The Creative Edge

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Tips for developing your creative career from 99U

Our friends over at 99U talk a lot about career development. Whether you’re fresh to the design field or have decades of experience, it’s always a great idea to keep pushing yourself. This month, we’ve rounded up six articles that tackle the challenges of taking your career to the next level. Enjoy! The power of... Read More

September 3rd By

10 ways to use space more effectively

We often spend so much time talking about what goes into a design that we forget the importance of what to leave out. Your use of space – and how you allow your design to breathe – will make or break your layout. In this article, we’ll walk you through 10 ways to use space... Read More

September 2nd By

Help us take 99designs briefs to the next level

Creating the perfect design brief can be hard, and we hear you! Not everyone can express their thoughts into words clearly, nor are they fluent in arty words such as ‘geometric’ or ‘feminine’. That’s why the 99designs team has been working hard to get our visual brief right! Earlier this year, we introduced a new... Read More

September 2nd By

6 unique geometric fonts you need in your toolkit

Typography is one of the most dynamic and ever-changing areas of design and has a huge bearing on the overall UX of your work. Indeed, typography gives us the chance to evoke moods and feelings in the users just by selecting the appropriate fonts for the circumstance. In both websites and mobile applications, sans-serif fonts... Read More

September 1st By

Learning and expanding on the techniques of Paul Rand

When pushing your own creative boundaries, it’s always worthwhile to take a moment with the masters. In this tutorial, we’ll explore how to emulate some of Paul Rand’s analog techniques digitally within Illustrator. Then we will take it a step further using some additional Illustrator tricks. This tutorial looks at his famous 1970 Westinghouse Annual... Read More

August 31st By

Tattoo designs that have made their mark

Tattoo design has been an under-the-radar art form on 99designs for quite some time. Boasting meticulously clean line-work, clever symbology and a wild imagination, it’s no wonder this illustrative style – and its challenging permanence – has made ink lovers out of us! Now, with the launch of our official Tattoo category, we thought it... Read More

August 29th By

Congrats to riki_azs for winning August’s Top 9 at 99!

We asked and you answered… Congratulations to riki_azs for earning the most votes for their modern, space-themed homepage design for Apollu! As the winner, we’ll be sending them an extra special prize. Check out the full winning website design below: And let’s not forget our other awesome August nominees: GagaSnaga PIXELIS™ Anve RVST JohnnyDias RedLogo... Read More

August 28th By

Take a peek at the winner of our Deez Nuts Community Contest!

We’ve wrapped up our wildly fun Community Contest for US Presidential Candidate Deez Nuts‘ campaign logo. This mysterious person (who turned out to be a 15-year-old named Brady Olson) gave the country a good laugh when he was reportedly polling at 9% in North Carolina, 8% in Minnesota, and 7% in Iowa, making him one of the top ranked candidates. With such rankings,... Read More

August 27th By

Exploring pop culture’s subversive sticker art culture

The thing I love most about stickers it is how they show that a simple graphic or design can get into the sub-conscience of society and become part of the visual zeitgeist for the next ten or twenty years. -DB Burkman, Co-author (with Monica LoCascio) of Stickers: Stuck Up Piece of Crap – From Punk... Read More

August 26th By

Enter PowerPoint contests for your chance at $1,000!

With great PowerPoint skills come awesome rewards… And that’s why we’re giving our community a shot at $1,000! From August 24th through September 30th, we’re keeping count of how many times you’re shortlisted in PowerPoint contests. Be shortlisted the most and you’ll win the grand prize! Second place will receive $400 and third gets $100. Here’s how it works: You’ll be automatically entered after being shortlisted... Read More

August 25th By