99designs & the sense of entitlement

by Steve Douglas on December 13, 2014

99designs logo contest
It’s no secret that I’m not a huge fan of design contests in general, logo design contests in specific and 99designs in particular. One of the many reasons is that design contests (also know as spec work) have completely spun people’s attitude towards design services, particularly when it comes to logo design. Not only have many come to believe that logo design contests are accepted and groovy, but that this is how the industry operates as a matter of course. There’s almost a weird sense of entitlement for oodles of free design goodies from which to chose, paying only for the one design contest holders deem fit to be a “winner,” regardless of how many designers had entered their dog-and-pony show and how much time is spent on trying to please them. This odd little Twitter exchange illustrates this sense of entitlement quite nicely.

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Frankie Goes To Hollywood logo

by Steve Douglas on October 27, 2014

Frankie Goes To Hollywood logo
From the “my how time flies” department: The classic FGTH album Welcome to the Pleasuredome was released 30 years ago on Wednesday and because I always did love the band and the Frankie logo, figured I’d do a bit on both for our main blog. Trouble is, there’s no pristine versions lying around the Internet, so we had to recreate the logo into vector format, the result of that process featured above. As part of a salute to this oft-overlooked bit of musical history, we’ll also be looking at the wonderful design of FGTH (and their recording label Zang Tuum Tumb) on the Logo Factor in a couple of days. In the meantime:

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The Logo Factory Ireland. Kinda not really

by DippyDoo101 on October 11, 2014

Did you know that The Logo Factory has a shop in Ireland, the southern version of my home country? Specifically in a little town called Nenagh in County Tipperary? Neither did I until I ran across this:
the logo factory ireland nenagh tipperary
Okay fine. We own the registered trademark to “The Logo Factory” in the US and Canada, not in the UK or Ireland, so the name is fair game (though we do own the UK site that corresponds with our North American trademarks.) “The Logo Factory” might be appropriate for a Nenagh-based outfit that embroiders logos on wearable merch and such, so no quibbles there. That’s perfectly legit. Ah, but it doesn’t stop there. Here’s what the Irish version of The Logo Factory’s storefront looks like:
the logo factory ireland storefront
Notice the logo that’s been applied in vinyl to the bottom left-hand side of our Irish doppleganger’s window? Let’s take a closer look:
the logo factory ireland storefront
I guess when they say “bringing your logos to life” they meant literally bringing our logo to life. On their shop window. See, the little factory house in their logo was one of the unused concept ideas we tossed around in a blog post back in 2008 where we talked about redesigning our own house logo. Here’s what it looks like:

Alternative universe The Logo Factory

Oh, the Irish version’s been mangled, mutilated and distorted – probably using an Illustrator warp filter – but it’s definitely that house artwork. And the typography on our Tipperary friend’s logo has been cobbled together from the stuff we kicked around here, when we detailed the rather exhaustive rework of our logo into its current incarnation. Here’s an example of that: [read more…]

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Design contest infographic: by their numbers

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HBO’s True Detective opening credits

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Fave Tee Vee show at the moment has to be HBO’s True Detective, a great film noir series now unspooling every Sunday night. Not going to get into the show’s masterful use of alternate timelines, symbology and references to obscure horror novels – those subjects are being discussed, at great length, on many forums, blogs [...]

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The Logo Mechanics

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New site launch After much midnight oil burning, hand wringing and gnashing of teeth, Funkenhammer and I just launched a new site this weekend and I figured here’s as good a place as any to announce it. The Logo Mechanics is a ‘love child’ site of The Logo Factory dealing with logo repair (as opposed [...]

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Personal branding

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Changes

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Motorcycle trip

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A little motorcycle trip around the Forks of the Credit. Filmed this using a Go Pro HD Hero camera affixed to my helmet. I must have looked like a tool, but the results are pretty sweet.

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The Fallout Club: Wonderlust

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Awesome track from 1981. The Fallout Club was formed by Irish singer Trevor Herion, the experimental drummer Paul Simon, a young Thomas Dolby on keyboards and bassist Matthew Seligman. Herion and Simon formed the band shortly after the demise of their previous group, The Civilians,. Dolby was formerly in The Camera Club.

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John Foxx: Underpass. Long & sinister mix

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One of the classic 80s tracks – John Foxx‘s Underpass done up in a remix by Mark Reeders. Some serious Gary Numan influence going on here too.

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Video: Logopalooza 2

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Just finished this little puppy at my day gig.

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Why designers working for free aren’t doing themselves any favors

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Would anyone ask their dentist to perform work for free? You might ask, but I think we all know what the answer will be. Same goes for your mechanic. Your accountant. Lawyer. Hell, even the kid that cuts your lawn on Saturday morning for ten bucks. When it comes to design, seems lots of people [...]

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