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Awesome Dribble Designs That Got Rejected By Clients

0298 01 rejected designs dribbble thumbnail Websites, logos, user interface components and icons can — and often do — get rejected by clients and bosses for various reasons. But that doesn’t mean they’re not great designs. In fact, I’d like to show my appreciation of some excellent designs on Dribbble (a community site for designers to show their work) that didn’t make the cut for reasons like “it doesn’t fit in our design” or “it’s not what we are looking for.” By the way, if you’re interested in seeing more rejected designs, check out Dribbble’s #rejected keyword tag.

The Rejected Designs

Graphic designer Ross A. Whelan made the awesome badge logo concept for a food TV show and says that he was “a little heartbroken” when he found out that it was rejected. The piece features great typography, creative use of a fork and knife referencing the nature of the show and has a nice vintage look.

0298 07 wouldbe tvshow rejectedImage source The beautiful letterpress-style icons below by Joshua Taylor — who’s a web designer at the popular web app Evernote — shows that even accomplished designers can have their work rejected. 0298 11 rejected letterpress iconsImage source “This might have been the first time I overshot the clients expectations” says Kyle McConnell referring to his home page redesign mockup for The design was “too different” from the site’s current layout.

Which is usually the point of a redesign. Oh well. 0298 09 mockup rejected rinseImage source Joshua Keay of the New-York-based product development studio Magnetism (they make iPhone apps, t-shirt designs and more) made the design below for the GORUCO conference.

The client chose to go with something obvious and easy (i.e. their logo slapped onto a t-shirt) instead of this creative piece. 0298 03 programming t shirtImage source Kyle Ruane created this very clever logo for a company called

It features both elements of the company’s name: a semester (the book) and the number one. 0298 02 reject logo book oneImage source This hummingbird logo by logo designer Jord Riekwel was for a WordPress themes company. Despite many other designers commenting positively about the design’s great curves, and with some of them even asking if he’s willing to sell the design, it didn’t meet the client’s fancy.

Riekwel explains that he’s very proud of this logo and that he hopes to use it in a future project. 0298 04 awesomehummingbird rejectImage source Portland-based designer Chip Treux made this logo for a coffee consulting company. The logo creatively uses the “O” in the company’s name to represent an espresso portafilter (alluding to the nature of their business) as noticed by Josh Holloran, another member of Dribbble.

0298 05 coffee rejectImage source This interesting slider interface made by iOS designer Stéphane Reverdy was rejected by a client (he didn’t say why). 0298 06 slick slider rejectImage source This skeuomorphic flip counter is by web and graphic designer Kassie Wright. She says that “the project went in a different direction.” 0298 08 rejected flipcounterImage source The rejected navigation menu interface, made primarily for the iPad, is by designer Judson Collie.

0298 10 ipad nav rejectedImage source Share some of your “rejected-but-still-awesome” designs by linking to them in the comments below.

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