Top level designers

99designs makes it possible for talented freelance designers to find clients and grow their careers. We created the Top Level exclusively for the most talented, professional and successful designers in our community.
We regularly review our Top Level designers for their expertise in the following areas:
 

Designers that achieve Top Level status are expected to consistently abide by the above criteria or risk dropping back down to a lower level. 

 

What is Top Level status?

We regularly review our Top Level designers for their expertise in the following areas:
 

Designers that achieve Top Level status are expected to consistently abide by the above criteria or risk dropping back down to a lower level. 

 

What are the benefits of Top Level?

As our most prestigious designers, Top Level members enjoy the most benefits on 99designs, including higher prizes, faster payouts and prioritized designer support.

Contests

  • Contest access: Access to all available contest packages and the highest prizes
  • Unlimited contests: Access to unlimited contest submissions

Payments & support

  • Prioritized support: Top Level designers will receive responses from Designer Support in less than 24 hours (excluding weekends).
  • Fast payout processing: Top Level designers receive expedited payouts in less than 24 hours. 
  • Top Level Chat: A weekly, hour-long live chat with Top Level members and 99designs staff covering a new theme each week.
  • Finalist payments: All finalists in Gold and Platinum contests are paid 15% of the total prize. Winners in Gold and Platinum contests are paid both the first prize + 15% of the total prize.

Additional perks

  • Discover: Top Level designers have the most prominent visibility on Discover (which means increased client interest).
  • Top Level Lounge: Top Level designers have access to an exclusive forum to engage with one another on a variety of topic threads.
  • Custom Services: Our Top Level designers can set up custom design packages to sell on their 99designs portfolio.
  • Advocate program: We handpick a collective of our most passionate Top Level designers to volunteer their voices and help guide our team as we curate the community and improve the 99designs experience.
  • Access to beta testing: Our product team routinely gathers feedback from Top Level designers on ways to improve 99designs. This is an opportunity to see new product changes and test them before they’re shared with the rest of the designer community. 
  • Media opportunities: Press inquiries and interviews are regularly directed towards our Top Level designers. Top Level designers are also featured more prominently on our blog and website.

How do I become Top Level?

We regular review designers for Top Level status daily. If you follow the above requirements on a regular basis, we’ll take notice!
 
A few times each year, we also host a week-long open enrollment period where Mid Level designers can directly apply to become Top Level. These are the only times Mid Level designers will be able to submit their portfolio and request to become Top Level.
 

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