What the elf!

Hilda Morones

Elf on the Shelf is the whimsical holiday character that rescues parents’ sanity during the Christmas season by watching over children and dutifully reporting their behavior back to Santa. But that can’t take all night! We started to wonder what Elf on the Shelf really does all while children are nestled, all snug in their beds. We asked our talented community of designers to shows us if Santa’s little helper is all sweet smiles and rosy cheeks, or if perhaps he’s been up to some stuff that Santa should be aware of…

Take a scroll and see who’s been having a little too much fun while away from the North Pole.

The winners:

Winner 5
Winner 3

The runners up

Runner up 1

See more elf-scapades here!

Related articles

The amazing stylistic history of comic books

The amazing stylistic history of comic books

In a time when audiences were racing in droves to catch the latest talkie and hand-drawn animation was just finding its legs, a new medium brought kids (and adults, let’s be honest) back to reading. Comic books began as a dime-store novelty, and since then, they have gone through countless transformations, artistic explorations, public excises,…

The surreal and stylized illustrations of Kuziola

The surreal and stylized illustrations of Kuziola

Andrzej Kuziola is a full-time, self-taught artist who joined 99designs to explore new creative challenges and experiences. We first discovered him when he was nominated—and then won—our first 99awards competition this year with his stunning illustration for a fantasy novel. Born in Poland and now residing in the United Kingdom, Kuziola began his career as a dentist…

Is this the year of illustration?

Is this the year of illustration?

Illustration dates back long before the invention of writing. We are talking cave painting—Lascaux and Altamira to be precise. With at least 40,000 years of history, it seems clear that human beings (irrespective of culture or background) have a deep and abiding connection with the illustrated image. While writing was often a tool for the elite, for…

Current Design Contests

Designers, check out these contests so you can start building your career.