Globetroopers.com wanted unique design

It’s no surprise that Todd and Lauren Sullivan wanted to tap into some design that was ‘off the beaten path’ when they founded Globetrooper.com – a site that helps adventurous travelers create trips and invite people from all over the world to join them.

The team has run three design projects at 99designs.com so far and is always getting fantastic compliments on the results:

“We have been told by people that our site is the best looking site they’ve seen. Of course that’s subjective, but the fact it’s been said says something important about 99designs.”

Logo Design by Overprint

Globetrooper Logo

Business card Design by Reklawdesign

Globetrooper Business Card Design

Web Design by Pixelized

Globetrooper Web Design

These are just some of the truly unique designs from the AMAZING community of designers that makes 99designs.com the #1 marketplace for crowdsourced logo design, web design & more!

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Meet Kris Taft Miller aka KT Design, Inc. – just one of the designers who has helped make 99designs.com the #1 marketplace for crowdsourced logo design, web design, or any other design need!
Designer Profile: KT Designs, Inc. at 99designs.com

Designer Profile

Kris Taft Miller – Durham, NC USA
99designs handle: KT Design, Inc.
Projects entered: 65
Projects won: 13

How did you get started in design?

I graduated with a degree in elementary education but took a summer internship with Disney Animation where I re-discovered how much I loved graphic design and learned on the job from the pros. From there I spent 8 years at the studio in Florida and later Los Angeles before relocating to North Carolina with my husband and starting my own company as a freelancer.

YMCA Web Design

How do you get your inspiration for your web design?

I find I do a lot of designing in my head before I even get to the computer. When I am about to fall asleep especially, designs are running through my head. Once I get to the computer I work organically and just try lots of different things to see how they look. I love designing things that are out of the box, colorful and fun.

Maitely Weismann Web Design

What led you to start using 99designs.com?

I stumbled on 99designs last year after returning from maternity leave and actually having a few spare moments to get caught up on the design world. I loved it immediately, the challenge and “game” of it all is a new element to work I already love doing. I also love the community of designers – getting inspired by those around you and their work.

Budi Bar Web Design

What is the most important thing designers can do to have success at 99designs?

I would say to really listen to the client, just like any other design project. Make the extra effort to reach out to the clients – try to accommodate their specific needs and give them something unique.

A Princess For You web design

What do you love most about being a designer?

I love the artistic element, the feeling of creating something from scratch. I love when my 2 year old comes in my office and asks me to show him what I ‘made’ today.

International Relief Teams Web Design

What tips would you give to clients running design projects on 99designs?

Be clear in your brief, give as many specifics as you can, including dimensions, file format, and as much detail as you can about what you are looking for. Designers will give you lots of options but they don’t want to feel like they are going in circles and designing blindly.

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We want to send out a HUGE thank you to everyone who voted 99designs.com the Best Web Service & Application of the year in the Webby People’s Voice Awards!

As promised – we shot this video of the team celebrating. This video is for the entire 99designs community – the Webby People’s Voice Award is YOUR win!

Cheers!

Thanks for making 99designs.com the #1 marketplace for crowdsourced logo design, web design, and other graphic design projects.

Breaking the Rules | Beforethecoffee Breaking the Rules

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

Entrepreneur

Five Tips For Making Ideas Happen – http://bit.ly/c7QDVe

6 Tips for Developing a Memorable Slogan – http://bit.ly/cIaopz

How to Find the Perfect Domain Name – http://bit.ly/9ZQIhC

33 Blogs To Make You Social Media And Marketing Guru – http://bit.ly/cnN0MD

35 Great Social Media Infographics – http://bit.ly/9WNvDI

The Art and Science of Understanding Users – http://bit.ly/aJxpLl

Important Elements to Consider at Developing SEO Strategy – http://bit.ly/dteoMS

Why Page Weight Could Wreck Your SEO Efforts – http://bit.ly/cfp6Ya

Tips to Improve E-commerce Shopping Cart Abandonment – http://bit.ly/cFnen0

10 Steps To A More Usable Ecommerce Website – http://bit.ly/aAV5JX

Gathering Variables for Split Testing  - http://bit.ly/d5jD0q

10 Tips to Make a Virtual Team Feel Close – http://bit.ly/aZeO6m

Web Design

Learn Web Design: Educational Resources for Beginners – http://bit.ly/bkdiDR

Web Design Trends for 2010 – http://bit.ly/9Jjq8m

How Educate Your Client On Web Development – http://bit.ly/aCGCyT

5 Principles for Effective Web Design – http://bit.ly/9x8cj2

Should Web Design be Timeless or Trendy? – http://bit.ly/9gW136

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About HTML5 – http://bit.ly/dgyS3P

Ultimate Collection of HTML5 and CSS3 Resources – http://bit.ly/cFaNIb

12 Elegant, Free & High Quality HTML5+CSS3 Templates – http://bit.ly/cwbxW3

Best User Interface Design Resources –             http://bit.ly/broeQG

MockFlow: Online Wireframing – http://bit.ly/aCAFmV

Empathizing Color Psychology in Web Design – http://bit.ly/9pHvfO

5 Reasons Landing Pages are More Valuable than Homepages – http://bit.ly/bNKfwc

10 Steps To A More Usable Ecommerce Website – http://bit.ly/aAV5JX

Gathering Variables for Split Testing  - http://bit.ly/d5jD0q

Measuring your Success as a Webdesigner – http://bit.ly/cZT4EM

60 Web Design Photoshop Layout Tutorials From 2010 – http://bit.ly/9B8r5K

9 Causes of Web Page Obesity – http://bit.ly/dg22wW

How to Calibrate Color for the Web – http://bit.ly/bVu99b

Designing For A Hierarchy Of Needs – http://bit.ly/91R5Dp

Designing Without Gradients – http://bit.ly/asH2ww

Enhance The User Regristration Process – http://bit.ly/b0oSg8

Logo Design

7 Awesome Rules for Designing a Perfect Logo – http://bit.ly/9USmCb

Fundamentals Of Logo Design – http://bit.ly/bXurcI

Fundamentals Of Logo Design Part 2- http://bit.ly/agkds6

Fundamentals Of Logo Design Part 3 – http://bit.ly/9rrIaD

Logo Design Q&A – http://bit.ly/cxFROJ

Logo Identity Guideline Template – http://bit.ly/bLOwNE

2010 Logo Design Trends – http://bit.ly/d7j1CY

SEO

Important Elements to Consider at Developing SEO Strategy – http://bit.ly/dteoMS

130+ Free SEO Web Tools and Search Engine Optimization – http://bit.ly/9G1xxW

Why Page Weight Could Wreck Your SEO Efforts – http://bit.ly/cfp6Ya

9 Causes of Web Page Obesity – http://bit.ly/dg22wW

Freelance Designer Tips & Resources

The Designer Who Delivers – http://bit.ly/bG9vN2

What I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Freelancing – http://bit.ly/bdql24

How To Build Your Reputation And Authority As A Designer – http://bit.ly/cG4TmS

Freelance Contract Basics-Part 1 – http://bit.ly/bOFjb6

Freelance Contract Basics-Part 2 – http://bit.ly/aF3sjB

3 Simple Steps to Get Clients to Call You – http://bit.ly/aj6Tah

9 Ways Not To Get Hired – http://bit.ly/bI905Y

Templates And PSDs To Ease Daily Workflow – http://bit.ly/aloMT9

The Good, Bad And Ugly Of The Web Design Industry – http://bit.ly/9txZnP

Five Tips For Making Ideas Happen – http://bit.ly/c7QDVe

The Design Process – http://bit.ly/9sAO8S

Typography

Serif Fonts and Their Peculiarities – http://bit.ly/cRxpcJ

Periodic Table of Typefaces – http://bit.ly/axvzTc

So You Need a Typeface: Infographic – http://bit.ly/aTRi5B

Beginners Guide to OpenType – http://bit.ly/a5l9bQ

Infographic Design

How To Create Outstanding Modern Infographics – http://bit.ly/9nAgN4

Examples of the Infographic Trend – http://bit.ly/bs8nHT

35 Great Social Media Infographics – http://bit.ly/9WNvDI

14 Visually Stunning Animated Infographics – http://bit.ly/d5jrbK

Design Inspiration

74 Simply Stunning Line Art Logos For Inspiration – http://bit.ly/b2jCwu

50 Inspiring Logos you Have to See – http://bit.ly/ax5WPZ

30 Logo Designs with Creative Use of Negative Space – http://bit.ly/bsNceP

44 Awesome Business Card Designs that Will Inspire You – http://bit.ly/c2e2vy

25 Ultra Modern Websites Using HTML5 – http://bit.ly/al7BEd

Examples of the Infographic Trend – http://bit.ly/bs8nHT

35 Great Social Media Infographics – http://bit.ly/9WNvDI

14 Visually Stunning Animated Infographics – http://bit.ly/d5jrbK

30 Amazing Typographic Movie Poster Designs – http://bit.ly/caS8tY

30 Incredible Epic Movie Posters & Related Trends – http://bit.ly/a3NaqG

High Speed Photography : Frozen in Time – http://bit.ly/aiyXRy

40 Creative Guerrilla and Ambient Advertising Campaigns – http://bit.ly/9DveYj

Creative and Beautiful Package Designs – http://bit.ly/96WK7J

Miscellaneous Design Resources

The Ultimate Guide to Twitter Theme Design – http://bit.ly/9cJA7y

30 articles & tutorials to improve your icon design skills – http://bit.ly/cj1Hll

Getting Started with Banner Advertisements – http://bit.ly/d4Iva9

35 Print Design Tutorials – http://bit.ly/dwBQG6

Important Blog Design Elements – http://bit.ly/bepca0

How To Design A Better Blog? Break Down The Rules – http://bit.ly/9LFC7S

24 High Quality Adobe Photoshop Text Effect Tutorials – http://bit.ly/9UJ6mF

10 Fresh Adobe Illustrator Tutorials For Beginners – http://bit.ly/91nz3X

10 Beautiful Business Card Design Tutorials – http://bit.ly/dcy0ow

30 of the Best Websites for Online Photo Editing – http://bit.ly/cTt5EV

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Designers – Looking for a fun project that benefits a great cause?

City of Hope – an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases, is running a poster design project at 99designs.com for its long running Nashville Celebrity Softball Challenge.

Celebrating its 20th year, the event helps raise funds and awareness for City of Hope’s lifesaving mission.

Read the brief

Here is one of the early entrants:

Poster Design by 412ink

Poster Design by 412ink

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99designs.com Wins a Webby!

Thank You 99designs Community – We Won a Webby!

WooHoo! We want to send out a huge THANK YOU to the community for voting 99designs.com the Best Web Service & Application of the year in the Webby People’s Voice Awards.

To claim this prestigious honor we had to beat TWO amazing companies – Dropbox & Tumblr – each of which has millions of passionate users!

Thanks to YOU – 99designs has proven to have the most passionate community of all.

Singing in the Streets

As we promised the entire team at 99designs will march down the street signing Queen’s We Are The Champions and post the video to YouTube for your viewing pleasure – Stay Tuned!

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99designs Nominated for a Webby Award

We have truly exciting news – 99designs.com has been nominated for a Webby Award!

Help 99designs Win in Two Simple Steps

1. Sign up

2. Vote for 99designs Here

For those of you unfamiliar with the Webby Awards… it’s the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet – hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by the New York Times.

This is testament to the fantastic community here at 99designs and a tremendous opportunity for high profile exposure which leads to:

  • More people visiting the site
  • Launching projects
  • Buying logos
  • And therefore – MORE OPPORTUNITY all around!

99designs has been nominated in the Web Services & Applications category and we are up against some companies like Dropbox and Tumblr – but we know we have the best community around!

BIG THANKS to everyone here for making this possible!

Cheers,
The 99designs Team

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Top 50 Search Terms for Logo Store
March was another record month at 99designs.com!

Here are some notable accomplishments:

  • 2,445 design projects held this month
  • Over $704,987 paid out to the design community
  • Over 40,000 design projects completed to date

ALSO – We launched the new Ready-made Logo Store!

The logo store is off and running and the logos are selling like hot cakes! We want to thank everyone who has helped get the logo store off to such a great start – there’s now over 5,000 logos available for sale!

Logo Store Trends

***Designers – want some insight in to what logo store customers are looking for… the word cloud above is the top 50 search terms so far.

Interested in submitting a design for sale? Find out everything you need to know to sell your logo designs here.

So – here’s to another record month and opportunity for all!

Cheers,
The 99designs Team

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Annual Design AwardsA few months ago we told you that 99designs.com is a proud sponsor of the Annual Design Awards.

The awards are now just 1 month away!

  • Entries will only be accepted until April 22, 2010

The idea behind the awards is to uncover and celebrate amazing design talent all across the world and that’s what 99designs is all about!

Award winners will be featured in numerous magazines and blogs, reach over 1 million designers, and have their work judged by some of the best designers in the world – pretty cool huh?

It’s a great way to get recognition for your talents. See a list of all the benefits of entering the Annual Design Awards.

**Special offer for the 99designs community**

Use the promotional code: 99DSGNOFF – to get 30% off the entry fee.

ENTER THE AWARDS HERE

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Over 4,000 Logo Designs at Your Fingertips

Ready-made Logo Store from 99designs.com

We are very proud to announce the 99designs.com Ready-made Logo Store is now open for business!

http://99designs.com/logo-design/store/

A month ago we invited some of the best designers in the 99designs community to “stock the shelves” of our new logo store and BOY- what a response. We now have over 4,000 high quality logos ready to be purchased and customized for just $99.

Here’s How it Works

  • Browse or search our catalogue of logos and choose your favorite
  • Go for a non-exclusive license for $99, or purchase the logo exclusively for $298
  • The original designer will customize the logo with your business name
  • 24 hours later its all YOURS!

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!

Designers

We are especially happy to make the logo store a reality and bring a whole new world of opportunity to you – it has been #2 most requested addition from the design community on our UserVoice forum for months. Your response has been absolutely fantastic – THANK YOU!

Interested in submitting a design for sale? Find out everything you need to know to sell your logo designs here.

Please let us know what you think?

Cheers,
The 99designs Team

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