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JobAdvisor's Coolest Companies 2016
17 Nov 2016
99designs was named 3rd for Job Advisor's Coolest Companies in Tech.
Design Tips for Start-Ups without a Full-Time Designer
1 Nov 2016
Every start-up needs a great look but few have the budget. These options can help you realize your start-up dream.
12 Things to Keep in Mind When Choosing a Designer for Branding Materials
18 Oct 2016
12 things to keep in mind when choosing a designer for branding materials.
21 Legit Ways To Make Money Online
11 Oct 2016
Some of the best and most legitimate ways you can make money online in the short and long term.
18 Tools That Saved Time and Grew My Business
7 Oct 2016
These affordable tools and apps helped this entrepreneur see marked growth throughout 2016.
Your 6-Point Checklist on Starting a Podcast on a Shoestring Budget
26 Sep 2016
Your 6-point checklist for starting a podcast on a shoestring budget.
Why Outsourcing Is The New Buzzword For Small Business Owners
14 Sep 2016
Virtual assistants cost less and can deliver just as much.
What's in a Name? 5 Things to Consider Before Naming Your Company
25 Aug 2016
Coming up with a great name for your company can be harder than it seems. These tips can help you find one that works.
9 digital marketing stats that got our attention
21 Jul 2016
9 digital marketing stats that got our attention this week.
How these Aussie small businesses have cracked the U.S. market
15 Jul 2016
How these Aussie small businesses have cracked the U.S. market.
7 best freelance sites to find work
6 Jul 2016
7 best freelance sites to find work.
How to choose logo colors
23 Jun 2016
How to choose logo colors.
Sheryl Sandberg is on a mission to change women's lives via business
31 May 2016
Sheryl Sandberg is on a mission to change women's lives via business.
The importance of color and design when branding your business
24 May 2016
The importance of color and design when branding your business.
Top 3 tips to start and fund your business
11 May 2016
Expert: Top 3 tips to start and fund your business.
20 entrepreneurs on lessons from their mothers
6 May 2016
20 entrepreneurs on lessons their mothers taught them.
Double-digit growth and 1 million designers on 99designs
6 May 2016
Double-digit growth and 1 million designers make 99designs more than just a spinoff.
London and Berlin do battle for startup supremacy
15 Apr 2016
CEO Patrick Llewellyn weighs in as London and Berlin do battle for startup supremacy.
Oakland drawing more tech startups
10 Apr 2016
Graphic design startup 99designs moved its U.S. headquarters to Oakland’s uptown neighborhood last summer.
5 essential marketing tips to rebrand
6 Apr 2016
Rebranding? 5 essential marketing tips to ensure sucess.
How Patrick Lllewellyn helped grow 99designs
1 Apr 2016
"Execusion is everything": How Patrick Llewellyn helped grow 99designs into a $78 million international company.
How a new CEO grew a small Melbourne startup
1 Apr 2016
How a new CEO grew a small Melbourne startup into an $80 million global company.
99designs is disrupting graphic design
16 Mar 2016
99designs is disrupting graphic design [video].
99designs rebrand and financial data
16 Mar 2016
99designs rebrand announced and proprietary financial data released.
99designs releases growth stats
9 Mar 2016
Design marketplace 99designs releases growth stats as it weighs up possible IPO.
99designs releases financial results
9 Mar 2016
Australian startup giant 99designs releases its first financial results.
99designs unveils rebrand and financials
9 Mar 2016
99designs reveals financial performance and unveils rebrand as it gears up for further expansion.
99designs stands apart from the gig economy
8 Mar 2016
As the rest of the gig economy squeezes its workforce, 99designs looks downright cuddly.
99designs has a new logo
8 Mar 2016 | New logo
99designs has a new logo (that it got in a meta crowdsourcing contest).
The 5 hottest American businesses
2 Feb 2016 | Forbes
99designs, a popular online crowdsourcing graphic design marketplace has made its top predictions for this year.
How Gurnee's New Logo Came from Indonesia
25 Jan 2016 | Daily Herald
Rather than a strike a traditional contract with a design firm of consulting company, Gurnee used the crowdsourcing website 99designs.com to start what turned out to be worldwide competition to design the village's new logo.
Choosing the Right Color for Maximum Brand Impact
20 Jan 2016 | American Express
99designs, which recently completed a comprehensive research project on the power and psychology of color as used by small businesses in their branding and marketing.
6 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting Your Website Design
12 Jan 2016 | Marketing Tech Blog
Building a website can be a daunting task, but if you think of it as a chance to reevaluate your business and sharpen your image, you’ll learn a lot about your brand, and might even have fun doing it. Read more.
When to Reinvent Your Brand with a Logo
4 Jan 2016 | AZ Central
Hosting a design contest on websites such as Freelancer.com and 99designs.com, allows you to collect a variety of designs based on a brief you write about your company.
Forget Uber, a design crowdsourcing site is shaping Asia's gig economy
28 Dec 2015 | Tech In Asia
99designs is an online design crowdsourcing pioneer. The startup, founded in Australia in 2008, allows clients from around the world to submit project requests, ranging from logos and website layouts to T-shirt graphics and book jackets.
10 Essential Websites That Will Make Your Startup Remarkable
20 Dec 2015 | Forbes
If you need branding and you have a set budget, this website will blow your mind.
How to make it in America through the eyes of an Aussie entrepreneur
15 Apr 2015 | Mashable

How to make it in America through the eyes of an Aussie entrepreneur

99designs Raises $10M To Bring Its Design Marketplace To Japan
15 Apr 2015 | Techcrunch

99designs Raises $10M To Bring Its Design Marketplace To Japan

99designs eyes Japan with $US10m funding
15 Apr 2015 | The Australian

99designs eyes Japan with $US10m funding

How To Get A Great Logo Design
1 Apr 2015 | Fits Small Business

How To Get A Great Logo Design

"99designs is a pioneer in the field of crowdsourcing. Through 99designs, companies can run design contests for new logos, packaging designs, or any project that requires graphics."
What You Need to Know to Expand Your Business Internationally
30 Mar 2015 | Inc.

What You Need to Know to Expand Your Business Internationally

"99designs may be the largest graphic design marketplace in the world, but when it started in 2008, it was still in search of a customer base. In 2010, president and CEO Patrick Llewellyn moved to America with the goal of conquering the U.S. This was the Australian company's first international effort, but there would be many more to follow."
Digital design startup moves headquarters from S.F. to hot Oakland neighborhood
25 Mar 2015 | San Francisco Business Times

Digital design startup moves headquarters from S.F. to hot Oakland neighborhood

"Tech startup 99designs has signed a lease to move its headquarters from San Francisco to 2201 Broadway in Oakland's Uptown neighborhood, joining a group of creative companies that are taking space in the East Bay."
Logo-design site 99designs teams up with site-building service Jimdo
17 Mar 2015 | The Next Web

Logo-design site 99designs teams up with site-building service Jimdo

"If you’re a new company you’re probably in the market for a logo and some sort of web presence. 99designs wants to be the destination for both of those things."
10 Tools for Smoothing the Startup Process
10 Feb 2015 | Entrepreneur

10 Tools for Smoothing the Startup Process

"If you need creative help with your brand or producing quality images for your website and digital channels, consider using a crowdsourcing site to get started. I have used 99 Designs on a number of "occasions to tap into the immense pool of talented designers who helped me formulate a creative design I needed."
3 Steps To Launch Your First eCommerce Website
25 Sep 2014 | Forbes

3 Steps To Launch Your First eCommerce Website

"99designs is a crowd sourced design platform where dozens of designers submit their logo design and only the one you like best gets paid. The quality is great especially when you provide detailed instructions on what you’re looking for."
Crowd Sourcing: A New Way to Look at Digital Marketing?
21 Jan 2014 | Huffington Post

Crowd Sourcing: A New Way to Look at Digital Marketing?

"Small to medium sized businesses tend to take advantage of it because they lack in-houses resources. But as with the three examples we've given, many other large corporations are making use of paid crowd."
Crowdsourcing giant 99designs acquires LogoChef, continues global expansion
27 Aug 2013 | VentureBeat

Crowdsourcing giant 99designs acquires LogoChef, continues global expansion

“We’re excited to be taking the next step in our globalization strategy with the acquisition of LogoChef,” 99designs president and CEO Patrick Llewellyn said in a statement. “With small businesses and startups driving 99 percent of Brazil’s economy, we have an extraordinary opportunity to connect a new group of our core customers with designers there and around the world.”
99designs launches Swiftly for quick fixes
14 Aug 2013 | Financial Review

99designs launches Swiftly for quick fixes

"Graphic design marketplace 99designs has set up an offshoot business limited to quick design fixes, under a new brand name, as part of its plans to broaden its reach and service offering."
For $15, This Service Will Deliver A Quick Design Fix
13 Aug 2013 | Co. Design

For $15, This Service Will Deliver A Quick Design Fix

"Overall, I think Swiftly is a well-built product, smart enough to focus on the service’s simplicity through the design. The faster Swiftly’s turnaround, and the more reliable their 24/7 service can be, the more of an emergency go-to it can be for people across the business world, or a go-to prank service for someone just wanting a decent gag Photoshop on their boss’s last day."
Designers Imagine a Makeover for Yahoo's Logo
13 Aug 2013 | Mashable

Designers Imagine a Makeover for Yahoo's Logo

"Yahoo recently announced that it will introduce a new logo next month — after publishing 30-days of alternative designs that didn't quite make the cut — but some designers seem to think they can do a better job."
Music festival taps crowdsourcing trend with T-shirt design contest
12 Aug 2013 | Marketing Magazine

Music festival taps crowdsourcing trend with T-shirt design contest

"Australian dance music festival Stereosonic has opened up its merchandise design brief to aspiring T-shirt designers globally in a collaboration with crowdsourcing platform 99designs."
Let the Crowd Build Your Company
7 Aug 2013 | Inc.

Let the Crowd Build Your Company

"If you need graphic design work or customized website or logo design, check out sites like 99 Designs, a marketplace where creative submit logos, graphic designs, website design, and more."
Design Competition Model Is Working For 99designs, Especially In Asia
6 Aug 2013 | TechCrunch

Design Competition Model Is Working For 99designs, Especially In Asia

"The Melbourne, Australian company now pays out about $2 million per month to designers on its site, according to its CEO, Patrick Llewellyn. Comparing that to the $20 million it paid out in the three years between 2009 and 2011, that’s an almost four-fold growth."
Using Crowdsourcing for Graphic Design
22 Jul 2013 | Salon Today

Using Crowdsourcing for Graphic Design

"Connecting with a graphic designer who can transform your vision into a brand can be challenging, and more and more salon and spa owners are turning to online marketplaces, such as 99designs, for affordable, high-caliber logos and other design work."
Announcing a new logo and style for Docker
26 Jun 2013 | Docker Blog

Announcing a new logo and style for Docker

"Over the past weeks we have worked with some of the best designers of 99designs to create a logo that fits our project and communicates our values of expedition, automation, encapsulation and simplification."
A Chat With Jason Sew Hoy, COO of Design Marketplace Startup, 99designs
19 Jun 2013 | Daily Social

A Chat With Jason Sew Hoy, COO of Design Marketplace Startup, 99designs

"What was really eye-opening about our recent trip to Singapore is how many people had already heard of 99designs and had used us before to get their logos, business cards or websites designed. We’re proud of the strong word-of-mouth growth that we’ve experienced in Asia and that’s because we focus on creating the best possible experience for our customers and designers."
Designers invited to create a visual identity for Silicon Roundabout
19 Jun 2013 | Marketing Magazine

Designers invited to create a visual identity for Silicon Roundabout

"99designs, a company that acts as a marketplace for graphic design, is asking its community of designers to illustrate a Silicon Roundabout graphic with a "proud to startup at Silicon Roundabout" slogan."
Online opportunities for Filipino graphic designers
16 Jun 2013 | Business Mirror

Online opportunities for Filipino graphic designers

"Filipino graphic designers will have more opportunities to earn as 99designs, a freelance online-based graphic design community, is looking forward to do more business in the country."
Think the new Kanye cover sucks? Here’s an alternative
11 Jun 2013 | Faster Louder

Think the new Kanye cover sucks? Here’s an alternative

"To help Yeezy find a more god-like cover design for Yeezus, online graphic design marketplace 99designs has launched an unofficial contest to create a more suitable cover."
10 Cool alternative covers for Kanye West's sleeveless Yeezus album
11 Jun 2013 | Gigwise

10 Cool alternative covers for Kanye West's sleeveless Yeezus album

"Kanye West's new album will be released without any album artwork. Fortunately, a load of talented designers have done the job for him."
How a Filipino earned $3000 a month through this website
10 Jun 2013 | ABC-CBN News

How a Filipino earned $3000 a month through this website

"Aiken said a Filipino designer told him he quit his day job, where he earns just $300 a month, since he now earns $3,000 a month, thanks to 99designs."
99designs launches Singapore site and now offers regional support
4 Jun 2013 | e27

99designs launches Singapore site and now offers regional support

"Design crowdsourcing service 99designs is accelerating expansion into the region with a new Singapore site and in-house support from the Philippines."
The State of Books: BEA 2013 Shows Industry Still Reeling
3 Jun 2013 | Huffington Post

The State of Books: BEA 2013 Shows Industry Still Reeling

"A growing number of authors is paired with the world of freelance designers looking to expand their portfolio or establish themselves in a new area (or maybe just have a little fun) and a company like 99 Designs becomes the link."
99designs CEO: Silicon Valley Doesn’t Have A Mortgage On The Next Big Thing
18 May 2013 | Business Insider Australia

99designs CEO: Silicon Valley Doesn’t Have A Mortgage On The Next Big Thing

"So far, it’s been a case of right product, right time for 99designs. The rapid movement of small business marketing onto digital platforms has opened new opportunities from clients in unexpected sectors."
Going global: how one Melbourne start-up did it
16 May 2013 | The Sydney Morning Herald

Going global: how one Melbourne start-up did it

"At the time, 99designs had 10 staff in Melbourne and four in the US. Now, there are about 90 staff spread across the globe including 46 in the US, 34 in Melbourne, eight in Berlin, and two in Paris."
Daft for Daft Punk: our favourite tributes
13 May 2013 | Timeout

Daft for Daft Punk: our favourite tributes

"Never fear: 99designs released this competition last month in celebration of the new album, with some very aesthetically pleasing results."
99designs CEO Patrick Llewellyn explains how to take your company international, from local to global
9 May 2013 | The Next Web

99designs CEO Patrick Llewellyn explains how to take your company international, from local to global

"It’s one thing to build a successful startup in one country, but it’s an entirely different ballgame once you go beyond those national borders."
Daft Punk fans create new album 'Random Access Memories' posters
25 Apr 2013 | Digital Spy

Daft Punk fans create new album 'Random Access Memories' posters

"The electronic duo will release new collection Random Access Memories next month, and an unofficial competition has been launched to create unique promotional posters for it."
99designs expands its crowdsourcing service to the Netherlands after paying out $52M to designers
25 Apr 2013 | The Next Web

99designs expands its crowdsourcing service to the Netherlands after paying out $52M to designers

"...99designs clearly has its fair share of fans. So far the company claims it has hosted over 200,000 graphic design contests and has paid out $52 million to designers."
Three Reasons Why Melbourne is the Best Tech Hub Home for Artsy Aussies
21 Apr 2013 | Fast Company

Three Reasons Why Melbourne is the Best Tech Hub Home for Artsy Aussies

"Melbourne has great local universities, which helps foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship," says CEO Patrick Llewellyn."
Calling all Daft designs
18 Apr 2013 | The Sydney Morning Herald

Calling all Daft designs

"The guerilla campaign launched by the online graphic design hub 99designs called for budding designers to have their best go at a Daft Punk-esque artwork."
Daft Punk Tour Posters: Brilliant (unofficial) new art
11 Apr 2013 | Gigwise

Daft Punk Tour Posters: Brilliant (unofficial) new art

"... San Francisco-based design website 99designs has launched a competition for its hugely talented design community to put together unofficial Daft Punk tour posters."
The 10 Hottest Startups In Australia Right Now
22 Mar 2013 | Business Insider

The 10 Hottest Startups In Australia Right Now

"99designs makes it dead-simple to find talented designers. For designers, they can browse through numerous different opportunities for work."
Work hard, play hard
17 Mar 2013 | The Age

Work hard, play hard

"At 99designs, chief operating officer Jason Sew Hoy says that for play to work at work, the company puts immense focus on the recruitment process. In the new workplace, your resume may not matter if your personality doesn't seem to fit."
Hate in the sharing economy: “Any new business is always threatening to someone”
15 Mar 2013 | Pando Daily

Hate in the sharing economy: “Any new business is always threatening to someone”

"We have to continue to strive to do the best we can and hope people will understand the message."
Back to open source future for aspiring start-ups
14 Mar 2013 | Brisbane Times

Back to open source future for aspiring start-ups

"As a result of our decision to go with open source, we've now got offices in both Melbourne and San Francisco, over 70 staff and tens of millions of visitors to our website every month..."
Don't like SA's new logo? You do better
11 Mar 2013 | The Australian

Don't like SA's new logo? You do better

"The 99designs competition has already attracted more than 1,300 entries..."
99designs launches its crowdsourced design network in Latin America and Spain
11 Mar 2013 | The Next Web

99designs launches its crowdsourced design network in Latin America and Spain

"...99designs is launching in Latin America with support for Spanish and local currencies. In addition, 99designs is also releasing a localized version for Spain, as well as a site for United States-based Spanish speakers."
Here's Five Of The Best Attempts At Creating A PS4 Logo
15 Feb 2013 | Kotaku

Here's Five Of The Best Attempts At Creating A PS4 Logo

"Some could, were I posting this anonymously on a forum instead of here, convince you [these PS4 logos] were the real deal."
Design contest crowdsources the PlayStation 4 logo
15 Feb 2013 | Destructoid

Design contest crowdsources the PlayStation 4 logo

"There are already more than 2,000 submissions..."
59 designers compete for Kaepernick's site
7 Feb 2013 | ESPN

59 designers compete for Kaepernick's site

"We wanted to get as many great ideas as we could from 99designs’ design community, including some of Colin’s designer fans."
Colin Kaepernick: 49ers Quarterback Set To Re-Design Website With Help From Design Contest
1 Feb 2013 | Fansided

Colin Kaepernick: 49ers Quarterback Set To Re-Design Website With Help From Design Contest

"...the decision to let the design of his website up to a contest on 99designs to decide the new look will only improve his standing with the fans."
Miami Dolphins New Logo: Top Design Possibilities For The Team’s 2013 Look
29 Jan 2013 | Fansided

Miami Dolphins New Logo: Top Design Possibilities For The Team’s 2013 Look

"An online community of fans and graphic designers, 99designs, has launched a competition to create the best concept for the Dolphins' next logo."
Short post re: Pelicans winner (no title) - Deadspin
3 Jan 2013 | Deadspin

Short post re: Pelicans winner (no title) - Deadspin

"In honor of NOLA becoming the Pelicans—not official, still awesome—designers drew up some logos. Here are the best."
The 17 Coolest Fan-Created Logos For The New Orleans Pelicans - BuzzFeed
20 Dec 2012 | Buzzfeed

The 17 Coolest Fan-Created Logos For The New Orleans Pelicans - BuzzFeed

"Enter 99designs.com, a community-based design website that is currently holding a contest to create a logo to fit the team's new name."
NBA files trademarks for five names to replace Hornets, including ‘Pelicans’ - Sports Illustrated
19 Dec 2012 | Sports illustrated

NBA files trademarks for five names to replace Hornets, including ‘Pelicans’ - Sports Illustrated

"...check out SI.com’s five favorite Pelicans logos from the [99designs] design contest..."
12 Days of Design Charity Giveaway - Pro Bono Australia
18 Dec 2012 | Pro Bono Australia

12 Days of Design Charity Giveaway - Pro Bono Australia

"Not for Profit organisations around the country are being given the chance to win free design work as part of a new Christmas initiative."
It's Time to Join the Crowd - Fox Business
11 Dec 2012 | Fox Business

It's Time to Join the Crowd - Fox Business

"At 'marketplaces' like 99designs, you can put your project up for thousands of talented designers to bid on."
Why 99designs has paid out $43 million - SFGate
8 Dec 2012 | SFGate

Why 99designs has paid out $43 million - SFGate

"Number of the day: $43 million. That's how much 99designs has paid to its winning designers since the San Francisco company was started in 2008."
Melbourne design start-up holds headhunters at bay - Finacial Review
8 Dec 2012 | Financial Review

Melbourne design start-up holds headhunters at bay - Finacial Review

"[99designs] has 'ramped up' employee numbers in the past 12 months, bringing the team to 43 in the US (and 75 in total)."
Harnessing Creatives Who Work on Spec Pays for Middlemen - Business Week
4 Dec 2012 | Business Week

Harnessing Creatives Who Work on Spec Pays for Middlemen - Business Week

"At 'marketplaces' like 99designs...you can put your project up for thousands of talented designers..."
Go small or go home - Entrepreneur
1 Dec 2012 | Entrepreneur

Go small or go home - Entrepreneur

"[HitFix] placed the challenge on 99designs.com, a crowdsourcing graphic design marketplace."
99designs launches its crowdsourced design network in France after localizing in Germany and The UK - The Next Web
28 Nov 2012 | The Next Web

99designs launches its crowdsourced design network in France after localizing in Germany and The UK - The Next Web

"99designs has had quite the year in terms of expansion..."
99designs launches French language site - Pando Daily
28 Nov 2012 | Pando Daily

99designs launches French language site - Pando Daily

"Crowdsourced design site 99designs has launched a version of its site in French, several months after acquiring [12designer] and launching in German language as well."
Starting Up: Style Nibble - The Guardian
28 Nov 2012 | The Guardian

Starting Up: Style Nibble - The Guardian

"We started by building the "front door" to our service...with designs sourced from crowdsourcing platform 99designs."
How to Improve Your User Experience Online - The Huffington Post
27 Nov 2012 | The Huffington Post

How to Improve Your User Experience Online - The Huffington Post

"99 Designs is a good place to look for designers if you want a quick turnaround and good results."
99designs releases fascinating survey on designer/client attitudes - Graphic Arts Mag
22 Nov 2012 | Graphic Arts Mag

99designs releases fascinating survey on designer/client attitudes - Graphic Arts Mag

"...99designs surveyed 2,379 designers from around the world on everything from what motivates them to how they deal with difficult clients. The results were quite revealing."
How Standout Design Can Boost Your Brand and Sales - Fox Business
5 Nov 2012 | Fox Business

How Standout Design Can Boost Your Brand and Sales - Fox Business

"The largest and fastest-growing is 99designs, which has, according to Chief Marketing Officer Jeff Titterton, a community of more than 175,000 designers worldwide."
Awesome offices: Inside 12 fantastic startup workplaces in Berlin - The Next Web
31 Oct 2012 | The Next Web

Awesome offices: Inside 12 fantastic startup workplaces in Berlin - The Next Web

"Australian-founded online marketplace for graphic design, 99designs entered the European market by acquiring German counterpart 12designer in August 2012."
Global army of online freelancers remakes outsourcing industry - Reuters
10 Oct 2012 | Reuters

Global army of online freelancers remakes outsourcing industry - Reuters

"Australian-U.S. startup 99designs, for example, has paid out $40 million to some 180,000 graphic designers."
See 15 Alternative Designs For EBay's Boring New Logo - Business Insider
8 Oct 2012 | Business Insider

See 15 Alternative Designs For EBay's Boring New Logo - Business Insider

"So 99designs, a crowdsourcing graphic design firm that connects designers to customers looking for affordable designs, launched a contest asking its community to create a better marque for eBay."
Patrick Llewellyn: Crowdsource Your Content - Web Designer Mag
6 Oct 2012 | Web Designer Mag

Patrick Llewellyn: Crowdsource Your Content - Web Designer Mag

"Patrick Llewellyn, CEO of online marketplace 99designs, offers tips on how to compete for clients in crowdsourced graphic design contests."
What Do Pro Designers Think of Arby's New Logo? - Business Week
4 Oct 2012 | Business Week

What Do Pro Designers Think of Arby's New Logo? - Business Week

"Well, Bloomberg Businessweek asks four design professionals [including 99designs’ lead visual designer Kyle Lin] what they think about Arby’s new, digital-looking logo."
Bon Iver Frontman Picks Winner of Tattoo Design Contest - Rolling Stone
26 Sep 2012 | Rolling Stone

Bon Iver Frontman Picks Winner of Tattoo Design Contest - Rolling Stone

"After putting out an open call to artists earlier this month, Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon has picked a winner for his 99designs tattoo design contest."
99designs Is American Idol for Your Creative Needs - Forbes
24 Sep 2012 | Forbes

99designs Is American Idol for Your Creative Needs - Forbes

"All in all, I’d consider my foray a success."
Bon Iver's Justin Vernon asks fans to design his new tattoo - NME
17 Sep 2012 | NME

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon asks fans to design his new tattoo - NME

"The folk singer-songwriter...is offering a cash prize to the winner of his 99designs competition."
Bon Iver Leader Seeks Fans' Help With 'Northern Exposure' Tattoo - Rolling Stone
17 Sep 2012 | Rolling Stone

Bon Iver Leader Seeks Fans' Help With 'Northern Exposure' Tattoo - Rolling Stone

"The bearded singer seeks an image on his arm in the style of Czech Art Nouveau painter Alphons Mucha, Vernon says in a post on 99designs..."
Bon Iver's Justin Vernon Crowdsources Tattoo Design - Pitchfork
16 Sep 2012 | Pitchfork

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon Crowdsources Tattoo Design - Pitchfork

"According to Bon Iver's Twitter account, the winner of the 99designs contest will win a cash prize."
Think Tank: Outsourcing is essential for every small business - The Telegraph
15 Sep 2012 | The Telegraph

Think Tank: Outsourcing is essential for every small business - The Telegraph

"You can either spend entire weekends surrounded by bits of paper and felt-tip pens, tearing your hair out, or you can hire a freelance designer to create one for you via an outsourcing website such as 99designs.co.uk."
Small idea that grew to become a grand design - Sydney Morning Herald
14 Sep 2012 | The Sydney Morning Herald

Small idea that grew to become a grand design - Sydney Morning Herald

"...what started as a little idea for designers to help each other has attracted a $35 million injection of funds...has opened offices in North America and England and, last month, bought out its biggest competitor in Europe, the German 12designer."
8 Tips for Building Your Brand on the Cheap - Mashable
10 Sep 2012 | Mashable

8 Tips for Building Your Brand on the Cheap - Mashable

"You've likely seen a few of 99designs logos out in wild — TaskRabbit and Cloudera, among others, have used their crowdsourcing contests to develop their logos."
A month after buying 12designer, design marketplace 99designs launches German site - The Next Web
6 Sep 2012 | The Next Web

A month after buying 12designer, design marketplace 99designs launches German site - The Next Web

"It is the first non-English language offering from the world’s largest online graphic design marketplace."
99designs snaps up German rival and gets ready for Europe push - SmartCompany
8 Aug 2012 | Smart Company

99designs snaps up German rival and gets ready for Europe push - SmartCompany

“Australian crowdsourcing pioneer 99designs is expanding overseas…”
Melbourne group nets a big deal - Sydney Morning Herald
8 Aug 2012 | The Sydney Morning Herald

Melbourne group nets a big deal - Sydney Morning Herald

“Setting up shop in Berlin was the European equivalent of hanging up a shingle in Silicon Valley, [said CEO Patrick Llewellyn]. "It's the epicentre of Europe and the hottest tech start-up hub.”
99designs looks to conquer the European designer market - Fortune
7 Aug 2012 | Fortune

99designs looks to conquer the European designer market - Fortune

“CEO Patrick Llewellyn discusses the company's purchase of 12designer and its plans to bring the leading U.S. design marketplace to the Continent...”
Accel Partners-Backed 99designs Buys Germany’s 12designer - Wall Street Journal
7 Aug 2012 | Wall Street Journal

Accel Partners-Backed 99designs Buys Germany’s 12designer - Wall Street Journal

“We believe [the acquisition] will prove instrumental in accelerating our delivery of truly localized world-class design services to European businesses and designers,' 99designs CEO Patrick Llewellyn said.”
Start-up 99designs Buys European Rival - Inc
7 Aug 2012 | Inc

Start-up 99designs Buys European Rival - Inc

“99designs--an online marketplace for logo and Web designs--announced on Tuesday it acquired Berlin-based rival company 12designer for an undisclosed amount.”
99designs buys German design marketplace - ZDNet
7 Aug 2012 | ZDNet

99designs buys German design marketplace - ZDNet

“Germany is 99designs' biggest non-English-speaking market, the company said, and is one of the fastest growing.”
99designs Makes Its First Acquisition, Scoops Up European Rival 12designer - Techcrunch
7 Aug 2012 | Techcrunch

99designs Makes Its First Acquisition, Scoops Up European Rival 12designer - Techcrunch

“[99designs] announced its first acquisition tonight, as the Accel-backed startup scooped up its European rival, 12designer.”
99designs launches 99nonprofits to bring free design to non-profit organizations - The Next Web
16 Jul 2012 | The Next Web

99designs launches 99nonprofits to bring free design to non-profit organizations - The Next Web

“According to 99designs CEO Patrick Llewellyn...99nonprofits has the potential to 'provide a streamlined platform for evaluating requests, granting aid and working closely with participants every step of the way.”
Design is Crucial to Startup Success - ReadWriteWeb
28 Jun 2012 | ReadWriteWeb

Design is Crucial to Startup Success - ReadWriteWeb

“99designs, a marketplace for crowdsourced graphic design, polled more than 1,500 entrepreneurs...”
10th Anniversary Edition of 'The Purpose Driven Life' Redesigned for Millenials - Christian Post
14 Jun 2012 | Christian Post

10th Anniversary Edition of 'The Purpose Driven Life' Redesigned for Millenials - Christian Post

“Pastor Rick Warren…enlisted the help of the graphic design crowd-sourcing company 99designs to hold a contest for the book cover [for the 10th anniversary edition of his bestseller The Purpose Driven Life].”
This Week in Small Business - The New York Times
11 Jun 2012 | The New York Times

This Week in Small Business - The New York Times

“[99designs] reports that start-ups and other small businesses expect design to become increasingly important to their success.”
Small Businesses Have Graphic Designs on Success - BusinessNewsDaily
8 Jun 2012 | Business News Daily

Small Businesses Have Graphic Designs on Success - BusinessNewsDaily

“Good design is more than just cosmetic window dressing for companies, a new survey of small business owners shows…The survey was conducted by99designs, an online marketplace for crowdsourced graphic design services.”
Is the Crowdsourcing Debate Finally Over? – PandoDaily
6 Jun 2012 | Pando Daily

Is the Crowdsourcing Debate Finally Over? – PandoDaily

“…99designs is so perfectly positioned to capitalize on so many economic and cultural sea changes that the debate has become meaningless. In other words, crowdsourcing is a thing — it’s infiltrated video, advertising, photography, and design. And it will not be going away.”
99designs Crowdsources Its Own New Website Design – Xconomy
21 May 2012 | Xconomy

99designs Crowdsources Its Own New Website Design – Xconomy

“Crowdsourcing design startup 99designs is putting its own product to the test with a competition to redesign its homepage. The company, which connects businesses in need of design help with freelancers willing to compete for design work, wrote a request of its own, asking its 158,000 registered designers to revamp its site for a chance to win one of three $1000 prizes.”
Design online: a global game-changer – Australian Financial Review
15 May 2012 | Australian Financial Review

Design online: a global game-changer – Australian Financial Review

“[CEO Patrick Llewellyn] says the beauty of his business is that it enables clients to start their own businesses quickly and cheaply. Instead of taking a month or more to find branding, a website design or a logo, it may take little more than a week. On the other side of the equation, 99designs is helping designers get work, build a business and, importantly, guarantee fast payment.”
The Ins And Outs Of Open Innovation - Forbes
6 May 2012 | Forbes

The Ins And Outs Of Open Innovation - Forbes

“…consider the innovation contests staged through organizations such as Innocentive, the X-Prize Foundation, or 99designs.com. These contests clearly involve innovative work, and by definition are open systems, but they are anything but routine.”
Ask an Expert – USA Today
6 May 2012 | USA Today

Ask an Expert – USA Today

“There are many ways to get a website done these days, and here is a cool addition to the list: 99designs is a platform that allows you to crowdsource your graphic design. Post your project, get bids and ideas from a slew of talented designers around the globe, and away you go.”
Desperately Seeking Talent: Where to Find Great Designers for Your Team – Wired
25 Apr 2012 | Wired

Desperately Seeking Talent: Where to Find Great Designers for Your Team – Wired

“99designs provides tools that make it easy to communicate what you are looking for in a design (e.g. styles, formats, etc.), mechanisms to work with the designers, and a payment infrastructure that keeps billing simple.”
High tech attracts venture capital – The Business (ABC News)
19 Apr 2012 | The Business (ABC News)

High tech attracts venture capital – The Business (ABC News)

“Patrick Llewellyn's company 99designs earned $35 million from venture capitalists a year ago and joins The Business to discuss the attraction to investors of high tech business.”
How Both Crowdsourcing and Competition Sparked 99designs – Forbes
18 Apr 2012 | Forbes

How Both Crowdsourcing and Competition Sparked 99designs – Forbes

“In our first four years, 99designs hosted about 120,000 design projects. Our hopes for 2012? To surpass 200,000. And it all started with a single discussion forum for designers.”
Silicon Valley is desperate for designers – CNNMoney
5 Apr 2012 | CNNMoney

Silicon Valley is desperate for designers – CNNMoney

“San Francisco-based 99designs, which connects designers looking for work with small businesses, is also enjoying the boom times…’Demand for design is only increasing,’ CEO Patrick Llewellyn says. His site is now paying out $1.5 million a month to designers -- twice the volume it had a year ago.”
Mark Harbottle Named BRW Entrepreneur of the Year – BRW
28 Mar 2012 | BRW

Mark Harbottle Named BRW Entrepreneur of the Year – BRW

“Like all entrepreneurs, Mark Harbottle has an eye for opportunities but what sets him apart is his capacity to run not just one business but many. Although all five finalists in this year’s Entrepreneur of the Year competition have outstanding and successful businesses, Harbottle stands out for the repeatability of his approach.”
How to win over investors – The Age
12 Mar 2012 | The Age

How to win over investors – The Age

“Patrick Llewellyn is chief executive of crowdsource business 99designs, which last year attracted $35 million in first-round funding…”
99designs launches a UK website for its crowdsourced design services - The Next Web
12 Feb 2012 | The Next Web

99designs launches a UK website for its crowdsourced design services - The Next Web

“99designs, one of the world’s most prominent online crowdsourced design marketplaces, has launched a UK-focused portal as it looks to ramp up its international growth efforts.”
99designs sheds light on its cloudy crowdsourcing platform - GigaOM
6 Feb 2012 | GigaOM

99designs sheds light on its cloudy crowdsourcing platform - GigaOM

“99designs, which runs crowdsourcing contests for graphic design projects, drew attention with its work on the Occupy movement’s logo and controversy around its business model. But until now there hasn’t been much written about the cloud infrastructure that has expedited more than 100,000 projects in four years…”
The 99% on 99designs: Occupy.com crowdsources logo search – GigaOM
2 Feb 2012 | GigaOM

The 99% on 99designs: Occupy.com crowdsources logo search – GigaOM

“Occupy.com, the soon-to-be-launched website for the international Occupy protest movement, has turned to the online graphic design marketplace 99designs to find a logo…The winner will get $1,000 and, most importantly, a ton of exposure.”
How Crowdsourcing Can Help Small Businesses Design on a Dime – Fox Business / BusinessNewsDaily
27 Jan 2012 | Business News Daily

How Crowdsourcing Can Help Small Businesses Design on a Dime – Fox Business / BusinessNewsDaily

“This is not the minor league for graphic designers. A 99designs competition produced the logo for errand-runner TaskRabbit, a finalist for the 2011 Crunchies (awards put out by TechCrunch, GigaOm and VentureBeat). The cost to TaskRabbit? $396.”
Local start-up prepares for year of accelerated growth - Dynamic Business
27 Jan 2012 | Dynamic Business

Local start-up prepares for year of accelerated growth - Dynamic Business

“99designs has doubled its staff numbers to over 50 and employed Jeff Titterton as chief marketing officer and Caroline Moon as chief financial officer. According to CEO Patrick Llewellyn, 2012 is shaping up as another ‘stand-out year for 99designs.’”
99designs Disrupts the Design Service Business - Website Magazine
25 Jan 2012 | Website Magazine

99designs Disrupts the Design Service Business - Website Magazine

“The four-year-old company...has doubled the run rate of new contests from a year ago and is on track to surpass 200,000 design contests by the end of 2012. That’s serious. It’s disruptive . . . and awesome.”
99designs doubles number of monthly design contests - Technology Spectator
25 Jan 2012 | Technology Spectator

99designs doubles number of monthly design contests - Technology Spectator

“Crowdsourcing outfit 99designs says it’s on track to surpass 200,000 design contests by year end after doubling the number of monthly design contests held on its site year over year.”
Cashed-up 99designs aims to boost growth – StartupSmart
24 Jan 2012 | Startup Smart

Cashed-up 99designs aims to boost growth – StartupSmart

“99designs chief executive Patrick Llewellyn says 2011 was a standout year, from rapid growth in contests and payouts to the launch of localised versions of the site in Australia and Canada.”
Get Over It, Haters/ 99designs Has Tipped – PandoDaily
24 Jan 2012 | Pando Daily

Get Over It, Haters/ 99designs Has Tipped – PandoDaily

“The highly controversial marketplace for crowd sourced designs continues to march through the torches and pitchforks to build a pretty interesting business…I talked to a few designers who’ve built staggering businesses off 99designs.”
Fast-Growing Startup 99designs Could Generate More Revenue This Year Than In Its Entire 4-Year History - Business Insider
24 Jan 2012 | Business Insider

Fast-Growing Startup 99designs Could Generate More Revenue This Year Than In Its Entire 4-Year History - Business Insider

“Some of 99design's top designers are earning more than $10,000 per month, and the company says it will pay its community $1.5 million in January alone.”
Why 99designs raised $35 million from Accel Partners - Fortune
28 Apr 2011 | Fortune

Why 99designs raised $35 million from Accel Partners - Fortune

“Accel Partners led the round, and was joined by angel investors like Stewart Butterfield (Flickr, Tiny Speck), Dave Goldberg (SurveyMonkey), Michael Dearing (eBay, Harrison Metal) and Anthony Casalena (Squarespace)”
Accel Again Looks Down Under, Leads $35M For 99designs - Wall Street Journal
28 Apr 2011 | Wall Street Journal

Accel Again Looks Down Under, Leads $35M For 99designs - Wall Street Journal

“Accel Partners, an early investor in Facebook Inc., Groupon Inc. and other white-hot companies, has led a $35 million Series A investment in graphic design marketplace 99designs”
Facebook Backer Accel Bets $35 Million On Crowdsourcer 99designs
28 Apr 2011 | Forbes

Facebook Backer Accel Bets $35 Million On Crowdsourcer 99designs

“This huge market makes it simple and cheap for business owners and individuals to get custom sites and logos quickly and on the cheap.”
Accel Invests $35M. in 99designs…After Years of Trying
28 Apr 2011 | Techcrunch

Accel Invests $35M. in 99designs…After Years of Trying

“More than 90% of 99designs’ customers come through word of mouth. Imagine if the company actually invested in sales and marketing.”
In shaky economy, more white-collar workers moonlighting - Wall Street Journal
17 Aug 2010 | Wall Street Journal

In shaky economy, more white-collar workers moonlighting - Wall Street Journal

“Rapid growth of job postings on freelance web sites for highly skilled workers, including 99designs.com, is fueling the trend.”
Entrepreneur’s annual 100 brilliant ideas - Entrepreneur
20 Jun 2010 | Entrepreneur

Entrepreneur’s annual 100 brilliant ideas - Entrepreneur

“99designs - thousands of designers compete for clients who need logos, websites or anything else designed for their small business.”
How 99designs built a $5+ million marketplace in 16 months, with Matt Mickiewicz - Mixergy
3 Jun 2010 | Mixergy

How 99designs built a $5+ million marketplace in 16 months, with Matt Mickiewicz - Mixergy

“This is a story of an overnight success that was a few years in the making. 16 months ago, 99designs launched and quickly became a marketplace that facilitated $5 million in design work.”
99designs listed on CrunchBase - CrunchBase
21 Apr 2010 | CrunchBase

99designs listed on CrunchBase - CrunchBase

“99designs is a crowdsourcing marketplace where individuals and small businesses can post graphic work that they need done. Within hours of a project being posted, designers from all around the world compete by uploading fully completed concept designs, which are than reviewed and rated by the project poster. At the end of the project period, a winning design is chosen and paid out the prize money.”
Why entrepreneurs don't need vcs - Forbes
13 Apr 2010 | Forbes

Why entrepreneurs don't need vcs - Forbes

“Try crowdsourcing to leverage the larger community of design talent.”
99designs launches ready-made logo store - Sitepoint
15 Mar 2010 | Sitepoint

99designs launches ready-made logo store - Sitepoint

“I’m excited to reveal the details of an interesting project that our friends from 99designs.com have been working on. Introducing the 99designs Ready-made Logo Store. The idea is you can browse a catalogue of logo designs (designed by the 99designs community) and buy them “off the shelf,” customized with your business name, for $99.”
SXSW: 99designs launches logo store (video) - Center Networks
15 Mar 2010 | Center Networks

SXSW: 99designs launches logo store (video) - Center Networks

“While waiting to get into the Mashable party, I caught up with Jason to find out how 99designs is doing a year later. The big news out of 99designs is the launch of their logo store. Designers who have won at least one competition on 99designs can then create stock logos and place them in the logo store. Companies and small businesses can quickly select a logo for $99 with non-exclusive rights (or they can pay $300 for exclusive rights) and then the designer will customize the logo with the company name, etc. in 24 hours.”
99designs is on Facebook!
21 Jan 2010 | Facebook

99designs is on Facebook!

“99designs is on Facebook! 99designs is the #1 marketplace for crowdsourced graphic design. Need something designed? Run logo and web designs contests. We have thousands of designers competing. Stay on budget, choose the right design.”
How to enlist a global work force of freelancers - The New York Times
24 Jun 2009 | The New York Times

How to enlist a global work force of freelancers - The New York Times

"A new generation of online service marketplaces is giving small companies more opportunities than ever to find specialized expertise and affordable labor."
Designers build portfolios, maybe land jobs at 99designs - ZDNet
17 Jun 2009 | ZDNet

Designers build portfolios, maybe land jobs at 99designs - ZDNet

“At a family event over the weekend, I spent some time chatting with a cousin who just graduated from high school but isn’t sure what he wants to do next. He’s enrolled for some classes at a community college and has bigger dreams of a career in child psychology. But, in the meantime, he’d like to do something with a hobby - graphic design.”
5 ways to freelance for more cash - ABC News
26 May 2009 | ABC News

5 ways to freelance for more cash - ABC News

“Freelance graphic artists and Web designers who create logos, Web sites, letterhead, business cards and so on are competing for projects on the site 99designs.com. Each month about $125,000 in business from the site goes to U.S. designers; the average payout is $350 per designer. Even more importantly, many designers use this as a springboard to find new clients and develop long-term relationships to build up their freelance business.”
video report
8 Dec 2008 | CBS5

video report Freelance designers compete for cash on website - CBS5

“More than 20,000 graphic designers have registered on the job site 99designs.com. Companies want design services, but not the usual price tag. So, designers from all over the world work for free, and compete for a top prize. Our video report has more.”
Australia’s best online forums - SmartCompany
25 Nov 2008 | Smart Company

Australia’s best online forums - SmartCompany

“In February this year the online media company and forum operator SitePoint spun off a new company, 99designs.com, as an independent online design marketplace. According to SitePoint’s co-founder and director Mark Harbottle, 99designs.com now has annualised revenue approaching $2 million. More spin-offs will follow.”
The power of crowdsourcing - SmartCompany
30 Oct 2008 | Smart Company

The power of crowdsourcing - SmartCompany

“99designs has 20,331 designers from 134 countries, which means clients can access a far broader range of ideas than they could by briefing a local web developer. Rather than getting a handful of concepts, most competitions attract more than 50 entries.”
The designer-small biz connection - Fast Company
24 Oct 2008 | Fast Company

The designer-small biz connection - Fast Company

“‘The main thing that 99designs is about is choice,’ says Matt Mickiewicz, the U.S. office representative for 99designs, ‘It’s a fantastic model that eliminates risk for small business owners and puts designers on equal footing.’ Designers can be of any age, background or level of experience to post designs on the site, making the site a great lead-generator. ‘It doesn’t matter if you’re 15 or 60. It’s completely based on merit.’ Most participants are students and freelancers, but Mickiewicz says that several designers have managed to make a living out of the site, including a designer in Romania who earned approximately $25,000 USD.”
Smartcompany awards 2008: the billion dollar list - SmartCompany
15 Sep 2008 | Smart Company

Smartcompany awards 2008: the billion dollar list - SmartCompany

“The Top Website Award, sponsored by SmartCompany, was won by 99designs. Its founder is Mark Harbottle.”
Crowd-sourcing can help with content, design, feedback - The Australian
29 Aug 2008 | The Australian

Crowd-sourcing can help with content, design, feedback - The Australian

“To some extent, Web 2.0 or the read-write web as it is known, is all about crowd sourcing. The idea is that the crowd can create content for you, give feedback and even have a hand in designing products they really want. It's a tricky concept for many companies to master but the latest generation of crowd-sourced websites such as 99designs and Gooruze are making it safe for businesses to participate.”
The marketplace to display your creative talents - Pocket-lint
27 Aug 2008 | Pocket-lint

The marketplace to display your creative talents - Pocket-lint

“Fancy yourself as a creative type? Got loads of ideas and no outlet? Or perhaps you need something designed for you. 99designs can help. They aim to put creative people in touch with prospective clients and there's a lot of money to made if you're full of ideas.”
Web design, the perfect portable business - Shelter Offshore
5 Aug 2008 | Shelter Offshore

Web design, the perfect portable business - Shelter Offshore

“More and more we’re all witnessing the power of the Internet and the successful businesses being built from it. Today more so than ever the possibility of packing your business along with your other hand luggage essentials and taking it with you without anyone even noticing your daring escape becomes a very viable option.”
99designs - connecting designers from around the world
5 Aug 2008 | VSC

99designs - connecting designers from around the world

“[99designs] connects thousand of designers from around the world with clients who need design tasks completed fast, and without the usual high cost and limited choice you get from most traditional design firms.”
99designs: crowdsourcing that works - Web Worker Daily
28 Apr 2008 | Web Worker Daily

99designs: crowdsourcing that works - Web Worker Daily

“99designs is one of the few sites I’ve seen that is really making this work. They’re focused on graphic design: logos, icons, and other visual work. People who need something fill out a brief about their needs, pay $39 for a listing, and specify what they’ll pay for the final product. Then designers contribute their ideas, which the potential client can rate and comment on. In the end, the deal gets done, the designer gets the money, and the client gets graphic work that strikes them as best-of-breed.”
Sitepoint: ideas = exchange = business - SmartCompany
28 Apr 2008 | Smart Company

Sitepoint: ideas = exchange = business - SmartCompany

“1500 designs submitted every day. That’s about one every sixty seconds.”
The commerce of crowds
1 Sep 2007 | Anthill

The commerce of crowds

“Forget about all those web 2.0 start-ups with no revenue and a business model that focuses solely on selling out to Google or Yahoo! as soon as possible. The real prime real estate on the web is in online marketplaces.”
Crowdsourcing graphic design - Springwise
24 May 2007 | Springwise

Crowdsourcing graphic design - Springwise

“Gaining access to thousands of aspiring designers means that a small town pub or a summer computer camp can buy a logo or t-shirt design for USD 100-200. Meanwhile, designers from across the world can tap into a much larger market for their services, while building their portfolio, honing their skills and presenting to real clients.”
Harnessing the wisdom of the crowd - The Age
20 Feb 2007 | The Age

Harnessing the wisdom of the crowd - The Age

“There's strength in numbers, as crowdsourcing proves as it takes off around the world.”