Use to Get Custom Designed Marketing Materials FastGetting custom marketing collateral designed fast can be a challenge particularly for small businesses and startups.

I recently spoke with Nisha Baxi of Dyyno – who shared how she used to design everything from brochures and datasheets to business cards and flyers.

Business Card Design by niichan

Business Card Design

What brought you to

Dyyno is a new online video sharing platform that distributes HD video to an unlimited number of viewers for free. It’s a really cool technology and now that we are pushing it out to the public – we needed the marketing material to back it up.

We had been working with some local designers, but they were really expensive, they did not always do what we wanted them to do, we did not have very many designs to choose from, and ultimately their style is pretty much the same every time. While its nice to have one designer create a consistent look across all the collateral it’s also really good to have multiple options.

Datasheet Design by Arteche Gaston

Datasheet Design

What marketing collateral have you had designed at 99designs?

The first design project we ran was for a datasheet – we had over 90 submissions and we were really excited. I worked closely with five designers who were great about making changes while we were zeroing in on the final design. The designer that we ended up choosing has been awesome – even now he makes little tweaks to the design as need be.

We also have run projects to design a brochure, a flyer, a second datasheet, a quick start guide and our business cards – The experience that has just been tremendous. I’m not sure if 99designs has a screening process for the designers but if you do – it’s a good one. Every designer that we picked has been excellent with a great work ethic – they are just really, really helpful.

Because of 99designs we now have 6 great pieces of marketing collateral where before we had 3 terrible pieces. We have been to 5 conferences since I joined Dyyno, and I now feel more confident being next to companies that are much more established than us with quality of the marketing collateral we have gotten through 99designs.

Flyer Design by Arteche Gaston

Flyer Design

Do you have any tips for running successful design projects?

The most important thing is to stay active and give the designers feedback. The first project that I did – I had no idea what I was doing. I wasn’t giving nearly enough feedback. Now, I try to engage in the project in such a way that respects both my time and the time the designers put into it. For example, I eliminate the designs that are way off base right away. It may sound harsh, but it lets the designers know that they don’t need to waste any more time on it. The more respect you show the designers – the more likely they will be to help you and participate.

Brochure Design by phoebetsui

Brochure Design


Help 99designs Win the People's Choice Award is a finalist in the 2010 SXSW Web Awards and now we need your help to win the People’s Choice Award!

Each year the People’s Choice Award is given to the public’s favorite finalist from the SXSW Web Awards competition – The finalist with the most votes wins.

Let’s spread the word about our awesome design community…

Vote for 99designs Here

Share - Connecting Client and Designer

One of the biggest benefits of using for both clients and designers is that it creates a tremendous opportunity to BUILD RELATIONSHIPS for future work.

We recently received the following email from one of the designers in the community, pb_design, who wanted to tell us about just one such relationship.

Hi Guys,

Hope you’re all well.

Just want to share a story with you and it’s some positive feedback.

About a year ago I won a design contest on 99designs for a logo and iphone
application icon:

Since then I’ve continued working with the client, Ambient Industries, as
their graphic designer, designing the look of the whole application and the
website. During the evolution of the application it has changed name and
brand, from ‘Groove’ to ‘Flook’:

Flook is a location browser, it’s free to download and is currently a
staff pick on the Apple store US. Try it out and let us know what you

I believe this is one of the true benefits of using 99designs. It enables
clients and designers to meet, who otherwise wouldn’t know of each other.
In a number of projects I, and other designers in the community have gone
on to do further work with the clients after the initial contest is
complete. Your site supports this, right across the world, which is

So, here’s a big thank you from me and Ambient Industries! If you hadn’t
hosted the contest, then the partnership in creating the app could never
have happened!

Pete Borlace (pb_design)

Oh and if you have an iphone – check out Flook… it’s pretty cool!

Share is a SXSW Web Award Finalist
We are proud to announce that has been selected as a finalist for the 2010 SXSW Web Awards in the community category!

The SXSW Web Awards uncover the best new websites and celebrates those who are building tomorrow’s online trends.

The winners in each category will be revealed at the SXSW Web Awards Ceremony on Sunday evening, March 14 at the Hilton Austin Downtown.

Wish us luck!


Introducing the "Ready-made" Logo Store from

We are very proud to introduce the latest addition to – something the community has really been asking for… a “Ready-made” logo store which will have a catalogue of thousands of high quality logos that can be purchased and customized starting at just $99.

It’s a fantastic complement to our popular Design Contest Marketplace – so now there are two great ways to get a high quality, professional logo at an affordable price!

And Designers – you now have an a whole world of opportunity to make money and show off your talents!

Here’s How it Works

  • Choose the logo you like from the catalogue
  • We will customize it with your business name
  • 24 hours later – its ready to go!

We are currently working with our design community to “stock the shelves” – so the first logos will be made available for sale beginning in March – but please take a look around!

Designers – Sell Your Logo Designs

Interested in submitting a logo for sale at the Ready-made store?

Find out everything you need to know to sell your logo designs here.

We have been amazed with the logos coming in so far and are looking forward to your submissions!

You can read the full press release here.

Full launch is in March so Please let us know what you think!


Tips for Designers Entrepreneurs & Marketers
A roundup of tips and resources for designers, entrepreneurs and marketers that recently shared via twitter @99designs.

Entrepreneurs, Startups & Marketers

A Compilation of the Web’s Best Advice for Entrepreneurs –

What to do for Your Business in 2010-

10 Easy Ways to Save Money in Your Business –

How to Use a SWOT Analysis for your Business –

The Top 50 Twitter Guides –

10 Rules for Increasing Community Engagement –

A Startup is Not a Smaller Version of a Large Company –

How to bring a product to market –

Join Forces and Start Cross-Promoting Now –

Tips to Design And Build Email Newsletters –

How to Be Confident without Being Arrogant –

Does the 80/20 Rule Apply to Your Life –

How I Unplugged and Became More Focused –

Design Principles & Theory

What is Good Design? –

The One Thing You Need to Do to Become a Better Designer –

10 Keys to Growth as a Designer –

10 Principles That Might Make Your Work Better –

The Philosophy of Design –

Style versus Design –

Gestalt Principles of Perception –

Principles of Great Design: Craftsmanship –

Principles of Design: Proximity –

The Principle of Proximity in Web Design –

Principles of Design: Value –

A Broader Understanding of Value –

Principles Of Design: Contrast –

Subtle Contrast In Design –

Principles Of Design: Color –

How to Get a Professional Look With Color –

The Passionate Color Red –

Color In Design: Singing The Blues –

Color In Design: Green –

6 fundamental ways to add depth to your designs –

Freelance Design

How to Make Yourself Stand Out as a Freelancer –

Essential Habits Of An Effective Professional Freelancer –

Seven Tips to Keep Your Clients Coming Back for More –

How to Gain and Maintain Your Clients’ Trust –

Tips for Effective Communication With Your Clients –

How To Explain To Clients That They Are Wrong –

How To Create The Perfect Client Questionnaire –

16 Superb Articles on Freelance Design –

10 Crowdsourcing Tips for Designers –

Logo Design

5 Branding Basics Every Logo Designer Should Know –

A Complete Logo Design Process –

Font pairing in logo design –

Dazzling Logo Design Tutorials –

90 Exceptionally useful Logo Tutorials –

30 Logo Design Tutorials for Photoshop and Illustrator –

Web Design

What makes a website successful? –

Taking Web Designs to Another Level-

6 Goals to Reach For When Designing Your Next Website –

The “Wow” Factor in Web Design –

7 Surefire Web Design Styles that Work –

To wireframe or not to wireframe  –

Photoshop Web Design Professional Layout Tutorial –

How To Create A Clean Layout In Photoshop  –

Designing with content in mind –

Textures In Web Design: Examples And Best Practices –

Minimalist Web Design: When Less is More –

The Science of White Space in Design –

How To Make Good Use Of That Space At The End Of The Page –

CSS Techniques I Wish I Knew When I Started –

10 awesome CSS grid systems –

Stronger, Better, Faster Design with CSS3 –

A Collection of HTML5 Resources and Tutorials –

Take Your WordPress Development Skills to the Next Level –

Interaction Design Web Optimization

Complete Beginner’s Guide to Interaction Design –

Web Interactivity Tips and Examples –

25 User Experience Videos That Are Worth Your Time –

The web designer’s guide to user experience –

21 Ways to Make Your Site More Web Accessible –

7 Deadly Sins of Landing Page Design –

How to Design Buttons to Help Improve Usability –

Website Performance: What To Know and What You Can Do –

7 Tools To Optimize The Speed of Your Website –


22 Techniques to Breathe New Life Into Your Typography –

The Ultimate Guide to CSS Typography –

8 Simple Ways to Improve Typography –

Typography: Readability and Legibility –

40 Impressive Photoshop Text Effects Tutorials-

Type-Inspired Interfaces –

How To Create Typography Portraits In Photoshop –

General Design Tips & Tutorials

The 15 Best Articles For Designers in 2009 –

The 50 Best Photoshop Tutorials of 2009 –

Design Trends for 2010 –

125 Unconventional Sources of Web Design Inspiration –

Using Inspiration Effectively –

Look, Listen, Learn: 10 Podcasts For Designers –

Configuring GIMP 2.6 to Replace Adobe Photoshop –

40 Excellent GIMP Tutorials for Designers –

Mastering Photoshop: Unknown Tricks and Time-Savers –

Design a Print-Ready Flier with Photoshop and Illustrator –

4 Tips For Cropping In Photoshop –

Creating Seamless Patterns in Illustrator –

35 Tutorials for Working With Wacom Tablets –

Hand Drawing Style Icons, Brushes, Textures and Fonts –


Huge Set of Minimal Icons –

50 of the Best Free Icon Sets of 2009 –

50 Best Free Fonts From 2009 –

15 (Free) Attention Grabbing Premium Slab Fonts –

70 Awesome Paper Texture Packs –

22 Reliable Sources for Micro Stock Photos –


Looking back over 99designs’ biggest holiday period ever, we’re again amazed by the quality of designs. Here are just a few of our favorite designs (in no particular order):

Featured Designs for December & January

  1. EarthPak logo design by TiChuz
  2. CompleteGenomics logo design by splat
  3. WebSpy user interface design by bender
  4. bluewerk logo design by OTK
  5. TextFugu logo design by pintxo
  6. 973 Studios logo design by LukeSF
  7. New Republic Multimedia web page design by neboica
  8. Dumb & Smart Mac Guy illustration design by Spork
  9. resafari logo design by `alex
  10. Touch Consult logo design by hendraku
  11. Cyber Nation logo design by sammynerva
  12. DARE by Natalia logo design by maleficent
  13. Republik Records logo design by n4t
  14. Hausmacher web page design by zeba5
  15. logo design by andot
  16. Head Ancho logo design by stephanielok
  17. kaimbo logo design by mindster®
  18. GridFury logo design by HansWurst

Which designs from the community have caught your eye?

Leave a comment and let us know.