The Creative Edge

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3 simple ways to manage your freelance workload

The beautiful thing about freelancing is its pure possibility — there’s always a new project on the horizon. You apply your skills to new projects and work with all sorts of people, and it’s exhilarating. And tiring. As you become more successful and start to accumulate work, the more overlap you have between jobs. So... Read More

July 27th By

14 beautiful designs with great handcrafted style

Sometimes a personal touch is all you need to make a brand stand out. Today, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite 99designers that follow the handcrafted design trend with impressive zeal. Inspired by everything from vintage stamps to meticulous illustrations, these designs are perfect for anyone looking to distance themselves from the “digital” look in favor... Read More

July 25th By

A brief history of cultural tattoo design

Tattoos have seen a popular upswing as of late. Stroll through a neighborhood in San Francisco or Brooklyn during the summer and you’re bound to see a riot of color painted onto skin, peeking out of tank tops and shorts. But it’s not a new trend, for thousands of years people have been implementing that ink, whether for... Read More

July 24th By

Vote for July’s Top 9 at 99!

Man this summer’s flying by fast… it’s once again time to vote for July’s Top 9 at 99! This month we have a glorious mix of new and categories – from stunning 3D designs and mascots to beautiful illustrations and logos. Which one will you pick? Scroll down and cast your vote below! We’ll announce the winner... Read More

July 23rd By

Boost your skills with these fun typography games

Typography, like any expertise, can only be truly mastered with practice – but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring! What better way to spiff up your design skills than with some fun online games? We’ve compiled a collection of entertaining typography games sure to test your knowledge. Pair typefaces at rapid speed, identify fonts in... Read More

July 22nd By

László Moholy-Nagy: Pioneer of graphic design

Between 1914, when he was drafted into the Austro-Hungarian army to fight in World War I, and his death in 1946, László Moholy-Nagy moved around a lot. Indeed, in this time he moved from Berlin, to Amsterdam, to London, to Chicago—sometimes seeking new opportunities as a designer, sometimes escaping fascism, sometimes both. Likewise, his design career never... Read More

July 21st By

9 PowerPoint templates that pack a punch

Designing a PowerPoint template isn’t what it used to be. Gone are the days of word art and drop shadows (thank goodness!). Today, these presentations are a sophisticated blend of photography, illustration, typography and Adobe suite integration designed to wow their targeted audience. Whether boasting the benefits of a company, showing off a new app or... Read More

July 18th By

5 ways to successfully work from home

Freelance design is unique in that designers can make their own schedules. For some this is a benefit, but for many the lack of structure can be a challenge. Here are five work from home tips that address the different challenges of freelance design and how to overcome them. 1. Identify the checkpoints rob warde (via Flickr) Trying to... Read More

July 16th By