10% better than 99designs, more stock logo shenanigans and the strange story of Brandstack edition..

snippets-note-left-SMLove ‘m or hate ’em , don’t think there’s a designer around that hasn’t heard about 99designs, named for the supposed average number of entries that a contest holder gets submitted to their contests. Well, as this crowdsourcing racket is all about the numbers, what’s better than 99designs? I suppose 110 designs would be better. Exactly 10% better I suppose. Though I guess it was only a matter of time (cue the clown graphic) clown-color-photo

I’m somewhat loathe to write about this or that company going out of business, lest I appear to be gloating (as opposed to the ‘there but the grace of God go I’ point of view that I’m actually taking) so I let others write about the recent demise of Brandstack, the marketplace for pre-fab company logos, domains and what have you. brandstack-logo-smallSome were kinder than others in their write-ups about the closure, which supposedly involved a whack of credit card fraud, designers getting left out of pocket (Brandstack handled the purchasing end of the deal, took a cut and handed off the funds to the original designer) and the usual sadness that accompanies such a story. Designers were given until December 1 to remove their logos before the Brandstack website would be shuttered forever. Hours before the deadline, a new announcement was posted on the BS home page, outlining a deal under which Brandstack was to be ‘aquired’ by an as-of-yet unnamed company, the designers that were owed money would all be paid off, and that the future was once again rosey in Brandstackville. Yay. I suppose…

mgm lion shutterstockWasn’t too long ago that we were (once again) illustrating why buying a ready-made logo template (including ones from those flashy do-it-yourself logo maker thingamajigs) is a very bad idea for any logo design project. Over at Logo Design Love, David Airey outlines how the MGM Grand Hotel logo lion was available (now removed) for a measly $29 bucks from stock photography site Shutterstock. Oddly, David received a threat from the MGM legal team regarding his use of the logo in his blog post (before cooler heads prevailed and the, ahm, misunderstanding was sorted out). Though it does make you wonder what’ll happen to the people who already paid for, and downloaded, the verboten lion? Even though the terms of service of most stock imagery sites forbids the use of any of their stock images as logos, can’t help but imagine that there are a few lion-themed logos knocking about somewhere.