The 3 secret ingredients of an award-winning brand

The 3 secret ingredients of an award-winning brand

Behind every great design is an even greater story. Today we’d like to introduce you to Stanley Chase III, founder of Louisville Vegan Jerky Company, a boutique snack product based in the heart of Kentucky. Stanley Chase is a vegan. Well, sometimes. He’s on and off about it, but being the odd man out is…

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…

How Meella accidentally became a full-time book cover designer

How Meella accidentally became a full-time book cover designer

Originally Mila Milic (aka Meella) wanted to become a psychologist before switching to economics. But somewhere in between, by pure accident, she wound up a successful book cover designer. It began simply enough… While searching through freelance websites for economist gigs, she quickly discovered a need for photo retouching—a skill she had, thanks to her Photoshop knowledge. Realizing design work like this was lucrative,…

From freelancer to digital-marketing-master: the client comes first

From freelancer to digital-marketing-master: the client comes first

Behind every great design is an even greater story. Today we’d like to introduce you to Dan Scalco, founder and CEO of digital marketing agency, Digitalux. Dan Scalco and his team at Digitalux have one mission: “Small or big, it’s really just helping people.” This dedication to the client, no matter the size, has produced…

Designed for action: Sexual Health Innovations’ Project Callisto

Designed for action: Sexual Health Innovations’ Project Callisto

The lack of sexual health education in the US is a big issue. This month, 99nonprofits highlights the important work of one special organization who’s using technology to combat sexual violence. You remember taking sex ed when you were in high school, right? At the time it probably felt a little uncomfortable. But you likely recognize…

Thisisremedy breathes new life into retro design

Thisisremedy breathes new life into retro design

We’ve been longtime fans of Platinum designer, thisisremedy (aka Callum Humphreys). He joined 99designs back in 2014 to connect with a larger, more global client base—and his efforts have certainly paid off. Today, he’s a full-time freelancer with a diverse clientele ranging from food trucks to furniture stores. Throughout his many successes, there’s no doubt his fresh take on retro design has been the secret…

Can you spot a freelance graphic designer in the wild?

Can you spot a freelance graphic designer in the wild?

It seems like everybody (especially Hollywood) has some pretty funny ideas about what it means to be a graphic designer. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think it’s a snap to pick out the freelance graphic designer in any crowd, anywhere in the world. Just look for somebody young, hip and single, chugging a bottomless mug…

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