A look inside some of the world’s greatest museum rebrands

Today, museums can’t simply rely on the merits of old objects and antiquated scholars. Smart phones, instant internet and ease of travel have added growing pressure to appeal to a globalized crowd. In a few quick clicks, museums must show what they stand for and what’s to be expected with a trip down their hallowed halls. While naysayers may complain that “branding” is too... Read More

September 26th By


The long road to Google’s material design

It was pretty awesome to have a car in the 70′s and 80’s. If you had a cool uncle or cousin, he might have owned a Chrysler with faux woodgrain panelling. Back in the early part of the century genuine wood panelling was reasonably common in car exteriors, but fell out of favor as metalworking... Read More

September 18th By

Create an awesome camera icon in Photoshop

I’m going to guide you through a step-by-step process for creating an awesome camera icon in Photoshop. This is a pretty easy guide to follow along with, so don’t be taken back by the number of steps. Most of the work will focus on how to work with simple layer styles. Let’s take a look at the end result before... Read More

September 16th By

The 99designs guide to critiquing graphic design

Design can be a solitary activity. You’ve probably found yourself sitting in front of a computer screen for hours toiling to create the perfect product for clients. It’s a good way to get tunnel vision and to slowly lose the context of your work. Good thing design can (and should) be more collaborative than that. Often... Read More

September 15th By

Your back-to-school design reading list, by publisher

It’s that time of year again and back-to-school reading lists are upon us. If you don’t consider yourself to be a bookish designer, perhaps it’s time to take a fresh look at the range of design books on the market. The breadth of topics, from biographies of famous designers to how-to guides about navigating the industry, is truly... Read More

September 9th By

Create a magazine article spread with InDesign

Adobe’s InDesign may not be as widely used as Illustrator or Photoshop, but it is no less full of powerful tools for getting your design job done. It’s a publisher’s best friend – handy for print and layout design of all sorts. For this beginner’s tutorial, we’re going to look at how to create a magazine in... Read More

September 4th By

3 ways for designers to invest in success

A smart business owner always takes a significant chunk of his profits and reinvests them into his company to further grow his business. Designers are entrepreneurs of their own, albeit in a different class. Nevertheless the same principles apply: you should make wise investments to further your design career. But how should you spend your... Read More

September 2nd By

99U’s best tips for better workflow and productivity

Wowee! Summer just flew by. Whether you’re in the midst of back-to-school prep or looking for some new workflow tips for the Fall, here’s another roundup of great articles from 99U.  Learn how to kick off your own productivity streak, exercise self-awareness for success and heighten your workday energy with these tips below. How I kept a 373-day productivity... Read More

August 28th By

8 common print file mistakes and how to avoid them

When a design client comes back to you complaining that their printer says that the files you gave them are unusable, it’s pretty embarrassing. As the professional, it’s supposed to be your job to take care of the technical side of things, not the client’s. To help you avoid these types of situations, we’ve compiled... Read More

August 27th By