99% Invisible's Challenge Coin

I had the honor of designing a challenge coin for one of my favorite podcasts, 99% Invisible, a show about design and architecture. Host Roman Mars and his team wanted something that referenced traditional challenge coin tropes with a beautiful, minimal design that aligned with their sensibilities.

For the front of the coin, I used two commonly-used challenge coin elements: a shield and a ribbon. I drew shipping cranes to reference the podcast's headquarters in Oakland, a staircase for architecture, and a lightning bolt for radio. The waveform is a clip from the show's intro: "This is 99% Invisible. I'm Roman Mars." And of course, always read the plaque.

For the back of the coin, I surrounded an enamel yellow square, a reference to their logo, with symbols culled from notable episodes: flag (Vexillionaire), quatrefoil (The Fancy Shape), sliced bread (Good Bread), lock (Perfect Security), Pizza Hut roof (U.T.B.A.P.H), hash (Octothorpe), planchette (O-U-I-J-A), and a Plimsoll line (A Cheer for Samuel Plimsoll).

The 99% Invisible Challenge Coin was manufactured by Coinforce and was only available through the Radiotopia Forever fundraising drive, which resulted in an order of 17000+ coins going out to beautiful nerds everywhere.