Remembering Massimo Vignelli, modernist master

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Photo: Jason (via Flickr) How many designers can claim that their work directly affects upwards of one million people each day? Massimo Vignelli can count himself among the few: his design for the New York City subway signage has become an iconic part of the metropolis’ visual fabric, sure to live on even now that its creator […]

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16 legal logos that raise the bar

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When your client has a broad audience, it can be tempting to fall back on generic symbols that everybody recognizes. Like dental offices and real estate companies, law firms and law-related businesses tend to feature one of a few overused concepts in their logos. Just how common are gavels, scales, neoclassical columns and initials in legal […]

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6 different styles for unique packaging design

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Today, we thought we would highlight the amazing packaging design featured in Andrew Gibbs’ Box Bottle Bag: The World’s Best Package Designs from TheDieline.com – one of our favorite recent design books. Gibbs does a great job seeking out and discovering the “very best” packaging designs out there, which he categorizes as one of six style types: […]

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99designs x 99U: May 2014

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We’ve been big fans of 99U for a long time. It’s a fantastic blog full of unending insight for creatives. So we’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with them to bring you some of their best content via The Creative Edge (or as it’s more commonly known, the 99designs’ Designer Blog)! We’re calling it 99designs […]

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Announcing the winner of the 99designs Cafe contest

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To celebrate the launch of 99designs Cafe, a new series of monthly 1-week events planned to take place at different coffee shops throughout Indonesia, we asked our community to create an illustration that depicts what this project is all about: design, coffee culture, community, and of course, Indonesia! As usual, we were overwhelmed by the […]

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A guide on Photoshop layer styles

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Photoshop layer styles provide you with incredible versatility to achieve the look you’re going for and can be a real time saver. However, they can significantly slow down Photoshop’s performance if used improperly. Learn how to get the best out of them by following this simple guide. You have 2 main options for using layer […]

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Announcing the winners of YoorallaTEE 2014!

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The results are in, the judges have deliberated and we are super excited to announce the winners of YoorallaTEE 2014! This is the second time 99designs has joined up with Yooralla, Dangerfield and the Father Bob Maguire Foundation for a t-shirt competition, and once again it was a huge success! We received a whopping 1,436 designs from […]

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Process sketches of 11 famous logos

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Have you ever wondered what went into the design processes for famous logos? Many started with a rough sketch of an idea – sometimes a very rough sketch – which was gradually refined to meet the client’s needs. Every design process is different, and the great designers behind these logos each had their own strategies for […]

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Creative Challengers: April 2014

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Remember how in school they used to say “everyone is a winner”? Okay, so it wasn’t true then and it isn’t true now. But here’s a fact: winning is most certainly not a prerequisite for greatness. For proof, just check out these 14 absolutely amazing designs submitted to contests in the past month. None of […]

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H.R. Giger: Reflecting on a dark, distinctive legacy

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It is never easy to say goodbye to an artistic luminary. With H.R. Giger’s passing last week, the world lost a source of artistic inspiration as well as untold future artwork, designs and visual effects work that the prolific artist might have gone on to make. For someone who took on such a wide variety […]

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