The Creative Edge

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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

Dave Elmert breathes new life into PowerPoint design

At times, PowerPoint seems to inspire nothing but mindless repetition. It can get pretty dreary. That’s why we’re so ecstatic when we discover someone like Dave Elmert, who breathes new life into PowerPoint design as an art. Not surprisingly, clients feel the same way. We asked Dave if he would share some of his amazing story... Read More

August 13th By

6 free online tools to make your life easier

We’re all on the lookout for ways to do things better. In this article, I’m going to take you through a roundup of some of the less well known tools that almost any web designer can benefit from. Each one can solve common design challenges while also increasing your productivity. Let’s start! 1. Typegenius I’m... Read More

August 12th By

10 classic tattoo styles you need to know

There are probably thousands of styles of tattoos around now, with talented artists creating their own every day. But a lot of those designs are adapted from certain historically popular styles — many of them decades or even centuries old. Here are ten of the classic styles of tattoo art, the ones you definitely want to know before... Read More

August 11th By

3 ways to make your next PowerPoint pop

While PowerPoint design may not offer the same possibilities as Illustrator or Photoshop, it is still a big part of the professional world for it’s slide presentation functionality. With that said, the cold hard fact is that slide shows need to be designed too and that is often what graphic designers are asked for by clients. The easy route would be... Read More

August 10th By