How to create better blog designs


Nowadays, it’s no secret that blogs are a way of life. You read them every day, so when you decide to make the jump and actually create one for yourself, whether for your personal life or a business, you’re probably familiar with the sharing format. With so many customization options to choose from, you could […]

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All ripped up: Punk influences on graphic design


This article, encouraging and intellectualizing the use of punk style in graphic design, is not entirely punk. All apologies. That being said… Sometime in the 70s, the youth started getting dissatisfied. Tired of what they were being spoon-fed by a mainstream media who no longer seemed to care for them, there began a small — […]

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Photoshop Brush Tool basics


Photoshop brushes are some of the simplest yet most powerful tools available in Adobe Photoshop. And many designers don’t know their full power! So my goal with this four part series is to change this, and show designers how to easily access and utilize Brushes. For this first part, we’ll go over the basics. Start […]

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7 steps to an effective landing page


A landing page is an effective way to drive sales for any business. The majority of websites share a similar range of assets — about us pages, contact pages, etc. But a great landing page is something that takes time to produce. Landing page designs will vary, depending on the industry that you’re in. However, […]

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Designer Profile: ForestGiant


Ben Capazo — USA 99designs handle: Forest Giant Projects Won: 8 Website: Could you tell us about yourself and your story? I’m originally from a small town on the Ohio/Michigan line. I’ve always been a creative type, and recently went back to school and earned a degree in graphic design. I spent too many years figuring out […]

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Creative Challengers: March 2014


With the Top 9 at 99, we’re always showing off the best of our winning designs on 99designs! But what about those who are creating awesome work, but just don’t quite get to that winning podium? Don’t they deserve some recognition, too? We think so! So due to popular request, we’ve collected some of the […]

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Master the art of app design by balancing design and functionality


There are thousands of mobile apps available for Android and iPhone. What makes the top grossing apps successful is that they can find the right balance between design and functionality. This partnership between the two makes an app skyrocket into success. Lets take a look at a couple of the most success designs out there, and […]

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5 tips to move from graphic design to UX design


Vastly different from the days of posters and magazines, design in today’s digital world has many more layers of complexity. It requires designers to have an understanding of many different aspects of design, and to follow a process that ensures what we create really works. If you’re a graphic designer looking to become a User […]

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Introducing the new Brand Identity Pack category


Here at 99designs, we’re always trying to find ways to increase the amount of work and compensation available to designers, while providing design solutions for customers. We’re fortunate to have a community of  skilled designers here who find success in multiple design categories, and can take on many different kinds of complex projects with their […]

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When should you stand up for your designs?


Designers are passionate people. When you put your time, effort and energy into a project you’re bound to get attached to it, and all of a sudden your design has become your ‘baby.’ And nobody has the right to call your baby ‘ugly,’ right? Unfortunately, in working with clients that’s not quite the case. You […]

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