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Winners of the Logo Contest

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It took us five days in a row to find five best designs for our Smashing Magazine Logo Contest. It was hard and it was a neck-and-neck race for 5 competitors. You can find selected designs in the article Logo Contest – Sketches and Designs.

And now we have the winner.

It was a tough decision to choose 5 best logos from over 190 sketches. Our choice might not look reasonable for all of you, but you have to keep in mind that the logo should fit perfectly to our color scheme and our site layout. We had to create many screenshots with different logo variations and check, whether the look we get is optimal. Not every logo we liked first passed this test, so only “bulletproof” logos remained.

More rewards! Link

However, since we’ve been having a really hard time making our decision, we just couldn’t let the best participants pass the contest without getting anything at all.

And then Hiten Shah came along and helped us out, providing us with few Crazy Egg accounts. If you haven’t known it yet, CrazyEgg is the popular click tracking service, which enables you to analyze your visitors’ behavior and visualize it.

5 participants listed below are therefore being rewarded with a Crazy Egg account. The first place gets it as an addition to the main reward we’ll send out in a couple of days.

Here are the best entries of our contest, which made it to the final selection.

The winner of the Contest Link

The main reward goes to South Africa. Ruan Deyzel was the first designer, who has sent us his logo suggestion. The design is quite simple, but it’s easy to memorize and to recognize.

Ruan Deyzel (South Africa)

I used some warm colors (orange and red), giving the logo an inviting look to it. I also saw that you used a pastel orange on your current log and dark red, so I combined the two colors. The “S” is explains itself, S – for Smashing. I love simplistic design and that’s why I used a plain rounded background behind the S just to round the design off.

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Selected Designs (without any specific order) Link

Joanna Betlej (Poland)

The idea was to keep it very simple, black text, (font that you’ve featured: district thin) with two colour accents, made with two badge-like stars in vibrant web 2.0 colors.

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Roland Hidvegi (Hungary)

There is a green one fresh and a corporate style with sweet rates and a tiny oval shapes.

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Goce Mitevski (Macedonia)

The logo that I created it’s represented by two ‘s’ characters colored in two gray variants, and an orange dot that stands in the middle, over them. Well the ‘s’ characters are actually 2 different roads and the dot is where the Smash is. Smash is Smashing Magazine, the 2 roads are 2.0 and the dot is the WEB, so in a translation it’s nothing than the Smashing Magazine in Web 2.0.

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Igor (?)

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Congratulations! Link

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all participants of our contest. We’ll contact the winners soon to discuss further details. We’d like Ruan to send us his photo with our award, once he’s received it.

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  1. 1

    Congratulations.

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  2. 2

    Congrats Ruan! Your logo is smashing! Far the best!
    Good choice!
    And thank you for chosing mine! I’ve never thought I will get so far! Thank you!

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  3. 3

    Congratulations and thanks :)

    This was an awesome contest with A LOT of great designs. I personally loved them all and Roland Hidvegi’s design was my favorite :)

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  4. 4

    Bravos. Congrats to all.

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  5. 5

    Congratulations on your brand new trendy, web 2.0 logo.

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  6. 6

    Congratulations. I would like my logos removed from the entry. THX. :d

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  7. 7

    Fantastic Work … you all deserve a pat on the back !

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    I don’t like any of the selected logo. I think they are just horrible. There were much better candidates.

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    I don’t like any of the selected logos. I think they are just horrible. There were much better candidates. Any contest is decided by the subjective opinion of a group of individuals, but the logos selected are awful.

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  10. 10

    Congrats! Eventhough I liked the one from Goce Mitevski better..

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  11. 11

    I think the favorite icon is better than these logos.

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  12. 12

    Congratulations Ruan. I knew the first time I saw that logo it’d win. It’s definitely smashing.

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  13. 13

    Congrats Ruan and Smashing Magazine, with new logo i hope this site will be more smashing :D. Smash .. smash …!!

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  14. 14

    Congratulations to the winner ! All the designs were awesome !

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  15. 15

    Nice designs…and a great idea for other popular blogs as well. :)

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  16. 16

    congrats for ruan Deyzel and uff course for SMasH1N6 |/|4Gaz!n3. within mostly kiss logo. hope can make your site smash..smash and more smash…i still wait for your great smash info.

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  17. 17

    Congrats Ruan, your logo really deserved to win. And good job for Smashing Magazine for choosing the right logo

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  18. 18

    I agree that some of those logos are very basic and umm a little disappointing. The only one I would even think about using would be Ruan Deyzel’s first logo…

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    Congrats Ruan. Very nice work.

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    I like it (: simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

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  21. 21

    Nice, but I think Joanna’s was the best!

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  22. 22

    nice work. hope to see this site soon with the new logo.

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  23. 23

    Congratulations Ruan, there´s an amazing logo. You really smash out the contest

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    Congratulations!

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  25. 25

    I love this logo… I wan’t one of them for my website…

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    I sincerely hope that those of you claiming that the selected logos are horrible have nothing to do with design for a living. Sure, it’s subjective, but I fear that your lack of insight in regards to design would greatly hinder your professional output.

    Congratulations Ruan, your logo was the best fit for Smashing Magazine.

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    Well done to all.

    When/what is the next competition?

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    The selected designs are completely contemporary and are trendy in the first place, and have a strong recognizable idenitity in the second (or should i say don’t even have it).

    The winning design is nothing more, than lame copy of YouTube logo, and your choice for making a decision about quality of presented work based on statistics is shameable step towards pleasing the masses over the expert public!

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    Each of them is awesome. ^^
    Congratulations, especially for the winner.

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    Sebastiaan Stok

    April 7, 2007 5:49 pm

    The logo looks great but has no relation white smashing magazine :(

    The design looks indeed just like YouTube, this website is about the idea of an magazine right? Logo number 20 was far more related to the idea.

    Most of the logo’s look great but do not relate to smashing magazine at all! I even see one logo that gives me the idea of searching engine :| (That safari thing)

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