What do you do with unused designs and logos?

over 5 years ago from , Digital Maker

Hey designers,

I was wondering what everyone does with designs and logo concepts they create that don't make the cut with a client. Doesn't necessarily mean the design is bad, but the client wants to go a different direction.

Personally, I know I have a couple dozen good logo concepts on hand that could be used elsewhere. Also have a number of UI design sites and elements.

What do you do?

P.S. I also realize you don't always have ownership if all work is signed over to a client, or the company you work for owns work you create.


  • Sebastian GrazSebastian Graz, over 5 years ago

    Put them on Dribbble

    6 points
    • Caleb Sylvest, over 5 years ago

      ...to die.

      So, basically all that time, money, and creative talent goes up in smoke. Tis a pity.

      2 points
      • Sebastian GrazSebastian Graz, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )


        4 points
        • Caleb Sylvest, over 5 years ago

          I like that. Actually, I've been thinking of a way to resurrect the dead designs that don't make it. So maybe designers can still make some money back, and the great work they made will still see the light of day.

          1 point
  • Nathan HueningNathan Huening, over 5 years ago

    I usually chop them up, heat up some garlic on olive oil, and toss them in. Depending on how much you have, might make leftovers for lunch too.

    0 points
  • Jed Rollins, over 5 years ago

    Usually pop them on Dribble or Behance. Sure, like Caleb said, they're going to die and go up in smoke, but at least they don't just get buried on hard drive somewhere, or maybe if you're lucky they'll end up getting seen or you score a job based on the good work.

    0 points
  • Luis La TorreLuis La Torre, over 5 years ago

    Create a fake company around that logo.

    0 points
  • Tyson KingsburyTyson Kingsbury, over 5 years ago

    i tend to hang on to everything.... if one client doesn't want it, another likely will at somepoint.... logo ideas, website ideas etc.... everything gets saved and archived....

    I've often thought about selling some of them off as well....but haven't seen the right mechanism for that yet for myself....

    0 points
  • Preston Berger, over 5 years ago

    Ya, just sell them

    0 points