The Creative Edge

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Trend Report: Ranking the styling of sleep apps

Among smartphone users’ many concerns, not getting good sleep ranks pretty high. In recent years, a deluge of “sleep tracking” apps have emerged – many offering similar capabilities: tracking REM cycles to fix poor sleeping patterns, waking you up at ideal times (through data), and sometimes even recording your sleep sounds for self-analysis. Even without considering... Read More

October 17th By

The results are in for this month’s Top 9 at 99!

The votes have been cast and counted… We’re excited to announce that the winner for this month is nnorth for their comprehensive brand identity for Affaire. The iconic “a” and stylish lettering were a perfect match for this upcoming urban-chic fashion store. As the winning designer, nnorth will receive a pen and touch tablet from Wacom. We appreciate you... Read More

October 16th By

6 easy tools to master text in Adobe InDesign

In layout design, type is your most important medium to play with. Sure, images are a big deal too — but it’s easy to put all of your stock in the color and fun of an image when it’s the creative manipulation text that can really make your design engaging. There’s a lot to consider,... Read More

October 15th By

8 awesome options for 3D modeling software

The ability to create designs with 3D modeling software can be a huge advantage for any graphic designer. It enables you to create photorealistic illustrations and mockups that are compelling to clients, as well as expand your skill set to craft blueprints for product and environmental designs. There are many types of of 3D modeling software out there, but we’re going to... Read More

October 14th By

5 ways to hone design skills away from the computer

The digital age has just about swallowed the graphic design world whole. This, however, doesn’t mean we need to be in front of a computer to improve our design skills. In fact there are many ways to become better designers simply by changing the way we intellectually explore the outside world. Seeing graphic design work... Read More

October 13th By

Check out some of the top 99ers from North and South America!

Rounding out our epic collection of 99ers around the world are our designers from North and South America! It’s been a whirlwind tour, so make sure that you review the rest of the collection as well: Africa and the Middle East, Southern and Western Europe, Northern and Eastern Europe, and Asia and Oceania. Thank you to... Read More

October 11th By


Get ready for this month’s Top 9 at 99

This month, we were floored by the amount of the amazing designs that came through 99designs’ contests. Whether designers were channeling stark minimalism, going vintage with retro influences or contrasting through striking black and white – these 9 incredible designs rose to the top. Help us decide which design is your personal favorite for this month and cast your vote below! Don’t forget to cast your... Read More

October 9th By

Lost in Translation: What we can learn from 4 epic cultural design fails

Keeping brand messaging on target can get tricky when entering the international marketplace. Cultural idioms and images that may exist in one culture may not translate well to another and – worse – may even carry an unintended negative connotation. Here we’ll take a look (and laugh a little) at 4 cases where the brand’s message got lost... Read More

October 8th By

3 principles you need to pair typefaces perfectly

The number of amazing typefaces keeps growing and growing — there are new ones debuting every single day. It’s easy to get distracted and select your favorite fonts at random to use in your work. What’s harder is that if you want to make it to the top of the design field, you’ll need to master the art of effectively... Read More

October 7th By