The Creative Edge

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A look inside L.A.’s Architecture and Design Museum

Hollywood has long been a magnet not just for aspiring film stars but for the creative minded more generally: illustrators, advertisers, designers of all types. As a young city expanding at a vertiginous pace, postwar Los Angeles promised more than just economic opportunity for young commercial artists. In the words of designer Gere Kavanaugh: “When I... Read More

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Creative projects that will change the way you look at signs

Signs are ubiquitous in our modern, metropolitan culture. Most of the time, their purpose is mundane – to sell or direct you to something like a burger and fries special or a parking lot. But they can also be seen as an artistic responsibility to the community at large. Artists around the world are utilizing... Read More

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Get swept away with these 9 unique wedding invitations

The summer is coming to a close and we’ve seen a ton of fantastic couples getting hitched. Even better, they’re using 99designs to create their invites, thank-you cards and more. Take a look through our collection of 99designers’ unique wedding invitations, where each couple’s personality shines through to celebrate their special day. You’ll want to stay... Read More

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The art of book series cover design

The emergence of e-books and other digital texts has forever changed the role of the traditional, printed copy. Today, the printed book’s physicality is a key distinguishing factor and principal selling point – which gives designers all the move reason to focus on the art of book cover design. It’s common for a group of books... Read More

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JVM takes the gold in July’s Top 9 at 99!

Many people have websites, but not all of them have full-on illustrated pages. If you have got a designer like JVM, expect the best. That’s why he’s this month’s winner for Top 9 at 99! While JVM’s website design goes above and beyond with the sheer amount of illustration, all of our finalists for this... Read More

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Highlights from the Venice Architecture Biennale 2014

What exactly is a Biennale (say: “bee-an-al-lei”)? It’s an enormous exhibition that takes place every two years with the scale and impact of a vintage World’s Fair. The event features a main show and subsidiary work from a huge array of creatives – typically focused on art or design. The Venice Biennale is the most famous... Read More

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Gestalt principles and the psychology of design

The word “gestalt” gets thrown around a lot in design. Taken from the German word for “form” or “shape,” it often refers to the overall look of something that is greater than the sum of its parts. In psychology, gestalt refers to the basic principles that allow us to visually perceive order. These principles are fundamental building... Read More

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Creative Challengers for July 2014

With so many great designs for each contest, we know its tough for contest holders to choose just one. Luckily, we have this roundup to share the talent hidden in each and every contest – and each and every submission. Vote for the winner of this month’s Creative Challengers by leaving a note in the comments... Read More

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10 book cover designers on 99designs worth their salt

Book cover design isn’t easy. It requires a designer to capture the essence of a story in a single combination of words and images – then present it in a way that’s going to make that book stand out from any others on a shelf. Everyone knows that, despite what we’re told, we definitely judge... Read More

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Iceland takes contemporary cues from its handicraft history

Steeped in a long and quiet artistic history, Iceland is relatively new to the graphic design scene. But with the country’s recent influx in interest and talent, the burgeoning industry is showing great promise. Similar in technique to their Scandinavian contemporaries, Icelandic design emphasizes simplicity and functionality. Utilizing traditional methods and materials, new artisans are... Read More

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