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!

Quick Tips
A roundup of tips and resources for entrepreneurs & designers that 99designs.com recently shared via twitter @99designs.

Entrepreneur

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

Freelance Design

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

Logo Design

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

Web Design

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

Typography

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

Design Inspiration

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

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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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The Webby Award Gala is over – 99designs picked up its award, gave its speech and even managed to raise $6,000 for charity in the process (thanks Fotolia)!

Check out these great pictures:

Mark, Matt and Jason S.H. accept the Webby

Mark, Matt and Jason S.H. accept the Webby


Mark and Matt with Vint Cerf

Mark and Matt with Vint Cerf, Father of the Internet


Mark and Tameyr with Buzz Aldrin

Mark and Tameyr with Buzz Aldrin, 2nd man on the moon

Thanks again for voting for 99designs!

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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.

The Codaroos: FullCodePress champions for 2010

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.

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