99designs is teaming up with global stock image company Fotolia to contribute to the Gulf oil relief effort.
Until July 31, 2010, 99designs and Fotolia will make a 20% contribution to the Gulf Oil Disaster Relief Fund for every credit or subscription purchased through http://fotolia.com/99gives
Our thinking is – you need images anyway, so why not make a difference while you download?
Join the nearly two-million professionals using a free Fotolia account to access over 9,000,000 royalty-free images. Fotolia is a leading choice for designers and artists looking for affordable, high-resolution photos, vectors, illustrations, and videos.
To make a difference with your downloads, visit: http://fotolia.com/99gives
June 25, 2010
We’ve got one more way to celebrate 99designs winning a Webby Award… Today – Friday, June 25th (PDT) is Free Contest Listing Day!
It’s our way of saying THANK YOU for helping us win this prestigious award.
Here’s how it works:
1. Visit 99designs any time on Friday June 25, PDT.
2. Decide what you need designed, such a new brochure to attract more clients, new banner ads to grow website traffic, event invitation cards for an upcoming party, or maybe some attention grabbing business cards.
3. Click the ‘post a design project’ button to launch a contest. We’ll pay your listing fee, which means you’ll only need to cover the processing fee, prize and any optional upgrades you pick.
You’ll instantly save $39.
It’s that easy – Don’t miss out!
June 24, 2010
How do you choose the right logo for your business? – http://bit.ly/8ZAxmr
10 Excellent Podcasts for Small Business – http://bit.ly/c0GvR6
15 Must-Read Marketing Articles – http://bit.ly/9r4eM7
11 Reasons Why You Aren’t Getting Results – http://bit.ly/a1C2ZI
7 Things to Keep in Mind While Choosing CMS – http://bit.ly/cimohK
Most common SEO mistakes http://bit.ly/cAXTxh
Usability Testing: Don’t Guess, Test. – http://bit.ly/ar077x
How to find design clients – http://bit.ly/dhfkLb
Selling your Brand like a Pro – http://bit.ly/9QSmke
How to Win Your Design Commissions – http://bit.ly/dx1276
Is Freelancing Right for You? – http://bit.ly/cZsSnA
A DIY Web Design Education – http://bit.ly/chvXuk
Ten Steps to Becoming the Designer You Want to Be – http://bit.ly/9NQDpg
There’s no such thing as a bad client – http://bit.ly/c79abK
Freelance Contract Basics Part 2 – http://bit.ly/aF3sjB
Fundamentals Of Logo Design Part 4: Symbol-Only Logos – http://bit.ly/cvVNIi
Logo Design Fundamentals, Part 5: Important Questions http://bit.ly/b4rknb
20 Amazing logo Tutorials – http://bit.ly/cNZ9Ng
Creating a Logotype: The Means vs The End – http://bit.ly/cWgKWl
The Anatomy of a Website – http://bit.ly/9Rojkg
3 Ways to Get your Website Designs Up and Running Faster – http://bit.ly/dgUcQy
15 Excellent CSS Grid Systems For Web Designers – http://bit.ly/cRjvTn
18 Do’s and Don’ts Of Usability On The Web – http://bit.ly/9LsT0u
Call to Action in Web Design Usability – http://bit.ly/9PetU5
UX Button Color Test: Red beats Green – http://bit.ly/cFINT8
The New Decade of Web Design: Web Design Trends 2010 – http://bit.ly/arntgn
Improving UX Of Your Website With Modal Windows – http://bit.ly/dv3uIA
5 Ideas To Help You Become Better Web Designer – http://bit.ly/8ZZ6ms
Principles Of Minimalist Web Design, With Examples – http://bit.ly/ag5udk
The Guide to Start Designing WordPress – http://bit.ly/9wgZLN
How to Create Your first WordPress Theme: Part 2 – http://bit.ly/aykOFL
Responsive Web Design – http://bit.ly/cZ3i7u
Ultimate Roundup Of Photoshop Web Layouts Tutorials – http://bit.ly/bjFjwy
10 Great Tips For Improving Your Web Typography – http://bit.ly/aUK3pP
The Design Cubicle » Improving typography through space – http://bit.ly/aV1sMe
50 Helpful Typography Tools And Resources – http://bit.ly/ba2II4
Finding Your Hand Drawn Lettering Voice – http://bit.ly/curRQ8
Miscellaneous Design Resources
4 Ways to Approach Design Trends – http://bit.ly/amCCDP
Is Your Artwork Ready for Print? – http://bit.ly/a2IDAS
7 Lessons Web Designers Can Learn from Print – http://bit.ly/aqH8G8
Principles of Icon Design – http://bit.ly/a2oX9f
Principles of Design – http://bit.ly/cF7P8p
Colorful & Subtle Drop Shadows In Photoshop – http://bit.ly/cYoAO3
Create Beautiful 3D Graphs and Charts in Illustrator – http://bit.ly/c6oeUi
The Principles of HTML Email Design – http://bit.ly/bS8grF
100 free web elements sets – http://bit.ly/dknEGV
100 Fantastically Free Business Fonts – http://bit.ly/cYExeS
35 Handwritten Fonts for Designers – http://bit.ly/ai3XjW
60+ Awesome New WordPress Themes – http://bit.ly/a9KsnE
Open Source Design
Make a Creative Suite with Free Open Source Software – http://bit.ly/b0vJv3
35 Outstanding GIMP Tutorials – http://bit.ly/cyEQC2
Roundup of Best GIMP Tips & Tutorial – http://bit.ly/cbcYTU
Make Eye Catching Designs with Inkscape – http://bit.ly/aClFpT
30 Creative Moleskines to Inspire You – http://bit.ly/aTyLXi
Freelance Designer Showcase: 18 Amazing illustrators – http://bit.ly/ciKfjQ
35+ Examples of Creative Collage Web Design – http://bit.ly/cHfJzq
50 Informative and Well-Designed Infographics – http://bit.ly/bgfbtp
June 23, 2010
Garrett Sussman is a much loved customer support rep for 99designs based out of our San Fransisco office. Chances are if you’ve contacted our support team you’ve probably
spoken with Garrett on occasion – He’s a great guy!
We’re not sure why, but Garrett decided to write and record a song about 99designs. We were going to keep it to ourselves, but in the end thought it was far too funny to hold back, so without further ado, here’s Garrett singing The 99 Song.
Garrett has threatened to do more songs for us. Question is, should we let him?
June 23, 2010
We are proud to announce that two members of the 99designs team (and one former team member) were instrumental in winning gold for Australia, in this year’s annual FullCodePress international website-in-a-day competition.
We want to send out a A HUGE congratulations to all of the teams who participated in this amazing event. While the Austrailian team, the Codaroos, were this year’s winners, the end result of this exercise is that three deserving non-profit organisations now each have an amazing website.
The team of six representing Australia included user experience advocate James Mansfield, developer Lachlan Donald and former 99designs employee Adam Schilling.
If you’re interested in reliving the magic, you can browse through images, video interviews, the twitter archive and screenshots showing the history of each site as it evolved.
June 18, 2010
Tomi Vinsek – Zagreb, Croatia
99designs handle: Lugosi
Projects entered: 408
Projects won: 43
How did you get started in design?
In my childhood I participated in creative and technical workshops as member of National Society of Technical Culture in the field of Product Prototype and Modeling – this was the start of my creative work and production. Even as young boy, I loved to sketch imaginative things. I was a big fan of Flash Gordon :D, and I was always curious in how others see things in imaginative and creative ways. I believe imagination is extremely valuable in creative process.
Back in the ’80s when I was about 10, I got into computer graphics – first in a BASIC language environment on ZX Spectrum 48K computer, and later on Atari. About 10 years ago I started collaborating at a local magazine – this was my first experience with prepress process and magazine drafting. I was so inspired – I loved using Indesign, Photoshop and CorelDraw. I started working on logos, magazine ad’s, brochures, wallpapers and CD covers, etc. for friends, online contests and local small businesses – this was the start of my freelance graphic design business. As my skill improved and my love for design grew higher each day- I decided to enroll into an Adobe Certification program at the local academy.
How do you get your design inspiration?
Inspiration is everywhere – comedy, drama, nature, people, animals, books, movies… everywhere. I mostly design at night. I love quiet atmosphere, coffee, low light…That’s how I got my nickname, Bela Lugosi was a famous Dracula actor in ‘30s.
What led you to start using 99designs.com?
I joined this community back when the contests were still in the Sitepoint forums and I must admit -the 99designs team has made great progress the last few years. Well done guys! At first I just wanted to improve my design skills and compete but I have also met new people from design world. 99designs has helped me a lot – I’ll never forget my first win here, wow, that was celebration!
Over time, this community became more and more valuable, and with respect I can say that 99designs gave me the opportunity to define my future. I mean it, really!
Two years ago I met Vjeko on 99designs.com – we found out that we live in the same town. We became online business partners and built our first web business and online portfolio. Today we own an award winning graphic design company here in Croatia – we are employed full time as Art Directors and Graphic Designers – we have built our own business with help of 99designs.com!
What are three things designers can do to have success at 99designs?
1. Design with love – the best designs are the ones that you yourself can be proud of! It is definitely not good to enter too many contests at once. Enter one or two – make the best design you can and wait for feedback. After 6 days, if you have the opportunity – make it awesome. Put 100% effort into a design project and the client will notice. Contest holders do care! Don’t think about money, think about the design, your portfolio, your own and the client’s satisfaction. The prize will come for sure!
2. Define your style – it is precious and will separate you from others. Think about the thousands of products out there and what it would be like if they were all are the same? People love to choose! Just lead them. Every product has its own buyer – it’s the same with design. Your design is your personality – combine that with the client’s feedback equals success.
3. Presentation of final work is very important! It’s good to show how the design will work in different applications and surfaces or in different versions. Sometimes presentation takes almost the same amount of time as designing the main concept – but it’s worth it. Not all people are imaginative and they love to see how the design will work for them.
What do you love most about being a designer?
Freedom of creativity, expressing my personality – I love when my work is seen by many people all over the world. Design is timeless and recognizable. I love to see how other perceive different shapes and colors. Design does not live in the designers head, design lives in the viewers eyes – show it to the people.