Why designers need a personal website

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We’re all busy to a certain degree, no matter how skilled we are at design. If you’re just starting out, you’ll be busy with your education. If you’re already an accomplished designer, you’re probably neck deep in projects. With so much on your plate, how can you possibly find time to maintain an up-to-date personal […]

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Community Contest: The 99designs Cup

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The 2014 Soccer Cup has begun! Are you excited? So are we! The energy is so contagious we’re throwing our own 99designs Cup. Yep, you heard that right — a big tournament involving players from all around the world will also play out in our own community. Get ready for the biggest community contest ever. […]

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6 tips for better line spacing in your typography

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Is your customer having a tough time reading the text on your design? Maybe it’s time to check the line spacing. Line spacing, or “leading”, is the amount of space between the baselines of each line of text. Correct leading is important because it gives multiple lines of text optimum legibility. The word “leading” comes from […]

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The history of design contests

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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