47 PM
By Jo Sabin, DesignCrowd Community Manager. We've caught 2014 FIFA World Cup fever and launched four awesome / hilarious photoshop design contests! You're invited to showoff your photoshop skills, sense of humour and creativity to the following contests. Deadlines to submit are closing fast, so ente ...
DesignCrowd, 6/17/2014 7:17:11 AM
By Jo Sabin and Anghelaht, a freelance graphic designer from Romania available for hire on DesignCrowd. Monogram logos are enduringly popular for companies and industries looking to create an elegant impression through the use of visually memorable acronyms. Think fashion brands like Chanel, Louis V ...
DesignCrowd, 6/16/2014 6:17:35 PM
By Clancy Clarke Whether you're selling books, providing legal advice or giving driving lessons, having an online presence is as important these days as it was to be listed in the yellow pages 20 years ago. To not only been seen online, but to stand out from the crowd means that you need a website ...
DesignCrowd, 6/6/2014 10:52:44 AM
By Clancy Clarke Crowdsourcing design doesn't necessarily mean only crowdsourcing logos or business cards. Design encompasses a huge array of different mediums - and some of the words most recognisable brands have taken advantage of this in crowdsourced design contests. Not only have these brands t ...
DesignCrowd, 6/5/2014 4:05:21 PM
By Clancy Clarke Looking at logo design over the years you can see the progression and trends that appear. Some business do very well and have had logos that have stood the test of time, not matter what the latest trend is - others often try to hard to follow the trends and end up with a design tha ...
DesignCrowd, 6/4/2014 4:47:09 PM
By Clancy Clarke Tip 1: Write an awesome brief The most important part of using a crowdsourcing platform such as DesignCrowd and getting an awesome logo design is writing an awesome brief. The old say of "Garbage In, Garbage Out" never held so true. When writing a brief for designers, make sure to ...
DesignCrowd, 6/3/2014 5:14:41 PM
We all love the light - the sun filtering through the clouds, sunrises and sunsets, refraction off perfectly smooth water - all these ideas conjure images of beauty and serenity. They calm the emotions and invoke a sense that everything is OK. No wonder web designs and graphic designers as a whole u ...
DesignCrowd, 6/2/2014 1:58:09 PM
By Clancy Clarke The talented designers who participate in logo crowdsourcing and design projects on DesignCrowd do beautiful, inspiring and amazing work for our customers. So much so, that we've decided to launch a gallery to highlight the logos they've created! The gallery features some of the b ...
DesignCrowd, 5/30/2014 12:11:39 PM
By Clancy Clarke The graphic design world has changed, its morphed and contorted, stretched and cracked – the result? A graphic design world with crowdsourcing as it sun. It resembles the opportunities that wait for both designers and companies, it resembles the breaking down of international barri ...
DesignCrowd, 5/29/2014 4:40:26 PM
By Clancy Clarke   Web design is no doubt a tricky business. Being able to present all the right information to users in a way that will both appeal to them and encourage them to digest it is difficult. To add another layer of complexity, search bars, filters and forms require an extra little ...
DesignCrowd, 5/28/2014 10:38:36 AM
By Clancy Clarke   Ever wanted to own a piece of design history? Wanted to get your hands on a logo that resembled one of the world's most popular, powerful and inspiring brands? Well, now you can – if you have a spare $10 to $15K lying around the house. The British auction house Bonhams as ...
DesignCrowd, 5/26/2014 2:39:32 PM
By Clancy Clarke Why in their right mind would any business not consider creating a logo contest to get designers to bid on logo design? Well, really we couldn't think of any, but if you can, maybe you should read these reasons why a bid on logo design from the Designers at DesignCrowd is the smart ...
DesignCrowd, 5/26/2014 11:13:56 AM
By Clancy Clarke Crowdsourcing logo design can seem like a tricky process for those new to the crowdsourcing landscape – however, to get designers to bid for logo design is so simple, you'll be struggling to understand why you haven't already tried it. So, how do you encourage designers to bid f ...
DesignCrowd, 5/19/2014 3:31:03 PM
By Clancy Clarke Being a small to medium sized business owner can be tough – it's a constant balancing act, trying to keep all the balls in the air required to keep the business rolling along. You've got staff, finances, customers, products and day to day operations to look after – who in their rig ...
DesignCrowd, 5/15/2014 12:25:16 PM
By Clancy Clarke Small to medium businesses are continually looking at ways to tighten the belt and save both time and money. Traditionally, small business owners were limited to two options when branding their business – either create a logo, business card and other collateral yourself or hire a d ...
DesignCrowd, 5/12/2014 2:52:41 PM
By Clancy Clarke Crowdsourcing has boomed in the past few years, with everything from science, disaster relief/recovery and design being crowdsourced. Crowdsourcing as an idea can prove to be effective and efficient - just check out these 4 crowdsourced projects that have utilised people power! Wi ...
DesignCrowd, 4/10/2014 10:12:12 PM
By Jo Sabin. - Important: DesignCrowd users are not affected by this bug - What's Heartbleed?You may have heard in the news lately about a major security problem affecting millions of internet users, known colloquially as Heartbleed. In a nutshell a programming error was discovered in the encrypt ...
DesignCrowd, 3/21/2014 3:29:35 PM
By Jo Sabin Alcohol fuelled violence is not just a challenge that we see in Sydney or Kings Cross, but a global issue that other creative people from around the world and other societies can relate to. Since DesignCrowd, has a talent pool of over 400,000 graphic designers, we thought it would b ...
DesignCrowd, 3/21/2014 11:21:28 AM
By Jo Sabin and Joel Falconer The modern hipster is a polarizing force. Whether you’re one of the many who have adopted the subculture’s fashion style or among its equally numerous critics, there’s no denying that the early 2010s popularity of retro haircuts, unusual formal-casual op-shop combina ...
DesignCrowd, 3/5/2014 6:22:12 PM
By Jo Sabin It might seem strange that a celebrity with the wealth to wear the world's best clothing designs and the stylists to ensure he wears them well would turn up to the Grammy Awards in a hat that seems designed for a head several times larger, no less the fedora style, which has become sy ...
DesignCrowd, 2/20/2014 5:14:05 PM
Post by Jo Sabin Introduction Website design trends are evolving all the time. As a result, easier navigation, simple layouts that also look good on small screens, and creative elements are all a part of websites attempting to remain competitive. This post will showcase 20 hot examples of cutt ...
DesignCrowd, 2/20/2014 2:22:18 PM
Post by Jo Sabin, DesignCrowd Community ManagerDesign ClassicOne of the most common shapes used in logo design is the circle. This eye-catching shape is everywhere in nature, art and the built environment. From architecture to crafts like textiles, jewellery and industrial design, we find circles at ...
DesignCrowd, 2/20/2014 12:47:49 PM
Post by Jo Sabin Introduction This week we turn our attention to 'purple power brands', building on our fascination with topics related to famous logos. Just in case you missed it, Pantone declared Radiant Orchid (Pantone 18-3224) to be the color of 2014, and already we are seeing logo desig ...
DesignCrowd, 2/5/2014 12:02:40 PM
Post by Jo Sabin Dear designers of Australia and the world, We Need You! We have just launched an awesome in-house freelance graphic design job/community poster design contest: The Sydney Morning Herald $2,500 Ad Poster Design Contest! Background After a spate of alcohol fuelled violen ...
DesignCrowd, 1/31/2014 7:01:46 PM
Post by Jo Sabin Happy Chinese New Year To All! We want to say a big Happy Chinese New Year / Gong Hey Fat Choy / Chúc M?ng Nam M?i to our designers and customers who are celebrating around the world today! We hope you're enjoying the festivities and staying safe. We know that many bu ...
DesignCrowd, 1/31/2014 6:24:52 PM
Post by Jo Sabin Wealthy Chinese businessman, Chen Guangbiao, made headlines in 2013, and not for the right reasons. Chen's business card went viral and it’s easy to see why: Chen is seen as a colorful character in China's business and political worlds. The eccentric entrepreneur turn ...
DesignCrowd, 1/24/2014 7:49:29 PM
Post by Jo Sabin DesignCrowd Discount Code: BLOG-2014 G'Day / Good Day / Hi DesignCrowd Customers, We're celebrating Australia Day 2014 with a design sale! Checkout the DesignCrowd Coupon Codes and Offers. Save 60% on custom design fees on your next design project... until January 29!& ...
DesignCrowd, 1/24/2014 7:02:05 PM
By Jo Sabin Chen Guangbiao's Business Card Goes Viral Chinese businessman, Chen Guangbiao, made headlines in 2013, and not for the right reasons. Chen's business card went viral and it’s easy to see why when Chen's card cites titles like "China's Most Influential Person". Design a busin ...
DesignCrowd, 1/15/2014 4:36:37 PM
By Jo Sabin Crowdsourcing has grown exponentially in the past few years as companies and organizations look for a cost-effective and creative way to outsource the creation of business assets like branding concepts, website design, photographs, and even fundraising. Many freelance logo design con ...
DesignCrowd, 1/15/2014 1:11:33 PM
Words by Jo Sabin and image curation by DesignCrowd freelance graphic designer Anghelaht Recently global print design color authority Pantone announced the 2014 colour of the year is Radiant Orchid - Pantone 18-3224. Purple evokes exclusivity, intrigue and sensuality. To celebrate, we h ...
DesignCrowd, 12/24/2013 3:40:46 PM
Post by Clancy Clarke DesignCrowd Discount Coupon Code 2013, what happened to you? All those plans to get that idea off the ground, to start the next big thing, to put the foot on the accelerator and launch the greatest venture the world has seen have now been beaten by everyone’ ...
DesignCrowd, 12/23/2013 9:05:54 PM
By UK freelance logo designer, Big Blue Currant, a graphic designer on DesignCrowd and Jo Sabin Introduction I've been a logo designer with DesignCrowd for many years now and I was recently asked the question, "what advice would you o ...
DesignCrowd, 12/23/2013 8:10:35 PM
By Sarao Arts, a freelance graphic designer from Winnipeg, Canada. See his DesignCrowd portfolio here and Jo Sabin. The Best Free Fonts for Designers. Fonts are probably the most valuable resource for a graphic designer. The choice ...
DesignCrowd, 12/23/2013 7:31:21 PM
By Jo Sabin and Guillermo Conde, Service Consultant & Graphic Designer on DesignCrowd. Have you ever wondered why sometimes your logo looks pixelated when enlarged? Have you ever tried to edit your logo colors and shape to fit brochures, business cards or website unsuccessfully? Well, ...
DesignCrowd, 12/23/2013 7:01:51 PM
By Jo Sabin and Guillermo Conde, Service Consultant & graphic designer on DesignCrowd. Too Close? The Thin Line Between Inspiration and Copying As a designer working on a design crowdsourcing platform, it's normal to seek design in ...
DesignCrowd, 12/23/2013 5:50:29 PM
By Jo Sabin and Anghelaht, a logo designer on DesignCrowd. Introduction We've been doing roundups featuring the best logo designs in the tech startup space for several years now. As new market trends emerge and technologists address these needs we're seeing incredible innovation that b ...
DesignCrowd, 12/20/2013 9:31:10 AM
By Jo Sabin and Anghelaht, editor and graphic designer on DesignCrowd.  Introduction At DesignCrowd 2013 has been a big year of milestones for DesignCrowd customers and designers. Like any startup we love numbers. So we thought we'd share some big numbers from our growing marketplace a ...
DesignCrowd, 12/19/2013 9:36:23 PM
By Jo Sabin and Anghelaht, a logo maker on DesignCrowd. It's been a year since we reviewed and rated 20 Top UK startup logos from 2012 on the DesignCrowd blog so we thought we'd take another look at UK startup branding for 2013. New entrants that caught our eye for their design style incl ...
DesignCrowd, 12/19/2013 2:53:01 PM
By Jo Sabin DesignCrowd community manager & Anghelaht, a logo designer from DesignCrowd. Start Up Branding Are you thinking of starting up a business in 2014? If you are kickstarting a business in the new year, then you've probably thought of a name for your enterprise but what about brandin ...
DesignCrowd, 12/18/2013 4:51:27 PM
By Jo Sabin, DesignCrowd Community Manager and Anghelaht, a DesignCrowd logo creator who sells surplus stock logos on BrandCrowd. Premium Ready-Made Stock Logos For Sale If you're in a hurry and on a tight budget for your business logo, BrandCrowd, our sister our stock logo site can solve your ...
DesignCrowd, 12/6/2013 2:07:14 PM
Guest post by DesignCrowd freelance graphic designer, Vitaliy. Every year, December 5th is the Day of the Ninja. On this day, people are encouraged to dress as ninja, engage in ninja-related activities, and spread information on ninja online. December 5 was originally ...
DesignCrowd, 12/2/2013 11:48:02 AM
By Jo Sabin Dear online shoppers, After a great Cyber Monday / Cyber Week deal for your business? We've got the goods! Do you need a new company logo for your business? Is your website design looking a little dated? Perhaps you need a professional business card design? DesignC ...
DesignCrowd, 11/15/2013 5:08:25 PM
By Jo Sabin 2013 has been a *huge* year for DesignCrowd customers, designers and our team. We were delighted when in January DesignCrowd hit 100,000 designers. In August we hit a key milestone for the business: $10 million in design projects. By October we had paid our designers ove ...
DesignCrowd, 11/1/2013 6:27:14 PM
By Jo Sabin and Roman Po, a DesignCrowd web designer and tablet gaming enthusiast. It's Halloween and Day of the Dead (if you live in Mexico) and the App Store is packed with Halloween-inspired games. Our in-house web designer and gaming pro, Roman Po, took on the challenge to road-test the top ...
DesignCrowd, 10/29/2013 5:43:30 PM
By Jo Sabin. Scary/spooky/freaky images curated by DesignCrowd graphic designer // Anghelaht. Halloween is Nigh...Will You Trick or Treat? Start carving your pumpkins and preparing for the neighborhood kids to start door-knocking meanwhile if you're looking for design inspiration to bo ...
DesignCrowd, 10/29/2013 3:41:21 PM
By Jo Sabin. Images curated by DesignCrowd graphic designer // Anghelaht. This round up features 20 timeless black and white or grayscale designs from the designer community on DesignCrowd.com. Black & white Versus Color The collection highlights awesome examples o ...
DesignCrowd, 10/29/2013 12:10:59 PM
By Jo Sabin, web designers handpicked by DesignCrowd graphic designer, Anghelaht. The top 15 web designers from Pakistan combined earned over $60,000 through web design contest wins and participation payments. Based across the Pakistan, from Lahore to Mardan to Karachi, the country' ...
DesignCrowd, 10/17/2013 12:53:34 PM
By Jo Sabin Indian web designers dominate the top web designer rankings on DesignCrowd. We've hand-selected a few of our favorite and some new freelance designers and studios for this collection. In this show case you will see web design examples for consultancies, online shopping sites, ...
DesignCrowd, 10/17/2013 8:19:19 AM
By Jo Sabin. Images curated by Anghelaht / graphic designer on DesignCrowd.com. Packaging design is ubiquituous. Just visit your local supermarket and you'll be bombarded with a million products shouting for your attention. Any company looking to launch a product on the market for co ...
DesignCrowd, 10/16/2013 6:16:05 PM
By Jo Sabin. Images curated by Anghelaht / graphic designer on DesignCrowd.com. The color green is uplifting, and popular in graphic design. Many companies love to use the color to communicate energy, youth and wellbeing. From web 2.0 companies to food companies, it's a popular c ...
DesignCrowd, 10/15/2013 2:19:48 PM
By Jo Sabin3 Secrets to Great Stationery DesignWhy Use Stationery When You Can Go Digital? Is your digital and offline lives colliding? You might read the latest blockbuster on a Kindle, shop on your iPad, use Nike Plus to boast about your fitness or Instagram your latest kitchen creation. Same goes ...
DesignCrowd, 10/15/2013 9:38:02 AM
By Jo Sabin. Stationery design examples curated by Anghelaht / graphic designer on DesignCrowd.com. In this round up we showcase some of the professional stationery design examples by DesignCrowd's freelance graphic designers. The following designs were created from real client briefs from a ...
DesignCrowd, 10/10/2013 2:46:49 PM
By Jo SabinCompany T-shirts Are Cool (again)Branded custom t-shirt design doesn't have to cost a fortune. If you want to promote your cool new startup or your a brand with a new product, custom t-shirt design can help you get your company up close and personal with your target market.Every star ...
DesignCrowd, 10/9/2013 1:37:00 PM
By Jo Sabin September was a big month for change in the tech world. Yahoo launched a new logo, Google's logo went flat, and the Microsoft search engine, Bing launched a new logo. At DesignCrowd we thought the Bing logo, with its searchlight theme and boxy geometric icon was a smart move. ...
DesignCrowd, 10/2/2013 5:41:00 PM
By Jo Sabin; business card design curation by Anghelaht / graphic designer on DesignCrowd.com. This post is features a round up of the top 20 logo designers in Canada on DesignCrowd for your design inspiration. We'll also take a look at why logos are important and share some tips fo ...
DesignCrowd, 10/1/2013 10:37:08 AM
By Jo Sabin; business card design curation by Anghelaht / graphic designer on DesignCrowd.com. Business Cards Still Matter in the Digital AgeA business card is a key networking tool. You might be wondering why you need a business card when you have a smartphone and you're on social media. Bus ...
DesignCrowd, 9/30/2013 11:05:23 PM
By Jo Sabin In this post, we will overview the sour events surrounding the Sochi Winter Olympics Games, explore the role of design in political communication and show case the best of our Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Logo Design Contest. The brief for this logo contest? To simply red ...
DesignCrowd, 9/26/2013 8:23:26 PM
This guest post was written by BigBlueCurrant, a talented graphic, web and logo designers on DesignCrowd. BigBlueCurrant is ranked #21 in the DesignCrowd global rankings. He was profiled on the DesignCrowd blog in 2012. Logo design: Achieving Colour Consistency Across Web and Print The logo ...
DesignCrowd, 9/26/2013 8:10:37 PM
By Jo Sabin In this post we will outline 5 tips to help you get the best design in a logo competition. Introduction to Crowdsourcing Design Speed of execution. Creativity and innovation. These factors are important to entrepreneurs trying to build a new business. Which is why whe ...
DesignCrowd, 9/26/2013 2:23:26 PM
By Jo Sabin We Love Our UK Designers! The DesignCrowd designer community is a broad church that encompasses professional designers of every nationality from aroud the world. 140,000 designers. Fact! This week we're focusing on showcasing our top UK logo designers. Whilst we have t ...
DesignCrowd, 9/20/2013 6:10:05 PM
Words by Jo Sabin, image research and curation by (awesome) DesignCrowd graphic designer Anghelaht. Industry Spotlight: Cafe and Restaurant Logo Design There are literally millions of cafe logo designs in existence. Branding for cafes and restaurants can help or hinder success in an in ...
DesignCrowd, 9/20/2013 1:55:49 PM
By Jo Sabin Yahoo Got a New Logo, Now It's Bing's Turn Yahoo took 30 days to unveil a new logo. After a hint earlier in the year that a rebrand was imminent and months of research including "hundreds of studies to look at motion, font, color, size and form," the new Bing logo launched this ...
DesignCrowd, 9/18/2013 9:57:04 PM
By Jo Sabin and Anghelaht, freelance graphic designer on DesignCrowd.Is Flat the New Black?The last couple of years have marked the beginning of a new minimalist design trend. "Flat" design is now a major design paradigm across the design industry. Its secret weapon? Less is More. In logo design, fl ...
DesignCrowd, 9/13/2013 12:05:11 PM
40 Startup Logos from Techcrunch Disrupt SF 2013 By Jo Sabin Techcrunch Disrupt SF 2013 is over for another year. The event is followed by the global media and the world's top tech investors, and gives bootstrapped startups unparalleled exposure and opportunity. In this post, we're g ...
DesignCrowd, 9/12/2013 3:51:27 PM
By Jo Sabin  & DesignCrowd graphic designer Anghelaht Big Wins for Aussie Startups It might only be September but we think it's safe to say 2013 has been an eventful year on the political, tech and business front. Australia has changed prime minister 3 times in five mo ...
DesignCrowd, 9/6/2013 1:37:34 PM
By Jo Sabin Yahoo Unveils a New Logo Design! This week Yahoo revealed its new logo, the first redesign of the logo in 18 years. Yesterday Yahoo's CEO Marissa Mayer blogged about the design process and rationale behind the new logo. Mayer said: Serifs were a big part of our old logo. ...
DesignCrowd, 8/27/2013 3:50:08 PM
By Stephanie Soon - logo designer on DesignCrowd Introduction: In this post, we present four tips to help you find and invite the best designers on DesignCrowd to your graphic design project. Before you start searching for designers, you will have written up a clear and concise design brief. ...
DesignCrowd, 8/23/2013 5:32:51 PM
By Jo SabinCarlos Danger, Head of Sexy Times (HST)NYC Mayoral candidate, Anthony Weiner has been caught 'sexting' ladies with nude selfies under the alias name Carlos Danger, what has become known colloquially as "#Weinergate" after bloggers realised that Weiner and 'Carlos Danger' is the same perso ...
DesignCrowd, 8/22/2013 4:16:35 PM
By Jo Sabin Stuart Burns, better known as SD on DesignCrowd, is an Australian graphic designer turned airforce trainee, who not only has the formal education for graphic design but also the creative eye necessary for designing graphics that stand out. His ...
DesignCrowd, 8/14/2013 3:58:59 PM
By Jo Sabin Back in June, Apple launched iOS7 at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2013. Many jaws dropped when Apple revealed the first images of iOS7, but not necessarily from excitement. The international graphic and app ...
DesignCrowd, 8/13/2013 6:42:10 PM
By Jo Sabin As soon as royal couple Kate and Wills announced they were pregnant, speculation amongst UK royal family observers and the press was rife about the a) the sex of the baby and b) the name of the future King or Queen of Engla ...
DesignCrowd, 8/13/2013 4:21:18 PM
By Jo Sabin As a top-ranked graphic designer, redcrackers aka Marty Walker's design services are in high demand! Rated as #6 on DesignCrowd, this US-based graphic designer, Marty Walker, hails from Gig Harbor in Washington, has earned over $50,000 from winning logo design contests on DesignCr ...
DesignCrowd, 8/12/2013 5:49:49 PM
By Jo Sabin If you're searching for 'DesignCrowd Coupon', read on! Do you need a new logo, business card or website design for your business? Get 100+ Creative Ideas for Your Project. On DesignCrowd, you can access 133,989 designers to work on your logo design contest or poster design proj ...
DesignCrowd, 8/9/2013 6:17:51 PM
By Jo Sabin HYPdesign is the alias for the #25 top ranked designer on DesignCrowd.com, Irina K, from Croatia! With specialties in logo and corporate identity and a positive review rating of 90%, the European designer has an impressive portfolio of client work. She also offers services su ...
DesignCrowd, 8/8/2013 6:33:41 PM
By Jo Sabin #1. Find a Logo Design Competition Head to DesignCrowd's design jobs board and search for logo design competitions. The jobs board can be searched by deadline and budget. If you're looking for other design categories, check out ...
DesignCrowd, 8/7/2013 12:26:37 AM
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DesignCrowd, 8/6/2013 11:19:50 PM
By Clancy Clarke What Are Logo Bid Contests? Logo bid contests or more simply a logo competition on DesignCrowd is a simple four step process which begins with writing a design brief and results in a customized and professional logo design for the customer. Logo bidding gives businesses dozen ...
DesignCrowd, 8/6/2013 7:25:53 PM
By Jo Sabin It's no secret that the Philippines is a gold mine for design talent. Two designers in DesignCrowd's Top 10 designers are from the Philippines: Art Samurai is ranked #2 Art Tank is #8 Philippine designer volume has doubled in past 6 months Phili ...
DesignCrowd, 8/2/2013 4:15:48 PM
By Jo Sabin We're delighted to share this awesome milestone with you, cue drum roll... DesignCrowd just hit $10M in crowdsourced design projects! We couldn't have done this with out you! Thank you DesignCrowd customers and designers helping us achieve this fantasic milestone. DesignCrowd's ...
DesignCrowd, 8/1/2013 8:46:00 PM
By Jo Sabin.Why does your business need a good logo?Whether it’s fair or not, first impressions last. With all the noise on the web today, a well-designed logo can help your business immediately establish a relationship with your customers.A great logo helps customers identify with your brand and yo ...
DesignCrowd, 8/1/2013 7:43:18 PM
By Jo Sabin Did you know that Australia's flag was crowdsourced?Back in 1901, Australia officially farewelled the British (who had colonised Australia in 1788) and began governing itself. What does any new state need? A flag to unite the people!So, Australia's first Prime Minister, Edmond Bar ...
DesignCrowd, 8/1/2013 5:00:33 PM
By Jo Sabin Australians have been crowdsourcing since 1901.  Fact. From the national flag to the Sydney Opera House, Australians have embraced the idea that a good idea can come from anyone, anywhere. Perhaps its our geographic isolation, our outward export-focused economy, small population o ...
DesignCrowd, 7/18/2013 2:21:18 PM
By Jo Sabin DesignCrowd is about to hit 130,000 freelance graphic designers. That's a huge milestone, right? Our designer rankings are chock-full of top designers, including super-star designers like PB who hit $300,000 in design contest winnings last month and top UK female designer, Inspir ...
DesignCrowd, 7/17/2013 4:52:02 PM
By Jo Sabin Design Challenge: Design 21st Century Fox a New Logo! In DesignCrowd's most recent community brand logo design contest, we challenged our designer community to re-imagine the new 21st Century Fox logo. When Rupert Murdoch announced that News Corporation would be split into two s ...
DesignCrowd, 7/11/2013 6:27:41 PM
By Jo Sabin The Internet has started to break down the barriers of communication between citizens and decision-makers around the world. Politicians have finally started to grasp the opportunity that is crowdsourcing, and we’ve seen high profile instances of this on the rise. Most political cr ...
DesignCrowd, 7/11/2013 5:06:15 PM
By Jo Sabin When Sir Alex Ferguson, arguably one of the best sports managers ever, retired from his coaching job at Manchester United earlier this year, many viewed this as marking a transition into a new era. We decided that updating Manchester United logo could be a key step to take the cl ...
DesignCrowd, 7/10/2013 9:14:48 PM
By Jo Sabin   In October, we celebrate 1 year since we launched DesignCrowd in Asia including DesignCrowd.com.sg. We thought it was as good a time as any to check in on the local startup scene and review local company logo designs on offer. The Singapore startup scene is booming. ...
DesignCrowd, 7/10/2013 1:20:37 PM
By Jo Sabin In March, AdAge reported that prominent US-based cancer support and advocacy foundation, the LiveStrong Foundation had launched a new logo to put some distance between the organisation and disgraced professional cyclist and Livestrong founder, Lance Armstrong. ...
DesignCrowd, 6/28/2013 7:37:54 PM
By Jo Sabin Over 120,000 designers are part of DesignCrowd's designer community. When you sign up as a designer, you are committing to producing quality work in a professional manner - just like inside a traditional agency. To make it easier to submit high quality designs, we recently updated Desig ...
DesignCrowd, 6/28/2013 5:32:17 PM
Guest post by Canadian graphic designer Sarao Arts Maintaining consistency in colors across print and web is vital for any brand, and it can be a tricky process. Designers need to know how to do this so your client's graphics looks consistently awesome across all mediums!  There are alre ...
DesignCrowd, 6/26/2013 11:55:00 PM
By Jo Sabin Your customers are online looking for your products and services right now. Your competitors are testing landing page variations, copy and design elements in banner ad campaigns, email offers and talking about conversion rate optimization and long tail SEM landing pages. Don't miss ...
DesignCrowd, 6/19/2013 8:27:03 PM
By Jo SabinAs a follow up to our recent interview with #1 woman Aussie graphic designer, JACQUI, we've invited our top female designer, Jemma Shelley, aka inspiral to be featured in this latest designer interview. Jemma is the #1 UK woman designer (#2 over all), #7 in the worldwide designer rankings ...
DesignCrowd, 6/11/2013 12:26:03 PM
By Jo Sabin In the stylised world of Korean pop, or K-Pop to those in the know, image is everything. Marketing is seen as very important and bands often undertake a lot of promotional activities, especially when they are releasing a new album. So when K-Pop mega-boyband INFINITE announced tha ...
DesignCrowd, 6/7/2013 3:05:07 PM
By Jo Sabin Got a business idea you're itching to launch? Just launched a new business that needs to grow quickly?Well, you're in luck! We have compiled a list of 6 services that are sure to kick-start your business in 2013. #1 Logo DesignGet a great company logo design, create a memorable brand!W ...
DesignCrowd, 6/7/2013 12:17:38 PM
By Jo Sabin Does your business need a sales boost or some fresh thinking for an upcoming campaign? If the answer's "yes" then our list of 6 ways to grow your business has arrived at the perfect time. Whether you're looking to generate leads, boost loyalty and repeat customer sales, promote your busi ...
DesignCrowd, 5/31/2013 1:51:22 PM
By Jo Sabin Jacqui Lindsay is an Australian graphic designer, known as JACQUI on DesignCrowd. Jacqui specailises in logo and business card design and has been a member of our designer community for over two years and has risen to the 39th top ranked designer in the DesignCrowd worldwide designer ran ...
DesignCrowd, 5/29/2013 2:52:33 PM
By Clancy Clarke If you're getting started on creating your first ever website or you've started a website design contest, it is important to identify whether the type of site you require is static or dynamic. A static website (sometimes called brochureware) is entirely made in HTML and doe ...
DesignCrowd, 5/28/2013 9:56:57 AM
Guest post by DesignCrowd graphic designer, Vitaliy.Triangles have an ancient history. Think of Mason and Druid marks. They use triangles to convey power, mystery and masculinity. Triangles tend to be perceived as masculine shapes, despite being a traditional Pagan symbol for woman (when upside down ...
DesignCrowd, 5/27/2013 5:19:15 PM
By Jo Sabin  You may know online graphic designer Brandon Goh by his DesignCrowd moniker, Goh, he also sells original ready-made brand templates on our sister site, BrandCrowd. Goh has some impressive stats to his name. Goh is currently ranked the 14th best logo designer on the si ...
DesignCrowd, 5/21/2013 8:13:11 PM
By Jo Sabin  With 2012 come and gone (and half of 2013) we saw many European economies put to the test by the financial crisis. Some startups from last year reflect this bad environment in their poor logo design, while other ventures managed to shine despite the crisis. Today we are ...
DesignCrowd, 5/10/2013 2:56:43 PM
By Jo Sabin Dear Philippine designers, We're excited to announce the launch of the inaugral 2013 Philippine Logo Design Awards! Is your portfolio chock full of awesome logo designs?! Are you looking to gain national and global exposure for your supreme design skills? This contest is you! ...
DesignCrowd, 5/8/2013 11:34:29 AM
By Jo SabinCase Study: Dane Pymble of Small Business Wizardry Walks through the Design Process for His New Ebook!Numerous small businesses find success in using DesignCrowd for crowdsourcing different brand and product designs, and one small business owner from Australia is no exception. Dane Pymble ...
DesignCrowd, 5/7/2013 12:35:36 PM
By Jo Sabin If you've just joined DesignCrowd or actively participate in design contests, you'll be helping thousands of clients crowdsource a range of design services. From company logos to t-shirt design, to brochure design, our designers specialise in over 40 different types of graphi ...
DesignCrowd, 5/1/2013 1:27:14 PM
By Jo Sabin We've noticed a slew of big brands crowdsourcing design on DesignCrowd because it's easy to tap the creative talents of over 400,000 designers. The recent Absolut X poster design contest is the latest in a string of brands including Microsoft and HTC using our platform. Brands g ...
DesignCrowd, 4/30/2013 1:45:14 AM
By Jo Sabin In March, the Kapiti Coast Council of New Zealand revealed a revamped logo, which according to local local newspaper, Kapiti Observer, "polarised" council opinion. At the time, it was reported the council had paid $NZD30,000 for the new brand including the logo. The new Kapiti ...
DesignCrowd, 3/27/2013 4:04:09 PM
Guest post by DesignCrowd graphic designer, Anghelaht / Follow him on Twitter @anghelaht."Which came first, the chicken or the egg"? Ancient philosophers formulated this circular dilemma thousands of years ago, questioning themselves about how life and all existence came to be. Not taking any sides ...
DesignCrowd, 3/15/2013 6:58:52 PM
By Jo SabinAs part of our 100,000 milestone announcement we're bringing you this special interview with our no. 1 ranked designer, who you know by his moniker - PB. In a few short years PB has steadily climbed the DesignCrowd designer rankings, producing winning designs and delighting custom ...
DesignCrowd, 3/15/2013 6:28:52 PM
By Jo Sabin We're pleased to reveal that we've hit 100,000 registered designers on DesignCrowd! And we couldn't have done it without you! We're not just here to blow our own trumpet (though we don't mind a bit of that!). We have some interesting figures to share with you about the kind of ...
DesignCrowd, 3/12/2013 9:22:09 PM
By Jo Sabin Crowdsourcing is quickly growing in popularity among big companies and organizations for almost anything from updating a brand look to a new campaign design. The latest big brand crowdsourcing example on DesignCrowd was a t-shirt design contest to help none other than Australia ...
DesignCrowd, 2/21/2013 3:58:38 PM
By Jo SabinCompanies large and small are using DesignCrowd.com to crowdsource brand and marketing designs. In fact, a recent highly popular design contest on DesignCrowd was hosted by the US-based branch of Virgin - Virgin Healthmiles - who stumped up $3,500 in prize money! A few hundred graphic des ...
DesignCrowd, 12/20/2012 4:10:59 PM
By Jo Sabin On 12-12-12, the finalists and winners of the TimesSquare.com $10,000 logo design contest were announced on TimesSquare.com. A colorful, typographic-driven design by Serbian graphic designer Jovan took out the top place and the $5,000 cash prize. Describing his design, Jovan sai ...
DesignCrowd, 11/20/2012 3:18:22 PM
By Jo SabinArt Samurai is ranked second in DesignCrowd's global designer rankings and widely respected by our designer community. So how did this super-star designer rise to become a top earner within two years of joining DesignCrowd? The answer is partly hard work but mainly an intense focus to lea ...
DesignCrowd, 11/20/2012 7:34:06 AM
By Jo SabinRecently DesignCrowd launched its crowdsourcing service in key Asian markets including India, Singapore and the Philippines. We're excited to have launched our international crowdsourcing service in the Philippines via DesignCrowd.com.ph. The new local service introduces a new feature - l ...
DesignCrowd, 11/19/2012 7:42:21 PM
By Cherished Alegroso (DesignCrowd Customer Support Super-Star and blogger at Love Liverspread.At first glance, some may think there is not that much difference between a logo and an icon. After all, both are used to represent something. Most consider them one and the same.So under which category do ...
DesignCrowd, 11/2/2012 1:36:15 PM
By Jo Sabin, DesignCrowd Community Manager and Eva Winata, DesignCrowd Customer Service Manager, Graphic Designer and Typography-Lover. When designing with type, it can be challenging to figure out which direction to take your design. As someone who spends too much time on the internet, I find plent ...
DesignCrowd, 11/1/2012 4:55:43 PM
By Jo SabinWe're celebrating the launch of DesignCrowd India this month and we've taking a look at Indian brands, companies and startups, showcasing examples of logo design from South Asia. In terms of design direction, there is an emphasis on typographic logo design and a tendency to borrow various ...
DesignCrowd, 10/18/2012 1:40:48 PM
By Jo SabinIn 2012 the tech startup industry *almost* went mainstream! As we become more reliant on the 'interweb' technologies to do business, be social and get stuff done, more erstwhile (and savvy) entrepreneurs are leveraging technology (software, devices) to solve real-world problems. In this r ...
DesignCrowd, 10/11/2012 7:36:17 PM
By By Jo Sabin and Justice League aka DesignCrowd Customer SupportClients play a bigger role than they often think in ensuring the success of a design project. Check out these recommendations from our support team, use them and get a great design outcome!Ensure your design brief is clear and complet ...
DesignCrowd, 10/11/2012 6:14:44 PM
By Jo Sabin and Nathan Design service consultant  - aka 'Flash Gordon' aka 'The Answer'Even in our digital world, design for print is one of the most important avenues in the design industry. Becoming an expert takes years of practice but the fundamentals do not. Here are the basics to include in y ...
DesignCrowd, 10/11/2012 3:19:17 PM
By Jo SabinThe perfect book cover relies on a few principles to be able to grab the attention of a would-be reader, keep these ideas in mind and you'll be on you way to marketing your book. The first tip to focus on is  typography. Choosing the right typeface - be it a serif or sans serif font - wi ...
DesignCrowd, 9/27/2012 3:00:22 PM
By Jo Sabin and Joshua BorjaWhat's typography in relation to graphic design? our working definition is taken from "Typography refers to the visual design of language through the selection of type font, size, line, and spacing." from Multimodal Glossary.Part 1 - LetterformsTypography is the easiest ...
DesignCrowd, 9/21/2012 8:16:21 PM
By Jo Sabin Earlier this month, we attended one of the largest entrepreneur / startup conference in the southern hemisphere - Sydstart - held in Sydney, Australia. There were around 1,000 attendees (including current and aspiring entrepreneurs, angel investors and VCs) and the speake ...
DesignCrowd, 9/21/2012 4:54:18 PM
By Jo Sabin From startups to big brands and big names, many companies are turning to crowdsourcing for new ideas, to engage fans/audience and get social networks buzzing. From indy folk band Bon Iver crowdsoucing tattoo design from fans of the band, to artists looking for funding for exhibitions on ...
DesignCrowd, 9/21/2012 2:47:51 PM
By Jo SabinA couple of months ago we launched a contest that got our designer community really excited. Designers were invited to submit a design advertising their services for the chance to share in $3,500 cash prizes. 662 designs later and we're delighted to announce the names of the two winners o ...
DesignCrowd, 9/13/2012 5:48:53 PM
By Jo SabinVirgin HealthMiles has launched a $3,500 t-shirt design contest on DesignCrowd! Part of the famed Virgin Group, owned by Sir Richard Branson, designers from around the world are invited to create a t-shirt graphic for Virgin Healthmiles company members.   This is a challenging brief. You ...
DesignCrowd, 8/8/2012 4:35:23 PM
Source: 'Cup Phone' by Carglu via DeviantArt By Jo Sabin Design Brief 101A design brief is a document, completed by an individual or organisation looking to reach out for creative services. A design brief, in essence, is a not-so-brief document that outlines the objectives and expectations of ...
DesignCrowd, 7/23/2012 1:36:03 PM
By Jo SabinEach Olympic Games is represented by a country logo placed on myriad official (and unofficial) branded memorabilia. The ethos behind the logo is to achieve universal appeal by uniting countries whilst reflecting the local cultural identity of the host nation and embodying the Olympic valu ...
DesignCrowd, 7/12/2012 1:29:16 PM
By Jo SabinAs digital consumers, every day we are exposed to skeuomorphic design elements. In it's simplest definition, a digital Skeuomorph (pronounced skew-o-morf) is an element that retains the look, feel and/or functionality of it's real-world counterpart. Skeuomorphism is a major design element ...
DesignCrowd, 7/11/2012 10:43:23 PM
By Jo SabinDuring some top secret discussions this week it came to light that the DesignCrowd customerservice team all seem to operate under aliases. Whilst going by names such as Nathan, Cherished,Guillermo and Emily, they all have super-secret abilities to help the DC community. We're proud and ex ...
DesignCrowd, 7/11/2012 9:44:20 PM
By Jo SabinApps have been integrated into our lives. I regularly depend on my apps to get things done; from figuring out when I should leave the house to be somewhere on time to reading a book or article or even just passing time playing a random game. With the appetite for smart phones in western c ...
DesignCrowd, 7/4/2012 11:07:48 PM
By Jo SabinPortrait of Alfred Bernhard Nobel (1833-1896), Chemist, from Flicker CommonsDesignCrowd designer, Joshua Borja, and startup marketer / DC insider Jo Sabin, take a look at the phenomenon and recommend some steps to get you on the path to creating your own app.Need a custom design now? Sta ...
DesignCrowd, 7/2/2012 1:25:56 PM
By Jo Sabin Happy 'Canada Day' to our Canadian customers and designers! July 1st marks the official date in which Canada's colonies were united as a single federation in 1867. While there will be lots of flag-waving and national pride on display, for some provinces such as the French-speaking p ...
DesignCrowd, 7/2/2012 12:15:14 PM
By Jo Sabin As a designer, you know the tools get to freelance design done efficiently and effectively: you've got apps like Photoshop and Illustrator and specialty tools like FontLab installed and ready to go. But what about the business and administration apps? What do you use to deal with task ...
DesignCrowd, 6/21/2012 1:22:30 PM
By Jo SabinWe're super-excited to announce the launch of DesignCrowd's $3,000 Facebook Design Contest!We're inviting DesignCrowd designers to create an enticing/compelling/luscious/cool/awesome graphic promoting yourself on DesignCrowd - hence the theme 'Hire Me on DesignCrowd.com!' We want you to ...
DesignCrowd, 6/13/2012 2:13:48 PM
By Jo SabinDear Dexter Fans,The international hit TV show Dexter featuring America's favorite fictional serial killer, Dexter Morgan, has launched a 'killer' Dexter-themed t-shirt design contest on DesignCrowd! Channel your inner 'dark angel' and express your passion for the TV show character Dex ...
DesignCrowd, 6/8/2012 6:14:50 PM
By Jo Sabin We were delighted to receive the news that DesignCrowd was selected as a finalist in the CeBIT.AU Business Award for Innovation. We were in fine company. Amongst the finalists was Australia's world renowned national science agency, CSIRO plus mobile advertising startup Tapit. ...
DesignCrowd, 6/8/2012 5:07:00 PM
By Jo Sabin We're excited to announce 16 new products on DesignCowd! Our marketplace is a one-stop shop for all your design needs. Got a Facebook page that needs a 'face-lift' launch a Facebook page design project. Want a cool-looking app button design? If your brand is dipping its toe into custom ...
DesignCrowd, 6/8/2012 2:01:56 PM
By Jo Sabin In May DesignCrowd exhibited at CeBIT -  Australia's biggest technology exhibition. Over three days we exhibited alongside 500+ exhibitors including Dell, Lenova, Panasonic, and spoke to hundreds of visitors (more than 30,000 visitors attend the event).  We were invited to joi ...
DesignCrowd, 6/6/2012 9:25:03 PM
Jo Sabin To celebrate the launch of DesignCrowd.ca, DesignCrowd is offering Canadian entrepreneurs and businesses a free posting on ANY logo, website, or graphic design project for the months of June and July! Just use the discount code CA-LAUNCH-OFFER when placing an order on DesignCrow ...
DesignCrowd, 6/6/2012 9:12:02 PM
By Jo SabinDear Canada / Canadian designers / Canadian Entrepreneurs / Canadian DesignCrowd Users,DesignCrowd is very happy to announce we have launched a new Canadian crowdsourcing website - DesignCrowd.ca! Canada, this is your one-stop shop for custom design that is better, faster, cheaper and mor ...
DesignCrowd, 6/6/2012 6:53:05 PM
By Jo SabinDesignCrowd Canada has launched and in this post we're highlighting a few of the best Canadian designers. Between the following 12 designers below, they have submitted over 9325 designs to 3912 briefs, on average submitting 2.4 designs per contest. Out of those briefs, they have won 337 o ...
DesignCrowd, 5/21/2012 4:47:28 PM
By Jo Sabin Attention designers!  TimesSquare.com - a news and entertainment guide website focused on the Times Square district in New York City - has launched a $10,000 logo contest on DesignCrowd! It's time to fire up your imagination and start designing for this brillia ...
DesignCrowd, 5/12/2012 7:00:52 PM
Introducing the Logos Quiz Game app - the 'logo game' for the iPhone and iPad that is taking the world by storm.If you haven't seen people playing the game, you soon will.  The free logo game (which can be downloaded from the App Store) is currently listed by Apple as a Top 10 App in 8 countries aro ...
DesignCrowd, 3/15/2012 4:50:20 PM
Jo SabinThe first graphical user interfaces were modeled on the metaphor of a desktop, with folders and windows that worked like papers scattered across a desk - not to mention the tidy bin by the desk for all that trash. The metaphor is still alive and well in today's operating systems, and it make ...
DesignCrowd, 3/15/2012 1:10:16 PM
By Jo SabinYou may know Mark by his moniker, BigBlueCurrant on DesignCrowd and our sister site, BrandCrowd. Mark Curran is one of DesignCrowd's most in-demand designers so we've asked him to share with the community some insights into his design practice and the influences that shape his work. Today ...
DesignCrowd, 3/14/2012 7:44:01 PM
By Jo SabinThe UK startup scene is booming with many interesting startups creating new market opportunities around crowdsourced models to the rise of the tech-savvy urban locavore to social music services and more! Successful startups are cropping up all over the place. One example is the British st ...
DesignCrowd, 3/10/2012 6:26:21 PM
By Jo SabinTo celebrate International Women's Day 2012, DesignCrowd is celebrating and acknowledging top female designers from around the world!Support women in the design industry by hiring one of DesignCrowd's top female designers (and get 25% off) or share this email with your friends! ...
DesignCrowd, 2/23/2012 10:00:42 PM
By Jo SabinIn early December, Twitter rolled out a new design - known as 'new new Twitter' having followed so soon on the heels of the previous major redesign. One of the less loudly touted features introduced at the time was Twitter brand pages - an equivalent to the page feature offered for use by ...
DesignCrowd, 2/23/2012 8:29:50 PM
By Jo SabinSometimes a business needs a logo fast. Sometimes getting a custom logo design might not yield the right result. Sometimes a designer submits a design to a client that doesn't get used. This is where BrandCrowd comes in!BrandCrowd.com is our new stock logo site that offers thousands of ...
DesignCrowd, 2/23/2012 7:12:00 PM
By Jo SabinDesignCrowd recently launched in the UK!  So we thought we'd do a blog post highlighting DesignCrowd's best UK designers!  As background, we at DesignCrowd have noticed that the UK is a great source of creative talent and graphic designers.  For example, Our current #1 ranked / best desig ...
DesignCrowd, 2/16/2012 3:24:59 PM
UK businesses and designers can now use DesignCrowd to work directly/exclusively with eachother via a new feature on DesignCrowd.co.uk. UK business customers now have the ability to crowdsource logo,website, print and other graphic designs from their favourite local UK designers.This will allow loca ...
DesignCrowd, 2/16/2012 2:39:56 PM
By Jo SabinDear "Mother Country" / UK entrepreneurs / UK designers / UK DesignCrowd Users, DesignCrowd is delighted to announce that we've launched a new UK website for DesignCrowd - DesignCrowd.co.uk.  The new site will give UK businesses and designers the opportunity to work together directly or w ...
DesignCrowd, 2/15/2012 4:47:24 PM
By Jo Sabin To celebrate the launch of DesignCrowd.co.uk - DesignCrowd is offeringUK businesses and entrepreneurs a free posting on ANY logo, website or graphic design project to  for the months of February and March! Just use the discount code UK-LAUNCH-OFFER on when placing ...
DesignCrowd, 2/10/2012 6:40:56 PM
By Jo SabinSocial media is the best thing to happen to small business owners since the personal computer. Social apps like Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare enable small businesses to compete with big brands by giving small and big brands alike the opportunity to connect directly with prospects and c ...
DesignCrowd, 2/10/2012 4:59:52 PM
By Jo SabinSt Valentine, love and the heart are great sources of inspiration, not only for lovers and poets but also designers, bloggers and business owners around the world. We've noticed love-themed (in particular heart-themed) logos are popping up all over the web - from dating websites to pet lo ...
DesignCrowd, 2/10/2012 4:43:40 PM
By Jo Sabin Logo design trends start with niche groups of visual designers creating a particular visual style. Often these concepts are inspired from adjacent creative practices (think music, literature, fashion, art etc) or the broader society and culture.  The visual references/style/metaphor is u ...
DesignCrowd, 1/27/2012 9:43:38 PM
By Jo Sabin To continue the Australia Day celebrations this weekend, we've created some shareable little Aussie icons you can send to your mates.To shout your mate a virtual beer or a lamb chop your item just click the icon and "like" or "send" the icon to a mate. ...
DesignCrowd, 1/27/2012 9:39:39 PM
By Jo SabinA really cool new feature available to Australian customers is the ability to crowdsource logo, website, print and other graphic designs from their favourite local Aussie designers. There are lots of benefits for both businesses and designers, including working in the same time zone and b ...
DesignCrowd, 1/27/2012 9:31:03 PM
By Jo SabinWe're excited to announce that we've launched Australia's first only country-specific crowdsourcing service. Our new site - www.designcrowd.com.au - allows Australian businesses to crowdsource designs exclusively from Aussie designers or reach out to the entire world. This means businesse ...
DesignCrowd, 1/16/2012 3:07:58 PM
DesignCrowd logo designers can now sell unused logo designs (i.e. logo designs that were not selected / purchased / used by clients) via BrandCrowd.com.  This will help you make money from every logo uploaded to DesignCrowd (and potentially become a billionaire*). *term 'billionaire ...
DesignCrowd, 1/11/2012 3:07:53 PM
Dear Designers and Customers, We're pleased to announce that our recent acquisition of Brandstack has grown our design community to more than 50,000 designers (you heard me). To celebrate this and the end of 2011, we've created a list of the 40 Best Logo Designers from 2011 on DesignCrow ...
DesignCrowd, 1/11/2012 12:19:10 PM
By Jo SabinWe'd like to introduce some of the top logo designers on BrandCrowd.com (which was previously known as Brandstack) to the DesignCrowd user base (and to simply show some love to some of our fav designers on BrandCrowd) - so we've pulled together a list of the Top 40 Brandstack Designers of ...
DesignCrowd, 1/9/2012 5:34:57 PM
By Jo Sabin The startup / tech-scene boomed in 2011, wavered somewhat and then soldiered on. Tech businesses weathered natural disasters, GFC "2" and, sadly, the passing of Steve Jobs. Despite this, Groupon and LinkedIn IPO'd, Quora got popular, Google launched Google+ and people developed "Gro ...
DesignCrowd, 12/30/2011 1:49:00 PM
To celebrate the launch of BrandCrowd.com, we are offering a $20 discount on any logo on BrandCrowd that you purchase! Browse the logos now and make sure you use the following discount code: Discount / Promo Code NY2012 *Offer valid until 7 January 2012 31 January 2012! Ca ...
DesignCrowd, 12/30/2011 1:00:44 PM
We are pleased to announce the launch of BrandCrowd (www.brandcrowd.com).BrandCrowd is a marketplace for premium, ready-made logos and brands.  You can use BrandCrowd to browse thousands of beautiful pre-made logos (from Dentist Logos to Dating Logos) and either either buy the logo for the price ava ...
DesignCrowd, 12/30/2011 12:41:21 PM
DesignCrowd is pleased to announce to its beloved users the acquisition of Brandstack.com, a leading online marketplace of premium, ready-made logo and brand marketplace, where designers can upload their favourite unused designs and buyers can find a premium quality ready-made logo fast and affordab ...
DesignCrowd, 11/28/2011 11:49:12 AM
Anyone who has the Internet has used Google and anyone that's used the Google more than once has probably noticed that Google's logo changes from time to time.  This is part of Google's Doodle4Google program which aims to make searching on the Internet more fun.In 2011, Google has already had 231 di ...
DesignCrowd, 11/25/2011 4:22:03 PM
Bright logos that use a number of colors are great. They're eye-catching in a sea of drab logos, which works well for businesses, and they have that playful, light-hearted feeling that makes viewers feel good. But design sensibility says limiting color choice is an important part of the process, and ...
DesignCrowd, 11/25/2011 3:07:18 PM
DesignCrowd is on a recruitment rampage!  We're looking to hire some talented, motivated, brilliant, noble, hard working and creative people into the DesignCrowd team.  We've got loads of positions available and we're accepting applications for people around the world.  In this blog we're going to o ...
DesignCrowd, 11/7/2011 4:51:45 PM
Dear designers / entrepreneurs / friends,We're very happy to announce that DesignCrowd has received a $3 million venture capital investment from Starfish Ventures.Starfish Ventures is an Australian (Melbourne-based) venture capital firm that invests in information technology, life sciences and clean ...
DesignCrowd, 10/12/2011 11:19:58 AM
By Jo SabinExcellent news for New Zealanders - we have just launched DesignCrowd.co.nz. That's right, New Zealand now has a site dedicated to helping NZ businesses "crowdsource" creative projects to designers around the world.Built on top of our existing DesignCrowd crowdsourcing engine, the New Zea ...
DesignCrowd, 10/11/2011 1:21:33 PM
Silicon Valley is the place most people think of when talking about startups, while Israel, India, China and more recently Australia are receiving honorable mentions as foreign investors are developing an interest and making prominent investments in these geographies. New Zealand often gets short s ...
DesignCrowd, 10/11/2011 1:18:33 PM
With the Rugby Union World Cup currently underway in New Zealand, we thought there is no better time to look back at some of the top Rugby World Cup poster designs from over the years. We take a look at some of the most famous posters, from the historic 1987 rugby world cup wallcharts to some of t ...
DesignCrowd, 10/11/2011 1:06:03 PM
New Zealand is a place that puts a huge amount of value in national symbols. The silver fern is the most prominent among these - as you'll see in this roundup, Kiwis find many ways to work the fern into their logographs, from the straight-up implementation in the All Blacks logo to the clever integr ...
DesignCrowd, 9/12/2011 11:29:54 AM
By Clancy Clarke Universities, colleges and tutorial bloggers are brilliant at teaching designers how to use Photoshop, Illustrator and other design software.  But they rarely introduce designers about other useful career or business-building tools.  Below are 5 useful tools (some of whic ...
DesignCrowd, 9/12/2011 11:16:22 AM
Our top logo designers are constantly churning out creative logos (via our crowdsourcing process). Here are some of the best from August 2011:Raw Studio by GohdezignShakr by HellorexIsland Power by Big Blue CurrantRecipes by Clément NicolleGlider Systems by BluejetANNIEE by HellorexHound Habit by J ...
DesignCrowd, 8/30/2011 2:59:37 PM
Every man, woman, friend and cousin has had a business idea.  Seeking to pursue their dream (or perhaps inspired by  Rich Dad, Poor Dad, Tony Robbins or The Social Network) we have countless friends who approach us with their own "million dollar" business idea.  Th ...
DesignCrowd, 8/30/2011 12:39:28 PM
By Alec Lynch If you're starting a business (or considering starting a business), there are a number of reasons a recession or downturn (e.g. the current economic downturn) is a good time to start.  For example, during downturns, many talented people are looking for work; interest rates are lo ...
DesignCrowd, 8/29/2011 11:35:25 PM
They say that starting a business during a recession is, contrary to what many would say is common sense, the best time to do so. But some businesses do better during recessions than others - it's hardly a great time to start an auto dealership or real estate company. Making your entry into the righ ...
DesignCrowd, 8/5/2011 6:49:13 PM
DesignCrowd visited Zappos offices in Las Vegas last month and, in addition to taking a few happy snaps, we took away some ideas and learnings about an important topic: happiness.Zappos.com is a crazily successful online retailer but what emerged after spendi ...
DesignCrowd, 8/5/2011 1:32:56 PM
We've just launched some new affiliate tools (from banner ads to videos) to help you (affiliate marketers, customers, designers or secret admirers) promote DesignCrowd with their friends, families, blog readers and pets.Here are some of the tools we've launched (you can view all 6 tools here): Tw ...
DesignCrowd, 8/5/2011 12:41:35 PM
This blog post was written by Angela Farrell (Sydney based graphic designer and art director).  Angela was a member of Australia's 2008 Beijing Olympic Sailing team.  You can hire Angela via Angela's portfolio on DesignCrowd.For creatives, our ideas are our business. A question we often need to addr ...
DesignCrowd, 7/27/2011 2:45:03 PM
Need a metallic graphic design? Check out the tutorial below, download the free Adobe Illustrator file below or hire James Turner (the designer) on DesignCrowd. See how James Turner made this in Illustrator via the button below:You can also download the above vector free in I ...
DesignCrowd, 7/13/2011 6:07:10 PM
In this article, we speak to one of our designers, Aart Tanner from Netbloom in California (USA).  Check out Aart's Netbloom designer portfolio on DesignCrowd today.About Aart TannerAre you male or female?I am just a simple man.Describe the city that you live in.Goleta is a small university beach to ...
DesignCrowd, 7/13/2011 5:17:58 PM
Last week DesignCrowd visited Google's "Campus" headquarters in Mountain View California.  In a nutshell, Google's Campus is Disneyland for the computer geek.  Upon arrival we were immediately struck by how fun the campus was and after 4 hours we were ready to get a Google tattoo.   ...
DesignCrowd, 7/12/2011 3:24:48 PM
"Deal of the day" or "Group Buying" websites are popping up all over the world.  They're the new startup trend and the valuations and capital they're attracting are creating waves in the online world while the discounts they're providing are creating waves for bricks and mortar retailers. With ...
DesignCrowd, 6/29/2011 5:24:32 PM
By Clancy Clarke While browsing projects in DesignCrowd's list of graphic design jobs, you'll see an avatar wearing a green shirt () and you might wonder what that is all about! This icon () indicates that the project is a traditional 'freelance job' and not a 'design contest'. For these ...
DesignCrowd, 6/17/2011 4:09:49 PM
Like the rest of the design industry, DesignCrowd has a range of designers with varying levels of experience.  This is reflected in the diversity of the bids for logo design that clients receive.  Want to attract the very best designers to your project? It can be done. In this article, we ...
DesignCrowd, 6/6/2011 4:20:10 PM
In this article, we speak to one of our DesignCrowd designers, Stuart Burns, who has become one of the top ranked logo and business card designers - check out Stuart's designer portfolio here.Burns' Design BackgroundTell us about yourself:I live in Adelaide (Australia) and started freelancing in 200 ...
DesignCrowd, 5/30/2011 2:48:54 PM
DesignCrowd is pleased to announce the launch of our affiliate program. This program will allow anyone (designers, customers, affiliate marketers, web hosting companies or printing companies) to earn great affiliate commissions by referring clients to DesignCrowd ...
DesignCrowd, 5/24/2011 3:15:55 PM
Need to a character design, character illustration or comic book illustrator? Check out the tutorial below, download the free Photoshop file below or hire Michael Patrick on DesignCrowd. See how Michael Patrick made this illustration on Photoshop via the button below:You can ...
DesignCrowd, 5/23/2011 11:25:29 AM
Advertising in the digital age is more ubiquitous than ever. With increasingly interactive and unconventional advertising formats, it is sometimes easy to forgot about one of the fundamental classic mediums for delivering advertising: print. In one form or another, print ads have been around since t ...
DesignCrowd, 5/21/2011 3:18:21 PM
When you're creating a brief for a graphic designer, it's tempting to stick to the bare minimum: "Auto shop with older customers driving mid-range cars" is a good start, and it may do you some good. But if you know the target market you're aiming for, you can give your designer more to work with - s ...
DesignCrowd, 5/17/2011 3:19:59 PM
When it comes to increasing conversions in any web-based sales funnel, much of the focus is usually on the copy - and rightly so, as that's where most of the heavy-lifting is done. But the design elements in your sales funnel play an important role as well, and small changes - such as the color of a ...
DesignCrowd, 4/26/2011 7:43:17 PM
DesignCrowd recently reached a big milestone - as of April, we have now paid out $1 million to graphic designers from 72 countries around the world.  This is fantastic for our designer community that has recently grown to 30,000 (another milestone reached in April). While businesses hav ...
DesignCrowd, 4/26/2011 6:23:21 PM
Everyone in the world is aware of what happened in Japan in early 2011. The tsunami, the earthquake and the resulting catastrophe with the Fukushima Nuclear power plant has captured the world's attention and sympathy. It has also triggered a wave of fund raising initiatives from various communitie ...
DesignCrowd, 4/25/2011 5:55:43 PM
The adoption of the CSS3 media queries specification by most major browsers has been a great thing for the web. More designers are paying attention to mobile design than ever before, and not only that: they're figuring out how to make the most of large screens while still catering to smaller resolut ...
DesignCrowd, 4/13/2011 3:43:12 PM
Arun Bhattacharya (a Kolkata based Indian web designer) has earnt an amazing $10,000 his first 4 weeks on DesignCrowd in what can only be described as a design contest rampage. Arun who operates James Brown Design Studio and who joined DesignCrowd in January of t ...
DesignCrowd, 4/11/2011 8:40:53 PM
This blog post was written by Elisha Leo - the #1 logo designer on DesignCrowd and winner of '2010 Logo Designer' award on DesignCrowd.  DesignCrowd is a design marketplace that offers designers both design contests (with participation payments) and one-on-one freelance jobs.Designers who bid on de ...
DesignCrowd, 4/9/2011 12:58:52 PM
Hi everyone!Velaro.com has just posted an $8000 SaaS website design contest on DesignCrowd (that's right $8,000 - well actually ... $7,960 ... but still, massive).  It is for a fully coded website (so ideally you will have mad website coding skills but if not maybe you can just submit your front-end ...
DesignCrowd, 3/25/2011 10:58:41 AM
Steve Jobs is the CEO (and a co-founder) of Apple.  He's a co-founder of Pixar and Time magazine's person of the year 2010.  Through his career and through Apple Steve Jobs has had a huge impact on the computer, music and design industries.  Steve Jobs' achievements, speeches and views make him one ...
DesignCrowd, 3/21/2011 3:18:22 PM
Need to use some symbol fonts? Not sure if you need webdings, windings, carta or dingbests? Check out this free font symbol wall chart provided by DesignCrowd's James Turner.Need a graphic design with symbols in it? Need a designer who knows symbol fonts backwards? Hire James Turner (Darthv2000) ...
DesignCrowd, 2/24/2011 4:12:58 AM
In this blog we interview Kim Heras (Aussie tech startup guru and former writer at Technation and TheNextWeb) about his latest venture: the Australian Startup Accelerator PushStart (see also PushStart Logo Design Contest and 10 startup accelerators).  What is a startup accelerat ...
DesignCrowd, 2/24/2011 3:32:58 AM
Brilliant business ideas are generated daily by budding entrepeneurs. Unfortunately bubbles can be burst and business sometimes fail (illustrated by low % of businesses that last more than a year). A great idea is not enough to ensure success, there are many more factors that contribute to a profita ...
DesignCrowd, 2/11/2011 4:38:41 PM
In this article, DesignCrowd designer Crystal Bernia reveals the Top 100 Design Blogs ranked by traffic and categorized by topic. The world wide web is constantly sprouting new design blogs.  Amazingly, some of the biggest websites in the world are now graphic design blogs. For examp ...
DesignCrowd, 2/1/2011 5:29:01 PM
We are pleased to announce we have added a Voting/Polling tool to help customers get opinions and votes designs they receive on DesignCrowd.  This allows project owners to create their own online voting poll of their favourite designs from their contest and get feedback and rankings from their ...
DesignCrowd, 2/1/2011 2:16:32 PM
When you think of graphic design crowdsourcing (and projects suited to design crowdsourcing) you probably think of logo design and web design and online design contests. However, there is so much more you can do with design crowdsourcing that you may not have even thought of. Cr ...
DesignCrowd, 1/23/2011 9:58:40 PM
Need to design a web 2.0 logo? Want to get a slick wordmark logo? Hire Clément Nicolle, read his tutorial below or download the vector file Tutorial by Clément Nicolle Clément Nicolle is a freelance logo designer from France. Clément has ...
DesignCrowd, 1/11/2011 6:00:30 PM
Web design is a fast evolving industry and as such the trends in the web industry are ever changing. In today's modern market it has become a rich, mature medium which balances aesthetics and functionality. We have so many powerful tools at our disposal, (such as CSS and advanced HTML coding) and ...
DesignCrowd, 1/11/2011 3:55:15 PM
Having so many amazing designers on DesignCrowd.com gives us a chance to really learn a thing or two about design, the design industry and what drives a good designer. The following interview with Chomp too place via email after being awarded runner up in our best logo designers of 2010.  ...
DesignCrowd, 1/10/2011 4:43:31 PM
Despite the recent economic downturn, start-up companies are still proving to be at the forefront of economic growth. There have been some fantastic success stories in 2010 especially from the following list of 50 (whether their logos are good or not). Start up business 99Dresses (Fro ...
DesignCrowd, 1/10/2011 3:26:41 PM
We have decided to inverview some of our intrepid designers on what they do, how they do it and what makes them tick in terms of design! (We also threw in a few questions about DesignCrowd so we could find out what drives the amazing designers on our site!) The following interview was ...
DesignCrowd, 12/27/2010 3:11:11 PM
2010 Logo Designer Award Winners! It's time for our annual logo design awards and this year we would like to congratulate Elisha Leo as the winner of "Best Logo Designer of 2010." Our "Best New Logo Designer Award" goes to Chomp from the UK. Logo design has such a high competition rate that these ...
DesignCrowd, 12/24/2010 4:49:20 PM
2010 Web Designer Award Winners! It's time for our annual web design awards and this year we would like to congratulate Xpiderz as the winner of "Best Web Designer of 2010"! DesignCrowd would also like to present Net Bloom as "Best New Web Designer for 2010." Our Top 5 this year has a wide demogr ...
DesignCrowd, 12/17/2010 12:43:49 PM
Startups have flourished in 2010. The last 12 months have yielded some fantastic success stories. Groupon is a standout and is currently receiving a lot of attention, buzz and press. Some believe the latest wave of start-ups are driving a dot-com recovery. Either way, as designers, it is interest ...
DesignCrowd, 12/16/2010 4:23:09 PM
Need to design a fruit logo? Check out Clément Nicolle's tutorial below or hire Clément through his portfolio.You can also download the above free strawberry logo vector below!Tutorial by Clément Nicolle Clément Nicolle is a fre ...
DesignCrowd, 11/29/2010 6:30:50 PM
Origami logos are in vogue.  Learn how to make an origami logo design (like the one below) via this premium tutorial written by DesignCrowd's own Elisha Leo and published on BlueBlots! You can also download the origami logo vector for free below! Tutorial by Elisha ...
DesignCrowd, 11/26/2010 6:52:32 PM
Businesses and designers can now use Facebook and Twitter to promote themselves via DesignCrowd! We've integrated Facebook and Twitter features throughout DesignCrowd allowing project owners (businesses) and designers to share stuff on Facebook and Twitter with a click of a button! Proje ...
DesignCrowd, 11/26/2010 5:13:00 PM
By Jo Sabin Witkey is the Chinese word for crowdsourcing and (thanks to sites like TaskCN.com, Zhubajie.com and Witkey.com) Witkey might be (already) bigger business in China than crowdsourcing is in the US, UK, Australia or anywhere else in the world. DesignCrowd CEO Alec Lynch recently gave a pr ...
DesignCrowd, 11/19/2010 5:52:10 PM
Logo contests might be the best option for startup company looking for a new logo on a tight budget but a number of the world's most famous logos and big brands have benefited from the value and creativity that a good contest can generate. A logo contest or competition places an open call to design ...
DesignCrowd, 11/19/2010 5:06:40 PM
Web design contests involve posting a brief and getting 20, 30, 50 (or sometimes 100-plus!) web design concepts from designers around the world.  Clients all request different things - but one thing we often see requested by clients is "Creativity required!" so in this blog we will highlight what to ...
DesignCrowd, 11/3/2010 12:45:21 PM
If you did a quick internet search to find the list of the largest employers in the world, you would get the following well-known organizations: Peoples Liberation Army, China, 2,300,000 employees Wal-Mart Stores, United States, 1,800,000 employees Indian State Railways, India, 1,400,000 employ ...
DesignCrowd, 10/28/2010 11:28:15 PM
Dirt.com recently posted a logo contest on DesignCrowd ("Kick Ass Logo That Will Make You Famous") and in response received a whopping 630 playful logo designs.   After recently selecting a winner (see below), Dirt.com founder Andrew Jacob agreed to share how he got 630 logo designs for $400! ...
DesignCrowd, 10/28/2010 8:44:11 PM
By Alec Lynch Crowdsourcing (the process of using an open call contest or a 'crowd' of people to get something done) is a buzz word that was coined in Wired Magazine by author Jeff Howe in 2006, but the process of crowdsourcing was invented as early as 1714.  Since then, crowdsourcing has help ...
DesignCrowd, 10/7/2010 3:59:27 PM
Clancy Clarke Poster design often provides great scope for creativity. Events, DJs and festivals all need posters and the nature of these clients allow for more creative graphic design. Below are 14 beautiful poster designs from our very talented community of poster designers.     ...
DesignCrowd, 10/7/2010 3:09:31 PM
We're pleased to announce the winner of our designer widget contest as Harry Jay (of HarryJay.org)! Harry's widget received over 500 views in September and as the most viewed widget he'll receive "200 large" (i.e. $200)! 1st Place $200 Widget Contest: Harry Jay We'd love to see ...
DesignCrowd, 10/7/2010 12:19:57 AM
In addition to the stellar growth of our graphic designer community, we're very pleased to announce that the DesignCrowd business is going gangbusters too!  In the last 12 months we've grown the number of projects on our website by a whoping 797%! Check out our excellent / exponential growth ...
DesignCrowd, 10/7/2010 12:16:38 AM
DesignCrowd is proud to announce that in early October we signed up graphic designer number 20,000 (as of today we have 20,311 graphic designers - see our graphic designer directory)!  Even more amazing is that these 20,000 designers come from 140 different countries!  Most of our designer ...
DesignCrowd, 10/7/2010 12:11:05 AM
By Alec Lynch We wanted to celebrate reaching 20,000 graphic designers on DesignCrowd and we thought "what celebration is complete without a collage or montage?"  The answer: none. So, here is a collage of 2,000 or so random designers from our 20,000 (yes we cheated - it is not exactly 2 ...
DesignCrowd, 10/5/2010 11:03:03 PM
Design contests can help you get creative designs and ideas from around the world but a design contest can also help you promote your product or service; generate positive PR; engage with consumers or other businesses (i.e. potential customers); generate buzz; and/or build a following on ...
DesignCrowd, 9/14/2010 4:52:24 PM
If you are a new designer (perhaps with no designs in your portfolio and no customer feedback) you can create a basic 'Hire me' widget. Here's what a basic 'Hire me' widget looks like: Powered by DesignCrowd - Graphic Design Services Powered by DesignCrowd - Logo Design These widgets do ...
DesignCrowd, 9/10/2010 6:32:19 PM
By Clancy Clarke Print design encompasses flyer design, poster design and brochure design. The skills to produce these design types are similar but the techniques, software and skills used are quite different from those required for logo design or web design. Check out the 10 beautiful examples o ...
DesignCrowd, 9/10/2010 1:29:22 PM
By Alec LynchThe other week I attended a series of expert round tables for small businesses and technology companies hosted by The Insight Exchange (topics included search marketing, content curation, iPhone app development etc).  Each round table had about 10 people allowing for small, up-close int ...
DesignCrowd, 9/1/2010 6:18:14 PM
Over the past few weeks we have been actively been asking designers what they would like to see in their my profile page. As such, we have been busy implementing as many of these feature requests as possible and we wanted to put a quick blog post detailing some of the changes (there are still more t ...
DesignCrowd, 9/1/2010 5:16:28 PM
Have you ever submitted a bunch of designs to DesignCrowd and wished they automatically showed up on your personal website? Or maybe you are jumping up our designer rankings and would like to advertise this outside of DesignCrowd? Well we've heard you! Here at the DesignCrowd labs we have bee ...
DesignCrowd, 8/5/2010 1:08:14 AM
DesignCrowd has (finally) launched a facebook group! http://facebook.com/DesignCrowd Our DesignCrowd fan page is intended for both designers and businesses and their friends.  We do not want this to be another boring coporat ...
DesignCrowd, 8/3/2010 12:43:23 PM
Udaya Kumar (designer of the Indian rupee) has joined the DesignCrowd community as a designer (view Udaya's profile page here).  Udaya (who we interviewed last week) specialises in graphic design, typography, type design and design research. Customers, businesses and design studios from a ...
DesignCrowd, 7/28/2010 8:22:20 PM
Last week, the Indian Government completed one of the most successful, high-profile crowdsourcing projects ever when it revealed its new symbol for the Rupee () which was created through a public design contest (a fantastic example of crowdsourcing!).UdayaKumar, the winner of the contest (and now "d ...
DesignCrowd, 7/15/2010 4:25:22 PM
By Alec Lynch Meet Crowdrise (www.crowdrise.com) an online fundraising service that is essentially a charitable crowdfunding site (based on the principles of crowdsourcing). Crowdrise is genius and, at some level, a very pure form of crowdsourcing.  Here's how it works: If you need to fu ...
DesignCrowd, 7/8/2010 3:51:49 PM
Wine Logo Designs and Wine Labels - Here are 6 famous wine logos (shown on the actual wine labels) for some of the most expensive wines and champagnes in the world ... #1 - Grange Hermitage Label and Logo A classic by the Australian brand Penfolds (a great wordmark logo). #2 - Chateau M ...
DesignCrowd, 7/1/2010 2:25:01 PM
About 4 years ago I was in New Zealand and I walked past a church with a clever, funny and striking billboard:I didn't take a photo at the time but, thank iGod, after 4 years of inaction someone did the hard work for me!  Parking any comment of the copyright issues of this billboard, the point of th ...
DesignCrowd, 6/29/2010 5:36:51 PM
Negative space logos are a particular type of logo that makes use of background colour (often white) to create something (such as a shape, icon or character). Negative space logo designs make for some of the most creative and striking logos you will find! Check out these 16 great examples of negativ ...
DesignCrowd, 6/29/2010 1:29:22 PM
Crowdfunding websites are a new way to get money from the community / other people for your project, charity or business and they are an exciting new application of crowdsourcing! Here's a definition of crowdfunding from Wikipedia: Crowd funding (sometimes called crowd financing or crowd sourced ...
DesignCrowd, 6/29/2010 12:06:29 PM
By Alec Lynch Crowdsourcing can take many forms - for example, you can crowdsource feedback, you can crowdsource t-shirts, you can crowdsource funding and (of course) you can crowdsource design (DesignCrowd is a crowdsourcing design website).  Each crowdsourcing application uses a different ...
DesignCrowd, 6/9/2010 11:44:33 PM
To celebrate the release of the invite system (in addition to the new and improved designer portfolios), I thought I would spend some time looking through the designer directories and pick out some designers who may not be at the top of the designer lists (yet) but have some eye-catching designs wor ...
DesignCrowd, 6/7/2010 6:11:13 PM
Recently, we came across TinEye (www.tineye.com) which is a brilliant, and currently free, resource for checking the originality of images online in seconds.  This is an incredibly useful tool for customers buying designs to help ensure the designs they purchase aren't infringing copyright ...
DesignCrowd, 6/5/2010 8:41:37 PM
Dear designers, As of yesterday (with the introduction of new paid invite system and new designer portfolios) participation payments now work differently.  While each design contest is open to everyone, participation payments are essentially invite on ...
DesignCrowd, 6/5/2010 8:32:14 PM
*Drum roll* ... the DC team is extremely proud to unveil brand new graphic designer directory! We have launched directories for each of our product categories.  Here are some examples: Graphic designers Logo designers Web page designers etc etc etc ... We also h ...
DesignCrowd, 6/5/2010 8:00:36 PM
Yesterday, DesignCrowd launched a new form of crowdsourcing - hybrid crowdsourcing.  Its key feature is this: customers can invite specific designers to work on their design projects via paid invites and AT THE SAME TIME open their design contest up to any designer around the world who wants to subm ...
DesignCrowd, 6/1/2010 5:13:49 PM
Congratulations to Zubin Kutar a pro blogger from WebTrafficROI in Canada for taking out DesignCrowd's $1,000 award for the blog with the most tweets (Zubin's blog received a wopping 205 tweets!). Yoiu Our viral blog contest received 23 awesome entries from bloggers, designers and customer ...
DesignCrowd, 5/24/2010 5:12:05 PM
Online forums are useful resources for small businesses.  They can help you solve a problem; provide a means of business networking; and/or help you advertise your goods / services (particularly if you are offering a B2B product / service). Here are 7 of the top online, free small business / ...
DesignCrowd, 5/20/2010 4:39:10 PM
Customers are always asking "What happens if I don't like any of the designs?" Well, now we have a good answer: We offer a 100% money back guarantee. ... but there's a catch to protect designers! :) Here's how it works ... Customers can now choose ...
DesignCrowd, 5/18/2010 6:41:16 PM
We like to think that you (the users of DesignCrowd) drive the car; we just make sure the motor runs. On a regular basis, we receive hundreds of requests and updates to DesignCrowd. In fact, I can almost guarantee that whilst in the process of writing this blog, my inbox has already been filled with ...
DesignCrowd, 5/5/2010 4:20:16 PM
If you didn't already know, we've just launched a DesignCrowd blog contest for $1,000!  This page is to help you with any questions you have about the contest or DesignCrowd itself ... (If you want to enter the contest go to: http://www.designcrowd.com/blog-contest) Questions or C ...
DesignCrowd, 5/5/2010 4:20:03 PM
Yo! We've just launched a DesignCrowd blog contest. Check it out here: http://www.designcrowd.com/blog-contest!  Got questions?  Visit this page to have all your questions answered! ...
DesignCrowd, 4/30/2010 6:01:32 PM
Logo bids, in general, come in two forms: Logos -  actual, custom (sometimes finished) logo design concepts Proposals - quotes or pitches to engage in future logo design work The term "logo bids" is often used by businesses who use services like DesignCrowd's (but not really designers) ...
DesignCrowd, 4/26/2010 11:28:21 PM
Almost every business needs a website and, more and more, businesses need websites with strong design (to stand-out from their competitors) and websites that convert (to ensure their advertising leads to sales).  This year, DesignCrowd has seen an unprecedented demand for web design - in partic ...
DesignCrowd, 4/26/2010 10:03:47 PM
DesignCrowd is fortunate to have a constant influx of new design talent.  As at Monday 26 April 2010 9:53PM Sydney time we had 14,605 graphic designers on DesignCrowd.com.  While we welcome all new talent to DesigngCrowd, here's 20 logo designers that have caught the eye of customers and t ...
DesignCrowd, 4/26/2010 9:14:15 PM
DesignCrowd has now launched RSS feeds!  These feeds are perfect for keeping up-to-date with our latest blogs (useful for business owners AND designers) as well as the latest design jobs as they're posted.  These feeds will give you updates faster than our email notifications (as there c ...
DesignCrowd, 4/19/2010 10:54:26 AM
Free logo design is tempting for businesses on a shoestring budget - but they can be a big mistake.  Free logos are often cliche, cheap and impossible to trademark.  Here are 5 free logos that are popular with businesses (and that use concepts most designers have toyed with at some point) ...
DesignCrowd, 4/9/2010 1:21:43 PM
By Alec LynchSimple logos are the best kind of logos - if you want proof of this, all you need do is look through the top 100 brands of the world.In the universe of logos there are 5 main types: wordmark, lettermark, pictorial, abstract and emblem. By far and away, wordmark and lettermark logos are ...
DesignCrowd, 3/26/2010 4:56:49 PM
Designer-to-designer outsourcing (or D2D outsourcing) occurs when one designer or design related business (a company, studio or freelancer) uses another designer (such as another studio or freelance designer) to complete part or all of a client design project ...
DesignCrowd, 3/26/2010 3:47:48 PM
Post any project on DesignCrowd in March and receive 50% off posting fees and any project upgrades! Remember to enter the code march-madness on step 5 of the order process to receive your discount! There are plenty more DesignCrowd discount Coupons available on our offers page. ...
DesignCrowd, 3/26/2010 2:40:08 PM
Logo redesigns are unavoidable as businesses naturally change and design/marketing techniques improve over time.  High profile logo redesigns (good or bad) always garner publicity.  However, bad redesigns can get a lot more publicity than successful redesigns as A) designers will jump ...
DesignCrowd, 3/24/2010 5:01:35 PM
DesignCrowd is pleased to announce a number of changes to our site and our design brief / order system.  These changes affect both customers buying designs as well as our designers.  Changes to DesignCrowd include minimum budgets on Design Contests as well as the introduction of fixed pric ...
DesignCrowd, 3/12/2010 12:53:41 PM
DesignCrowd has added some super cool features to our graphic design jobs page to make finding projects on DesignCrowd easier! New Filtering You can now: Sort by the size of the job - to find graphic design jobs that are paying better! Sort by when the job is closing - to su ...
DesignCrowd, 3/10/2010 4:58:33 PM
Dear designers and readers of this blog, DesignCrowd is growing fast (think Yao Ming as a teenager) and, as a result, we're looking to hire talented and smart designers, programmers and tech-savvy recruits.  We're looking for: ASP.NET C# ...
DesignCrowd, 3/4/2010 10:20:11 AM
To date on DesignCrowd, we've allowed customers to set any budget on projects with "no minimum".   We wanted to let the size of the budget dictate the response and we wanted to keep the site as open as possible ('free market radical' style).  Unfortunately, the open / market forces approa ...
DesignCrowd, 2/23/2010 10:09:54 PM
Design contests put an army of designers (sometimes tens of thousands) at your disposal - harnessing this many people, naturally, requires thought and effort.  Whether you're a small business with a small budget and a big idea (think 'the new drive-t ...
DesignCrowd, 2/16/2010 2:58:15 PM
Today we officially launched our new graphic design outsourcing platform to help design related businesses outsource their client design projects!  The platform allows you to discretely outsource a client design project (such as logo design) and then re- ...
DesignCrowd, 1/27/2010 5:49:03 PM
Most regular DesignCrowd users would agree, we have come a long way. It's taken time but we are now in a position where we can confidently say: not only do we have a brilliant product but we also have a brilliant platform to support it. We rarely focus on the technology side of the site but in today ...
DesignCrowd, 1/25/2010 1:35:41 PM
09 Lab has won the "Best Web Designer of 2009" award on DesignCrowd while Urban Ad from Australia has taken out the "Best New Web Designer of 2009" award. Australians dominated DesignCrowd's 2009 Web Design Awards with three of the top five designers (Urba ...
DesignCrowd, 1/25/2010 1:34:08 PM
Jason Shaw from Jace Design Canada has won DesignCrowd's inaugural "Best Logo Designer of 2009" award while DustinC (also from Canada) took out best newcomer.  Canadian designers dominated DesignCrowd's first ever Annual Logo Design Awards - three of the top five logo designers were from Ca ...
DesignCrowd, 11/27/2009 10:00:04 AM
We received a fantastic response to the Brand Australia logo contest.  362 logos designs, 110 designers, 19 countries.  A great example of the power of crowdsourcing. The winners (who are announced below) received an ice cold $2500 in cash. B&T magazine's cover story today announced ...
DesignCrowd, 11/24/2009 11:36:58 AM
What is DesignCrowd? DesignCrowd is a marketplace for any type of graphic design from logo design, stationery design and web design to illustration, poster and t-shirt design. Who is it for? Designers: talented freelancers, studios and professionals Businesses: start-ups, big ...
DesignCrowd, 11/23/2009 9:25:18 PM
Dear DesignBay User, DesignBay has been growing rapidly and to build on this I'm please to announce that we recently acquired and have now merged with another large freelance graphic design community. While we have kept everything that was great about DesignBay, our new name is "DesignCrowd" ...
DesignCrowd, 10/13/2009 3:57:57 PM
G'day, DesignBay with the help of our friends at B&T (yes, you heard me, B&T magazine the leading ad mag down-under) have launched a contest to get logo and tagline ideas for the Australian Government's new Brand Australia campaign!  This campaign has been big news in Australia a ...
DesignCrowd, 9/17/2009 2:09:36 PM
We are proud to unveil the greatest waratah logo ever made* and announce Dustin Crawford (of DustinC Canada) as the winner of our NSW Logo Contest.  Unfortunately, but perhaps not surprisingly, the government has yet responded to our offers to donate any of the excellent (and improved) design ...
DesignCrowd, 7/17/2009 8:08:36 PM
Designers! The NSW Government has botched their new logo so we're going out on a limb and running a contest to give them a better one!  We've just launched an in-house $1,000 contest to improve the New South Wales (NSW) government's new logo.  Twitter about it, blog about it and (most i ...
DesignCrowd, 7/8/2009 11:21:53 AM
Dear designers / anonymous blog-readers, We've done a bunch of updates to DesignBay including improving your profile, improving how everyone views designs as well as more information on job brief pages.  Get this - you can now post public reviews of other designs as well as report designs ...
DesignCrowd, 6/5/2009 2:12:23 PM
Dear Customers and Designers, DesignBay now requires that customers prepay design contests.  This means, for all new design contests, customers must now deposit their full budget with DesignBay at the beginning of the project.  This will help protect designer rights, attract high ...
DesignCrowd, 5/26/2009 2:40:26 PM
By Alec Lynch Firstly, thanks to everybody who came down to CeBIT Webciety to visit us at the DesignBay stall. We met so many great people, including other web start-ups, entrepreneurs, programmers, designers and businesses of every size imaginable. It was an awesome experience and it was gre ...
DesignCrowd, 5/26/2009 1:39:25 PM
Hi all! Non-Logo Contests (Website, Flyer, T-shirt, Brochure etc... Contests) Check them out! Some astute designers may have noticed that recently we have been getting more non-logo contests like website design jobs and contests, poster design jobs and t-shirt design jobs. These projects are not ...
DesignCrowd, 5/10/2009 8:41:47 PM
DesignBay is proud to announce we will be running a crowdsourcing experiment as part of Webciety 2009 Sydney and we want you (designers, our customers and the public) to participate!  The Experiment Task: Inv ...
DesignCrowd, 4/30/2009 12:54:36 PM
Yo, we have news! DesignBay is exhibiting at CeBIT Webciety Australia 2009 (which is a  part of the broader CeBIT 2009 ICT tradeshow - a down-under, spin-off of CeBIT's massive European tradeshow).  CeBIT is a brilliant IT, e-commerce and general geek/gadget tradeshow. There will be m ...
DesignCrowd, 4/29/2009 2:32:28 PM
DesignBay users needing design work done can now run private contests through DesignBay! Private contests are only visible to logged in designers and keeps project brief hidden from the prying eyes of ...
DesignCrowd, 4/4/2009 6:30:19 PM
Well done to the winners of the HI-TEC shoes icon design contests!  HI-TEC is a major international brand.  This is great for your portfolio and should help you win over future clients!  Keep your eye out for their work on the HI-TEC website and HI-TEC shoes in shoe stores ar ...
DesignCrowd, 4/2/2009 5:10:49 PM
Yo! You have been regular in submitting great designs, so you deserve this regular, metamucil-like blog!  You might be interested in the new designer rankings just out for March 09 (published on our design jobs home page) and some improvements we've made recently to DesignBay marketplace! ...
DesignCrowd, 3/12/2009 5:08:08 PM
HI-TEC have just posted their 3rd contest for icon design on DesignBay after getting an amazing number and quality of icon designs on their 1st contest submitted to their first project from a truly international design pool including designers from Mongolia, Texas, the UK, Canada and Australia.  ...
DesignCrowd, 3/9/2009 4:34:38 PM
Hola! It has been a long time since I last blogged and it has been a long time since Michael Jackson toured.  Fortunately (and unlike MJ) this will not be 'our last time' - I promise to make blogs more regular!  The focus of this blog is 1) HI-TEC congratulations 2) welcome to some new ...
DesignCrowd, 1/22/2009 7:47:54 PM
Dear Designers, You may have noticed DesignBay has had some technical problems in the last 5 days. On Sunday 18th January our server experienced a problem and our system was dramatically affected. Customer logins stopped working and many of the brief pages were temporarily damaged and, unfo ...
DesignCrowd, 12/20/2008 12:30:43 PM
DesignBay, 20/12/2008 Hi everyone, Jenny Witte or 'NiteOwl Designs' is a work-from-home mother and a great graphic designer who has sold a number of designs on DesignBay (she was #2 in our November graphic designer rankings)!  ...
DesignCrowd, 12/15/2008 1:49:53 PM
DesignBay, 15/12/2008 You might have seen our new offer to refer designers and get 1% of their earnings.  This post is an explanation of what it's all about and why you should try it out! Help DesignBay, Help Yourself ...
DesignCrowd, 12/8/2008 1:44:30 PM
Designers & DesignBay aficionado,We have added 6 hot new features to DesignBay and you guys have added over 1000 designs in the last month. Ourcustomers love it! We have set the table and some of you are cookingup Michelin star designs. Here is a recent testimonial from Aquatica (arecent clie ...
DesignCrowd, 11/20/2008 3:44:38 PM
DesignBay, 20/11/2008 Designers, friends & anonymous blog observers You can now communicate better with customers and get expect more detailed feedback from customers!  We've just added some hot new features to the DesignBay w ...
DesignCrowd, 10/29/2008 12:20:59 AM
Attn Designers.  You can now review quotes and designs you have submitted through the Submissions section of your My Profile.   You can also add an 'About' section to your public profile explaining about yourself or your business.  We are working on some other improvements for designers that we'll l ...
DesignCrowd, 10/13/2008 1:36:37 AM
DesignBay, 13/10/2008 Designers now have the opportunity to enter open brief design contests for web design - but some designers seem unsure whether or not to enter them.  The question is: ...
DesignCrowd, 9/29/2008 7:21:51 PM
DesignBay, 29/09/2008 Creative peoples and DesignBay contributors! During September we've had over $4000 of projects on DesignBay and we currently have around $2500 of open briefs still running! ...
DesignCrowd, 9/8/2008 10:00:44 PM
DesignBay, 8/09/2008 Hey all! We've had lots of new projects lately!  We're keen to hear what you think.   There's currently over US$3000 of design contests up for grabs of DesignBay.  We have small jobs, big jobs and fun jobs ...
DesignCrowd, 8/19/2008 9:12:49 PM
DesignBay, 19/08/2008 We have been churning out improvements on DesignBay (and finding new projects) during August. Recent DesignBay.com improvements: You have a new login page (as of tod ...
DesignCrowd, 7/20/2008 4:33:27 PM
Authorities on design publish articles on logo design trends every year but a closer look shows a common vein of 7 logo design styles that have been with us for at least 5 years. , These 'trends' appear to be withstanding the test of time, the question is: should we use them or should we avoid t ...
DesignCrowd, 7/14/2008 1:23:07 PM
Our customers are clamoring for more quotes and (incredibly) some projects are going without any quotes. , If customers are not offering enough money for a logo design or a web design - let's tell them! A few designers have said "they're not offering enough money". , Well you a ...
DesignCrowd, 6/25/2008 7:05:03 PM
DesignBay, 25/06/2008 We've got some new customers who are requesting quotes on DesignBay.  To clear up confusion there are two types of briefs on DesignBay Request for Quotes and Open briefs.   ...
DesignCrowd, 6/25/2008 5:42:22 PM
DesignBay, 25/06/2008 We have a number of customers taking a very long time in deciding which design they want and sometimes not replying to emails.  We think we've got the solution but we'd like to know what you think about it. ...
DesignCrowd, 6/25/2008 5:22:14 PM
DesignBay, 25/06/2008 Lincoln Hotels & Suites have decided to close their brief 1 week early as they have already selected the logo they want to use.   This is good news and bad news.  It means the customer liked a ...
DesignCrowd, 6/25/2008 5:20:10 PM
DesignBay, 25/06/2008 April has been a good month for DesignBay - we've had some fantastic submissions, new briefs and have added some new technology (like the automatic watermark). We have ...
DesignCrowd, 6/25/2008 5:20:10 PM
DesignBay, 25/06/2008 Web2.0 logos have a distinctive look and feel and often use techniques that break with accepted ...
DesignCrowd, 6/25/2008 5:18:29 PM
DesignBay, 8/09/2008 Hey all! We've had lots of new projects lately!  We're keen to hear what you think.   There's currently over US$3000 of design contests up for grabs of DesignBay.  We have small jobs, big jobs and fun jobs ...
DesignCrowd, 6/25/2008 5:17:54 PM
DesignBay, 25/06/2008 The winners of the DesignBay logo brief have been released! We've selected joint winners (and the results did not go with voting). Congratulations to: Illumin8 Design ...
DesignCrowd, 6/25/2008 5:17:26 PM
DesignBay, 25/06/2008 56 logo submissions, 25 designers, 5 place payments and 1 winner to choose.  We have a tough decision to make in selecting the best logo for DesignBay and we'd really like your help in picking a good one.  ...
DesignCrowd, 6/25/2008 5:17:04 PM
DesignBay, 25/06/2008 The DesignBay website is not finished yet - it is ... yes, beta.  However, rather than being a 'beta release' I like to think of it as a 'Subway cookie' release - half cooked, but still really good.  We r ...
DesignCrowd, 6/25/2008 5:16:38 PM
DesignBay, 25/06/2008 A (completed) connect-the-dots flyer Today we marketed DesignBay to creative talent at leading Australian design schools with our Connect-the-dots ad campaign. We canvas ...
DesignCrowd, 2/28/2008 5:16:08 PM
DesignBay, 25/06/2008 Congratulations to Fiona Johnston for being our first designer to win a brief!   Fiona earned US$300 for her winning design in the DesignBay Connect-the-dots Promo Ad Brief and then US$100 for making some ...
DesignCrowd, 1/10/2008 5:15:25 PM
In 2007, the London Olympic Games Committee paid the Wolff Olins brand agency £400,000 for a logo that sparked a public backlash and was famously condemned as "a puerile mess, an artistic flop and a commercial scandal".  I looked at that logo and thought "I know 10 people that could do better than t ...