99designs homepage redesign contest!


Hey Designers,

How many times have you looked at the 99designs homepage and thought… “Gee – this page is gorgeous but if I were in charge I would…”

Well now you have your chance!

We are running a contest to redesign the 99designs homepage!

That right – we are putting complete creative control in your hands to help set a new mark of excellence for 99designs.com.

But that’s not all…

Submissions will be judged by 99designs staff and also a panel of DESIGN SUPERSTARS and ENTREPRENEURIAL GIANTS including:

  • Joe Gebbia, co-founder and CPO of Airbnb
  • Eric Ries, author of the bestselling book “The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses” and the blog “Startup Lessons Learned”
  • And our very own 99designs cofounder Mark Harbottle!

We will choose up to three winning homepage designs and award $1,000 to each winning designer. Following the contest, we will test the homepage designs using our internal testing methodologies and incorporate winning elements into the next version of the 99designs homepage!

The contest is open for new submissions until May 9th – so don’t delay!


More about our panel of expert judges:

Joe Gebbia is the Chief Product Officer and co-founder of Airbnb, where he is responsible for creating an inspiring and effortless user experience through sharp, intuitive design. Prior to Airbnb, Gebbia was a designer at Chronicle Books, co-founded a green design website, and developed several consumer products. A frequent speaker on entrepreneurial and design-related topics, he has led talks at conferences including The Next Web, SXSW, Y-Combinator, PSFK, GigaOM Green:Net and PechaKucha. Gebbia earned dual degrees in Graphic Design and Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Mark Harbottle is a serial entrepreneur who has co-founded many successful web businesses, such as SitePoint, an online publisher, software developer and community; 99designs, the world’s largest marketplace for crowdsourced graphic design services; and Flippa, the world’s largest marketplace for buying and selling websites. Harbottle has played an instrumental role in shaping the products of the companies he co-founded. He was recently named 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year by leading Australian business magazine BRW. He holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from La Trobe University.

Eric Ries, the creator of The Lean Startup methodology, is author of the “The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses” which debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, and the popular entrepreneurship blog “Startup Lessons Learned.” The co-founder and former Chief Technology Officer of social gaming site IMVU, Ries was named one of the Best Young Entrepreneurs of Tech by BusinessWeek in 2007, received a prestigious TechFellow award in 2009, and served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Harvard Business School in 2010. Ries is currently a mentor at 500 Startups, serves on the advisory board of a number of tech startups, and has worked as a consultant to many startups, companies and venture capital firms. He received a B.S. in Computer Science from Yale University.


Jason Aiken is the Community Director of 99designs.