The Creative Edge

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5 reasons to go analog in a digital design age

Computers are so easy. Everything one needs to create a design is efficiently stored on a digital hard drive in a compact device that you can use while lounging in a cushy chair. Why would a designer ever use anything else to design? Well, perhaps computers are not the all encompassing devices they are hyped up... Read More

January 29th By

The anatomy of an effective landing page

There are many different ways to run a business online, and methods will vary depending on the industry, the target customer, and many other factors. Marketers are often concerned with gaining online exposure, increasing visibility, and attracting web traffic, but the ultimate (occasionally overlooked) goal for all online businesses is not simply generating interest —... Read More

January 28th By

Why you are not a famous graphic designer

It is natural to look at brilliant designs by Paul Rand, Saul Bass or David Carson and to want to create designs like that – or even to want to be as great as them. This inspiration is what has reeled many of us into the field of graphic design. For some, it leads nowhere. For... Read More

January 27th By

We chat with emerging interactive design wiz, MegaOptimus

After just six months of participation on 99designs, Djordje Makovic (aka MegaOptimus) has bowled us over with his aptitude for interactive designs: games, apps and other products that entail a dynamic give-and-take with the user. We spoke with him about how he transitioned from more conventional training to this exceptional skill set. Read on for our conversation. Name:... Read More

January 26th By

10 web designs we can’t get enough of

We all know it by now: 2014 was the year of flat design for web design. While designers proved that flat does not have to mean boring, other trends of the year included parallax scrolling and crafty illustrations as well as grid-like patterns for organization. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite... Read More

January 24th By

10 beautifully designed fitness apps for a healthy start to 2015

We have officially found ways to run almost every aspect of our lives using our phones. From communication and social interactions to managing time and money, from entertainment and gaming to education and even design, there’s no dearth of ways to improve our lives using these devices. So if we’re spending so much of our time relying on these programs,... Read More

January 23rd By

Vote for 2014’s ULTIMATE Top 9 at 99

Movies have the Oscars. Music has the Grammys. And as far as 99designs goes, there’s no higher honor than the ULTIMATE Top 9 at 99. With a collection that comes from every corner of our site, you’ll see many of our categories represented in this bunch. Everything from logo designs to t-shirts, websites and more have... Read More

January 22nd By

Help us create the future of 99designs briefs

We’re reaching out to our design community to help group and sort some of our best designs by their style. It’s fun (we promise!) and you might even find your own designs in there. So what’s this game all about? They say a picture is worth a thousand words and there’s no question why: design and language are... Read More

January 21st By

Mobile trends to keep an eye on in 2015

Mobile apps and gaming are now big business and broadly mainstream. With the adoption rate of smart phones reaching a saturation point among the population, everyone from little Timmy to Grandma can enjoy the wonders of mobile apps and games. This broad level of acceptance, cross-demographic appeal and high per-user revenue from free-to-use games and apps... Read More

January 20th By

10 ski resorts that keep their branding cool

While we often cover design trends on a larger scale, it’s always fun to dig deeper into particular industries. In the past we’ve explored airlines and famous museums, for example. Now, in the spirit of the season – at least in the Northern Hemisphere – we’re turning a creative eye to ski resort branding. Like many services, ski resorts are 20th (or even 19th) century... Read More

January 19th By