The history of design contests


While we thought we were pretty clever when we came up with 99designs, we were far from the first to dream up a creative contest.  Contests like ours have been around for centuries – we’re just the latest to take up the torch. Contests throughout history Whether the competition spans the globe or is limited […]

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Top 9 at 99: May 2014

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For a lot of us (say, those of us in the Northern Hemisphere), June means that summer’s finally here. While your first instinct might be to close your computer and run outside, our 99designers keep kicking out work that’s hotter than the temperature on your back porch. So before you hit the beach, take a few minutes […]

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3 simple steps to become a better designer


All designers get stuck – especially in the beginning of their career. They may experience short bursts of inspiration, but transforming that success into steady work can be daunting. This often happens when a designer hasn’t solidified their routine or fails to stick to it consistently. If you find yourself falling into this trap, try […]

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How to design a successful infographic


Everybody loves a pretty picture – but when it comes to showcasing more complex content, how do you keep it short and sweet? Many designers turn to infographics as a way to simplify complicated information. By replacing charts with playful visuals and only showcasing the most important data, you can tell a better story that […]

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6 principles of visual hierarchy for designers


First there were stone tablets, papyrus scrolls and paper. Then came computer screens and electronic tablets. As the technology to display a page evolves, it remains the designer’s job to arrange the content clearly. But what’s the best way?  It’s an increasingly important question, as responsive frameworks force designers to think about many different pages at […]

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How to create a playful business monster icon


Today we’re going to have some fun with mobile app design. The most widely used apps are either business or gaming-oriented. Typically they remain separate, but what if you were to combine them? Say hello to the cute business monster icon. This is going to be done in Photoshop and I’ll guide you step by […]

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Using a well-known symbol? Consider public domain

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Public domain images can be a great resource for designers of all types. You just have to make sure you actually understand what this means. Just because an image is publicly available, does not mean it is public domain (sorry, Google search masters). Public domain is an intellectual property designation that applies to images whose […]

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How to create PNG files of your logo in Illustrator

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PNG (Portable Network Graphics) files are raster, web-based files that don’t lose quality when compressed. They are best used for displaying images on the web, and are one of the essential file formats to deliver to your logo design clients. Clients need a PNG file (in addition to the other required file types) so that they can […]

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Remembering Massimo Vignelli, modernist master


Photo: Jason (via Flickr) How many designers can claim that their work directly affects upwards of one million people each day? Massimo Vignelli can count himself among the few: his design for the New York City subway signage has become an iconic part of the metropolis’ visual fabric, sure to live on even now that its creator […]

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16 legal logos that raise the bar


When your client has a broad audience, it can be tempting to fall back on generic symbols that everybody recognizes. Like dental offices and real estate companies, law firms and law-related businesses tend to feature one of a few overused concepts in their logos. Just how common are gavels, scales, neoclassical columns and initials in legal […]

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