The top 10 iconic car logos of all time


The badge on the back of a car is synonymous with branding, and consumers are highly influenced by the reputation of a car’s brand when choosing their new vehicle. Particularly, high-status companies like BMW and Mercedes can sell cars on the brand’s reputation alone. For example, Aston Martin put its name to a reworked version […]

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5 graphic design trends to watch in 2014


No, I don’t have a magic ball, thank you for asking. This article is not about predictions. It’s about things that already surround us, but are only beginning to enter the mainstream — some would say they are “trending”. Staying on the cutting edge of graphic design means spotting those trends early and using them to […]

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Presenting the winner and runners-up from our City of Amsterdam community contest


After we saw online media explode with commentary on the new logo for the City of Amsterdam earlier this month, we decided that our community needed a chance to weigh in on options for the design with a Community Contest. And you did not disappoint. We received almost 1,900 entries from nearly 400 designers. THANK YOU! […]

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How to create and deliver the correct logo files to your client


You may have noticed a change on logo Handover pages. We used to ask for an .eps or .ai file at the very minimum, but now we’re asking for a PDF file instead of an .eps file, in addition to other types of files. Here is the list of files that you should be providing […]

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18 incredible designs inspired by nature


Artists have always been drawn to, and inspired by, the natural world. In recent years creative minds have started looking to nature to find beautifully functional design solutions. They have even created a design philosophy, Biomimicry, based on the concept that nature knows best. Check out our top list of 18 incredible designs inspired by […]

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Vote for the Ultimate Top 9 designer of 2013

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Each month here at 99designs we hand-select 9 of the month’s best winning designs and feature them on our blog, then ask the community to vote for their favorite. Then, once a year, we ask our community to vote again to decide which of those 12 winners was really the best of the best. It’s […]

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Top 10 design cities to keep an eye on


As the world becomes more connected, traditional design hubs like New York and London are beginning to lose pride of place to up-and-coming locales around the globe. The question is, what is it that makes some cities especially well-suited for designers and artists? Here we’ve listed ten exciting cities that, as they grow, seem to […]

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7 crucial things to know before you start freelancing


I would recommend freelancing to anyone – in particular to those who are in their early 20’s. It’s one of the best things you can do to develop a firm set of skills, gain financial independence and get a better idea of what you want to achieve in your life. But the beauty of being […]

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Convert your original design into a Microsoft Word letterhead template


At the end of a letterhead design project, it’s pretty common to hear your client say:  ”I want this as an editable letterhead template in Microsoft Word.” They usually don’t own or know how to use advanced graphics-editing programs like Adobe Illustrator, InDesign or Photoshop, and it simply doesn’t make sense for them to purchase […]

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A perfect designer-client match: Daivat and Sterling1913


While there’s plenty of romance to be found in the world of graphic design, on Valentine’s Day we’d like to celebrate by showcasing a different kind of chemistry: a stellar designer-client relationship. As we all know, Design Cupid does not aim his arrow at every such professional pairing. In the case of designer Daivat and […]

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