Fashion designer turned self-published author shares her journey


Donna Vernon was a fashion designer and university professor before finding her true passion: spiritual writing. Upon having this epiphany, she set out to write and publish not one, not two, but FOUR spiritual self-help books — with plans for 11 more! We sat down to chat with Donna about her decision to become a […]

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Inside 99designs: How to run a successful design contest


We recently provided some advice to help you prepare for a design contest. Today’s post jumps into tips for running the contest itself, so if you still need to complete your design brief be sure to check out part one. Running a design contest includes everything you’ll do between launching your contest and taking ownership […]

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Still using the same website? 6 ways to keep it current


So you’re in mid-April when you realize — despite your ambitious 2014 to-do list — you haven’t made a single update to your website in quite some time. Of course you meant to, but somehow it slipped between the work deadlines and the bills. Fortunately it’s never too late for an upgrade. Here we’ll look […]

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SMB Survey: How marketing savvy are you on tax day?

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Last year, the IRS handed out more than 110 million tax refunds with an average payout of $2,803. With tax day rapidly approaching, we wondered if small business owners had marketing on the brain. Were they writing off marketing expenses? Were they happy with how they’d spent their marketing dollars in 2013? What worked best, and […]

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Get eggs-cited for Easter with Swiftly


Easter is all about delicious chocolate eggs and cute bunny rabbits. The team at Swiftly is very excited about celebrating Easter and wants to help you get in the festive spirit. In less than one hour, Swiftly can add some eggs-citement to your logo, Facebook cover image, or Twitter background for only $19. From brightly […]

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Inside 99designs: How to best prepare for a graphic design contest


The more effort you put into anything in life, the better the results tend to be. Running a graphic design contest on 99designs is no different. When running a design contest you’re essentially taking on the role of Creative Director, so it’s important to be prepared to offer the direction and guidance your designers will […]

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Security Update from 99designs: The Heartbleed Bug


The Heartbleed logo – a design 99designs intends never to see again! (Courtesy of As you may be aware from the widespread media reports on the issue (including this article in The New York Times), a serious internet bug dubbed “Heartbleed” was identified yesterday by security researchers. Reports indicate that two-thirds of all websites […]

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How to collaborate with a designer on 1-to-1 projects


One of the best outcomes of running a contest is finding an awesome designer who you’ll be able to turn to for all of your future projects. We just so happen to have a 1-to-1 projects platform to help you collaborate in just this manner. The results tend to be glorious – especially if you […]

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Top 5 unusual logos, placements, or promos


Design in advertising is a big tent that embraces a wide range of looks, campaigns, and approaches — from the conservative to the bizarre. Catching and holding a viewer’s interest involves not only the creation of a memorable, eye-grabbing design, but also the timing and context in which viewers will be most receptive to its […]

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Create a simple marketing plan in 6 steps


“Plan” is a daunting word. Those four little letters are brimming with process, commitment and responsibility. It’s no wonder, then, that many small businesses go without a plan when it comes to marketing. You may think creating a marketing plan is one of those tasks best left to the pros, and you simply don’t have […]

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