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

Entrepreneur

How to Harness Your Creativity to Solve Problems – http://bit.ly/bCUpIR

How To Engage Customers In Your E-Commerce Website – http://bit.ly/dpq0Pb

7 Steps to Stellar Solopreneurship – http://bit.ly/cZynKf

How To Make The Right Keyword Analysis For Your Website – http://bit.ly/db7y4a

Dealing with trademark, copyright and Legal issues – http://bit.ly/aQV8xD

General Design

Be Inspired or Copy: What’s the difference? – http://bit.ly/d9se3v

How sketching will take your design process to the next level – http://bit.ly/d1E5Df

The No. 1 Habit of Highly Creative People – http://bit.ly/dg4VdM

The Process Behind Good Illustration (Part 1) – http://bit.ly/cFbBLZ

The Process Behind Good Illustration (Part 2) – http://bit.ly/bR0vTl

The Process Behind Good Illustration (Part 3) – http://bit.ly/cFbBLZ

Learn Photo Editing: Tutorials for Designers  – http://bit.ly/bjhQ9y

21 Fresh and Excellent Photoshop Tutorials – http://bit.ly/a4Rrwo

6 Ways to use a seamless pattern in Photshop and Illustrator – http://bit.ly/9INcwC

Quickly convert CMYK to Pantone – http://bit.ly/c6D0Py

Harmony In Design – http://bit.ly/9HVHNj

Harmony in Design (part 2) – http://bit.ly/cdeyLJ

40 High Quality Adobe Illustrator Character Tutorials – http://bit.ly/cMUBBS

Excellent Poster Design Tutorials – http://bit.ly/dciw4M

20 Nice Tutorials for Designing T-Shirts – http://bit.ly/cfgnMI

Freelance Design

7 Habits as a Freelancer You Need to Ditch – http://bit.ly/axHaGt

How To Create Multiple Income Streams – http://bit.ly/cPKO5h

Why it’s Important to Be Professional as a Freelancer – http://bit.ly/9nvqiq

The Makeup of a Designer – http://bit.ly/ahbUEN

How to Upsize Your Next Project – http://bit.ly/cSZLsg

Logo Design

Brilliant Tips and Guidelines for Professional Logo Design – http://bit.ly/8YioHO

25 iconic corporate logo tutorials to challenge your skills – http://bit.ly/diWu0Q

Web Design

Web Design: Redesign vs. Realign – http://bit.ly/9lJSKV

Modern Element Trends In Minimal Webdesign of 2010 – http://bit.ly/a3BAQD

50 Powerful Time-Savers For Web Designers – http://bit.ly/a5FVwg

Five Tips For Designing Eye-catching Tables For Your Site – http://bit.ly/cPSQAB

9 Usability And UX Pitfalls, And How To Avoid Them – http://bit.ly/bbJWVK

How To Control Flow Within Your Web Designs – http://bit.ly/97xIIk

7 Most Useful HTML5 Video Integrating Tools – http://bit.ly/bc79PY

Speed Optimization Tips For Your Website – http://bit.ly/9vvRMJ

Typography

HOW TO : Make Your Web Typography Better – http://bit.ly/dzwan2

The Beauty Of Typography: Writing Systems of the World – http://bit.ly/aSwH2w

The Beauty Of Typography (Part 2) – http://bit.ly/ciDlPd

Inspiration

Understanding inspiration – http://bit.ly/cSA1P9

35 Beautiful Examples of Creative Collage for Your Inspiration – http://bit.ly/cHfJzq

How to seek inspiration from Leonardo da Vinci – http://bit.ly/9Kr2IV

Top 20 Logos with Hidden Meanings – http://bit.ly/9EtrvK

Design Resources

Top Sites To Download Free High Quality Photoshop Brushes – http://bit.ly/dehS5M

Top Free Online Tools for Designers – http://bit.ly/d77z7a

8 Free Stylish Fonts From Typographers On Behance – http://bit.ly/ae9TWz

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Never Get a "Real" Job Web Design Project at 99designs
Young entrepreneur guru Scott Gerber is running a WordPress design project for a new site (NeverGetaRealJob.com) to support the impending release of his upcoming book –Never Get a “Real” Job.

No doubt the book is chock full of helpful resources for entrepreneurs – and we’re all about that!

The project is offering $1,200.

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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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Branding a Startup with 99designs.com

Here is a brief conversation I had with Dharmesh Shah, co-founder of HubSpot and OnStartups, about the benefits of using 99designs.com to help solve the problem of early branding for startups.

What brought you to 99designs.com

What brought me to 99designs is that I was pissed off at Logoworks. This is my 3rd startup and I am an investor in 9 other startups – and the early branding of a startup is always a problem. I used to go to Logoworks because it had a fixed price and I liked the workflow, but the last 4 projects I had run – the creativity involved in the early mockups was just not there. I just didn’t like the stuff that came out of the process.

I was like – well this kinda sucks… I want more creative input into this thing – so that’s what I was trying to do. I just want more creative ideas – so I found 99designs.

How has your experience been with 99designs?

It went really well. What’s interesting is that there’s good news and bad news. I had lot’s of submissions – almost too many submissions. But the great news is that you filter through those and there was stuff that I could play off of.

It was like…well that’s creative, that’s something I could not have pulled off on my own… and that’s something that a single individual even if I hired them at 20x the price I would have no guarantee that the actual outcome would have been anywhere near the same.

That’s the power of crowdsourcing – it works for that kind of a problem.

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