99designs.com Up Against Dropbox and Tumblr for the Best Web Services & Applications in the 14th Annual Webby Awards

San Francisco
13 Apr 2010

Fans can vote to help 99designs win Internet’s top honor

BUSINESS WIRE -— 99designs.com, the #1 marketplace small business graphic design, today announced it has been nominated for the best Web Services & Applications in the 14th Annual Webby Awards.

Hailed as the "Internet's highest honor" by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet.

99designs.com enables businesses to quickly and cost effectively source custom graphic design work without the risk while at the same time creates the opportunity for designers to showcase their talents on a level playing field. Its Ready-made logo store has thousands of high quality logos available for customization and sale right off the shelf for 99, and its Design Contest Marketplace allows businesses to source custom designed logos, websites, business cards or any other graphic design work by launching open design projects to a global community of over 65,000 designers.

99designs.com has completed over 41,000 projects to date for clients ranging from New York Times best selling authors and Fortune 500 companies to thousands of small businesses and organizations across the globe. It sees a new design uploaded every 7 seconds and pays out over $600,000 to its design community every month.

"Nominees like 99designs.com are setting the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet," said David-Michel Davies, executive director of the Webby Awards. "It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the nearly 10,000 entries we received this year."

“It’s truly an honor to be nominated for the web’s most prestigious award,” said Mark Harbottle, founder of 99designs.com. “99designs has created opportunities for tens of thousands of designers all over the world and has helped break down the barriers of getting custom graphic design work for small businesses. I am extremely proud of the success we have enjoyed and this nomination is a testament to the excellence and hard work of the entire team who have built 99designs from the ground up.”

As a nominee, 99designs.com is also eligible to win a Webby People's Voice Award, which is voted online by the global Web community. From now until April 29th, fans of 99designs.com can cast their votes in The Webby People's Voice Awards at http://bit.ly/c4Trmy.

Winners will be announced on May 4th, 2010 and honored at a star-studded ceremony in New York City on June 14th where they will have an opportunity to deliver one of The Webby Awards’ famous five-word speeches. Past Webby Award winners - and their speeches - include Al Gore ("Please don't recount this vote."), Stephen Colbert ("Me. Me. Me. Me. Me."), and Michel Gondry ("Keyboards are full of germs.").

The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 650-person judging academy whose members include Internet co-inventor Vinton Cerf, R/GA's Chief Bob Greenberg, "Simpson's" creator Matt Groening, Arianna Huffington, and Harvey Weinstein.

About 99designs

99designs is the largest marketplace for crowdsourced graphic design, connecting passionate designers from around the globe with savvy clients who need design projects completed in a timely fashion without the usual risk or cost associated with professional design services. It has held over 28,000 design contests to date with over 2,600,000 unique designs submitted. For more information please visit: 99designs.com.

About The Webby Awards

Hailed as the "Internet's highest honor" by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile web sites. Established in 1996, the 13th Annual Webby Awards received nearly 10,000 entries from all 50 states and over 60 countries worldwide. The Webby Awards is presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include: Microsoft Expression; Aol; YouTube; Pepsi; Aquent; Yahoo!; Tribal DDB Worldwide; East Media; IDG; PricewaterhouseCoopers; 2advanced.Net; KobeMail; Museum of the Moving Image; Behance; Business Insider and Time Out New York.

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