Meet PinchStudio: designer and small business owner


This week, we’re hoping that hundreds of small businesses around the United States will be posting this awesome illustration by PinchStudio in their real or virtual storefronts: PinchStudio’s poster/social media banner illustration for National Small Business Week Most of the folks who run contests on 99designs are small business owners (and many designers are, too), […]

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How to collaborate with a designer on 1-to-1 projects


One of the best outcomes of running a contest is finding an awesome designer who you’ll be able to turn to for all of your future projects. We just so happen to have a 1-to-1 projects platform to help you collaborate in just this manner. The results tend to be glorious – especially if you […]

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15 descriptive design words you should know


Designers tend to pride themselves on being “visually oriented” — and rightly so. That need not mean that you can’t describe your wishes, however. Being able to verbally describe your work to a designer throughout the feedback process is an indispensable skill. Here we’ve come up with fifteen very useful, high-level design words that any […]

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4 design predictions for 2014


Boy, was 2013 a fun year for branding nerds. From art museums to operating systems, we saw some truly bold and risky design moves – some of which paid off, others of which crashed and burned at an epic scale. Looking at the trends that gained traction in 2013 also gives us an idea of […]

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Who wore it better? The branding trends of 2013


Another year gone by, another opportunity to examine the branding trends that surfaced — and, more fun, to point out who re-branded gracefully and who botched it. We have picked out 10 salient trends from 2013, ranging from location branding to adaptive design, and put together a series of “who wore it better” comparisons. (Yes, […]

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Neon and gold: signage trends beyond the screen


Think about the storefronts of a 20th century metropolis or a 19th century frontier main street, and even if you’re a branding fanatic like us, it’s probably not a sea of typefaces that comes to mind – rather, it is the physical presence of the signage, whether in steel, paint or light. Just have a […]

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Google has a new birthday suit


What’s chock full of primary colors and distinctively beveled? Not Google’s logo – at least it may not be anymore. In conjunction with its fifteenth anniversary (happy birthday, by the way; we know you’re listening), the search engine giant has been trickling out a modified version of its prior design. This new one has more […]

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10 infographic tips for small business owners: How to make infographics people will remember


You’ve probably heard quite a bit about infographics over the past year. The phenomenon exploded in 2012 and shows no sign of waning any time soon. Businesses small and large, tech-savvy and traditional, are realizing that the infographic is an unbeatable way to communicate internally as well as market to existing and potential customers. In […]

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How to run a great 99designs contest: candid tips and insights from customers

Running a design contest ought to be as fun as it is productive. It is also, however, a fair amount of work, requiring strong vision and management. And as the crowdsourcing model of service isn’t exactly a familiar mode of operation for many small businesses, it can prove challenging in rather unexpected ways. We’re always […]

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A client-designer Bear Hug for Valentine’s Day


We’re in good spirits this Valentine’s Day, having received a special Valentine’s gram (video below) from App Village, a client currently in the business of bear hugs. But the real recipient of this thank-you is Zaaviart, the designer in our community whose awesome illustration work won him the contest that App Village ran on our site. What they needed were […]

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