Designer Resource Center

Designer Resource Center
Here at the 99designs' Designer Resource Center, you'll find all the tips, tools and inspiration you need to create amazing designs!
Designer Resource Center

Getting started on 99designs

Find answers to the frequently asked questions we hear from designers new to 99designs.

What are Designer Levels?
How can I make the most of my 99designs portfolio?
How can I win more contests?
Brand guide

The brand guide is a new offering at 99designs. We show you how to create an awesome brand guide that will wow your client.

Find out more

A great online portfolio will bring you more work. Learn how to effectively showcase your best work and be easily discovered by 99designs clients.

Profile yourself

That top prize is up for grabs. And you want it. Learn how to pick the right contests and work better with your clients so you take home the gold.

Start winning

What are Designer Levels?
 
Brand guide

The brand guide is a new offering at 99designs. We show you how to create an awesome brand guide that will wow your client.

Find out more

How can I make the most of my 99designs portfolio?
 

A great online portfolio will bring you more work. Learn how to effectively showcase your best work and be easily discovered by 99designs clients.

Profile yourself

How can I win more contests?
 

That top prize is up for grabs. And you want it. Learn how to pick the right contests and work better with your clients so you take home the gold.

Start winning

How can I get follow-on work?
Introduce 1-to-1 Projects to your clients
Learn about 99designs' quality standards
Business card design
Social media cover design
Stationery design

You’ve won the contest, but you want more work! Here’s how to use the tools at 99designs to create a steady flow of projects from your clients.

Get great gigs

Just because a contest is over doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! Build a hands-on relationship with clients so you get regular paid projects.

Collaborate with clients

We’re a professional marketplace that expects professional design work. Learn more about how we assess our designer community.

Learn more

How can I get follow-on work?
 
Business card design

You’ve won the contest, but you want more work! Here’s how to use the tools at 99designs to create a steady flow of projects from your clients.

Get great gigs

Introduce 1-to-1 Projects to your clients
 
Social media cover design

Just because a contest is over doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! Build a hands-on relationship with clients so you get regular paid projects.

Collaborate with clients

Learn about 99designs' quality standards
 
Stationery design

We’re a professional marketplace that expects professional design work. Learn more about how we assess our designer community.

Learn more

The freelancer toolkit

We’ve put together everything you need to market yourself, build your business, earn more on 99designs and communicate with clients.

Build your designer brand
Market your work
Manage your business
Interior book design
Book cover design
eBook cover design

Nothing beats a good first impression. We’ll show you how to create a memorable brand identity that expresses your unique design style.

Learn more

To launch your career, you’ll need to tell the world exactly who you are and what you do. Here’s how to refine your marketing and focus on what matters.

Spread the word

Bookkeeping. Taxes. Juggling clients. Freelancing comes with a lot of challenges—but nothing you can’t overcome.

Start managing

Build your designer brand
 
Interior book design

Nothing beats a good first impression. We’ll show you how to create a memorable brand identity that expresses your unique design style.

Learn more

Market your work
 
Book cover design

To launch your career, you’ll need to tell the world exactly who you are and what you do. Here’s how to refine your marketing and focus on what matters.

Spread the word

Manage your business
 
eBook cover design

Bookkeeping. Taxes. Juggling clients. Freelancing comes with a lot of challenges—but nothing you can’t overcome.

Start managing

Organize your work
Set fees & expectations
Improve client communication

Creativity can be messy. Clear away the unnecessary clutter so you can be efficient, work better, and make your clients super happy.

Cut the clutter

Great projects start here. Make sure you and your client are on the same page—about everything—and you’ll both be happy.

Set expectations

Design is all about collaboration, which means communication is key. Here’s how to navigate negotiations, design feedback and more.

Communicate better

Organize your work
 

Creativity can be messy. Clear away the unnecessary clutter so you can be efficient, work better, and make your clients super happy.

Cut the clutter

Set fees & expectations
 

Great projects start here. Make sure you and your client are on the same page—about everything—and you’ll both be happy.

Set expectations

Improve client communication
 

Design is all about collaboration, which means communication is key. Here’s how to navigate negotiations, design feedback and more.

Communicate better

Designer resources

99designs offers a variety of resources for our designer community.

99designs blog
Discover
Designer Forum
Product packaging design

The 99designs blog offers daily content covering everything from freelancing tips to design trends and inspiration.

Start reading

Browse our community’s top talent. New designs are featured every day!

Be inspired

Connect with creatives, get peer feedback on your work and chat with 99designs staff.

Join the conversation

99designs blog
 
Product packaging design

The 99designs blog offers daily content covering everything from freelancing tips to design trends and inspiration.

Start reading

Discover
 

Browse our community’s top talent. New designs are featured every day!

Be inspired

Designer Forum
 

Connect with creatives, get peer feedback on your work and chat with 99designs staff.

Join the conversation

Stock image resources
Design tutorials
3 free months of Skillshare

Learn everything you need to know about stock images, where to find them, and how to use them properly and creatively.

Stock me up

Brush up your design skills with our blog’s collection of tutorials, webinars and practice tips to achieve your best work yet!

Practice makes perfect

Get a free 3-month Skillshare Premium Membership to get you on your way to becoming the better designer you know you can be!

Hook me up!

Stock image resources
 

Learn everything you need to know about stock images, where to find them, and how to use them properly and creatively.

Stock me up

Design tutorials
 

Brush up your design skills with our blog’s collection of tutorials, webinars and practice tips to achieve your best work yet!

Practice makes perfect

3 free months of Skillshare
 

Get a free 3-month Skillshare Premium Membership to get you on your way to becoming the better designer you know you can be!

Hook me up!

Top Level Opportunities
 
 
 
 

As the best of the best, Top Level designers can help support 99designs’ creative community in all sorts of ways.

Get involved

   
   
Top Level Opportunities
 

As the best of the best, Top Level designers can help support 99designs’ creative community in all sorts of ways.

Get involved

         
         

Designer spotlight

We love celebrating our designer community. Showcasing talent has never looked this good!

2018 99awards
2017 99awards
2016 99awards

We’re proud to present the best-of-the-best from our top designers. Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 99awards!

See the nominees

Creativity like we’ve never seen before. We’re proud to present the talented winners of the 2017 99designs Awards!

See the nominees

It's our privilege to announce the winners of the first-ever 99awards!

See the nominees

2018 99awards
 

We’re proud to present the best-of-the-best from our top designers. Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 99awards!

See the nominees

2017 99awards
 

Creativity like we’ve never seen before. We’re proud to present the talented winners of the 2017 99designs Awards!

See the nominees

2016 99awards
 

It's our privilege to announce the winners of the first-ever 99awards!

See the nominees

Inspiring wallpapers for desktop and mobile
Top 9 at 99
Designer interviews

Download 15 gorgeous wallpapers created exclusively by our 99designs community.

Browse now

Each month, we honor the top nine designs from our community and have you vote for the best one.

Read more

Check out our collection of designer interviews and get inspired by their stories that shape them into who they are today.

Get to know our community

Inspiring wallpapers for desktop and mobile
 

Download 15 gorgeous wallpapers created exclusively by our 99designs community.

Browse now

Top 9 at 99
 

Each month, we honor the top nine designs from our community and have you vote for the best one.

Read more

Designer interviews
 

Check out our collection of designer interviews and get inspired by their stories that shape them into who they are today.

Get to know our community

99stories eBook
Designer lookbook (vol. 1)
Designer lookbook (vol. 2)

At 99designs we love nothing more than awesome client-designer stories. So much so that we created a book about it!

Read more

It's here: our first-ever big book of design inspiration! See the designs, meet the designers, and get ready to say "that's awesome" again and again.

Read more

We’re so grateful for our talented design community, and to say thanks, we put together a little brag book of some of our favorite designs.

Read more

99stories eBook
 

At 99designs we love nothing more than awesome client-designer stories. So much so that we created a book about it!

Read more

Designer lookbook (vol. 1)
 

It's here: our first-ever big book of design inspiration! See the designs, meet the designers, and get ready to say "that's awesome" again and again.

Read more

Designer lookbook (vol. 2)
 

We’re so grateful for our talented design community, and to say thanks, we put together a little brag book of some of our favorite designs.

Read more

Design 101

Want to expand your design knowledge? Pick a subject below for tips and templates to get you up and running.

Business cards
Social media covers
Brand style guides

Business cards are one of the easiest ways your client can make a memorable first impression.

Learn more

Your client loves social media. It’s the brand, business, buzz-building place where they can reach new audiences.

Learn more

The brand guide is a new offering at 99designs. We show you how to create an awesome brand guide that will wow your client.

Learn more

Business cards
 

Business cards are one of the easiest ways your client can make a memorable first impression.

Learn more

Social media covers
 

Your client loves social media. It’s the brand, business, buzz-building place where they can reach new audiences.

Learn more

Brand style guides
 

The brand guide is a new offering at 99designs. We show you how to create an awesome brand guide that will wow your client.

Learn more

Stationery
Book covers
eBooks

Custom stationery speaks volumes about your client. As a designer, you have the tools to bring their style alive.

Learn more

Your client wrote the next great page-turner. Time to sell it with a stunning book cover.

Learn more

Your client just ordered an eBook cover (score!) but you've got some questions. No fear, we're here.

Learn more

Stationery
 

Custom stationery speaks volumes about your client. As a designer, you have the tools to bring their style alive.

Learn more

Book covers
 

Your client wrote the next great page-turner. Time to sell it with a stunning book cover.

Learn more

eBooks
 

Your client just ordered an eBook cover (score!) but you've got some questions. No fear, we're here.

Learn more

Book interiors
Packaging
Label design

Make that book beautiful both inside and out. Here’s everything you need to impress authors and publishers with book interiors that shine.

Learn more

Top-shelf package design—that’s what your client needs to make their product pop.

Learn more

Let’s talk labels. These tips and tricks help ensure that your next product label design shines.

Learn more

Book interiors
 

Make that book beautiful both inside and out. Here’s everything you need to impress authors and publishers with book interiors that shine.

Learn more

Packaging
 

Top-shelf package design—that’s what your client needs to make their product pop.

Learn more

Label design
 

Let’s talk labels. These tips and tricks help ensure that your next product label design shines.

Learn more

How to avoid generic design
Understanding print basics
Your visual guide to design styles

Find tips on how to avoid generic logo designs and start creating your own original masterpiece.

Learn more

Understand these print basics and you’ll have no trouble delivering print-ready files!

Learn more

We've prepared a visual design style guide as handy reference for both designers and customers.

Learn more

How to avoid generic design
 

Find tips on how to avoid generic logo designs and start creating your own original masterpiece.

Learn more

Understanding print basics
 

Understand these print basics and you’ll have no trouble delivering print-ready files!

Learn more

Your visual guide to design styles
 

We've prepared a visual design style guide as handy reference for both designers and customers.

Learn more