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Improve your work routine with these tips from 99U

Finding a creative routine that works for you can be a real challenge. Every person face different challenges with their workflow, but we can all admit to struggling with one crucial issue – you’ll hit a wall at some point. This month, we’ve rounded up some excellent articles from 99U that tackle this frustrating problem. Learn when to push yourself (and when to... Read More

February 28th By

9 packaging trend predictions for 2015

As a key part of the marketing process, packaging designers must constantly step up their game — not only to get the design right, but also in order to educate and lead the industry towards more ethical practices. Packaging design holds value so long as it is meaningful for people’s lives, be it through innovation or style. Thus, human... Read More

February 27th By

No need to wait, here’s February’s Top 9

We knew you couldn’t wait for more Top 9. Luckily for you, you don’t have to. With our designers constantly churning out such great work we’re definitely ready to show you some of their awesome works from the past month — whether its ultra-real animations with loads of details or the simplest of logos that... Read More

February 26th By

We want to connect you with the right clients

Exciting things are brewing here at 99designs! As you’ve probably noticed, we’ve been working hard to improve the designer experience on our site. Our goal is to not only better connect you with clients, but help you maintain a long-lasting relationship with them afterwards. Building client relationships We respect that 99designs is a great way for designers... Read More

February 25th By

5 tips for designing a landing page CTA

CTA — it stands for “Call to Action”. When done right on your landing page, it is what’s going to convert visitors to users. A CTA can call for a lot of things. Lead generation, blog/social media/e-mail followers, customers for a direct sale or attendees for an event. They can be used on any page of a website... Read More

February 24th By

Embracing space in interaction design

Effective use of space in interaction design requires an understanding of aesthetics, functionality and human behavior. In fact, spatial design is the link between the more stylistic dimensions of language and visuals – and the more practical ones of responsiveness, time and user behavior. Space exists somewhere in the middle, dealing with issues on both sides of... Read More

February 23rd By

19 packaging designs that wrap it up perfectly

When it comes to packaging designs, it’s what’s on the outside that counts. From beer labels to cosmetics and coffees, each product deserves a special label to make it pop off the shelf. Toothy Grins Tea Tree Oil label Designer: Martis Lupus Contest: Opportunity to create a minimalistic, refined product design Himmel Hünd beers Designer:... Read More

February 21st By

5 best productivity plugins for Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator has been the most popular application for developing vector graphics for many years. And as is the case with many powerful tools, there has always been something of a learning curve attached to it. Fortunately, there are a handful of useful plugins out there that can help us to speed up our workflow.... Read More

February 20th By

Rounding up some of today’s most influential Chinese designers

For those new to Chinese zodiac, the Year of the Goat is a terrific time to get acquainted. The goat brings forth creativity, thoughtfulness and lucky numbers 2 and 7! It also brings forth the time and the chance to become familiar with graphic design in China. In staying with the lucky numbers, this article rounds... Read More

February 19th By

Introducing the 99designs Forum

Years of testing designer chats, social media pages and email volleys have taught our team that the 99designs community learns and grows in amazing ways when we’re all connected. Today we’re excited to announce the addition of another way we’re opening doors for communication. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you the 99designs Community Forum! The... Read More

February 18th By