Community Contest: Design an identity for Rio’s 450th Anniversary!


Rio de Janiero has captured the world’s imagination for years — never more so than these last months before it will host the World Cup in 2014, and the Olympics in 2016. In what seems like impeccable timing, the city is also going to be celebrating its 450th anniversary in 2015, and Rio de Janiero’s […]

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Security update from 99designs: The Heartbleed Bug


The Heartbleed logo — a design 99designs intends never to see again! (Courtesy of As you may be aware from the widespread media reports on the issue (including this article in The New York Times), a serious internet bug dubbed “Heartbleed” was identified yesterday by security researchers. Reports indicate that two-thirds of all websites […]

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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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Pixelmator: is it a viable alternative to Photoshop?


When it comes to image editing, a lot of designers head straight for Adobe Photoshop — it’s a great program and a creative industry standard. But it’s also a professional program, and has got a professional price tag attached, one that not every new designer can afford straight away. Alternatives have been around for ages, […]

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How to use your résumé to sell your design skills


Despite all of the options available for showing off your skills these days, a graphic design résumé is still an important asset to have. And though you wouldn’t think it, having a lot of skills can be a real problem when creating your résumé. You only have one page to impress your future employer with […]

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Top 9 at 99: March 2014

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March was the month where we moved from winter into spring! And to show it off in style, our designers embraced both the combination of icy black, white, gray and blue of winter — and the sprightly greens we’re so excited to see springing through the snow. How do you choose between these all of […]

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10 of the best sources for web design inspiration


Are you a web designer looking for the right place to get your creative juices flowing? Look no further — the following list is the perfect remedy for someone stuck-in-a-rut, bored of seeing the same designs over and over. Here are the most inspired, curated, and constantly updated websites around to help your creativity: 1. […]

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Entries now open for the YoorallaTEE Contest 2014


It’s time for a change. It’s time to ‘redefine disability.’ Last year’s YoorallaTEE competition was a huge success, with over 1800 entries from around the world. The competition is back for 2014, and this year Yooralla has teamed back up with 99designs, Dangerfield and The Father Bob Maguire Foundation for an even bigger campaign. The […]

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Create an editable PDF business card template in 7 steps with Adobe Acrobat


An editable business card template is one of the most common requests from design clients. But it can be a difficult one as many of them don’t have the ability or software to make edits to the design. Most clients simply want to edit the name and contact info for the business card design, and […]

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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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