The Creative Entrepreneur

Design inspiration and tips to help you grow your business

It’s a celebrity brand showdown! Who did our designers choose among Reese, Gwyneth, Jessica, and Blake?

Who will become the next Martha Stewart? That seems to be the question these days among Hollywood’s A-list actresses. Between Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop, Blake Lively’s Preserve and Jessica Alba’s Honest Co., and now even Reese Witherspoon, who launched her new Draper James brand this spring, competition is heating up for someone to take the domestic diva’s crown as queen of... Read More

June 30th By

8 restaurant menu design tips

Great restaurant menu designs can enhance a dining experience, help customers makes satisfying choices and stimulate appetite. However, a menu is more than just a list of the dishes a restaurant has available; it is an advertising tool capable of communicating a restaurant’s identity and driving profit – if it’s well designed. Here, we discuss several... Read More

June 24th By

Vote for June’s Top 9 at 99!

As summer rolls its way in, we’re here to celebrate June’s nominees for the Top 9 at 99! This month’s designs are an appealing blend of heavy illustration, tech savviness and retro flare. Who will win the crown? Well, that’s up to you. Scroll down and choose your favorite nominee. The designer with the most votes will win... Read More

June 22nd By

Guess which design this Etsy business owner chose for her logo!

In case you missed it, Etsy business owner Andrea Tarwater launched a logo contest a few weeks ago and graciously allowed 99designs to follow her journey. Check out her Instagram post documenting the near end of the contest below: We're a day into the Final Round – see what @sorrythankyou79 has to say on her... Read More

June 18th By

Website 101: Choose the best platform for your business

A strong online presence has never been more vital for small and medium-sized businesses. 80% of consumers now research online before making a purchase, and 85% use the Internet to find local businesses. Consumers aren’t just window shopping online, either The U.S. Commerce Department estimates that $304.9 billion of goods were purchased online in 2014.... Read More

June 17th By

Today’s special: Our new menu design category

A good location, nice ambiance, impeccable service and, of course, great food. All of these elements are key to running a successful restaurant. But there are also subtle yet powerful cues you send to customers through the look and feel of designed pieces such as your menu. Sometimes, an ugly or confusing menu can actually... Read More

June 16th By

How to market your business with car wraps

Car wraps are a bold way to introduce your company to thousands of people. An effective design is eye-catching and immediately delivers the most important information about your business. Drivers have only a few seconds to take in a car wrap design, so great designs strike a balance of being attention-grabbing but not distracting. Read on... Read More

June 11th By

Wrap your car in great design

If you’ve got a business in which your car plays a significant role, today is an exciting day. Because now, with our new ccar wrap design category, our community of designers can jump in and help make your vehicle a traveling design showcase for your business. A beautiful car, truck or van wrap design puts your... Read More

June 9th By

Logo for growth: a vintage bookseller’s story

Like all of us here at 99designs, Andrea Tarwater understands the importance of high quality, one-of-a-kind design. Just check out her adorable Etsy site where she’s been building a lucrative business around vintage collectables. Andrea started her site in June 2010, and since then, business has grown steadily. She’s got a serious eye for vintage and... Read More

June 3rd By

3 questions that will create a better website

Once you’ve decided to create a website, it can be tempting to jump right into the “fun” stuff—picking your colors, dreaming of photos, comparing different fonts. But before you dive in, I’m going to try to convince you to hold off for just a little bit. Some posts online will recommend that you answer anywhere... Read More


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