8 common mistakes when working with color and how to fix them


The Color Purple. Such a great story and a fantastic movie. Unfortunately, as designers, we don’t have the luxury of talking about colors figuratively. Our world is mostly RGB, CMYK or hexadecimal, with regular trips to HSB. It might not sound fun but it’s a serious business. Working with color is an essential part of […]

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Most-liked design from HipArt illustration contest


For our most recent Like Challenge, we asked 99designers to pick their favorite phone case designs from the HipArt contest. The results are in and we have to agree — we would be pumped to dress up our smartphones in any of these trendy designs. Most-liked design Armunandar Syahrir’s (hpkntc) winning design picked up the […]

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BAM! POW! ZAP! 10 superhero designs to the rescue


Often times a good logo design can help exemplify and convey some of the defining characteristics of a brand or company. An easy way to inject some character… is with a character (of course). If you’re looking to create a brand that’s strong, reliable, fun and a cut above the rest, look no further than […]

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Good call, Bon Iver: Art Nouveau design inspiration


We’re thrilled to have musician Justin Vernon, better known as Bon Iver, running a tattoo design contest on our site — not just because we’re indie music geeks but because the man has revealed an awesome design sensibility. His brief specifications — the cross-breeding of  an image from Northern Exposure with the art of Alphonse […]

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Designer profile: fattah setiawan


Fattah Setiawan is incredible logo designer who caught our attention after winning 99designs’ poster contest — obviously he rocks at poster design too. ;) His passion for design started when he created his first logo for his band, “Merrygoround.” Get to know him and enjoy his work! Fattah Setiawan – Indonesia 99designs handle: fattah setiawan Projects won: 22 How […]

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Introducing a new and improved browse contests page


Your skills win you clients. But how do you go about finding the right clients to win? Locating the right contests — projects that match your interests, skills and expertise — is key to success on 99designs. We know this. You’ve shown us and you’ve asked us to help make the whole browsing process more […]

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Student designer showcase: August 2012


Over the last 10 months we’ve seen an incredible amount of quality work from our student designers, but something about this month was special. The quality, quantity and variety of work from our students reached new heights. Check out these amazing logo, icon, packaging and web designs for some end-of-the-week inspiration. Empiria Events illustration by Running […]

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Top 9 at 99 results: August 2012


If you are NOT a morning person, then you will double-love the winner of August’s Top 9. It’s app designer b3rto who created a stunning alarm clock interface for iSleepin. This is Top 9′s first app design winner and it’s obvious why, from the clean interface to the bold colors and fun wake-me-up games. You will not want to […]

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15 ways to design better and faster


Have you ever had the perfect experience, start to finish, during a design project? Probably not, but certainly you’ve had projects that felt right and others that went nowhere — like that 125th revision to a business card design. Here is a list of 15 things you might find helpful when coping with a complex […]

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Bugging out over Op Art design


Some art movements have bigger impact in the world of graphic design than others. Optical, or “Op” Art made an especially grand entrance in the mid 1960s. While the movement receded from the art world relatively quickly, making room for the Warhol-led Pop Art, its red carpet continues to roll triumphantly through the worlds of […]

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