The Creative Edge

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The 99designs guide to critiquing graphic design

Design can be a solitary activity. You’ve probably found yourself sitting in front of a computer screen for hours toiling to create the perfect product for clients. It’s a good way to get tunnel vision and to slowly lose the context of your work. Good thing design can (and should) be more collaborative than that. Often... Read More

September 15th By

Highlights from our global community in Western and Southern Europe

This weekend we’re continuing to explore 99designs’ rich global community by highlighting our designers from Western and Southern Europe. In the upcoming weeks we’ll cover in Northern and Eastern Europe, The Americas, and Asia/Oceania as well. And don’t forget last week’s post on Africa and the Middle East. Get excited! Austria Designer: zoisam Contest: New print or packaging design wanted for Relevant Booking... Read More

September 13th By

2014’s hottest music festival designs for millenials

It doesn’t seem to matter what genre it caters to – music festival design tends to triumph bright color, bold fonts and standout graphics. From logos to merch, mobile apps to billboard ads, it’s all about marketing to millenials. These events are growing every year with more than 300 different large-scale music festivals around the world... Read More

September 12th By

Meet the finalists for this month’s Top 9 at 99!

Every month, Top 9 at 99 showcases the best of the best from 99designs’ winning entries. This August, it was nearly impossible to choose only 9 designs (you guys are all amazing!). Whether they were creating fashion tights or a full tech website, all of these designers demonstrated their impressive talent and ability to help each client visualize their designs in action. Be it... Read More

September 11th By

Join us in protecting a free and open internet

The internet is built on the idea that all data should be treated equally. This level playing field has made it possible for companies like 99designs to grow, and, with that, for small businesses and designers to make meaningful connections. In the U.S., the FCC is considering a plan that would allow internet service providers to grant... Read More

September 10th By

Rounding up August’s big design news

August has been a wild ride. As summer officially ends, and the school year starts back up, it becomes a time for new beginnings – and we’ve been seeing plenty of them spread across the design world. From futuristic technologies and massive rebrands to artistic tributes, it’s been a great month for great design.  Here’s some of our favorite... Read More

September 10th By

Your back-to-school design reading list, by publisher

It’s that time of year again and back-to-school reading lists are upon us. If you don’t consider yourself to be a bookish designer, perhaps it’s time to take a fresh look at the range of design books on the market. The breadth of topics, from biographies of famous designers to how-to guides about navigating the industry, is truly... Read More

September 9th By

An interview with tattoo artist and illustrator Jordan Mitchell

Jordan Mitchell, 26, is a Texas native who relocated to Modesto, CA at the age of 10 where he discovered his deep appreciation for tattoos. Thanks to the father of a childhood friend, opportunity came knockin’ and he began an apprenticeship at 18. Today, Jordan is a resident artist at Black and Blue Tattoo in... Read More

September 8th By

Check out these top 99ers from Africa and the Middle East

Here at 99designs, we’re extremely proud to have a designer community that comes from all around the world. To celebrate our global diversity, we’re rounding up collections of some of the best on-site designers by their geographical location. The first article brings you users from Africa and the Middle East. In the next couple of weeks we’ll... Read More

September 6th By

Words of wisdom from 99designs veteran, SHANAshay

Name: Shana Cinquegrana 99designs handle: SHANAshay Location: New Jersey, USA Contests won: 238 Shana Cinquegrana, a.k.a. SHANAshay, is a bonafide 99designs veteran with over 200 contest wins under her belt—most of them in her signature illustration style that appeals to female-run businesses ranging from beauty and fashion to publishing, food and other forms of entrepreneurship. We sat... Read More

September 5th By