We’ve been big fans of 99U for a long time. It’s a fantastic blog full of unending insight for creatives. So we’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with them to bring you some of their best content via The Creative Edge (or as it’s more commonly known, the 99designs’ Designer Blog)!

We’re calling it 99designs x 99U: once a month, in honor of our shared number, we’ll present nine of our favorite recent articles from 99U – the ones we think that you’ll get the most from. Enjoy, and let us know what these posts make you think about in the comments!


The Most Underrated Skill for Creatives? Empathy.

You may listen to what your clients have to say, but do you really hear them? Developing the ability to understand what your client is looking for is one of the most important parts of being a designer, so learn some tricks and techniques for doing so.

Tripping into Terra Incognita: How Mistakes Take Us To New Place

Why we should make mistakes and learn from them, instead of trying to be perfect every project.

How Switching Tasks Maximizes Creative Thinking

Have you heard that switching to a new task when you’re stuck on something, helps you solve the original problem? It’s called using your ‘creative unconscious’ and here’s how it works.


The Rules of Randomness & How You Can Stand Apart

Creatives don’t find that one great moment or idea by falling into the habit of doing the same thing all of the time, so use randomness to your advantage. You can start out by trying these three tricks.

“The Osterich Problem” and The Danger of Not Tracking Your Progress

Are you where you need to be with your latest project? Do you track your progress when creating your work? If not, you should be. Here’s why.

7 Things “Star Wars” Taught Me About Productivity

Articles aren’t the only place where you can find inspiration. Sometimes it’s in a much less likely place — pop culture! Star Wars taught this author a lot of lessons, so read it and learn, you will.


On Keeping it Simple

You simplify your solutions to come up with a great design, but do you do the same to your workspace? Here’s how to simplify your flow to help you get right to the design point.

Talent Isn’t Fixed and Other Mindsets That Lead to Greatness

Can talent be taught? Read this interview with Stanford University’s Carol Dweck to find out.

Is Poor Time Management Limiting Your Potential?

Elizabeth Grace Saunders puts your workflow to the test with her strategic questions to get you thinking about how well you really manage your time.

Which article did you get the most out of? Let us know in the comments.