kastan got their new icon or button by running a design contest:
Can you draw a beautiful magpie?
Check out kastan's Icon or button contest…
App development for iOS and OS X
What's your vision?
We need a custom designed Mac OS X application icon for software in the financial sector. The icon needs to show a beautiful, realistic looking magpie holding a coin in its beak. The bird must undoubtedly be recognizable as an European Magpie with its uniquely greenish-blue shadowed wings. Please refer to the attached photos. It needs to be freestanding unless you can come up with a creative way of having it placed on a branch or similar that doesn't make the whole icon look clumsy in OS X' dock. Important: The design can be artistic, but it needs to be as lifelike as possible. Mac OS X icons often feature a photorealistic style, and so needs your design. We prefer a design with rich detail, similar to the detail resembled in the attached "PicturesToExe" sample image. Evenly important is the posture of the bird: In order to function nicely as an application icon the image’s height must not be too big - the bird fitting into square measure would be ideal. The best solution to this problem we came up with is to let the birds head point to the left facing its tail, as shown in the sample image, but maybe can come up with a better solution? (Please don't limit your ideas to the style shown in the attached sample. It should only help visualizing a possible posture of the bird holding its coin.) The coin it is holding can either be a realistic-looking Euro coin or some simple, abstracted design like the one featured in the attached image. It needs to be silver or golden. The point is to illustrate by the thievish character of a magpie in a slightly funny yet serious way the quirks of financial business. Other constraints: Required minimum size is 1024x1024 pixels. The icon needs to look good at a range from 32x32 up to 1024x1024. Vector format is preferred over bitmap format. The background of the icon must be transparent, or, if necessary, feature an very unobtrusive background. Thanks in advance for your effort and time!
If you come up with a really good design we will set the prize money to "guaranteed" immediately.
Every design category has flexible pricing for all budgets. Icon or button starts at $269.
Full copyright with production-ready files for digital and/or print.
It all began with a design brief.
A quick, interactive guide helped them understand their design style and captured exactly what they needed in their icon or button.
Designers across the globe delivered design magic.
kastan collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
When design entries come in, you can rate them so designers know what you’re looking for in your logo design.
99designs has great collaboration tools so you can pinpoint and capture your ideas
And then… they selected a winner!
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
We think contests are a super fun way to get design.
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