Creating and using a texture library


Texture, when used correctly, can take a good design and push it over the edge into DANG good. Texture adds a level of visual interest to a design that may otherwise fall a little flat (literally!). And, let’s face it… The problem with texture is that so many people’s first instinct is to go online […]

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Designer Profile: Milkochua


Milko Jayson Chua – The Philippines 99designs handle: Milkochua Projects won: 44 Logos sold in the Readymade Store: 39 Web portfolio: How did you get started in design? I studied Fine Arts in the University of Santo Tomas, majoring in Advertising Arts. However, before that, even in elementary school, I already loved freehand drawing. Left to right, […]

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A 99designs free ebook: Landing Page Design That Sells


It can be easy to think that the visual design of a landing page is about “skinning” a wireframe with some colors and fonts. But there’s much more to a landing page than meets the eye—a truism we confirmed firsthand in our redesign of the 99designs website last year. So we created an ebook to […]

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From sketch to spectacle: famous movie storyboards


When emerging designers ask us for advice about how to improve the strength of their concepts, we always begin with one simple answer: sketch it. As in, doodles. By hand. On paper. You’d be surprised by how much working outside the parameters of digital software will free your mind. If you don’t believe us, ask […]

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14 design tips for more clickable banner ads


Banner ads are one of the most prolific forms of marketing used in today’s online world. All companies use them in one form or another because they’re an affordable, measurable and effective medium to increase brand awareness – and there’s a lot of design work out there for them. So let’s say that you have […]

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Presenting the winner and other top designs from our Washington Redskins rebranding contest!


What a week it has been – both here at 99designs and in Washington, D.C.! When we launched our Redskins rebranding community contest October 2nd in the midst of growing controversy about the team’s name, we had no idea that in the days ahead: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would soften his once rock-solid stance against change: […]

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Sharpen your skills: Quick branding exercises for designers


Our community team is continually trying to figure out ways to educate our designers. From providing tips, resources and tutorials, designers are always learning through our blog. It’s time to put the things you guys have learned to the test! Let’s sharpen your skills with our series of branding exercises for designers. We’ve created a handy […]

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Top 9 at 99 results: September 2013

MH Designs copy

We’re thrilled to announce our first-ever infographic winner of Top 9 at 99! It’s easy to see why - MH Designs’ design is illustrative, informational, well-organized, and just plain fun to look at. Who knew that unwanted phone books could be so interesting? Huge congrats to the rest of the Top 9 this month as well! You’re […]

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Designer from 99designs tackles the spec work debate


Whether you’re starting a new business or looking to revamp your current online look, design contests are one of the best options out there in terms of value. You get quality, diversity and a great bang for your buck. Some people, though, don’t agree with this model and go as far as to say it […]

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Neon and gold: signage trends beyond the screen


Think about the storefronts of a 20th century metropolis or a 19th century frontier main street, and even if you’re a branding fanatic like us, it’s probably not a sea of typefaces that comes to mind – rather, it is the physical presence of the signage, whether in steel, paint or light. Just have a […]

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