The Creative Edge

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And the Pantone Color of the Year is… Marsala!

Every year Pantone – the be-all-and-end-all in color authority – a color of the year that will define design decisions for the next twelve months and beyond. Yesterday, they finally announced the 2015 winner and it is… MARSALA! Also known as a fortified wine and often used to make chicken dishes, as well as mushroom cream sauces, marsala is... Read More

December 5th By

They’ve arrived… this month’s Top 9 at 99!

Top of the month to you! And you know what the top of the month brings with it… the Top 9 at 99! This month’s collection is an illustration-heavy dose of design in a variety of categories, showing that you can show your artistic side just about anywhere – and fine great success doing it. But who will be... Read More

December 4th By

6 ways to improve your design career path from 99U

Turning your creative energy into a successful career can be challenging. Whether you lack a design diploma or fall victim to some stubborn creativity myths, there are plenty of barriers that are trying to stop you from chasing your dream. This month, we’re featuring 6 great articles from 99U that tackle those issues and offer tips for... Read More

December 3rd By

99nonprofits’ 12 Days of Design kicks off today!

From day one, 99designs has been part of a vibrant global community of designers and clients all around the world and remains passionate about giving back to these diverse communities. Through 99nonprofits, we help nonprofits succeed by giving away free design contest every month – supporting marketing efforts for organizations that make a positive impact on... Read More

December 1st By

4 ways to get your portfolio noticed by clients

We’ve talked a lot about how to best present yourself in your designer profile. Using professional-looking avatars, designing an eye-catching profile cover, backing yourself up with shining testimonials and sharing your specialized experience in your bio are all great ways to make a first impression. But what about your actual portfolio of work? In this... Read More

December 1st By

A snapshot from October and November’s 99designs Cafe

October 99designs Cafe was back in Surabaya again last month on October 29th at Cafe Heerlijk at the Central Bank Library (Perpustakaan Bank Indonesia). To celebrate the Youth Pledge Day, which falls on the day before, we handed out red & white T-shirts, the colors representing the Indonesian flag. Big thanks to Cafe Heerlijk and the Perpustakaan Bank... Read More

November 28th By

Choose the best background for your website

If there’s one aspect of websites that’s too often neglected, it’s the background. Fortunately, it’s an easy thing to fix, and there are many more options than there used to be. In this post, I’ll go over how to choose the best image, video, or color background for your website – and show some examples... Read More

November 26th By

“Desainer Kampung” tells our Village Designers’ story in a new film

The documentary, Desainer Kampung (or “Village Designer”), recently aired on Indonesian TV about some of 99designs’ village designers. The film was made by of one of the finalists from the Eagle Awards, an annual documentary competition by Metro TV. The film is set in Kaliabu, a village where hundreds of people have taken on graphic design as a side job. Interest in... Read More

November 25th By

2 ways to create an effective landing page

Your design needs to captivate website visitors the moment they come to your site. For that reason, it’s important to know how to create compelling landing pages. Landing pages are, quite simply, the pages that you encourage people to “land on” when they come to your website. You can either direct people to a landing... Read More

November 24th By