The Creative Entrepreneur

Design inspiration and tips to help you grow your business

Hobby to jobby: how Instagram allowed one entrepreneur to quit her day job

Behind every great design is an even greater story. Today we’d like to introduce you to Christina Fagan, founder and CKO (Chief Knitting Officer) of the Boston-based knitting company STIK. By turning to her Instagram followers for knitting production and 99designs for branding, the 25-year-old was able to gain a 30X increase in production and... Read More

September 30th By

Brand story case study: It’s time for tea

On Monday, Explainify Founder & CEO, Eric Hinson, showed us how to tell your small business’ brand story in 3 easy steps. Today he explores brand story with a case study: Photo courtesy Eric Hinson The Explainify offices are located just down the street from Savoy Tea Co., an amazing shop filled with scones, macarons,... Read More

September 18th By

Joining the buzz: how to improve word-of-mouth referrals

Word-of-mouth (WOM) referrals can make or break small businesses. In fact, over 92% of consumers take recommendations from family and friends more seriously than other forms of advertising. Luckily, it’s easy to spur referral behavior in your customers if you follow the following three simple rules: First, keep your branding consistently excellent. Second, increase your... Read More

September 16th By

5 types of brochure design and what to include in each

Not all marketing activity is as easy to measure as email, SEM and direct mail. Sometimes you need to trust your experience over the security of metrics. One of these difficult-to-measure activities is  a well-designed brochure to help promote your company and its products. Not only is it difficult to prove the value of a... Read More

September 3rd By

The recipe for a perfect logo

While there is no exact formula for the perfect logo, there are certain “ingredients” that can be explored and utilized in the creative process. This article looks at several successful examples and talks about how these “ingredients” are represented within. 1. It reads like a logo Logo Design: Saul Bass Certain logos just simply look like logos.... Read More

September 1st By

Take a peek at the winner of our Deez Nuts Community Contest!

We’ve wrapped up our wildly fun Community Contest for US Presidential Candidate Deez Nuts‘ campaign logo. This mysterious person (who turned out to be a 15-year-old named Brady Olson) gave the country a good laugh when he was reportedly polling at 9% in North Carolina, 8% in Minnesota, and 7% in Iowa, making him one of the top ranked candidates. With such rankings, we... Read More

August 28th By

Introducing August’s Top 9 at 99!

While others may be enjoying a warm, lazy Summer – our 99designs community has been hard at work this month! From spacy website designs to eye-catching skateboards, our designers’ diverse styles never cease to amaze us. Scroll down and place a vote for your favorite design below. The designer with the most votes will get a special prize!

August 24th By

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