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A simple workflow for holiday card design

Along with the holiday season comes an opportunity to design holiday cards for friends, family and clients. While the candid nature of holiday cards often calls for the design to be light hearted and fun, there are some aspects of the card design process that require a skillful workflow – especially handling the fold and bleed. This... Read More

November 10th By

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall has become a historic symbol of Germany, memorialized through art work and the country’s memories. The day the Wall fell and the peaceful revolution that followed has not been forgotten. In honor of that monumental moment, we came up with a very special challenge for our German design community: create a poster... Read More

November 8th By

4 key principles of web design

If you’ve ever researched web design principles, you’re probably more than familiar with the following attitude: “Web design is just so easy these days. With lightning-fast internet speed and sophisticated browsers, designers hardly have to deal with any of the restrictions that shaped the early days of the web. A website is, more than ever, a... Read More

November 7th By

Vote on the winner for this month’s Top 9 at 99!

This month, designers showed off their skills in a wide variety of impressive categories including 3D layouts, craft beer labels and beauty packaging. It was tough to pick our favorites, but we managed to settle on these nine fantastic designs below. Now we’re asking you to help us by voting for the winner of this month’s... Read More

November 6th By

How to downsave Illustrator and InDesign files

If you’ve ever seen a message like this when trying to open an Adobe file it’s probably because the file wasn’t downsaved. In the design industry, designers are using different versions of different Adobe programs to create designs. This can cause compatibility issues when you’re sharing files with a client or fellow designer. Most newer versions of Adobe... Read More

November 5th By

Exploring the annual Design It Yourself conference

This past month, we had the pleasure of partnering with the Design It Yourself conference (aka DIYSUB) that was recently held from October 10 – 26, 2014. DIYSUB is an annual design conference and festival held in Surabaya, Indonesia. Stepping into their 4th year with the theme “Mix2Make”, they’re even better than ever! It is currently the... Read More

November 4th By

3D design tips from creature modeller Brady Parell

Brady Parell started his design career armed with an illustration degree from Rhode Island School of Design and a job offer from Microsoft Game Studios. From there he sharpened his skill set and moved on to work as a character artist for video games including Massive Black’s Zombie Playground and Lucasarts’ Star Wars 1313 before joining Industrial... Read More

November 3rd By

Inspiring designs in honor of Día de los Muertos

Mexico’s Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, has long inspired artists and designers around the world. Honoring the deceased with a three-day celebration of elaborate handmade altars, processions and the holiday’s signature calaveras, there’s plenty of creativity to go around. The intricately decorated skulls have galvanized a graphic style trend that abounds far beyond Central America. So in... Read More

November 1st By

Wishing you all a Happy Halloween!

99designs wants to wish you all a Happy Halloween! Whether you’re spending the night carving jack o’lanterns, scaring yourself silly at a haunted house or dressing to the nines for a costume party – we wanted to put you in the mood for this hair-raising holiday by rounding up some of our favorite Halloween-inspired designs. From playful pumpkins... Read More

October 31st By

The best (and worst) of horror movie poster design

The minimalist movie poster re-design has grown into a full-fledged phenomenon. They may be tokens of shameless nostalgia, but they are also an invitation to clever visual play and a good way for today’s talented designers to show off their chops. Of course, every trend yields its share of duds – and this one is no exception. Below,... Read More

October 30th By