The Creative Edge

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Enter PowerPoint contests for your chance at $1,000!

With great PowerPoint skills come awesome rewards… And that’s why we’re giving our community a shot at $1,000! From August 24th through September 30th, we’re keeping count of how many times you’re shortlisted in PowerPoint contests. Be shortlisted the most and you’ll win the grand prize! Second place will receive $400 and third gets $100. Here’s how it works: You’ll be automatically entered after being shortlisted... Read More

August 25th By

How to develop your eye for stock photography

Developing an eye for photography is usually in reference to shooting pictures with a camera. While as a designer you may not have to know enough to take your own photographs, you should know how to select the best ones. You need to be able to look at photography critically, understanding how the image functions so that you... Read More

August 24th By

Get hip to the geometric design trend

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but there’s a lot more shapes to play with out there. There is no denying that geometric designs are in vogue right now – and it’s easy to see why. Clean, dynamic lines are not only irresistably cool, but easily to translate across a variety of products and industries. From hipster t-shirts to boutique logos,... Read More

August 22nd By

Artists’ books to inspire your book cover designs

Artists’ books rank pretty high on the scale of the unknown to the general public, a niche category as far as obscure art forms go. They’re a bit of an enigma. What is an artist book? How is it different than a regular book? A comic book? A picture book? Is it just another crazy art world... Read More

August 21st 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. We’ll announce the winner next week, along with a special prize! Voting ends... Read More

August 20th By

6 creative block-busting skills from 99U

Everyone has their off days. But when a deadline’s fast approaching, you can’t afford an unexpected creative slump. Below, we’ve rounded up six of our favorite articles that will help you knock creative block to the curb. We hope they help inspire you for your next project! Why you should carry a notebook with you everywhere... Read More

August 19th By

The recipe for a perfect logo

While there is no exact formula for the perfect logo, there are certain “ingredients” that can be explored and utilized in the creative process. This article looks at several successful examples and talks about how these “ingredients” are represented within. 1. It reads like a logo Logo Design: Saul Bass Certain logos just simply look like logos.... Read More

August 18th By

Announcing the winners of our Oakland Community Contest!

After a recent move across the Bay Bridge from San Francisco to Oakland, our US office was looking for a fun way to fill their new blank walls. We put out a call to our 99designs community for some fun Oakland-inspired posters and were seriously wowed by all of your talent! It was a very tough decision (as... Read More

August 17th By

12 cup and mug designs that hold water

We’ve recently rolled out a new Cup & Mug category on 99designs, so to celebrate, we’re rounding up some of our favorite designs adorning teacups, mugs, to-go cups and more! So pour yourself something nice, relax and be inspired by this latest batch of brilliance. We can’t wait to see what you come up with next! Cup... Read More

August 15th By

4 compelling stock image alternatives for web design

We considered starting this post with an example of an especially awful stock image, but we decided to spare you. You know the ones… posing “business people” in a dazzlingly white office, a woman smiling in a meadow, someone pointing at something. So how do you find good stock images for a website? If you’re digging through high-end stock sites or... Read More

August 14th By