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How to succeed in the design contest marketplace

One of the most amazing things about our designer community is their passion, and willingness, to help each other succeed. Recently, 5-year web designer Ananya Roy reached out asking for an opportunity to share his 99designs experiences with his peers. Ananya explained further: “As a successful designer on 99designs, it’s my responsibility to share my success formula with... Read More

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History of the grid, part 1

Have you ever stopped to notice that we live in a grid? From the arrangement of pixels on the screen you’re looking at, to the organization of the urban cities in which the majority of the world dwells, this visual system of intersecting vertical and horizontal lines determines the form of more than you may... Read More

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Presenting the winner of the South Australia logo contest

When the South Australian government unveiled the state’s new logo earlier this month it didn’t garner a lot of positive feedback. Adelaide Now quoted tweets that described the logo as “A folded milk carton. A Monopoly hotel. Hideously disappointing. Conservative and boring.” At 99designs, we couldn’t help but wonder what our design community might come up with as... Read More

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5 tips on how to prepare a design presentation

You lost. The work was on brief, you spent hours getting it ready and the client generally loved it. So what happened? All things being equal, I’d say someone else had a better presentation. Your work was good but the way you tried selling it wasn’t. The client simply went for something more convincing, tangible... Read More

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10³x.01 nerd-tastic designs

Calling all nerds! It’s common knowledge that nerds rule, and by transitivity, designs that incorporate nerds also rule. The brilliance of nerdy designs lies in the fact that they convey a sense of approachability and expert knowledge. So without further ado, lets talk nerdy. Nerd Auction logo by CrankyBear Glasses, check. Pocket protector, check. Handsome smile, check.... Read More

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Let’s celebrate! 99designs hits 200,000 contests.

It’s time to celebrate! Remember a couple of months ago when we reached 200,000 designers? Today, 99designs has reached another MAJOR milestone: we’ve hit 200,000 contests! That means we’ve paid out almost $50 million dollars to our designers, and we’re so excited to be able to share this success with our community. Without your help,... Read More

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with these lucky designs

St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner and no matter what corner of the world you live in, whether in Ireland herself or somewhere abroad, St. Patty’s has become a celebration of Irish culture for the entire globe. The celebration features, in addition to massive beer drinking, a number of visual signifiers. The color green... Read More

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12 successful examples of cinemagraphs

For the past 2 years, the humble animated GIF has soared to new artistic heights, receiving a classy makeover in the form of cinemagraphs. Cinemagraphs are loosely defined as still photographs in which a minor and repeated movement occurs. They’re neither a photo nor a video but technically are very classy-looking GIFs. The term itself... Read More

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