What are 99designs' quality standards?

To ensure clients receive professional designs and maintain the trust of our design community, we curate designers based on a strict set of quality standards. While we recognize that design is inherently subjective, there are certain industry standards that clients rely on us to enforce.

Our Designer Curation team reviews all new designer portfolios after they’ve submitted their first few designs. We reserve the right to put a designer's account on hold if the work does not adequately meet our quality standards.

99designs curates our designer community based on the following:

1. Execution of design principles

How well do you execute typography, visual hierarchy, composition and color in your designs? This includes presenting a complete and professional portfolio of only your best work.

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2. Conceptual thought

How well do you develop creative concepts that effectively solve a client's business needs? Do you avoid generic design and refrain from copying other designers' work?

All design submissions must abide by our Concept Originality Policy and our Stock Policy.

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3. Technical skills and deliverables

How well do you organize and produce industry standard files and deliverables for your clients?

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4. Client communication and satisfaction

Have you followed our Designer Code of Conduct? Do you communicate with clients in a polite and professional way? Are you able to maintain a positive responsiveness score and grow your number of repeat clients? Do you successfully complete handovers and projects? Do you have positive client reviews? 

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How can I improve my work?

Need to brush up your design knowledge and professional skills? We offer plenty of great advice, design tips and tutorials in our Designer Resource Center and on the 99designs blog.

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