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Spring cleaning: 15 logos that simplified in 2015

Just as each spring we emerge from hibernation and make an effort to tidy our winter dens, so businesses have occasion to reflect on their logos: “Can we clean up our mark a little? Are all of these colors, lines and letters really necessary, or is a streamline in order?” The first quarter of 2015 has proven... Read More

March 31st By

10 ways to improve client communication

Communication is often the most challenging aspect of working as a graphic designer. Clients can be demanding, distracted and emotional (perhaps not without good reason) and any successful designer will need to be prepared to handle it. Here are 10 tips to form a solid foundation in client communication. 1. Define the roles Photo from 1966... Read More

March 30th By

Brewery labels that are keeping it crafty

You’ve probably been told “don’t judge a book by its cover.” The same might go for beer, but we’re pretty sure that people do it anyway. A small craft brewery might have the best beer in three states, but no one will take notice unless it has an eye-catching label. A craft beer label design doesn’t... Read More

March 29th By

It’s time to vote for March’s Top 9 at 99!

It’s been another great month of creativity here on 99designs and we’re excited to showcase some of the best work we’ve seen in March! We love how diverse our designers’ skills are – and what better way to spotlight them than in our illustrious Top 9 at 99. From album covers and food trucks to... Read More

March 26th By

How to “sell” your designs to clients

A designer often knows when their design is a perfect fit for a client. They know when it will be successful in the real world and what it feels like to make that final tweak, relieving the fear of failure and triggering an adrenaline rush with nothing left to do but smile. But more often than not, clients... Read More

March 25th By

Vote for your favorite March Madness team logo

March Madness is in full swing as the NCAA takes over US airwaves with The Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight, Final Four — all sorts of alliterative words that have become part of our everyday lexicon, even if you don’t watch college basketball. It’s no secret that branding is a huge part of American university sports and campus... Read More

March 24th By

8 standout ways to create a Facebook cover design

Pretty much the first stop in any company’s social media push is going to be their Facebook cover design. Determining a strategy for how to make a page memorable is what they’re going to strive for. And there are a lot of ways to do it. As a designer you’ve got to understand how these social media outlets... Read More

March 23rd By

Show your work! Captivating sketches from 99designers

As a designer, you can probably relate to the power that a process sketch provides. It’s a loose way to quickly stream ideas out of your consciousness and onto paper without the complications of mouse clicks or digital barriers. Here you can problem solve differently, explore options swiftly and generate tons of different concepts that... Read More

March 21st By

3 spring cleaning tricks to keep your typography fresh

The time for spring cleaning has arrived and for those with cluttered font library and messy typographic techniques, it is a perfect opportunity to clean up. This article takes on the task in 3 steps: cleaning out the font library, getting more from less fonts and polishing up typographic technique. 1. Clean up your font library Participating in design contests... Read More

March 20th By