The Creative Entrepreneur

Design inspiration and tips to help you grow your business

Speaking design: How to communicate with your designer

How many times have we all tried to speak specifically and intelligently but lacked the proper lingo? For example, telling your mechanic that the “thingy” in the engine is broken probably isn’t too helpful. It’s very similar when communicating with designers. The more specific you can be about your requests, the better the chances they... Read More

September 30th By

We’re proud to announce 99designs’ latest milestone!

We’ve got some big news! As of this month, we’ve paid out a whopping $80 million to our designers, and we couldn’t have done it without you! Today, we span 196 countries, are localized in nine languages, and have more than 850,000 designers on our platform. 1-to-1 projects have seen a tremendous surge as well,... Read More

September 25th By

Lost in translation – what we can learn from 4 epic cultural design fails

Keeping your brand’s message on target can get tricky when entering the international marketplace. Cultural idioms and images that may exist in one culture may not translate well to another, and worse, may even carry an unintended negative connotation. Here we’ll take a look at four cases where the brand’s message got lost (or even... Read More

September 19th By

Meet the finalists for this month’s Top 9 at 99!

Every month, Top 9 at 99 showcases the best of the best from 99designs’ winning entries. Whether they were creating a full tech website or fashion tights, all of these designers demonstrated their impressive talent and ability to help achieve the goals of each client’s creative brief. Be it cute creatures on a greeting card or a... Read More

September 17th By

Walking billboards: 4 ways t-shirts can boost your business

In this world of electronic communication, you might not expect old school promotional methods to carry much weight. However, a 2013 study by the Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI) examined the demographics of branded t-shirts, jackets, and caps and found that branded clothing was a great way to promote brand recognition, spark interest, and increase business.... Read More

September 12th By

Join us in protecting a free and open internet

The internet is built on the idea that all data should be treated equally. This level playing field has made it possible for companies like 99designs to grow, and, with that, for small businesses and designers to make meaningful connections. In the U.S., the FCC is considering a plan that would allow internet service providers to grant... Read More

September 10th By

5 pro-tips for launching your brand internationally

“Think globally.” The phrase has become a banner headline for marketers in the information age. But before you launch your brand internationally there are some key issues to consider. Here we’ll review some of the essentials to remember when taking your brand to the next level. 1. Do Your Homework When considering potential markets, don’t... Read More

September 5th By

Let’s celebrate 99,999 Facebook Likes!

We did it! We passed 99,999 Likes on our Facebook page – and it’s all because of you, our amazing community. Thanks for keeping the 99designs page going strong with all of your comments, likes and shares! To celebrate this massive milestone, we’ve rounded a few of our most epic posts. Click on the links below to explore community highlights from... Read More

September 3rd By


4 ways seasonal design offers a calendar of possibilities

It’s no secret that our moods, our clothes and our daily routines often change with the season. And so do consumer purchasing patterns. So now might be the ideal time to look at a few simple ways you can update your website’s design to take advantage of seasonal changes. 1. Tailor the colors Design by... Read More

August 11th By