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New logo day! ◦°˚(*❛‿❛)/˚°◦ Today marks the beginning of a few significant changes we’ll be unveiling in the coming weeks. More on that later. First, the logo.

Before/after logo comparison

We love Alejandro Paul’s Calgary Script, a brush script font based on signage in Calgary. We modified a couple of his original letterforms (though only slightly) to craft the previous logo, and it has served us well for the past five years.

However, using a font widely available to the public has created an unusual paradox for our logo mark: it isn’t authentically ours.

So, earlier this year we hired Sergey Shapiro to design a logo for us; one that we could authentically claim as ours, and only ours. After a round of exploration, this emerged as our favorite:

Original sketches by Sergey

Sergey then refined his sketch, and a vector version was delivered as the final product:

Final vector version

Simultaneously, we contracted with our legal team in Utah, BTJD, to begin the process of trademarking ‘Authentic’. We already own the trademark to ‘Authentic Jobs’, but we’ve long believed we have the capacity to be much more than just a job board. Our logo, therefore, should be extensible enough to enable growth.

After many Basecamp discussions, arm wrestling in Slack, and numerous mockups, we arrived at this solution:

Uses of our logo

It’s a mark that’s not only extensible, but one we can now unquestionably claim as ours.

Have a look at the logo in use, and stay tuned for additional changes.

$100,000 for charity: water

$100,000 for charity: water

We did it. YOU did it.

Somewhere in the wee hours of this morning, we surpassed a significant milestone: $100,000 raised for charity: water over the years.

That’s equivalent to clean, safe drinking water for more than 3,300. Numerous villages. Families. Children that can attend school rather than walk literally hours for water.

Lives have been changed for the better, and we express enormous gratitude to the Authentic Jobs community for making it happen.

Here’s to another $100,000 for clean water.

New! Applicant dashboard.

Candidate applications are now viewable in your Authentic Jobs account. Shortlist your favorites, block abusers, and more.

Applicant dashboard

Post a job and try it out.

Or, if you already have listings on Authentic Jobs and used the “Via email” option for applications, sign in to your account. It’s likely you already have candidates on your dashboard.

Candidate applications are accessible from just about any device, and they’re presented in a succinct, easy-to-digest snapshot. See an example profile.

Example profile

Review cover letters, shortlist as a favorite, archive for later, and so on. (Replies and forwarding are handled by your preferred email client.) Block applicants that spam your listing with multiple submissions or blatant form letters. These users are also reported back to us, and we’ll take additional measures as needed.

Give it a try. Post a job and drop us a tweet if you have feedback: @authenticjobs.

2013: In retrospect.

2013 was a solid year for us. We celebrated our eighth birthday, started our own podcast, made it easier to apply to jobs, and hired a Junior Unicorn.

After sifting through lines and lines of data from 2013, below are some of the more interesting stats from the year.

Infographic showing interesting stats from 2013

Note: Generalized assumptions about the web/tech/design industries should not be inferred from our data. Instead, this data is just that—our data.

That being said, here are some notable stats from the year:

  • New York, San Francisco, and Chicago round out the top U.S. cities for listings posted to Authentic Jobs. London, Amsterdam, and Toronto are tops for international cities.
  • Nearly one-third (31%) of all listings were posted in the front-end development category. This number is slightly higher than it might be otherwise, given employers can choose up to two categories when posting a listing.
  • Dashboard designer for Mercedes-Benz. Period. Sit on that for a minute. (Envious!)
  • In 2013, nearly twice as many startups posted jobs compared to 2012.
  • JavaScript was mentioned more than any other skill in job descriptions.

2014 is already off to a great start, and we’ve got numerous things in the works, such as Crew.is and a substantial redesign for Authentic Jobs.

And don’t forget, our annual 50% off New Year’s sale continues through January 11.

New Year, New Savings: 50% off all listings

50% off all listings. See team's tweets for discount code.

If you’ve followed us over the past few years, you know the drill. We offer a discount this steep only twice a year: September campaign, and New Year’s.

Get a jump start on hiring new employees and finding freelancers in 2014 with 50% off all listings. But there’s a catch. You’ll need to visit the tweet streams of our team members to find a discount code.

Also, we’ve added 2 new job types for the new year:

  • Moonlighting: Work that can be done in the evenings & weekends as side work. This doesn’t replace but complements the existing ‘Freelance’ job type, which is more suited to those doing freelance work as their primary income.
  • Part-time: We’ve had numerous requests for this job type over the years. Just like it says, this is for part-time positions (typically 10–35 hours per week).

So, grab a discount code from our team tweets and post as many positions as you’d like. Expires January 11.