The Creative Edge

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Learning and expanding on the techniques of Paul Rand

When pushing your own creative boundaries, it’s always worthwhile to take a moment with the masters. In this tutorial, we’ll explore how to emulate some of Paul Rand’s analog techniques digitally within Illustrator. Then we will take it a step further using some additional Illustrator tricks. This tutorial looks at his famous 1970 Westinghouse Annual... Read More

August 31st By

Tattoo designs that have made their mark

Tattoo design has been an under-the-radar art form on 99designs for quite some time. Boasting meticulously clean line-work, clever symbology and a wild imagination, it’s no wonder this illustrative style – and its challenging permanence – has made ink lovers out of us! Now, with the launch of our official Tattoo category, we thought it... Read More

August 29th By

PIXELIS™ wins August’s Top 9 at 99!

We asked and you answered… Congratulations to PIXELIS™ for earning the most votes for their fun take on the “Boss of Tacos”, King Jefe. As the winner, we’ll be sending them an extra special prize. Check out the full winning website design below: And let’s not forget our other awesome August nominees: GagaSnaga Anve RVST JohnnyDias RedLogo ozonestyle... Read More

August 28th By

Take a peek at the winner of our Deez Nuts Community Contest!

We’ve wrapped up our wildly fun Community Contest for US Presidential Candidate Deez Nuts‘ campaign logo. This mysterious person (who turned out to be a 15-year-old named Brady Olson) gave the country a good laugh when he was reportedly polling at 9% in North Carolina, 8% in Minnesota, and 7% in Iowa, making him one of the top ranked candidates. With such rankings,... Read More

August 27th By

Exploring pop culture’s subversive sticker art culture

The thing I love most about stickers it is how they show that a simple graphic or design can get into the sub-conscience of society and become part of the visual zeitgeist for the next ten or twenty years. -DB Burkman, Co-author (with Monica LoCascio) of Stickers: Stuck Up Piece of Crap – From Punk... Read More

August 26th By

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