The Creative Entrepreneur

Design inspiration and tips to help you grow your business

Redefining disability with YoorallaTEE 2014

Here at 99designs we’re extremely passionate about making a difference in the world. Our 99nonprofits program is one of our favorite initiatives and we’re thrilled to be a part of the YoorallaTEE design contest for the second year in a row. Yooralla is one of Australia’s largest and most proactive organizations working to support people... Read More

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Struggling with time management? There’s an app for that.

Until someone invents a 30-hour day, busy professionals will be faced with the challenges of managing their time to maximize their productivity. Fortunately, there are several useful time management apps that have taken up the battle for you. The trick is finding the one that best suits your needs. Here we’ll take a look at... Read More

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Fool your friends with Swiftly

Today, Swiftly announced that it will now only be a service for cat GIFs. APRIL FOOL’S! While we love cat GIFs, we will save them for the enthusiasts and stay focused on delivering you quick design tasks. Jokes aside, April Fool’s Day is almost upon us and we think this is one awesome holiday! What... Read More

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How to create a simple brand style guide

When it comes to branding, consistency is key. From customer service interactions all the way down to Twitter avatars; consistency breeds familiarity. And that means stronger connections to your brand. The easiest way to keep things visually consistent, especially as your business grows, is through a brand style guide. Sure, some style guides can rival... Read More

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Turning rebranding failures into teachable moments

Let’s face it, rebranding is a big risk. It’s a risk that companies take for one of several reasons — either they are moving in a bold new direction (Verizon quite successfully cut its umbilicus to Ma Bell as it moved into the 21st century), or they are trying to shed a negative association with... Read More

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99designs hosts Chefrunde Studytour USA!

99designs had the opportunity to host Chefrunde Studytour USA this week in our San Francisco office, and boy, did we have a blast! 99designs CEO, Patrick, and Chefrunde Studytour USA guests Chefrunde Studytour USA connects editors and executives from Germany’s leading media companies (magazines, newspapers, websites, publishers) with tech companies in Silicon Valley and San... Read More

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Beer label infographic: 3 ingredients for a design that hops off the shelf

The craft brewing industry is booming, and with no signs of slowing down, we decided to help your beer stand out from the colorful crowd. Check out our newest infographic highlighting three key ingredients that brewers (and home-brewing aficionados alike!) should keep in mind when crafting that perfect label.   Design by mnoriega  Cheers!  

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Feeling lucky? Customize your logo for St. Paddy’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching! If you’re in the mood to party, why not customize your logo to celebrate the day? Our good friends at Swiftly have got you covered. In less than one hour, they can add gold coins, shamrocks, clovers, leprechauns, and many other treats to get you in the spirit (and maybe... Read More

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Tips from SXSW: Your full guide to trade show success

Thousands of creative innovators are gathered in Austin, Texas for the annual South By Southwest Conference. We couldn’t be happier to be in on the excitement! Are you planning to attend a trade show this year? Whether it’s your first or fortieth, here are trade show tips for small businesses we’re using ourselves at SXSW... Read More

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Be Pinteresting: How to grow your brand using Pinterest

Pinterest – the social media network where users can create digital pinboards of images they find inspiring – is an odd duck in the social media field. Unlike other social media networks, usage didn’t spread from the coasts in – quite the opposite, in fact. Users are 80% women with a high percentage coming from... Read More

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