The Creative Edge

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13 vintage logo badges we’re loving right now

The vintage logo badge look has been on the rise for the past few years. Whether you’re looking for a “hipster” or minimal feel, clients are eating this trend up. Easily stamped on all sorts of branding, it’s a versatile way to gives designs a simple and stylish flair. Bottle cap edges, intricate details and bold lettering spearhead this style,... Read More

January 3rd By

22 beautiful real estate logos that break the mold

Logo design contests in the Real Estate & Mortgage industry offer a huge opportunity to get creative – and yet, these contests are often saturated with overused and generic images of houses, skyscrapers and rooftops. Like all logo design customers, those in the real estate realm are searching for uniqueness, clarity, and memorability in their branding. Some not-so-inspiring search results for... Read More

January 2nd By

10 designer resolutions for 2015

With the dawn of the New Year, many of us are thinking of ways to get 2015 started on the right foot. For those still searching, here are 10 design-specific resolutions that can help welcome the new year with inspiration to grow and prosper as designers. 1. Push the envelope Photo: nos.twnsnd.co The all-time great designers worked for more than... Read More

January 1st By

The top 20 posts from The Creative Edge in 2014

As 2014 comes to a close, we’re counting down the top 20 articles we’ve posted on the 99designs designer blog, The Creative Edge, this past year. Did you miss them the first time around? Here’s your chance to catch up. 20. A conversation with 2013’s Ultimate Top 9 at 99 winner This past year, Sava Stoic won the Top 9... Read More

December 30th By

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