5 personal finance tips every freelancer should know


It’s a bold and respectable life decision to make your living from your art, but it’s not an excuse to shut your eyes and hope your finances sort themselves out. As a freelancer you are also a business owner, and you need to tend to every facet of your business to ensure that it’s a […]

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Rebranding: 10 big companies changed their look


New year, new start: this is a popular time for businesses to polish up their designs. But design trends are always changing and almost every day, a major company alters its visual identity. In this series, 99designs will be highlighting the rebranding efforts of companies big and small. Hover your cursor over the images to […]

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Sochi Olympics logo: branding Russia anew

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These days, controversy surrounding an Olympics logo is par for the course – who could forget the fracas surrounding London 2012′s day-glo glpyhs? The logo for Sochi 2014, designed by the Moscow branch of Swiss studio Interband, is no exception. A logo with no pictorial symbol? Olympic blasphemy!  The official Sochi Olympics logo has no pictorial […]

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Top 9 at 99: January 2014


January is go-time for freelance designers: entrepreneurs are gearing up for the year ahead, New Year’s resolutions still fresh, and for many business owners this includes revamping their companies’ visual identities. We certainly felt the creative surge here at 99designs, and it is beautifully reflected in this month’s awesomely diverse Top 9 at 99 selection. […]

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6 ways to establish a brand as a freelancer


Since more and more freelancers are coming to the table, you have to stand out from the crowd and make yourself known as the head honcho. Follow these 6 tips so you can establish your personal brand as a freelancer and get the clients you deserve. 1. Get social to create a public presence You […]

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Think boardrooms are boring? Our Melbourne mural will change your mind

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Okay, we admit it. We have an office crush. Yep, we’re in love with our new office mural. In late November 2013, the 99designs team in Melbourne moved to a brand-spanking-new office in the inner-city suburb of Richmond. With a large open-plan space, it’s housed in a converted four-story warehouse building that can easily house […]

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9 tips for creating a social media page design


These days, every company has a social media page design for their Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Google+, Linkedin, Pinterest or Instagram page. The profile picture, cover image and background images act like billboard space for companies to communicate their brand, and that’s where they need a designer to create some eye-catching designs. Here’s 9 tips on how to […]

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99designs Meetups 2014: looking forward to the year ahead


2013 was our second year hosting Meetups, and our community really stepped up! We held more than 20 Meetups around the world, and we’re hoping to double that this year! For inspiration, take a look through some of our best events from last year: The first Meetup of 2014: Chittagong, Bangladesh But we’re also excited […]

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Build a stand-out brand by communicating with color


We’ve long been told that color influences our mental state. This science of color as a result, has been used by many marketers to determine how to best apply color to branding. A color palette is one of the most significant parts of a logo design or branding scheme, and choosing the right one will help you convey […]

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Tutorial: create a metal and a wood texture in Photoshop


Everyday I see great designs around me, but there are times when I have the feeling something is missing from one of them. The simple final touch, as I like to call it. I’m talking about textures. And in this tutorial I will go through how to create your own! How to source textures Lets […]

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