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Inspiring designs in honor of Día de los Muertos

Mexico’s Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, has long inspired artists and designers around the world. Honoring the deceased with a three-day celebration of elaborate handmade altars, processions and the holiday’s signature calaveras, there’s plenty of creativity to go around. The intricately decorated skulls have galvanized a graphic style trend that abounds far beyond Central America. So in... Read More

November 1st By

Wishing you all a Happy Halloween!

99designs wants to wish you all a Happy Halloween! Whether you’re spending the night carving jack o’lanterns, scaring yourself silly at a haunted house or dressing to the nines for a costume party – we wanted to put you in the mood for this hair-raising holiday by rounding up some of our favorite Halloween-inspired designs. From playful pumpkins... Read More

October 31st By

The best (and worst) of horror movie poster design

The minimalist movie poster re-design has grown into a full-fledged phenomenon. They may be tokens of shameless nostalgia, but they are also an invitation to clever visual play and a good way for today’s talented designers to show off their chops. Of course, every trend yields its share of duds – and this one is no exception. Below,... Read More

October 30th By

How to create a believable vintage faded logo

Rendering is a powerful computer skill that can help designers communicate ideas, moods or feelings to clients. In this tutorial, the style of vintage faded logos will be explored; an effect that can be useful in proposing brand identities that might include stamps, cloth, wooden signs or other vintage aesthetics.   Before beginning it should be noted that... Read More

October 29th By

99U dishes on how to overcome classic designer pitfalls

As designers, we all have our weaknesses. Whether we’re constantly comparing ourselves to others, stressing under a personal narrative we’re struggling to embody, or adding too much to our plate – there’s plenty of pitfalls that can take a toll on our work and our success. This month, 99U breaks down some of those issues... Read More

October 28th By

CSS and the shaping of dynamic design

Many of us can remember a time when the typical web page resembled a poster publicizing a high school dance. No banners, no sidebars and certainly no flash. When a designer wanted to grab your attention they used red type on a blue background, which resulted in more migraines than anything else. Thankfully, web design... Read More

October 27th By

15 spooktacular monsters to inspire you this Halloween

The 99designs community has a fantastic imagination. So what better time to show off their creepy catalogue of aliens, ghosts and ghouls than right before Halloween? All year round, our designers concoct bone-chilling branding, eerie illustrations and unearthly iPhone apps we absolutely love. In honor of this most haunting holiday, we present to you some of 99designs’ greatest monster creations. Enjoy! Aliens Alien concept art... Read More

October 25th By

We chat with 3D design wiz, MirkoAndricDesign™

We’ve been wowed for a while by MirkoAndricDesign™‘s impressive grasp on 3D design. Deftly designing 3D models and renderings, he’s brought restaurant, apartment and office interiors to life, and helped inventors visualize the look of new products. We decided to chat with Mirko about how he got started and his plans for the future. Name: Mirko Andrić... Read More

October 24th By

The concept art behind popular 3D monsters

It’s Halloween this month, which means you’re probably frantically preparing your costume and/or playlist of creepy movies to watch with your friends on the scariest day of the year – well, other than your birthday. To celebrate this fun holiday and all the elements making October 31st the day that it is, we’ll be taking a look at the... Read More

October 23rd By

Create a stylized Halloween pumpkin in Photoshop

Seasonal advertising is common for very good reason. Aligning your promotions with time-sensitive annual events creates a distinct sense of urgency that your products might otherwise lack. Many consumers have become habitual spenders during these specific times of the year, and if you haven’t positioned your products as part of the cyclical festivities, you’re likely... Read More

October 22nd By