The Creative Edge

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20 new design books for your summer reading list

It can be tough to get any reading done during the cooler months. Business ramps up right after the new year, flooding your inbox with projects, and around the winter holidays there is a similar rush to finish outstanding tasks and balance the books. During the summer, though, there is a pleasant lull—a perfect time... Read More

July 6th By

25 USA brands that celebrate their state

Location, location, location. A lot of the branding requests we see on 99designs are from small local businesses. These are companies who want to connect to their communities through shared location, and all of the associations that go with that — cultural, economic, political. As a designer, it’s key to know where these businesses come from… literally.... Read More

July 3rd By

See who won our BIP and L&W webinar contests!

From mid-May to early June, 99designs ran two 4-week webinar series on Logo & Web (L&W) and Brand Identity Pack (BIP) to help designers’ up-skill efforts and provide them with a fun learning environment. These series conclude with a community contest each – and we’ve just announced the winners! After tough deliberation, Deri Kurnia and AsbeenDesign were announced as BIP and L&W webinar contests winners respectively.... Read More

July 2nd By

Barbecue branding gets swanky

Can barbecue be chic? There’s not a lot that’s more american than a summertime BBQ. But the food doesn’t always bring to mind great design. If you’ve passed any BBQ hut on the street, you might envision orange char marks against the silhouette of a dark Texas bull, bright yellow lettering loudly glaring out. Or maybe a... Read More

July 1st By

Find out who won our celebrity brand showdown!

It’s a celebrity brand showdown! Who did our designers choose among Reese, Gwyneth, Jessica, and Blake? Who will become the next Martha Stewart? That seems to be the question these days among Hollywood’s A-list actresses these days. Between Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop, Blake Lively’s Preserve and Jessica Alba’s Honest Co., and now even Reese Witherspoon, who launched... Read More

June 30th By

Create a fun menu design with Adobe InDesign

There is a different style of menu design for every kind of restaurant there is — and that’s a lot of them. From high-scale elegance to funky full color, you need to completely understand a restaurant’s vibe before taking their branding to the printed page. It’s one of the most important part of a restaurant’s branding,... Read More

June 29th By

24 company mascots that have great character

If you could represent a company in one way… how would yo do it? If you’d use a mascot, you’re not alone. Today we’re rounding up a wide collection of company mascots from 99designs that have real character. From cutesy animals to corporate figureheads, here are some of our favorite mascot designs from the 99designs community.... Read More

June 27th By

Fight off your inner critic with these tips from 99U

This month, we’re zeroing in on those negative emotions that prevent you from reaching your creative potential. From your nasty inner critic to the anxiety that comes with a heavy workload, here’s 6 great articles from 99U to help fight off those nay-saying voices in your head. How to silence your irrationally harsh inner critic... Read More

June 26th By

Congrats to maestro_medak, our June Top 9 winner!

maestro_medak‘s blend of vintage and edgy style captured our community’s attention this month, making this stylish Rockabilly Clothing logo June’s Top 9 at 99 winner! The logo’s adaptive approach and shock of pink in an otherwise neutral color scheme, ensures this design will be smashing success.   And let’s not forget about our other amazing Top 9 nominees this month: _ELM_... Read More

June 25th By

10 iconic summer posters

The time of year for sunburns, swimming and watermelon is in full swing. Along with summer comes an entire realm of design styles. Here are 10 iconic summer posters to help evoke the mood of our favorite season. Poster Design: Maurice Logan “The Big Country” Movie Poster Design by Saul Bass “Jaws” Movie Poster Woodstock Poster by Arnold... Read More

June 24th By