The Creative Entrepreneur

Design inspiration and tips to help you grow your business

Top 5 unusual logos, placements, or promos

Design in advertising is a big tent that embraces a wide range of looks, campaigns, and approaches — from the conservative to the bizarre. Catching and holding a viewer’s interest involves not only the creation of a memorable, eye-grabbing design, but also the timing and context in which viewers will be most receptive to its... Read More

April 4th By

Create a simple marketing plan in 6 steps

“Plan” is a daunting word. Those four little letters are brimming with process, commitment and responsibility. It’s no wonder, then, that many small businesses go without a plan when it comes to marketing. You may think creating a marketing plan is one of those tasks best left to the pros, and you simply don’t have... Read More

April 3rd By

The behind-the-scenes story of Swiftly’s sticker

In a recent bit of cross-company synergy, Swiftly partnered with the 99designs community to design a promotional sticker. While there could only be one winner, we saw so many amazing concepts that we just had to share. Here’s a quick recap. First things first: the brief We wanted a sticker that we could proudly display... Read More

April 1st By

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

March 31st By

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

March 28th By

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

March 26th By

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

March 24th By

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

March 21st By

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

March 19th By

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!  

March 16th By