The Creative Edge

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99designs Cafe launches in Indonesia

99designs Cafe launched in Jakarta and Surabaya, Indonesia in June and boy, are we excited! In case you were wondering, 99designs Cafe is a series of monthly, 1-week events held at coffee shops in different cities around Indonesia. The purpose of this project is to provide a space where Indonesian designers can meet up, work on... Read More

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Announcing May’s Creative Challengers

Summer is in full force, and the warm weather seems to be bringing out designers’ brightest talents! That extends far beyond just the designs that have won contests – many runners up have shone with equal brilliance. We nominate these 12 designs, which range from t-shirts to building wraps, as our Creative Challengers for the... Read More

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Our favorite kits from the World Cup

While most sports fans’ eyes have been glued to the goal lines during the World Cup, we’ve been eyeing the more fashionable aspects of the field. A token of national pride and shining example of sleek design,  the World Cup kits are a great way to study clothing design. Classic or modern? Flashy or minimal?... Read More

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Our favorite June articles on 99U

In honor of our shared number, we’re teaming up with 99U once a month to bring you some of their best articles and insights. This time around we’ve handpicked articles to help boost your professional momentum and inspire your work. Learn how to better set clients’ expectations through email, attract more visitors to your website, and refresh your... Read More

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The best new Photoshop CC features for 2014

As you’ve probably heard by now, Adobe just launched a series of upgrades to its entire Creative Cloud lineup. The upgrade is free for those who have a Creative Cloud subscription and “2014″ is now added to the title so you can be sure you’re using the latest version. The list of upgrades is extensive, but... Read More

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Meet The JA Designs

Social media is becoming increasingly important for new and existing businesses, second only to having a website. But how do you make your pages stand out? While most of the layout is predetermined on social sites, there’s still room for customization. This kind of design often hides behind the scenes, but is super important to the... Read More

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Let’s get personal: Designing your professional logo

Creating a personal logo is one of the most important things you can do as a designer. It’s the first step towards building your professional brand and should be used to communicate a lot about what type of designer you are. Identify your brand Consider how you want to be perceived as a designer. What’s... Read More

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How to retain users with good design

Good design is key to any successful website for increasing user satisfaction and engagement. Facebook, who currently has the largest user base in the world, says one of the most important ways they retain users is by focusing on user-friendly design (via Computer World), and Google says their number one philosophy, is to “Focus on the user and... Read More

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Cheers to May’s Top 9 at 99 winner!

Whether you’re spending your Summer with the latest beach read or cozying up with a good book for the Winter, both hemispheres agree m_war’s cover illustration for Logan James and the Great Six is this month’s top design and the perfect compliment to the changing season. “Logan James and the Great Six” book cover: m_war... Read More

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Why designers need a personal website

We’re all busy to a certain degree, no matter how skilled we are at design. If you’re just starting out, you’ll be busy with your education. If you’re already an accomplished designer, you’re probably neck deep in projects. With so much on your plate, how can you possibly find time to maintain an up-to-date personal... Read More

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