Color me not: 10 designs in black and white

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Obsidian, onyx, ebony and charcoal. Ivory, egg shell, alabaster and parchment. What do these words have in common? They’re all fancy expressions for black and white. Designs that utilize an achromatic color palette often mix the strength and boldness of black with the simplicity and elegance of white. From business cards to product labels, these 10 designs show […]

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15 tutorials in icon, badge and button design

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Buttons, Badges, and Icons – Oh My! It’s time for another tutorial roundup, and this time we’re gonna be a little more specialized. Use this guide to develop your skills to create icons, badges and buttons for both web and app design. As always – Keep in mind that these tutorials are not here for […]

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Take a walk with 6 design-inspired TED talks

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It seems the older we get the quicker our days go by. As this phenomenon takes place, it’s important that we creatives don’t let our aspirations pass by. One of the most effective ways to accomplish this is setting a monthly goal, big or small, and undoubtedly finishing it. For this month, take a break from design tutorials and take […]

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Top 9 at 99 results: May, 2012

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The Top Designer and winner of the Inkling Pen is alfredms — I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Alfredms created a delightfully fun (and yum) website that effectively attracts the company’s target audience  — ice cream connoisseurs. It’s not only the images that are mouth watering but the color scheme, textural background and eye-catching stripped header that pull […]

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Saul Bass: the man who changed graphic design

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Saul Bass might be the single most accomplished graphic designer in history. Working in the mid 20th century, when the importance of graphic design was just on the upswing, Bass branded a staggering array of major corporations with his iconic, minimal designs. Bell, Kleenex, AT&T? All Bass. For about 50 years, if you were looking […]

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Designer profile: Giulio Rossi

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We ran across Giulio Rossi during April’s Top 9 at 99 and instantly noticed his killer illustration skills. The detail, personality and quality of his illustrations are not only inspiring but mind-blowing! Don’t believe us? Check him out for yourself. Giulio Rossi – Italy 99designs handle: Giulio Rossi Projects won: 14 How did you get started in design? I’ve always drawn […]

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10 fantastic Type Foundries

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You spent the last couple of weeks getting an in-depth look at typography with Alex’s “Crash Course in Typography”: Know Your Terms A Brief History of Type Technology The Evolution of Style All of that type history has lead to a huge culture of type, where hundreds of font nerds have created thousands of stunning […]

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Top 9 at 99: May, 2012

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Today, let’s pretend it’s MAY and announce the top 9 at 99! We have chosen 9 designers we thought had killer wins from the following categories: Logo design Web design All other categories combined Now you get to vote for the designer you believe deserves Top Designer honors. The designer voted Top Designer will win an Inkling Pen, by Wacom featured in 99designs Tech […]

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Design school pays off: 10 excellent student designers

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From fanciful illustrations, to digital paintings and fun startup logos, these talented students play an important role in our growing student designer community. Check out these top-notch designers for yourself. And if you’re a design student, make sure to register for the 99designs student reward program and earn an additional $99 for every win. Design school really […]

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Art Deco: a strong, striking style for graphic design

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All old styles are destined to become cool again eventually. Good designers know this and great designers know how to work it. The call for “retro” has maybe never been louder than it is now and with the roaring 1920s taking culture by storm these days (Downton Abbey on TV, The Great Gatsby soon in […]

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