The Creative Edge

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Brush up on the watercolor design trend

Fine art and graphic design meet with this painterly approach. Both whimsical and feminine, the faux watercolor trend is the perfect way to give your branding a more personalized touch. It’s a style that’s perfect for boutiques, creative businesses and brides-to-be looking for something a little out of the ordinary. We’ve gathered together some of... Read More

September 26th By

How to design a die cut sticker

Everyone loves a cool sticker, especially when you can let your imagination run wild with a custom made design. But instead of using the standard square or rectangle shapes, why not create a unique die cut sticker shape to make your work shine? “Die cut” simply means cutting material – in this case adhesive paper – into a specific shape using a metal die,... Read More

September 25th By

Who will you choose? Vote for September’s Top 9 at 99!

Now that Summer’s officially finished, we’re helping you slip back into the grind with another round of Top 9 nominees to motivate your creativity this September. From inspiring illustrations and t-shirts to new categories like 3D design and stickers, there’s plenty to choose from this time around. Who will be the winner? Only you can decide. Cast your vote... Read More

September 24th By

10 inspirational designs with autumn color palettes

Summer is gone just as soon as it came and as it leaves with its bright yellow and bold red, in comes fall with muted orange, cool blues, soft yellows, and colorful reds. Here are 10 design works with Autumn color palettes to kick start the coming season of design! Card design: Experimental Jetset Notebook design: Mayuscula By north... Read More

September 23rd By

How to create stunning photo manipulations using stock imagery

Photo manipulation has come a long way from tweaking celebrities to give them brighter smiles. It’s an entire art form, one used from something as quotidian as combining buildings to create a unique city skyline or collage one of those so-hot-right-now faux double exposures, to making entire complex imaginary worlds come to life. But some photo manipulations are... Read More

September 22nd By

Celebrate the International Day of Peace with these iconic posters

It can be estimated that in more than 3,400 years of documented history, there has been roughly less than 300 years of world peace. The International Day of Peace was instituted by the UN in 1982 as a world-wide dedication to non-violence, cease-fires and peace. Today, we celebrate it annually on September 21st as a day to strengthen our... Read More

September 21st By

Grow your creative business with these tips from 99U

Trying to take your career to the next level? This month we’re rounding up a series of six articles from 99U that help you do just that. From resume and portfolio building to attracting the right kind of clients, we hope these tips help build your freelance business! The 6 Fundamentals of Client Building For... Read More

September 18th By

How to seamlessly incorporate vectors into a design

It’s tempting to use vectors as a time saver, inspirational starting point or addition to any design. The challenge, however, is that each vector comes with its own style and visual “language”. Without proper assimilation, the element can be aesthetically rejected from a designer’s given style. This tutorial uses a free coffee stain vector from to create a... Read More

September 17th By

6 new client-designer relationships on 99designs!

We’ve said it many times before, but here at 99designs there’s nothing we love more than discovering awesome friendships forged between our clients and designers. Following a roundup we did in the past, we’ve collected another 6 stories of client-designer relationships that were first formed on 99designs. Each designer in these stories perfectly showcases the work ethics that would help their design career thrive – great... Read More

September 16th By