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15 spooktacular monsters to inspire you this Halloween

The 99designs community has a fantastic imagination. So what better time to show off their creepy catalogue of aliens, ghosts and ghouls than right before Halloween? All year round, our designers concoct bone-chilling branding, eerie illustrations and unearthly iPhone apps we absolutely love. In honor of this most haunting holiday, we present to you some of 99designs’ greatest monster creations. Enjoy! Aliens Alien concept art... Read More

October 25th By

We chat with 3D design wiz, MirkoAndricDesign™

We’ve been wowed for a while by MirkoAndricDesign™‘s impressive grasp on 3D design. Deftly designing 3D models and renderings, he’s brought restaurant, apartment and office interiors to life, and helped inventors visualize the look of new products. We decided to chat with Mirko about how he got started and his plans for the future. Name: Mirko Andrić... Read More

October 24th By

The concept art behind popular 3D monsters

It’s Halloween this month, which means you’re probably frantically preparing your costume and/or playlist of creepy movies to watch with your friends on the scariest day of the year – well, other than your birthday. To celebrate this fun holiday and all the elements making October 31st the day that it is, we’ll be taking a look at the... Read More

October 23rd By

Create a stylized Halloween pumpkin in Photoshop

Seasonal advertising is common for very good reason. Aligning your promotions with time-sensitive annual events creates a distinct sense of urgency that your products might otherwise lack. Many consumers have become habitual spenders during these specific times of the year, and if you haven’t positioned your products as part of the cyclical festivities, you’re likely... Read More

October 22nd By

99ers that are dominating 3D design

We’ve highlighted them before, but just couldn’t help showcasing even more amazing work from our 3D designer community. These incredible artists have brought fully fleshed-out characters to life, reimagined the environment around you and invented new products with the click of a mouse. Scroll down to see some of their breathtaking work! 3D head mold for a toy company Designer:... Read More

October 21st By

Introducing your new profile page

Presentation is the key to any professional activity and if there’s one place to make yourself shine, it’s on your profile page. That’s why we’re so pleased to announce the launch of the new Designer Profiles! Our goal at 99designs is to create the ultimate professional nexus between designers and businesses. The profile is often your first chance to impress clients searching for designers to... Read More

October 20th By

Cheers to this month’s Creative Challengers!

Drumroll please… it’s time to announce this month’s Creative Challengers! These designers have faced some steep competition, but that doesn’t mean they should miss their moment in the spotlight! We’ve gathered together some of our favorite finalists from this month’s contests. While these designers didn’t take home the prize, their impressive work has certainly won our hearts. Vote... Read More

October 18th By

Trend Report: Ranking the styling of sleep apps

Among smartphone users’ many concerns, not getting good sleep ranks pretty high. In recent years, a deluge of “sleep tracking” apps have emerged – many offering similar capabilities: tracking REM cycles to fix poor sleeping patterns, waking you up at ideal times (through data), and sometimes even recording your sleep sounds for self-analysis. Even without considering... Read More

October 17th By

The results are in for this month’s Top 9 at 99!

The votes have been cast and counted… We’re excited to announce that the winner for this month is nnorth for their comprehensive brand identity for Affaire. The iconic “a” and stylish lettering were a perfect match for this upcoming urban-chic fashion store. As the winning designer, nnorth will receive a pen and touch tablet from Wacom. We appreciate you... Read More

October 16th By

6 easy tools to master text in Adobe InDesign

In layout design, type is your most important medium to play with. Sure, images are a big deal too — but it’s easy to put all of your stock in the color and fun of an image when it’s the creative manipulation text that can really make your design engaging. There’s a lot to consider,... Read More

October 15th By