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Who wore it best? The great rebranding trends of 2014

Everyone loves a good makeover and 2014’s been an exceptional one for big brands. This was the year when flat design reigned supreme, classic companies ditched their aged-old look, and others faced heated controversy in the face of change. Simplicity was all the rage as large icons, illustrative touches and gradients were replaced by minimal sans serif fonts and delicate designs. With so many rebrands to... Read More

December 17th By

The 2014 designer holiday gift guide

Still stumped on what to get your design-loving friends and family this holiday season? 99designs is here to help with our annual designer gift guide! Whether you’re looking to pamper your loved ones with a heartfelt present (or hoping to be pampered yourself), here are 26 irresistible designer gifts that are perfect for the holidays. Gadgets n’ things... Read More

December 16th By

12 free fonts to share for the holidays

If you’re like us, you can never have enough fonts to play with. So in the spirit of giving, we wanted to pass on this early holiday present. Here are 12 free fonts that we’re loving this winter. As an added exercise in character observation, all of the fonts have been prepared in a similar... Read More

December 15th By

These sandwich-loving superheroes are saving our day

Quiznos has long been a fan of our design community and their contests have regularly pulled impressive results. Last year they tasked designers with re-imagining their iconic toaster and awarded 15 fantastic illustrations. This time around, the hunt was on for original, sub-loving superheroes to fill their 2015 calendar and decorate the corporate office. Designers... Read More

December 13th By

3 ways to rethink nonprofit design

Nonprofit organizations don’t operate like for-profit organizations. Should they be designed like them? There are many reasonable questions a designer might encounter upon striking up a professional relationship with a not-for-profit company. What sort of hierarchy will best suit the website? Are there special rules for designing a nonprofit logo, as opposed to a for-profit one?... Read More

December 12th By

The votes are in… Here’s the results for Top 9 at 99!

The votes have been counted and coming out on top is CGSFN for his gothic and mysterious poster for a New Year’s Eve party! We love CGSFN’s consistent use and transformation of stock imagery to make designs that are entirely his own – something he more than proves here in this flyer. For his enchanting work, CGSFN... Read More

December 11th By

Free design classes to keep you learning through the New Year

The holiday break is fast approaching, but that doesn’t mean you should slack on your design skills. We’ve rounded up some of the best free design classes and tutorials on the web to keep you sharp through the New Year. Whether you’re looking for something short and sweet or more conceptual, here’s some of the best logo classes... Read More

December 10th By

5 color palettes for the holiday season

The holiday season is a colorful time of year that presents the perfect opportunity to explore color from a design perspective. In this article, we’ll focus on five holiday color palettes that break the traditional mold and push the envelope for seasonal colors that still retain the holiday spirit. 1. Thanksgiving Most are familiar with the infamous... Read More

December 9th By


Greeting card designs to get you in the holiday spirit

What comes to mind when you design a card for the holidays? We recently ran a contest on 99designs asking for a modern, light-hearted greeting card design that we could mail to some of our most valued customers for the holidays. Designers flooded in with a wintry mix of stars, snowflakes, Santa hats and holiday decor that... Read More

December 6th By