Designer Code of Conduct

1. Respect the 99designs community

99designs is a large, global community that brings together lots of different people. There are bound to be disagreements, but when we disagree, the most important thing is to treat each other with respect.

To help guide your participation in the 99designs community, we have assembled a simple code of conduct. Failure to respect the community and comply with the code will result in disciplinary action such as account suspension or termination.

2. Respect all community members

That’s right – respect is rule #1! Negative, aggressive or offensive behavior in public or in private directed towards clients or other designers will not be tolerated. If you need to report a community member for inappropriate behavior or breaking the Designer Code of Conduct please do so by contacting support.

3. Do original work

Copying designs in total or in part from other sources within or outside of the 99designs community will not be tolerated. Stock images need to be declared so that the client has the opportunity to purchase the proper licensing to use the stock image if your design is selected as the winner. Do not use any Stock imagery in Logo or Illustration contests. Please see our Concept Originality Policy and our Stock Image and Clip Art Policy for more information.

4. Be honest and compete fairly

Do not misrepresent yourself or others in public or in private. Never attempt to influence the client by criticizing other designers or their work, complaining to the client regarding their decisions, offering to do free and additional work outside the scope of a contest, or by propositioning the client to cancel their contest and work directly with you instead.

I will not:

  • submit designs that I copied in total or in part from someone/somewhere else
  • publicly or privately criticize or attack designers, clients or 99designs staff
  • open multiple accounts
  • engage in fraud.

I will:

  • respect the community and the code of conduct
  • submit only original work
  • use the proper channels to report inappropriate behavior.

Guidelines updated October 27, 2016.

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