Author Archives: Mark Harbottle

Major 99designs release today!

We’re excited to announce some major changes to way 99designs works… Key points: All fees including the prize money will be paid for in advance by all customers. 99designs will handle all prize payments to designers. We will offer a 100% money back guarantee to all customers. Guaranteed prize contests have been vastly improved. The... Read More

April 21st By

99designs featured on CBS News

The title of this post says it all really.  Watch the video below: Great exposure for us which by extension means great exposure for YOU our loyal designers. Enjoy! Thanks to everyone who helped out with this interview. Related articles: 99designs wins first-ever Startup Pushup Charity Challenge! Thanks For voting a Webby Award winner... Read More

December 9th By

99designs featured on fast company

Some more press for 99designs, this time on More coverage = more businesses that know about 99designs = more work for designers. Enjoy! Related articles: 99designs wins first-ever Startup Pushup Charity Challenge! Thanks For voting a Webby Award winner Let’s celebrate! 99designs hits 200,000 contests 99designs community reaches 200,000 designers

October 25th By

99designs launches USA headquarters

Today we announced that we’ve launched an office in San Francisco. Here’s the official press release. What this means is more focus and more growth for 99designs in the North American market and ultimately more customers for our designers.  All of our site development work will still be done out of Australia, with sales, marketing and business development being driven out of the states. Just thought you’d... Read More

October 22nd By

Increasing prize amounts for designers!

We’ve been thinking long and hard about how we can drive prize amounts up over time for the benefit of all designers.  Obviously there needs to be a tangible reason for contest holders to spend more money on prizes, and it needs to be something that they can easily understand.  Enter our idea… The idea we’ve come up with is to... Read More

October 16th By

The drinks are on us…

Exciting news! is now officially a sponsor of Web Directions South, a popular Web conference which is held in Sydney the last week of September every year. We’ll be picking up the bar tab on the final night party along with the guys at Gruden. Rest assured we’ll drink our fair share too! I... Read More

September 16th By takes out the 2008 SmartCompany Top Website Award

We’re delighted to announce that on Friday night took out the “Top Website Award” in the 2008 SmartCompany Awards which honors the fastest growing and most innovative companies of Australia in 2008. The top website award was judged by the SmartCompany team in conjunction with David Trewern, the founder of DTDigital, one of Australia’s... Read More

September 15th By

99designs: the #1 design contest marketplace

At this point in time there is over $90,000 USD in open prize money on 99designs. Around $13,000 USD of new cash is offered every day. This is not only a record for 99designs, we believe it’s a world record – we don’t know of any other site like anywhere that offers that kind of cashola to... Read More

September 10th By

How 99designs changed one designer’s life

We get a lot of email from clients and designers encouraging us to keep up the great work. We often circulate these messages amongst the team – it gives us a real kick.  Here’s one we received earlier this week that really resonated with the team.

September 5th By

Up to 50% of design contests can result in follow-on work.

One of the little known benefits of design contests is the ability for winning designers to pick up direct work from clients once a contest has been won. It makes sense when you think about it… Run a logo contest to find yourself a designer, then rather than go through the whole design contest process again, simply ask the winning designer... Read More

September 2nd By

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