The Creative Edge

We'll help improve your design folio, give tips on finding clients and connect you with creative professionals

An introduction to popular printing techniques

As a graphic designer, understanding how printing works is important. You don’t need to be a print expert, but knowing the basic technologies and terminology can help you improve your skills if you want to create a successful project – from design conception to the final printed product. Creating a fantastic design is only the first step. Knowing what... Read More

Solving the National Parks’ greatest design mystery

There’s something you’re trying to put your finger on. Those National Parks posters that you’ve seen before, maybe on the side of the road painted against a brick wall or in the postcard turnstile of a dilapidated gas station. Or maybe it was on your friend’s wall, home or Pinterest. You know you’ve seen the images... Read More

July 8th By

5 ways to motivate yourself in the summer

Summer is a time of year that makes it extremely difficult to sit down in front of the computer and work on graphic design. The water is just right for swimming, the occasional blissful breeze comes by, and it just feels right to be outside detached from all electronics. In this article, we’ll outline 5... Read More

July 7th By

20 new design books for your summer reading list

It can be tough to get any reading done during the cooler months. Business ramps up right after the new year, flooding your inbox with projects, and around the winter holidays there is a similar rush to finish outstanding tasks and balance the books. During the summer, though, there is a pleasant lull—a perfect time... Read More

July 6th By

25 USA brands that celebrate their state

Location, location, location. A lot of the branding requests we see on 99designs are from small local businesses. These are companies who want to connect to their communities through shared location, and all of the associations that go with that — cultural, economic, political. As a designer, it’s key to know where these businesses come from… literally.... Read More

July 3rd By

See who won our BIP and L&W webinar contests!

From mid-May to early June, 99designs ran two 4-week webinar series on Logo & Web (L&W) and Brand Identity Pack (BIP) to help designers’ up-skill efforts and provide them with a fun learning environment. These series conclude with a community contest each – and we’ve just announced the winners! After tough deliberation, Deri Kurnia and AsbeenDesign were announced as BIP and L&W webinar contests winners respectively.... Read More

July 2nd By

Barbecue branding gets swanky

Can barbecue be chic? There’s not a lot that’s more american than a summertime BBQ. But the food doesn’t always bring to mind great design. If you’ve passed any BBQ hut on the street, you might envision orange char marks against the silhouette of a dark Texas bull, bright yellow lettering loudly glaring out. Or maybe a... Read More

July 1st By

Find out who won our celebrity brand showdown!

It’s a celebrity brand showdown! Who did our designers choose among Reese, Gwyneth, Jessica, and Blake? Who will become the next Martha Stewart? That seems to be the question these days among Hollywood’s A-list actresses these days. Between Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop, Blake Lively’s Preserve and Jessica Alba’s Honest Co., and now even Reese Witherspoon, who launched... Read More

June 30th By

Create a fun menu design with Adobe InDesign

There is a different style of menu design for every kind of restaurant there is — and that’s a lot of them. From high-scale elegance to funky full color, you need to completely understand a restaurant’s vibe before taking their branding to the printed page. It’s one of the most important part of a restaurant’s branding,... Read More

June 29th By

24 company mascots that have great character

If you could represent a company in one way… how would yo do it? If you’d use a mascot, you’re not alone. Today we’re rounding up a wide collection of company mascots from 99designs that have real character. From cutesy animals to corporate figureheads, here are some of our favorite mascot designs from the 99designs community.... Read More

June 27th By