Top 10 design cities to keep an eye on

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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

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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

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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

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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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Top 9 at 99 results: January 2014

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The new year brought an amazingly diverse mix of nominees for our Top 9 at 99 award. They included an ornately carved 3D pen, a stylishly minimal wordmark logo and a fitness-oriented web design that is anything but cookie-cutter. It was close, but there can only be one winner: Methlop   For this t-shirt design […]

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Should designers learn how to code?

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Should designers learn how to code? In short … maybe. As a web designer, you should first decide if you think it’s more important to specialize or diversify your skill set. Both options come with ups and downs and you should understand all the variables before jumping to a conclusion. Here are a few things you should keep in […]

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Community contest: create a new logo for the City of Amsterdam

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You may have heard the buzz: the City of Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands, recently updated its entire corporate identity. This includes naming, branding of neighborhoods and departments, a fleet of vehicle wraps and even the introduction of ‘a modular guy called Adam’, who strikes a variety of poses in the same style. However, the […]

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5 personal finance tips every freelancer should know

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It’s a bold and respectable life decision to make your living from your art, but it’s not an excuse to shut your eyes and hope your finances sort themselves out. As a freelancer you are also a business owner, and you need to tend to every facet of your business to ensure that it’s a […]

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Rebranding: 10 big companies changed their look

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New year, new start: this is a popular time for businesses to polish up their designs. But design trends are always changing and almost every day, a major company alters its visual identity. In this series, 99designs will be highlighting the rebranding efforts of companies big and small. Hover your cursor over the images to […]

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Sochi Olympics logo: branding Russia anew

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These days, controversy surrounding an Olympics logo is par for the course – who could forget the fracas surrounding London 2012′s day-glo glpyhs? The logo for Sochi 2014, designed by the Moscow branch of Swiss studio Interband, is no exception. A logo with no pictorial symbol? Olympic blasphemy!  The official Sochi Olympics logo has no pictorial […]

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