Meet the Designer of My Monkey Illustration

In this post I discuss the illustration above. It graces one of the T-shirts and one of the mugs on offer in my new A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting merchandise store (here). I set up my store as a light-hearted way to allow those who value MSCD to express that. But if anything is worth doing, it’s worth doing well. I wanted to offer more than just items bearing the cover of MSCD, so I ran a contest on 99designs to see what kind of design I’d be offered to express the slogan Don’t be a copy-and-paste monkey.

This was the second 99designs contest I’ve done. I did the first one to get a new logo. The winner, Gothard, submitted the logo I now use. I think it’s awesome. For more about Gothard and that contest, see this blog post. It’s just as well Gothard took part in that contest, because I wasn’t keen about any of the other designs.

This time around, I was prepared for the same outcome, and that’s what happened. The winning design was the only one that grabbed me, but one design was all I needed. The initial design wasn’t exactly what I was looking for, so the designer and I engaged in a back-and-forth that resulted in the version you see above.

The person responsible for the winning design was Moh Soumeur. They’re a visual artist and designer, and they work in two-dimensional and three-dimensional designs. You can reach them at

That’s all I know about Moh. I don’t know if Moh is a man or a woman. I don’t know where they live. I don’t care—the design and Moh’s helpfulness in making revisions were all that mattered.

An original illustration can make all the difference in how people respond to a project. If you could use a designer and you like the creativity on display in the design Moh did for me, you might want to contact them.

About the author

Ken Adams is the leading authority on how to say clearly whatever you want to say in a contract. He’s author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, and he offers online and in-person training around the world. He’s also chief content officer of LegalSifter, Inc., a company that combines artificial intelligence and expertise to assist with review of contracts.

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