99designs is all about creating opportunities for designers to grow. So we created a higher-priced, Platinum package exclusively for the most talented, professional and hard-working designers on 99designs.
Platinum contests are unique because:
- Top Level designers are hand-picked by 99designs.
- Top Level designers can still compete in all other contests.
- they have the largest prizes.
- all finalists in Platinum contests will be paid 15% of the total prize.
- winners in Platinum contests will be paid both the first prize + 15% of the total prize.
Top Level designers are well-respected within the 99designs community. They are often featured on our global blog, the first to test out exciting new features, they get a nice Top Level badge on their portfolios, and much more.
The requirements to become Top Level
The first step is to really focus on producing great designs. In addition to this, we offer Top Level status to designers who:
- demonstrate the highest caliber of conceptual thought and technical execution in their work.
- execute basic design principles well such as typography, visual hierarchy, composition and color.
- create effective design solutions that meet clients' needs.
- provide the required design files to clients.
- submit original logo, icon and illustration designs that comply with our Stock Policy and Concept Originality Policy.
- correctly source and declare stock images where they are permitted. Note: If stock images are used they must be uniquely modified or incorporated creatively.
- avoid submitting too many generic designs.
- conduct themselves professionally and follow the rules of 99designs.
- have filled out their 99designs profile page as instructed in this article.
Starting December 1, 2017, all non-Top Level designers must have at least 5 repeat clients and a minimum client review score of 4.5 to apply for Top Level. These requirements must be met in addition to demonstrating an expert level of our criteria.
- This update will not affect Top Level designers retroactively. Those who do not meet the new requirements and/or were promoted to Top Level before December 1st, 2017 will not lose their Top Level status.
- We will make exceptions and promote designers to Top Level if they have an exceptional offsite portfolio that shows considerable experience.
A few times each year, we also host a week-long open enrollment period where Mid Level designers can directly apply to become Top Level. These are the only times Mid Level designers will be able to submit their portfolio and request to become Top Level.
We actively review designers for Top Level status daily. If you follow the above requirements on a regular basis, you can be sure we'll take notice!
Examples of Top Level-level work: