9 engaging wedding design trends for summer

Summer is coming up quickly, which means wedding season is upon us.  And the creation of weddings has become a booming industry, with thousands of artists and vendors dependent on those brides and grooms rolling in for clothing, food, décor, music – and design. What a better use of your design skills than to help someone... Read More

May 14th By

The evolution of World Expo design

This summer, a whole lot of people will descend upon Milan for the 2015 World Expo. If you have been any where near Italy this year, the news will come as no surprise: Andrea Puppa’s branding for the Expo has colored much of the peninsula in magenta, yellow and cyan. If you have not, then... Read More

April 29th By

10 grayscale designs to inspire you on a rainy day

With Spring comes gray skies and rainy days. These overcast moments offer sunshine-craving designers a good excuse to stay inside and work on the computer. In embrace of the rainy day mood, here are 10 grayscale designs that use the lack of color to an advantage! Brazil 2014 World Cup calendar (print and website): Team Karoshi Essem Design,... Read More

April 27th By

99designers take on the line art trend

With flat design and vintage trends capturing designers’ imagination for the past few years, it’s no surprise that line art, or line craft, is taking the design scene by storm. Casting off skeuomorphic textures for minimal, mono-weight lines, this trend takes the best aspects of retro style and simplifies it into charming graphics that will look great on anything. Stamp... Read More

April 25th By

Happy Earth Day!

99designs is filled with Earth-friendly companies working to improve our planet. From organic and natural products to sustainable and “buy local” brands, there’s plenty of empowering designs to go around. See what some of our designers have been up to and how they shift their style (think: muted tones, lots of greens and handcrafted details) to reflect... Read More

April 22nd By

Rebranding cannabis: Grown-up branding for a legal industry

Whether you’re for or against it, the sale of legal cannabis is a huge and growing market – and one that’s striving for legitimacy. Growing up in the US, many of us are no stranger to the branding of the pre-legalized marijuana industry. We saw the face of Bob Marley or Snoop Dogg, the recognizable five-leafed... Read More

April 20th By

Brand identity designs bringing businesses to life

Branding is crucial to any company looking to stand out – and it goes far beyond creating a great logo. From business cards and stationary to social media, a brand’s identity needs to transcend across all forms of collateral and come off feeling just as strong. Signature colors, unique icons, mascots and eye-catching patterns are just a... Read More

April 18th By

Tripping out: The history of psychedelic design

Today, we’re taking a look back at that hazy yet brilliant period of artistic fluorescence: the later 1960s. Specifically, we wanted to explore the phenomenon of psychedelic design—a style that nowadays gets recycled often in commercial work, while its original history threatens to fade from collective memory. The history of psychedelic design is of course vast: it crossed countless borders... Read More

April 17th By

15 ampersands in action

We recently published an article to “Get to know your ampersands“. Since then, we’ve been seeing them everywhere! And there’s certainly no shortage of ampersands inspiring us on 99designs. So here are some of our picks from the best ampersand usage in a logo design, courtesy of the design community. The Spoke & Bird Designer: GagaSnaga... Read More

April 11th By

Music streaming services that rock great UI

Music streaming services have been divisive since the industry started, because everyone listens to their music in a different way. Hundreds of companies have popped up to cater both to artist and music fans’ niche interests in the marketplace. The industry has been hot lately; there’s a lot of competition – and more to come. Jay-Z and fellow... Read More

April 10th By