The Creative Entrepreneur

Design inspiration and tips to help you grow your business

Festive holiday card designs for your viewing pleasure

What comes to mind when you design a card for the holidays? We recently ran a contest on 99designs asking for a modern, light-hearted holiday card design that we could mail to some of our most valued customers for the holidays. Designers flooded in with a wintry mix of stars, snowflakes, Santa hats and holiday decor that we... Read More

December 19th By

Tim Ferriss on how to build your business’ brand

A few weeks ago we asked you to share all the branding questions you’ve ever wanted to ask author, investor, public speaker, and entrepreneur Tim Ferriss. Tim Ferriss’ book, The 4-Hour Workweek, was translated into 35 languages and has sold more than 1,350,000 copies worldwide. Since then, Tim has been able to build this out into a... Read More

December 16th By

Nominate your favorite nonprofit in our annual 12 Days of Design!

In case you missed it, our 12 Days of Design campaign,where anyone can nominate their favorite nonprofit for free graphic design, is already a few days underway. With over 70 nominees and six nonprofits awarded so far, we’d like to thank everyone who has nominated an organization and encourage others to do the same! Submit... Read More

December 12th By

Cast your vote in November’s Top 9 at 99!

December is here and it brings with it November’s Top 9 at 99! We’ve selected our favorite designs submitted on 99designs over the past month and need your help in crowning a winner. This month’s nominees feature everything from sleek party invites and high tech startup logos to children’s illustrations and wine bottle decor. Have a... Read More

December 8th By

Billboard design goes interactive

Billboards. We pass them every day on the nation’s highways and boulevards, and we accept them as commonplace and static elements of the global advertising environment. With only seconds to capture a driver’s attention and convey a message, billboard design demands the utmost in brevity, impact, and urgency. Lately, however, there’s been something of a... Read More

December 5th By

99nonprofits’ 12 Days of Design kicks off today

From day one, 99designs has been part of a vibrant global community of clients and designers all around the world and remains passionate about giving back to these diverse communities. Through 99nonprofits (now with a new home!), we help nonprofits succeed by giving away free design contests every month – supporting marketing efforts for organizations... Read More

December 2nd By

99designs partners with Eventbrite to create holiday event banners!

The holidays are here, and we’ve teamed up with Eventbrite to offer some festive event banners for all of your holiday festivities! Eventbrite recently hosted a contest on 99designs for event covers to be used when you create an event invitation on Eventbrite. Check out the winners and runner up designs below – then scroll... Read More

November 25th By

The psychology of color in web design

Color is powerful. It influences not only how people feel, but what they do. The psychology of color can help strengthen your brand, encourage sales, and even guide visitors toward specific pages or actions on your website. Studies show that people decide whether or not they like a product in 90 seconds or less and... Read More

November 21st By

Entrepreneur Stephan Aarstol talks business and his stint on Shark Tank

Web entrepreneur and 99designs customer Stephan Aarstol was looking for another business to immerse himself into when he discovered the sport of stand up paddle boarding – and the incredible business opportunity it offered. So incredible in fact, that it compelled the producers of ABC’s Shark Tank to invite him to pitch his idea to the sharks. Read... Read More

November 18th By

6 tips for bringing your holiday greeting cards to life

Last week we published an infographic on the kinds of festive greetings small businesses send out during the holiday season. We’ve since put together a post on holiday greeting card design tips, so read up and get ready to spread some holiday cheer! A seasonal greeting card is a great way to promote your brand, connect with consumers,... Read More

November 13th By