The challenge of branding across languages

If you asked for the most general definition of a logo, you’d probably get something like “a mark that stands for a company or product.” The implication is that it doesn’t matter what the mark is; anything could work. But then, can we assume the effect of a logo is universal—even across languages? Apparently not, based on... Read More

September 17th By

Highlights from our global community in Western and Southern Europe

This weekend we’re continuing to explore 99designs’ rich global community by highlighting our designers from Western and Southern Europe. In the upcoming weeks we’ll cover in Northern and Eastern Europe, The Americas, and Asia/Oceania as well. And don’t forget last week’s post on Africa and the Middle East. Get excited! Austria Designer: zoisam Contest: New print or packaging design wanted for Relevant Booking... Read More

September 13th By

2014’s hottest music festival designs for millenials

It doesn’t seem to matter what genre it caters to – music festival design tends to triumph bright color, bold fonts and standout graphics. From logos to merch, mobile apps to billboard ads, it’s all about marketing to millenials. These events are growing every year with more than 300 different large-scale music festivals around the world... Read More

September 12th By

Rounding up August’s big design news

August has been a wild ride. As summer officially ends, and the school year starts back up, it becomes a time for new beginnings – and we’ve been seeing plenty of them spread across the design world. From futuristic technologies and massive rebrands to artistic tributes, it’s been a great month for great design.  Here’s some of our favorite... Read More

September 10th By

Check out these top 99ers from Africa and the Middle East

Here at 99designs, we’re extremely proud to have a designer community that comes from all around the world. To celebrate our global diversity, we’re rounding up collections of some of the best on-site designers by their geographical location. The first article brings you users from Africa and the Middle East. In the next couple of weeks we’ll... Read More

September 6th By

Reeling in the 10 fishiest logos on 99designs

Fishing has been around pretty much since the beginning of human existence. We’ve enjoyed our seafood for tens of thousands of years, from the simplest catch of a fish to cooking it over a fire to the intricate art of Sushi. And though you may not think about it, these wriggly little friends of ours have actually... Read More

August 30th By


Nicholas Sheriff grows from 99designer to business innovator

Nicholas Sheriff has been busy. He recently moved from New York City to San Francisco to become a product manager for a client he actually met on 99designs. Now, after designing 15 different apps, he’s taking his career to new heights and starting his own browser app: Quest. We took a moment to sit down with the charming and passionate... Read More

August 25th By


A look inside L.A.’s Architecture and Design Museum

Hollywood has long been a magnet not just for aspiring film stars but for the creative minded more generally: illustrators, advertisers, designers of all types. As a young city expanding at a vertiginous pace, postwar Los Angeles promised more than just economic opportunity for young commercial artists. In the words of designer Gere Kavanaugh: “When I... Read More

August 20th By