The Creative Edge

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26 of 99designs’ top designers from A to Z

From alphabet soup to advanced typography, we’ve all been on a journey since we were very little to master language’s fundamental building blocks. It’s basis of almost every design project we do, as well as our communication with each other and every client. So, to honor our roots, this roundup comes courtesy of that grand A... Read More

December 29th By

The best inspirational interviews from 99U

While we usually showcase inspiring articles from 99U, we thought it would be interesting to mix things up this time. Here are six of our favorite interviews from the site, with a diverse array of creative from Cirque du Soleil to successful self-made designers. Cirque du Soleil: 100-Watt Egos, Disintegrating Costumes & Big Top Dreams... Read More

December 27th By

5 coding concepts that can inform web design

It’s easy for a Photoshop expert to mock up a website design for a client, however without working knowledge of how the mechanics of code and web concepts work, chances are they would be submitting something that does not translate well to the code language. This article addresses some key coding basics that can not only... Read More

December 26th By

11 spirited designs to celebrate the holidays

Happy holidays from all of us here at 99designs! You’ve all been hard at work designing everything from snowmen and Santas to Christmas cards and cheerful apparel. Here’s some of our favorite designs to get you in the holiday spirit! Robot Santa book cover Designer: Graza Contest: Robot Santa book: I wrote this for my stepdaughter... Read More

December 24th By

14 inspiring portfolios from famous graphic designers

Graphic designer portfolios are an essential tool for anyone needing to showcase their work, list their qualifications and convince clients to hire their services. The portfolio websites of famous graphic designers are a great source of inspiration for web design. In this article we’ll take you through some inspiring examples. The designs themselves are often as innovative... Read More

December 23rd By

The do’s and don’ts of using logo grids

Logo grid systems, construction guides and circles can be a very powerful technique for creating logo designs and conveying the value of a logo design to clients. But not everyone is successful at using them, and they don’t alway add value to a logo design. Logo grids are only one type of design technique, and aren’t necessary for every design project. Here, we’ll... Read More

December 22nd By

We’re pleased to announce this month’s Creative Challengers

The path to greatness always includes some roadblocks along the way. While some consider losing a contest to be a roadblock, others see it as a stepping stone. This becomes clear when looking at this month’s Creative Challengers. Our designers know that each step is crucial to success, and that even beginning the journey is greatness in itself. Help pick this... Read More

December 20th By

An in-depth exploration of 5 nonprofit logos

With the launch of the 99nonprofits website comes a perfect opportunity to dig a little deeper into the world of nonprofit design. This article will explore 5 nonprofit logos as a means of sharpening the design eye, using the following basic criteria: a. Is the logo self evident? Does it tell you what the organization is about? b. Does it visually feel... Read More

December 19th By

Mastering the art of video backgrounds in websites

Video has always been one of the most powerful forms for visual communication. The worldwide influence of television and movies is testament to the inherent pull of the ‘moving image’. Video backgrounds have become an interesting developing trend over the course of 2014. Traditionally video on the web has been about conveying messages. Video backgrounds... Read More

December 18th By

Who wore it best? The great rebranding trends of 2014

Everyone loves a good makeover and 2014’s been an exceptional one for big brands. This was the year when flat design reigned supreme, classic companies ditched their aged-old look, and others faced heated controversy in the face of change. Simplicity was all the rage as large icons, illustrative touches and gradients were replaced by minimal sans serif fonts and delicate designs. With so many rebrands to... Read More

December 17th By