The Creative Edge

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Starbucks holiday cup designs ranked from best to worst

The whole Internet is exploding over a run of red cups. Is there actually a controversy or is this whole debacle the work of a YouTube troll? Is this “war on Christmas” indicative of larger cultural trends? We at 99designs think people are missing the most important question: is the 2015 Starbucks holiday cup well designed? We... Read More

November 13th By

How to make your book cover pop

It’s November, which means thousands of writers are typing furiously to complete a 50,000-word novel in 30 days for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo to the cool kids). Maybe you’re using NaNoWriMo momentum to write your book. I’ll admit there’s a guilty pleasure that helped me through three years of NaNoWriMo madness. When writer’s block... Read More

November 11th By

99designers featured in the first crowdsourced adult coloring book!

Whoever said coloring books are just for kids? Adult coloring books have been rapidly gaining popularity as a fun way to get offline and boost creative energy, relaxation and stress relief. That’s why we loved it when Brit + Co, the girl-powered DIY media and e-commerce platform, put a call out to 99designers

November 10th By

Place your vote for November’s Creative Challengers!

It’s time for another round of Creative Challengers! First, a big congratulations to goopanic for winning October’s Creative Challengers. His brightly colored, abstract branding for ICAP left a lasting impression for our voters. Well done!

November 7th By

Improve your creative process with these tips from 99U

Good design isn’t just about your output. Often, it’s the creative process behind your work that will yield the best results. This month, we’ve pulled together another batch of inspiring articles from our friends at 99U to help you improve your approach to new projects, fight off negative thinking and better understand your unique creative mindset. Enjoy!

November 6th By

Announcing the winners of our first Platinum Showcase!

It’s time for the big reveal! If you’ve been itching to find out which Platinum designer has been winning the most, getting the most shortlisted, or getting the most shortlisted in the most categories, this is the moment you’ve been waiting for.

November 5th By

12 famous typographers you need to know

You’re sure to know the most commonly used typefaces. The ones that surround us every day on the subways, in ads, in political campaigns and in our reading materials. You know a lot of their names, too – like Helvetica, Garamond and Baskerville. You may know their style: serif, sans-serif, humanist, geometric or grotesque. But do you know who created them?

November 3rd By