Our friends at Yola are at it again! They have come back to 99designs.com to get some really cool web templates created.

Yola’s last web design project at 99designs was a smashing success – they awarded 34 WINNERS!

This time, Yola expects to award anywhere between 20-30 WINNERS – so this is another great opportunity.

Each winner will be paid $250.

***Please read the brief here***

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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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Designer Profile: Jude Fernando

Designer Profile

Jude Fernando – Philippines
99designs handle: Fernando’s design
Projects entered: 126
Projects won: 29

How did you get started in web design?

I got my start in design a long time ago, 1995 to be exact. It was not in web design, but in Architectural design. Yes, that was my foundation and my five years in architecture school developed my aesthetic sensibilities.

However, architectural practice in the real world didn’t work out for me. It was not my cup of tea – I discovered that creativity in the world of cement and steel was limited by so many factors. I started looking into other creative outlets such as traditional art and sculpture. All this was until the day I discovered Photoshop…

I was so amazed by the capabilities of the software, that I started spending all my waking hours messing around with it. I tried my hand at some personal websites for friends and poster designs for local events. I realized that this was something I could get good at after much encouragement and appreciation from my friends, family and early clients. This was also the time when websites were not cool and pretty to look at and there was definitely no web2.0 and glossy, shiny interfaces! There was and is so much potential on the web!

Web Design

How do you get your inspiration?

My initial inspiration is always the client. A good brief inspires me and gets me thinking about the possibilities. I also spend some time every single day just browsing the web, looking at great designs, seeing the work of other designers. The more you appreciate the work of others the more you grow in your own work. Most of my ideas come to me at night – when the world is asleep. A calm mind and quiet surroundings inspire a lot of thought. I never rush into a design.

Web Design

What led you to start using 99designs.com?

Unlike many here, I discovered 99designs quite late. I was randomly browsing through a popular web design forum when I came across a discussion about contests. The whole concept of crowdsourcing was new to me and I was curious enough about 99designs to give it a try.

I was hooked immediately – each and every contest gave me a rush but I was also depressed when I didn’t win. I am sure all of you designers here have felt the same. After 126 contests its still a rush and I have learned to deal with losing :)

99designs has been invaluable in providing me with a lot more opportunity than what I had before. Every contest is a learning experience and I have built relationships with more than a few regular clients though this site. I have improved a lot since I first started here – much of which is due to the concept of this site. Being able to compare ones work with the work of other designers gives you great insight into what you need to improve on. Without this constant interaction with other designers through the contest environment, I would still be stuck where I was a year ago.

Web Design

What are three things designers can do to have success at 99designs?

  1. Understand the brief. This is the the most important aspect of any contest, yet is more often than not the most overlooked. I don’t mean just read the brief, but actually understand what the contest holder wants. Read it carefully, take the time, don’t rush things.
  2. Think like the client. Put yourself in the clients position and think about what you would want if you were the client. What would be most important to you? Sometimes I even think about where the client lives and the acceptable current design practices in that country or that city. For example Scandinavia has a minimalist, functional and ultra modern design language, whereas Miami beach is about being eclectic, colorful and a little over the top.
  3. Offer something unique with your entry. Everyone likes to be surprised and clients remember unique designs. If two designs follow the brief to the letter and both designs have excellent technique, it’s likely the design that offers something unique or something extra will win. Remember, think like the client. Every client wants their website to standout from the crowd.

Web Design

What do you love most about being a designer?

Creative freedom is what I love the most. Each new project is a creative outlet and a challenge in itself. Each project brings something different. Not having to do the same thing every day for years is what I love most about being a designer.

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Tips to help you Learn
A roundup of tips and resources for designers that 99designs.com recently shared via twitter @99designs.

Design Essentials

The Value of Good Design – http://bit.ly/d27o7a

So You Call Yourself A Designer? – http://bit.ly/djOWrJ

Five Ways to Build Your Skills Through Freelancing – http://bit.ly/cW2MMr

How to avoid your Creativity Burnout – http://bit.ly/aWO55z

Reasons Designers Fail to Remain Motivated – http://bit.ly/b0aD80

Maintaining Existing Clients – http://bit.ly/9lKUU6

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

Logo Design & Branding

What’s Brand? – http://bit.ly/dlTq51

15 Fresh Logo Design Processes That Teach Volumes – http://bit.ly/bogE5I

5 Branding Basics Every Logo Designer Should Know – http://bit.ly/5qgWOo

Web Design

Your New WordPress Website Step By Step. Beginner’s Guide – http://bit.ly/dhzsgl

Taking Small Steps for a Better Website – http://bit.ly/cV5uww

How to Critique Web Design – http://bit.ly/9pgeF6

40 Useful Tools for Web Designers – http://bit.ly/9N3Qa7

12 Tips for a More Accessible Website – http://bit.ly/9D3igC

The Art Of The Web Background – http://bit.ly/bvjG9x

Tips For Calling Visitors To Action – http://bit.ly/923eFQ

Typography

The Philosophy of Typography – http://bit.ly/bIHTpR

60 Breathtaking Examples Of Beautiful Typography – http://bit.ly/bEkEtz

Infographics

InfoGraphic Designs: Overview, Examples and Best Practices – http://bit.ly/avnwZd

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

Design Tools & Basics

The Icon Designer’s Toolkit – http://bit.ly/8YFZGm

Free Graphics and Audio Editor: Aviary – http://bit.ly/bogE5I

Adobe Illustrator: All the Basics – http://bit.ly/cTpIGJ

Content Aware Fill In Photoshop CS5 – http://bit.ly/bpOLZ3

20 Free Fonts for Fresh Corporate Designs – http://bit.ly/aG3HBm

40 Fresh New High Quality Icon Sets – http://bit.ly/9Mf74z

The Total Newbie’s Guide to jQuery – http://bit.ly/9QsFmh

Design Essentials 2: Originality – http://bit.ly/axwNLb

Techniques for Squeezing Images for All They’re Worth – http://bit.ly/cMEzRr

The Total Newbie’s Guide to jQuery – http://bit.ly/9QsFmh

Code a Modern Design Studio from PSD to HTML – http://bit.ly/cR1tC2

Design Inspiration

The Drawings of Leonardo da Vinci – http://bit.ly/bEVxbJ

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

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

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

44 Awesome Business Card Designs – http://bit.ly/c2e2vy

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

30 Blog Designs with Killer Typography – http://bit.ly/d9crkS

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

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

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