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10 winning ways to enhance your email design

The idea of junk mail—the kind that arrives in your (actual) mailbox, stuffed in an (actual) envelope—has never seemed so quaint. This is without question the heyday of the email newsletter. This is not to say that design approaches to this digital-born marketing tool have been at all codified. To the contrary, email newsletter strategy largely... Read More

October 3rd By

3 tips for successfully tackling your next design brief

Establishing the key elements for a design can sometimes be a struggle when it comes to briefs. Often, clients will use the design brief to offload their whole business history, ideas, morals and every detail possible to make things clearer for themselves. This can over-complicate things and give the designer a clouded direction with the very thing that... Read More

October 2nd By

iOS Updates, social media minimalism, rebrands & more design news

September was another big month for the design world. Big companies got some hefty facelifts, new businesses disrupted old and one big design festival gave us a sneak peek into the future. Perhaps it’s the change of the seasons that seems to make this a perfect time for a technological alteration. See the changes being made this month... Read More

October 1st By

Happy 100th birthday to modernist master, Tom Eckersley

Today marks the 100th birthday of modernist master, Tom Eckersley. A pioneer in poster design for more than six decades, Eckersley’s distinct style pairs minimal, flat forms with bold colors and contours. His talent for whittling down subject matter with deceiving ease continues to inspire designers around the world. From left to right: Health and safety poster;... Read More

September 30th By

Taking stock of the craft beer movement and its image

In 1949, LIFE magazine ran a nifty chart (below) plotting Americans’ tastes across the “brow” spectrum: highbrow being the most intellectual and sophisticated group, lowbrow the least. For example, where the most refined among us (retrospectively speaking) might attend a ballet for entertainment, the lowbrows would catch a Western flick. For drink, wine reigned at the top; beer was... Read More

September 29th By

Showing off the top designs from Asia and Oceania

We’ve made our way through Africa, the Middle East, and Southern and Western Europe, so now it’s time to move around the globe once more. Check out the best work from our designers in Asia and Oceania! Australia Designer: kookypops Contest: Natural Food Product – Packaging design. Bangladesh Designer: K99™ Contest: Calling all Dog lovers! Hong Kong Designer: Mason CV Contest: Help CodePath with a... Read More

September 27th By

A look inside some of the world’s greatest museum rebrands

Today, museums can’t simply rely on the merits of old objects and antiquated scholars. Smart phones, instant internet and ease of travel have added growing pressure to appeal to a globalized crowd. In a few quick clicks, museums must show what they stand for and what’s to be expected with a trip down their hallowed halls. While naysayers may complain that “branding” is too... Read More

September 26th By


We’re proud to announce 99designs’ latest milestone!

As of this month, we’ve paid out a whopping $80 million dollars to our design community, and we couldn’t have done it without you! Your amazing talent, hard work and professionalism is what makes 99designs the strongest design marketplace in the world. Today, we span 196 countries with nine languages and 850,000 designers. 1-to-1 projects have seen... Read More

September 24th By

An illustrated history of Munich’s Oktoberfest

It’s almost October, which means it’s time for Germany’s annual Oktoberfest in Bavarian Munich! Although the festival traditionally starts in the final weeks of September (it gets pretty cold in Germany as fall fades into winter), the name remains. And so does the beer-drinking, sausage-eating, general carousing at the biggest fun-festival in the world! Every year,... Read More

September 23rd By