Now that nominations are done and dusted, here comes the hard part: voting for your 99awards winners!

Get your votes in now for the best designs in 12 categories. Voting ends on Saturday, January 27th at 11:59pm PST.

And the nominees are…

  1. Most surprising design
  2. Most out-there design
  3. Most epic design
  4. Best 1-to-1 project
  5. Best supporting design
  6. Best use of gradients
  7. Best mom-and-pop design
  8. Best layout
  9. Best nostalgic design
  10. Best new artist
  11. Best use of stock photography
  12. Best design in a new industry

1. Most surprising design
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When businesses come to 99designs with a wild brief, our designers are always ready to take on the challenge. Here are six nominees who delivered designs beyond our wildest dreams.

Hovercraft design by ARCHlogo
Card game design by Bramanto Setyaki
Hockey mask design by DORARPOL™
Guitar strap design by hrwait
Puzzle box design by Meitamorphosis
Tattoo band-aid tin by TikaDesign

2. Most out-there design
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Which nominee puts a smile on your face? Here are six of the funniest, most ridiculous designs from the past year.

Act Normal album cover by ArdieAquino
Fancy Cat illustration by Bresquilla
Best Raisins Ever packaging by Chupavi
Dental Whale illustration by Eastwood Studio
Surfing French bulldog stickers by milomilo
Samosa mascot design by Shallu Narula

3. Most epic design
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Simple and plain, they are not. These six designs made our jaws drop due to their intricate and advanced techniques.

Scarf pattern by GazoH
Mystical Lion illustration by HeyEksa!
Daikon logo design by Kitasavi
Sea Monsters illustration by LazebraArt
Skull pineapple T-shirt by REDHorse
Perfect Moment label by Wintrygrey

4. Best 1-to-1 project
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99designs is more than just contests. The following nominees showcase the amazing work we’ve seen in 1-to-1 Projects this year!

Book illustration by Piere D’Arterie
Giovanni’s Orange Juice label by Agi Amri
Beautiful skin illustration by Daria V.
Yoga mat design by DeeStinct
Game avatars illustration by LittleFox
Game illustration by Sergey Gudz

5. Best supporting design

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These six designs may not have won their respective contests, but they still win a prize in our hearts!

BoneSquad Bicycles logo by Bodski Meg
Ex-wife illustration by Demonic™
Header illustration by ilustreishon
New character design by NataMarmelada
Crater Labs web design by SixDesign
Risk blog illustration by St.Bee

6. Best use of gradients
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The best use of colors with a twist! These nominations showcase the best implementation of color transition.

Background illustrations by Acoppe
Rise Above label design by Lucadia
Travel Mountain illustration by Dudeowl
Illustration by Konstantin Kostenko
Get It Done Day web design by UndoRedo
Retro Youth album art by Asael Varas

7. Best mom-and-pop design
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We’re celebrating local communities with these six outstanding designs for small businesses.

Rainbow Sisters logo by ananana14
Brass Tacks Home logo by Flavia²⁷⁶⁷
Adventures in IPA label by MANTSA®
West Of The South logo by Juliadie
G-Fresh label design by Vikstar
Flying Pig Garden Supply logo by Mad pepper

8. Best layout
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These six nominees think outside the box when it comes to clever composition, adventurous grids and unexpected elements.

Instabook design by Bella”
Coffee packaging by ed-creative
Book layout by formatwars
Puppies book layout by Luz Viera
Book cover by nevergohungry
Brand guide by Sarah Crawford

9. Best nostalgic design
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We’re immediately transported to the ‘80s and ‘90s with these six nostalgic designs!

Lefloid branding by A3″
T-shirt design by Black Arts 888
Mars Attack T-shirt design by DiditRed
Lead Decay illustration by Elijah Grim
Zella chocolate packaging by rbdo®
Woof It web design by Sidaddict

10. Best new artist
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The up-and-coming. The newcomers. The breakthrough. Whatever you call it, let’s give a salute to the new talent in town.

 

11. Best use of stock photography
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Incorporating stock is more than plopping photos on a page. These nominees brilliantly enhanced their designs through the power of photography.

The Ticket book cover by B&J
Tenacity energy drink label by Igor Calalb
Pause magazine cover by m4bm
Hamlet poster by Robi One
Coconut Jerky packaging by tomdesign.org
Book cover by Estratosphera

12. Best design in a new industry
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Everyone loves trends! This award celebrates the designs behind new and emerging industries.

Web design by Adam Bagus
Harleigh’s subscription box by febriana
Bitcoin canvas art by pwsatya
Cryptocurrency ATM machine by Sele
Dash of the Damned game by RVST®
Cryptocurrency web design by Maria GR

Thank you to everyone who nominated. Good luck to all the nominees!