Understanding designer levels

At 99designs, we work hard to maintain the quality and trust of our design community. That’s why we diligently curate all of our designers based on skill level, overall quality and professionalism.

To reward designers as they build their skills, 99designs curates every member of our design community into one of three levels:

Your designer level appears as a badge on your profile, below your name.

How is my designer level determined?

99designs curates designer levels based on a strict set of quality standards. Once a designer starts submitting designs to our platform, they will be reviewed by our Designer Curation team (remember: every design counts!).

The designer level is determined by the demonstrated level of professionalism and skills across all of the following:

  • Execution of design principles
  • Conceptual thought
  • Technical skills and deliverables
  • Client communication and satisfaction

Learn more about 99designs’ quality standards →

Why should I increase my designer level?

As designers improve their skills on our site, we reward them for their hard work with additional benefits including broader access to contests, more visibility across the platform, opportunities to give feedback through beta testing, faster payouts, lower platform fees and more.    

Learn more about designer level benefits 

How can I increase my designer level?

While our Designer Curation team regularly reviews accounts, 99designs also hosts application periods throughout the year for designers to apply for higher level status.  

During those times, 99designs will review a designer’s work, portfolio, account history (including professionalism, disputes, suspensions, etc.) to determine which level is appropriate. Designers may not apply outside of the application periods.

Learn more about level applications 


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