The Creative Edge

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Choose the best background for your website

If there’s one aspect of websites that’s too often neglected, it’s the background. Fortunately, it’s an easy thing to fix, and there are many more options than there used to be. In this post, I’ll go over how to choose the best image, video, or color background for your website – and show some examples... Read More

November 26th By

“Desainer Kampung” tells our Village Designers’ story in a new film

The documentary, Desainer Kampung (or “Village Designer”), recently aired on Indonesian TV about some of 99designs’ village designers. The film was made by of one of the finalists from the Eagle Awards, an annual documentary competition by Metro TV. The film is set in Kaliabu, a village where hundreds of people have taken on graphic design as a side job. Interest in... Read More

November 25th By

2 ways to create an effective landing page

Your design needs to captivate website visitors the moment they come to your site. For that reason, it’s important to know how to create compelling landing pages. Landing pages are, quite simply, the pages that you encourage people to “land on” when they come to your website. You can either direct people to a landing... Read More

November 24th By

Here they are… this month’s Creative Challengers!

Another month goes by and we’re flummoxed by even more great designs – both by those that won and those that, well, didn’t. But even if they didn’t win, great work must still be celebrated. From infographics to packaging and even a rendering of a 3D bedroom, our design community did it all this month. Vote for your... Read More

November 22nd By

Insight from up-and-coming web designer, UndoRedo

Tiffany Tannone, a.k.a. UndoRedo, has really been impressing us lately with her bright, illustration-heavy web designs. Turns out she is new to the field. We spoke with her about the influence of comics, the choice of illustration versus photography, and vintage signage – among other things. Read on for the interview. Name: Tiffany Tannone 99designs handle: UndoRedo Location: Wichita, Kansas... Read More

November 21st By

How to craft a leathery text effect in Photoshop

If you want your messaging to be truly distinctive, there’s no more direct and effective approach than crafting your own custom lettering. Modern viewers are barraged with information, and their attention span has tapered sharply as a result. Custom typography can separate your value proposition from the “noise” of more typical advertising, and it allows... Read More

November 20th By

How to structure your content for a better homepage

There are two ways your website makes a good first impression: a well-executed design and a thoughtful structure. The structure – basically, the order in which your website content is presented – can have a major impact on visitor retention. Think of the way you pick out a new book. First you look at the cover. Is it eye-catching?... Read More

November 19th By

6 ways to bring your greeting card designs to life

As the holiday season fast approaches, businesses around the world are scrambling to get their holiday cards and collateral together – and with good reason. A greeting card is a great way to for businesses to promote their brand, connect with customers and generate new business. That’s good news for us designers. Through the end of... Read More

November 18th By

How to choose the right Google web font

You probably don’t think much about typography in your daily life, but when it comes to your website you have some big decisions to make. The right fonts help determine your website’s personality, and they help grab your viewers’ attention. “Great!” you say—up until you see that drop-down list. There are a total of 647... Read More

November 17th By