The Creative Edge

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Highlights from the Venice Architecture Biennale 2014

What exactly is a Biennale (say: “bee-an-al-lei”)? It’s an enormous exhibition that takes place every two years with the scale and impact of a vintage World’s Fair. The event features a main show and subsidiary work from a huge array of creatives – typically focused on art or design. The Venice Biennale is the most famous... Read More

August 13th By

Gestalt principles and the psychology of design

The word “gestalt” gets thrown around a lot in design. Taken from the German word for “form” or “shape,” it often refers to the overall look of something that is greater than the sum of its parts. In psychology, gestalt refers to the basic principles that allow us to visually perceive order. These principles are fundamental building... Read More

August 12th By

Creative Challengers for July 2014

With so many great designs for each contest, we know its tough for contest holders to choose just one. Luckily, we have this roundup to share the talent hidden in each and every contest – and each and every submission. Vote for the winner of this month’s Creative Challengers by leaving a note in the comments... Read More

August 10th By

10 book cover designers on 99designs worth their salt

Book cover design isn’t easy. It requires a designer to capture the essence of a story in a single combination of words and images – then present it in a way that’s going to make that book stand out from any others on a shelf. Everyone knows that, despite what we’re told, we definitely judge... Read More

August 9th By

Iceland takes contemporary cues from its handicraft history

Steeped in a long and quiet artistic history, Iceland is relatively new to the graphic design scene. But with the country’s recent influx in interest and talent, the burgeoning industry is showing great promise. Similar in technique to their Scandinavian contemporaries, Icelandic design emphasizes simplicity and functionality. Utilizing traditional methods and materials, new artisans are... Read More

August 8th By

Introducing the finalists for July’s Top 9 at 99

What a month! Whether you were working hard or hardly working, these summer days seemed to have sped past. But time didn’t fly fast enough for us to overlook this month’s great designs. Now quick – take a look and cast a vote before time is up this week! July’s Top 9 at 99! ONIC. K99™... Read More

August 7th By

3 client-friendly ways to create text editable files

When your client asks for text editable files at the end of a design project, it can always be a bit tricky. You still want your document design to look professional after the client has handled the file, but most clients don’t have a working knowledge of professional software like Adobe Illustrator or InDesign. It simply... Read More

August 6th By

5 essential tips for drafting your next design contract

If you enjoyed drafting contracts and negotiating terms, you probably would have gone to law school instead of becoming a designer. Little did you know you would end up having to play both parts. There’s no getting around it: If you want to protect yourself and your product in your freelance design work, you had... Read More

August 5th By

Rounding up the latest design news from July

You might be too old for school (or that sweet summer break is coming to a close), but these warm months still feel like a time of transition for everyone. The design world is no different. July heralded big brand changes, ground-breaking design, company expansions and so much more. Read on below for the juiciest bits... Read More

August 4th By

12 brilliant bicycle-themed designs from our community

We recently wrote a post on Copenhagen, bicycles and design and couldn’t get bikes out of our (collective) mind! In the spirit of all things bike-related, we’ve compiled some of the best bicycle-themed designs from our 99designs community. Scroll down for inspiring logos, t-shirts, websites and more – all themed after our favorite two-wheel mode of transportation!  Bamboo... Read More

August 2nd By