10 design principles to take from famous architecture


As a designer, it helps to draw inspiration from other disciplines now and again. The world of modern and contemporary architecture, for example, has produced some truly jaw-dropping monuments to human ingenuity and aesthetic sensibility that are certainly worth a good look. We’ve rounded up a selection of some of the most amazing structures of the […]

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Behind the scenes with Brian Andersen on his new logo design for ‘Friend of Dorothy’


Brian Andersen is not just an amazing comic book writer and 99designs customer, but has spent time working in the 99designs family at our office in SF — AND is a new dad! Having all these responsibilities could be a little more than tough, but Brian manages with humorous aplomb (and dirty jokes). When writing his […]

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Congrats to the winners of the Chefrunde Studytour USA contest!


99designs had the opportunity to host Chefrunde Studytour USA this week in our San Francisco office, and boy, did we have a blast! Chefrunde Studytour USA connects editors and executives from Germany’s leading media companies (magazines, newspapers, websites, publishers) with tech companies in Silicon Valley and San Francisco. The topic at hand? All the latest […]

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The leading ladies of design: 5 not-to-miss interviews


In honor of Women’s History Month, we want to focus your attention on some of the best lady designers in the business! And we think it’s time do away with the old-standby ‘famous’ designers, and shift the focus to those just starting what are sure to be illustrious careers. In this, the 21st century, these rising, […]

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Proof that B2B logos need not be boring


A business-to-business, or B2B, company is one that primarily sells its products to other businesses, rather than to individual consumers. They make behind-the-scenes stuff, like the microchips that electronics companies use in their products, or the software that helps businesses internally keep track of their marketing data. They often aren’t very visible to the public. […]

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Reddit’s hidden design galleries


Though it may not always seem so at first glance, the internet is filled with creative people. There are hidden geniuses floating around, who are not getting the publicity they deserve. Reddit, the “front page of the Internet” is a good example of this. Though not necessarily known for it, the site is filled with […]

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The top 10 iconic car logos of all time


The badge on the back of a car is synonymous with branding, and consumers are highly influenced by the reputation of a car’s brand when choosing their new vehicle. Particularly, high-status companies like BMW and Mercedes can sell cars on the brand’s reputation alone. For example, Aston Martin put its name to a reworked version […]

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18 incredible designs inspired by nature


Artists have always been drawn to, and inspired by, the natural world. In recent years creative minds have started looking to nature to find beautifully functional design solutions. They have even created a design philosophy, Biomimicry, based on the concept that nature knows best. Check out our top list of 18 incredible designs inspired by […]

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Top 10 design cities to keep an eye on


As the world becomes more connected, traditional design hubs like New York and London are beginning to lose pride of place to up-and-coming locales around the globe. The question is, what is it that makes some cities especially well-suited for designers and artists? Here we’ve listed ten exciting cities that, as they grow, seem to […]

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Rebranding: 10 big companies changed their look


New year, new start: this is a popular time for businesses to polish up their designs. But design trends are always changing and almost every day, a major company alters its visual identity. In this series, 99designs will be highlighting the rebranding efforts of companies big and small. Hover your cursor over the images to […]

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