I’ve been blogging about deals since 2004, though when I started it was at the ever-so-catchy ctownbochur.blogspot.com, later ctownbochur.com, and then ctowndeals.com.
I had always wanted DansDeals.com, but the owner of that domain never responded to my inquiries about its availability.
So I waited until the domain expired and registered the domain name in April of 2007 for all of $10.
In June 2007 I ran a contest for a new logo to be featured on the soon to be launched DansDeals.com domain. You can scroll down this page to view some of those entries. A few of the best logos from that contest rotate as the DansDeals banner today.
In 2007 a big traffic day meant several hundred visitors. Today, tens of thousands of people visit every day. There are over 100,000 social media followers on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook Page, and the Facebook Group. I’m most proud that it was all done via word of mouth.
The question that I’m always asked is why the design of this site is so primitive. I tweaked a blog template back then myself to make it work, but I have no design background. And I wasn’t about to invest in professional design for what was still a hobby back then.
On the one hand I’m proud that the quality of the content has attracted as large of a crowd as it did despite the layout. Then again, perhaps some of its success could be due to the very scrappyness of the site and the treasure hunt to find useful posts in the archives? Will a polished looking website be helpful or harmful?
At any rate, after a decade of the current site, I’m finally having a professional redesign of the site. The mobile era alone demands something more compatible with the times. We’ll start with a beta site and I look forward to hearing your responses.
But I do love to get DansDeals users involved, so I figured, why not try for another logo contest?
If your logo is chosen you’ll have bragging rights of course. But I’ll also give you your choice of:
-A 40 year old bottle of Glenlivet single malt scotch
-My help planning your perfect vacation, including help finding the best airfare, hotels, car rentals, activities, etc, while maximizing the use of your points and miles.
These are the requested instructions from our website developer:
Professional: This logo will be featured on the DansDeals website, social media platforms, and other mediums (emails, feeds, etc). As a result, while we want the logo to be eye-catching, memorable, and easily recognizable, it must still be legible.
Theme: Think: Modern, Community, Air/Credit Cards/Coupons/Deals, Dan, Travel, Social Network, Industry News, Credible Source, User Friendly, etc.
Color: We are thinking somewhere in the blue range, but feel free to blow us away with other color options. We prefer using a single primary color (at least for the icon) without gradients, glows, shadows or other effects.
Font: We prefer a sans serif font. The website will most likely be using “Roboto”. Try to avoid using pictographs and icons (like airplanes or cards etc..)
Integrity: Logos cannot contain copyrighted material. Logos must have been created and edited by the contestant(s). Logos may not include images or licensed images that have been previously published.
File type: For the contest you should submit a mockup and include color version, knockout version, and icons separately. Must be easily reproducible and scalable for large and small formatting (if your design wins, you will need to provide vector & source files)
Dimensions: The final logo will probably display on the website as 272 x 90px – try to stick to that size as the base. The icon should be recognizable at 16x16px (look at your browser tabs for reference)
Slogan (Optional): Feel free to create a slogan to be used in the logo.You can take inspiration from any slogans in this DDF Wiki. You can also choose not to include a slogan.
Email your entries to Logo@DansDeals.com
By sending in your submission you agree to transfer full legal rights and ownership of the logo to DansDeals.
All submissions must be submitted by 1/27.
Have fun, send in your best ideas, and thanks!