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Our favorite July articles from 99U

99U is known for being a great inspirational resource for creative types. That’s why we’re teaming up with them once again to showcase some of our favorite articles off of their site. For July, that means interviews with legendary artists, tips for amping up your creative energy, and ways that big companies are solving big problems... Read More

August 1st By

14 famous graphic design companies from around the globe

In the competitive industry of graphic design, it can be difficult to establish a name brand. Nonetheless, there are a handful of design firms around the world that have managed to cut through the clutter and gain international prestige. Their roster of clients, impressive portfolio of work, prominence in local markets and international reach have made... Read More

July 31st By

Innovative bicycle design thrives in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is right now recognized as the best biking city in the world. Not surprising for a place that invented their own kind of bike — the Christiania bike, which apparently is the hot thing to use in Europe. And pretty adorable when filled with tiny Scandinavian children being biked around by their really really... Read More

July 30th By

9 communication tips to save your next design project

If you’re a designer, communicating with clients is an essential part of your job. But it’s not always easy, and at times it can be downright frustrating – both for you and for the client. Ineffective communication can leave you and the client feeling intimidated by the process, which can cause a breakdown in the relationship and... Read More

99designs Cafe returns to Jakarta, Indonesia

The second 99designs Cafe took place in Jakarta on July 12th, gathering a small collective of Indonesian designers to share their passion for design. This time, the event played host to Platinum designer Stevanus Gerald who shared his insight on contest selection and workflow. Based on a quick survey taken during the last 99designs Cafe, we knew... Read More

July 28th By

Meet June’s Creative Challengers

These designers may not have won their contests, but they did win a special place in our hearts. Check out some of favorite work from June’s Creative Challengers! Vote for the winner of this month’s Creative Challengers by leaving a note in the comments section of this blog post telling us which design is your favorite and... Read More

July 26th By

Announcing the winners of the 99designs Cup!

The FIFA World Cup is arguably the largest sporting event every 4 years and this year was no exception. With our German office celebrating (and our Brazil office commiserating their first loss on home soil since 1975 – with a 62 game unbeaten streak) we decided to run a “Cup” of our own. To highlight the... Read More

July 25th By

Kristian Designs wins June’s Top 9 at 99

Summer is the time for traveling. Perhaps that’s why Kristian Designs‘ logo design for the global travel company, Nomadic Souls, really hit the spot. Last week we asked you to vote. Today we’re excited to present you with the winner for this month’s Top 9 at 99! Nomadic Souls logo design: Kristian Designs We might have been bit... Read More

July 24th By

A field guide to stock image licenses (and how to protect yourself)

Whenever you use a stock image, it is crucial to understand the licensing terms associated with it. Otherwise, you could land yourself – or your client – in very hot water, legally speaking. Unfortunately, like many legal documents, licensing agreements can be virtually indecipherable to the average reader. Making matters worse, the terms oftentimes vary... Read More

July 23rd By

10 graphic designers you should be able to name-drop

We all know that as graphic designers we have to study those who came before us and advanced the field of design. Here at 99designs, we love focusing in on the work of some of the biggies. We’ve covered giants like Paul Rand, Milton Glaser, Saul Bass and more on this blog. But there are a... Read More

July 22nd By