Author Archives: 99designs

Novel ideas: Olivia’s tips for becoming a successful self-published author

Behind every great design is an even greater story. In recognition of National Novel Writing Month, we’re excited to introduce you to Olivia Wildenstein, a self-published author currently living in Switzerland. When she’s not writing, she’s psychoanalyzing everyone she meets, baking up a storm and attempting not to be late at her children’s school. Turning... Read More

November 25th By

Get to know Paula Scher, titan of postmodern design

It’s hard to believe that a single creative mind could be responsible for both the polished corporate-ness of the Citibank logo and the loudly expressive poster designs of historic Public Theater productions like Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk. Yet this all-embracing sensibility is the calling card of Paula Scher, a reigning titan in a heavily male-dominated industry. After... Read More

November 2nd By

Build a visual style guide for your brand identity

Branding is much, much more than just a logo, it’s your reputation: what you do, what you say and how you present yourself to the world. A brand style guide lays out the rules for that how. The great thing about a style guide is that it doesn’t have to fit into one exact prescribed... Read More

October 30th By

99designs wins top prize at Governor of Victoria Export Awards 2015

99designs CEO Patrick Llewellyn hasn’t owned a suit in 5 years (welcome to the fashionable world of tech startups). He finally found an excuse to buy one last week: the Governor of Victoria Export Awards in the Australian state of Victoria. 99designs was started in Melbourne, Victoria in 2008 by Mark Harbottle and Matt Mickiewicz. Every... Read More

October 13th By

Hobby to jobby: how Instagram allowed one entrepreneur to quit her day job

Behind every great design is an even greater story. Today we’d like to introduce you to Christina Fagan, founder and CKO (Chief Knitting Officer) of the Boston-based knitting company STIK. By turning to her Instagram followers for knitting production and 99designs for branding, the 25-year-old was able to gain a 30X increase in production and... Read More

September 30th By

Joining the buzz: how to improve word-of-mouth referrals

Word-of-mouth (WOM) referrals can make or break small businesses. In fact, over 92% of consumers take recommendations from family and friends more seriously than other forms of advertising. Luckily, it’s easy to spur referral behavior in your customers if you follow the following three simple rules: First, keep your branding consistently excellent. Second, increase your... Read More

September 16th By

Take a peek at the winner of our Deez Nuts Community Contest!

We’ve wrapped up our wildly fun Community Contest for US Presidential Candidate Deez Nuts‘ campaign logo. This mysterious person (who turned out to be a 15-year-old named Brady Olson) gave the country a good laugh when he was reportedly polling at 9% in North Carolina, 8% in Minnesota, and 7% in Iowa, making him one of the top ranked candidates. With such rankings, we... Read More

August 28th By

Introducing August’s Top 9 at 99!

While others may be enjoying a warm, lazy Summer – our 99designs community has been hard at work this month! From spacy website designs to eye-catching skateboards, our designers’ diverse styles never cease to amaze us. Scroll down and place a vote for your favorite design below. The designer with the most votes will get a special prize!

August 24th By

Did you know? We do way more than just logo design

99designs has an ongoing mission of connecting SMB’s with graphic designers from all over the word to kickstart their brands. This often comes in the form of logo design. We want to let you know that we’ve gone way further to help small businesses extend your brand. If you already have a logo, or are looking... Read More

August 14th By

It’s a celebrity brand showdown! Who did our designers choose among Reese, Gwyneth, Jessica, and Blake?

Who will become the next Martha Stewart? That seems to be the question these days among Hollywood’s A-list actresses. Between Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop, Blake Lively’s Preserve and Jessica Alba’s Honest Co., and now even Reese Witherspoon, who launched her new Draper James brand this spring, competition is heating up for someone to take the domestic diva’s crown as queen of... Read More

June 30th By

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