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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Does your website need a redesign? Download our ebook and free website templates to get started!


With billions of active websites in the world, it’s key to stand out in the crowd. Some websites are immediately compelling, moving you to find out more about the company. Others, you could stare at for half an hour and still not really know what you’re supposed to do. By now, most companies have a […]

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Top 9 at 99: December 2013


December can be a tough time for design. So many distractions with holidays, friends, families, family pets, etc. But our designers did not let this get in the way of great creative work! Presenting the Top 9 at 99 from December — a mix of creative work, with plenty of character. Review their colorful pieces […]

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How to know what files you need from your designer


So you’ve arrived upon a logo that you love and you’ve chosen a color palette. Now you just need to get an image file from your designer and you’re done, right? Not quite. What are these design files? There are a range of file types, each with strengths and limitations. Knowing exactly what files and […]

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Show us what’s motivating you in the New Year! Introducing #WhyWeDoIt


Happy New Year! The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to reflect on the past, create new goals and put all the important things (of life) into perspective. If we asked you to choose one thing that motivates you each and every day… what would it be? For the month of January — […]

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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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What Facebook’s design changes mean for your business


2013 was a year full of changes for Facebook, the world’s largest social networking service. The website is often scrutinized and is under a lot of pressure to create aesthetically sound as well as intuitive new designs whenever a change is made. Fortunately, Facebook is no stranger to change and isn’t afraid of skeptics. Facebook […]

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Congratulations to the winners of our 12 Days of Design Giveaway!

99nonprofits holiday logo

This holiday version of our logo was created at Swiftly, our new $15 service for quick graphic design tasks. At the beginning of December we kicked off our second annual 12 Days of Design Giveaway, offering nonprofit organizations around the world the chance to receive a free design contest in the category of their choice (a […]

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10 design tips for more clickable banner ads


Banner ads are one of the most prolific forms of marketing in today’s online world. Companies of all sizes rely on this measurable and effective medium to increase brand awareness and drive sales. So let’s say that you’ve written some killer copy and  bought ad space close to the main content of a highly-trafficked webpage. […]

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How to navigate SEO in a sea of changing web design technologies


This article was co-written with Lee Penkman. Lee is a developer for 99designs and contributed the finer details of the technologies described below. You can contact him on Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn. Trying to keep up with search engine optimization (SEO) and how it affects your website can be tricky, especially with constant changes in […]

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