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  • Sometimes digital just doesn’t do it. This month our designers went for an organic, earthy feel with hand-drawn lettering and imagery big on one-of-a-kind appeal. Our nine nominees include packaging for an artisanal cold brew coffee, a logo for a sleek German restaurant, a pattern for a sweet baby apparel brand, an inspirational coloring book… The post Vote for October’s Top 9 at 99 appeared first...

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  • Marija Stojisavljevic (known to us as Marrieta) is a passionate printmaker, painter and designer whose soft, graphite illustrations have earned her rave client reviews. An art enthusiast from an early age, she earned a degree in book design and an MA in illustration before gaining professional experience at a publishing house focused on children’s magazines and books—an… The post Inside Marrieta’s...

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  • The walking dead is an American post-apocalyptic horror TV series that narrates what happens after Zombies—or  “walkers”—invade the world. Frank Darabont developed the TV series for AMC based on the comic book of the same name created by writer Robert Kirkman and artist Tony Moore. A friend of mine introduced me to the series after… The post 4 lessons new business owners can learn from The Walking...

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  • Health and fitness are bigger than ever. With the surge of fitness enthusiasts comes a wide variety of personalities and styles, so when it comes to the business of fitness you need the right logo to attract the right clientele. It’s not just grimy weight rooms anymore: Now we have 24 hour fitness centers, women-only… The post 32 fitness, gym and Crossfit logos that will get you pumped appeared fi...

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  • As anyone who’s ever been looking for a new job can tell you, job hunting is stressful. Not only is it infused with agonizing uncertainty, but you also need to put your best foot forward in a one-page resume that’s supposed to sum up who you are, what you’ve accomplished and where you’re going. That’s… The post 7 resume design principles that will get you hired appeared first on 99designs Blog.

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  • You have a team, a business plan, a company name and perhaps a product in the making. And now it’s time to get a logo. There are four ways to get a logo for your company, from the most expensive to the least: Work with a design agency; Work with a design freelancer one-on-one; Launch… The post The 13 best (and worst) logo makers appeared first on 99designs Blog.

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  • Branding is a key part of building any business. But what if you are the business? When promoting yourself—as all consultants and freelancers must do—one of the first steps is to create a strong, recognizable logo that conveys who you are, both as a person and as a company. Sound complicated? It can be. But… The post The 8 best logos of professional athletes (and what you can learn from them) appe...

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  • Comic book superheroes are brands in human form, proudly sporting their logos right on their chests. They generate mountains of content, have rabidly loyal fans and they give us a face (or a mask) to relate to their brand purpose—the delivery of justice. The art of representing a business through a unique, identifiable brand is… The post Branding lessons from comic books appeared first on 99design...

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  • Those small sports logos plastered all over a team’s uniform, merchandise and stadium signage obviously have little impact on how the team they represent performs on the field. Or do they? The same way a new coach, practice facility or free agent can always signal change or growth within a franchise, a logo update can… The post The Golden State Warriors: how sports logos turn teams into champions ...

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  • Many people think evolution is nature being like, “man, what if that dinosaur over there had wings—that’d be totally sweet!” But in the strict definition, evolution is less about creating the “fittest” creature and more about creating the one that is the most efficient in its natural habitat. If the habitat changes, everything that lives… The post The evolution of crowdsourcing: an old idea whose ...

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  • Liberating yourself from the chains of full-time employment, saying “Sayonara!” to your boss and setting out to create a business on your own terms—that’s the dream. Working for yourself can be everything you’ve ever wanted. And then sometimes it’s not. Solo-work definitely has its challenges. Let’s look at the five biggest hurdles that independent workers… The post The 5 challenges of working for...

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  • Dive into the world of online marketing and you’ll find yourself surrounded by blog posts offering the best practices for creating the highest performing marketing assets. From lead collection forms to catchy banner ads, there is no shortage of opinions on what is going to grow your business. This may seem helpful, and it’s a… The post How (and why) to A/B test your marketing assets appeared first...

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  • Everyone knows to get better at any art form, you have to first understand the particular tools and procedures that form it. Design is no different from playing an instrument or even a chef making a meal. If the elements of graphic design (line, color, texture, shape) are the ingredients laid out in front of… The post The 5 rules of design composition and layout appeared first on 99designs Blog.

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  • What we think of as logo design—simple, iconic images that represent individual brands—is often considered a modern phenomenon. But humans have been identifying and differentiating themselves using emblems and signature marks for hundreds, even thousands of years. In fact, much of the symbolic design work throughout recorded history is all about communicating identity visually. Today’s… The post T...

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  • In 1977 The North American Vegetarian Society planted the seed that would become World Vegetarian Day, an international recognition of all things veggie. In doing so, they hoped that sprouts of joy, compassion, and well-being would ignite across the globe. As we celebrate the fortieth anniversary of that monumental day, it’s clear vegetarianism touches more… The post Vegan and vegetarian branding:...

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  • There are lots of predictable places to put a logo: on a white t-shirt, a billboard or a ballpoint pen. But that isn’t going to get you any attention (unless the attention you want is your ill-fitting, logo shirt being used as a rag in houses around the nation). Getting creative (or even a little… The post You want to put that where??! The best, worst and weirdest logo placements appeared first on...

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  • If you’re a startup trying to land funding, there are a ton of factors that come into play when turning your dreams into reality. You need a compelling message, an awesome product or service, and you need to be willing and able to stand in front of a group of VCs and sell them on… The post Branding matters: 6 branding mistakes that are holding you back from getting funding appeared first on 99desi...

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  • As a freelancer, you have to stay caught up with important things outside of marketing your talent. For example, freelancers have to adeptly manage projects, meet deadlines and communicate seamlessly across virtual teams. But of all these obligations, the highest priority must always be to maintain a positive cash flow. It’s this cash flow that… The post Invoicing for freelancers: how to send, rec...

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  • We’re turning back the clock this month with nine of the best vintage and retro designs. Our designers have gone positively groovy with work inspired by yesteryear. September’s Top 9 nominees include a vintage zombie T-shirt, a radical 80s dinosaur mascot, a retro extraterrestrial band logo and more! Check them out and vote for your… The post Vote for September’s Top 9 at 99 appeared first on 99de...

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  • Look around. Who isn’t in love with their little magical glowing rectangles these days? The mobile app market has become a significant part of our lives, and the driving force behind many major businesses now comes through mobile app technology. Up against an ocean of competition, it’s imperative that you find creative ways of mobile… The post Mobile app promotion: 10 ingeniously creative ideas ap...

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  • Triangle logos separate themselves from round logos through the presence of sharp corners and from square logos with their increased stability. Consider, for example, how folding tables often include triangular supports or how easels lean against triangular legs—it’s a dependable shape! These unique qualities allow triangular logos to communicate values like trustworthiness, power or plain… The po...

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  • Chase. Citibank. Barclay’s. Bank of America. All banks. All use blue for one of their dominant branding colors. Even other financial institutions like Prudential and Merrill Lynch use blue. Obviously it’s more than a coincidence that these money-related companies all chose blue for their brand identity. So what do they all know that you don’t?… The post Branding colors: everything you need to choo...

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  • If you’re launching a business or project, personal or professional, there’s no avoiding your social media branding. Social media is the place to be as a brand. Pretty much everyone (including your mom, your grandma and your great aunt Joanie) spends half of their waking hours checking their various social media platforms. And since the… The post How to brand yourself on social media (in 4 simple ...

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  • Good design can sometimes seem magical, like the designer simply stumbled onto a great combination of components that both engage and enlighten the viewer. In actuality, graphic designers use a set of tools, known as the elements of design, to build and hone that perfect design. Remember that every single piece of design is trying… The post The 6 elements of design appeared first on 99designs Blog...

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  • Ever since the appearance of 2001: A Space Odyssey’s HAL, the idea of computers that could think for themselves has been a little disconcerting for most of us. But this is a new time. Artificial intelligence (AI) is here, and no killer androids are in sight (yet). Instead, we’ve got an all new, more mundane, yet… The post Art by computers: how artificial intelligence will shape the future of desig...

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