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Just a quick FYI to everyone…

We are migrating the blog and giving it a snazzy new look.

The comments have been disabled for the time being – but we will get everything back to normal very soon.

Stay tuned!

The Top Designers at 99designs in July 2010

We’re kicking off a new monthly contest for the community – every month we will showcase the 9 designers who have won the most projects for that month – The “Top 9 at 99.”

The community will then vote for that month’s “Top Designer” who will win a fantastic prize.

This month’s prize… an Apple iPad!

Here are the Top Designers for July (from top to bottom, left to right in no particular order):

Vote for your favorite designer here!

**Voting will be open until Tuesday, August 10th 5:00pm PT.

Terms & Conditions

  • 99designs will giveaway 1 iPad to the designer who receives the most votes.
  • You may only vote once
  • The prize is a 16GB WiFi Only Apple iPad. If you are selected as one of the winners and we cannot get you the iPad for any reason, we may choose to pay you the cash equivalent of $499 USD

 

“Everybody loves choice until you have to choose… and that’s where friends come in”

An ancient proverb that I just made up

 

One of the best things about 99designs is having so many great designs to choose from… BUT choice necessitates a decision – and decisions can sometimes be hard!

That’s why we’ve introduced a new voting feature that allows you to easily create a poll so you can get your friends, colleagues, social networks or even the twitterverse to help you choose the best design from your project.

Creating a poll is easy!

1. Click the “Invite friends to Vote” button on your main project page
Click the Invite Friends to Vote Button

2. Choose up to 8 designs you’d like your friends to vote on

Choose Your Designs

3. Share the poll with your friends

Share this poll with your friends

That’s it – simple huh.

The best news is… you can create as many polls as you’d like so you can share one with your colleagues over email and invite your Facebook friends to another – the sky’s the limit!

And you don’t even have to wait until the project has ended to create a poll – you can run a poll at anytime durning the project and even use it to help generate feedback to give to the designers!

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Opportunity Knocks at 99designs.com
Calling all Designers – at the time of this writing there are 682 open design projects listed at 99designs.com with OVER $223,000 up for grabs.

That’s a lot of opportunity!

Let’s take a closer look…

Logo Design –over 400 logo design opportunities
Web Design – over 120 web design opportunities
WordPress Design – 23 WordPress design opportunities
Print design – 37 print design opportunities
T-Shirt Design – 13 T-Shirt design opportunities

And there’s lot’s more so – Find your opportunity today!

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Make Your Downloads Count at Fotolia

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

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Webby Award - Free Contest Listing Day Celebration
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.

http://99designs.com/go/free_contestday

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!

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.

Enjoy!

Garrett has threatened to do more songs for us. Question is, should we let him?

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