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5 ways to successfully work from home

Freelance design is unique in that designers can make their own schedules. For some this is a benefit, but for many the lack of structure can be a challenge. Here are five work from home tips that address the different challenges of freelance design and how to overcome them. 1. Identify the checkpoints rob warde (via Flickr) Trying to... Read More

July 16th By

How to create unique typography with Illustrator’s 3D tools

Ever wondered how to make your typography pop… literally? In this tutorial, we’ll look at some simple ways to utilize 3D tools in Illustrator to create unique typographic results. From distressed lettering to a slick, vintage style – here are the tools you need to use for wow-worthy letters. To begin a simple text box has been... Read More

July 15th By

Into the world of French graphic design

Ask some people, and they’ll tell you that “French” and “graphic design” are mutually exclusive terms. We knew this couldn’t be true, and in honor of Bastille Day we thought we would go ahead and prove it. Admittedly, the graphic design output from France is less than that of its German, Dutch and English-speaking neighbors. That’s partly... Read More

July 14th By

Community Contest: Create poster art for our new Oakland office!

99designs recently moved into our new digs in Oakland, California. While it’s only a short drive across the Bay Bridge from our old San Francisco office, we’re excited to have a whole new city to explore! The new 99designs office is located on the top floor of the iconic Breuner Building. Constructed in 1931, it’s... Read More

July 13th By

Place your vote for July’s Creative Challengers!

As the summer heats up, so does the competition. We’re excited to announce nine very special nominees for July’s Creative Challengers! While these nominees may not have won with these designs, we still believe they deserve some serious recognition. Exhibiting stellar know-how in illustration, logos, 3D design and everything in between, we’re excited to turn the voting over... Read More

July 11th By

Understanding visual hierarchy in poster design

Visual hierarchy in poster design can be established in many different ways and often is the product of an analytical mind and/or a fine-tuned design instinct. This article explores several examples from both famous and lesser known designers who possessed both of these qualities, and aims to uncover some identifiable “laws” of poster hierarchy. 1. What... Read More

July 10th By

An introduction to popular printing techniques

As a graphic designer, understanding how printing works is important. You don’t need to be a print expert, but knowing the basic technologies and terminology can help you improve your skills if you want to create a successful project – from design conception to the final printed product. Creating a fantastic design is only the first step. Knowing what... Read More

Solving the National Parks’ greatest design mystery

There’s something you’re trying to put your finger on. Those National Parks posters that you’ve seen before, maybe on the side of the road painted against a brick wall or in the postcard turnstile of a dilapidated gas station. Or maybe it was on your friend’s wall, home or Pinterest. You know you’ve seen the images... Read More

July 8th By

5 ways to motivate yourself in the summer

Summer is a time of year that makes it extremely difficult to sit down in front of the computer and work on graphic design. The water is just right for swimming, the occasional blissful breeze comes by, and it just feels right to be outside detached from all electronics. In this article, we’ll outline 5... Read More

July 7th By

20 new design books for your summer reading list

It can be tough to get any reading done during the cooler months. Business ramps up right after the new year, flooding your inbox with projects, and around the winter holidays there is a similar rush to finish outstanding tasks and balance the books. During the summer, though, there is a pleasant lull—a perfect time... Read More

July 6th By