Author Archives: Alex Bigman

Smashingbug makes PowerPoint designs shine

Didem Dönmez (aka Smashingbug) caught our eye with her outstanding PowerPoint designs. Her clean style and tight branding has captured the hearts of many clients on 99designs, bringing them back again and again. Here, we chat with this Istanbul-based freelance designer (and music producer!) about her creative career so far. Name: Didem Dönmez 99designs handle: smashingbug Location: Istanbul, Turkey CONTESTS... Read More

March 18th By

Design, in Holi color

The skies may still be grey in much of the world, but this Friday lots of folks will return home caked in pigment spanning the whole color spectrum, and that tells us that Spring is on the horizon. More specifically, it tells us that Holi is here—the Hindu celebration of the coming season and a festival of... Read More

March 6th By

Click-worthy landing page designs from Dmitrij

It’s safe to say that Dmitrij Rassylnov, who goes by Dmitrij on 99designs, is an authority on web design—particularly landing pages. After winning 42 contests, you earn that designation. We had the opportunity to pick his brain about the web design process, and what most web designers are doing wrong. Plus, we catch up on... Read More

March 3rd By

Oscars 2015: Our nominations for best poster design

This Sunday, tens of millions of viewers will tune in to watch the Oscars, for reasons more or less completely unknown. The award show is never very interesting, and yet … we can never look away. Now, if they introduced a movie poster design category, that might be something worth watching for. And why not? After all,... Read More

February 17th By

The crème de la crème of artisanal chocolate packaging

Up until recently, in the design world it was mostly just greeting card illustrators who had a (professional) reason to care about Valentine’s Day. Not so anymore, as one V-day staple has started coming in packages possibly even more beautiful than the magical substance they contain. No, we’re definitely not talking about Edible Arrangements here. Chocolate, specifically in bar form, is the... Read More

February 10th By

We chat with emerging interactive design wiz, MegaOptimus

After just six months of participation on 99designs, Djordje Makovic (aka MegaOptimus) has bowled us over with his aptitude for interactive designs: games, apps and other products that entail a dynamic give-and-take with the user. We spoke with him about how he transitioned from more conventional training to this exceptional skill set. Read on for our conversation. Name:... Read More

January 26th By

10 ski resorts that keep their branding cool

While we often cover design trends on a larger scale, it’s always fun to dig deeper into particular industries. In the past we’ve explored airlines and famous museums, for example. Now, in the spirit of the season – at least in the Northern Hemisphere – we’re turning a creative eye to ski resort branding. Like many services, ski resorts are 20th (or even 19th) century... Read More

January 19th By


3 ways to rethink nonprofit design

Nonprofit organizations don’t operate like for-profit organizations. Should they be designed like them? There are many reasonable questions a designer might encounter upon striking up a professional relationship with a not-for-profit company. What sort of hierarchy will best suit the website? Are there special rules for designing a nonprofit logo, as opposed to a for-profit one?... Read More

December 12th 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

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