While we regularly review accounts, we also host open application periods throughout the year for all designers interested in leveling up.
This will be the only time Entry Level designers can apply directly to become Mid Level.
What is Entry Level status?
Entry Level designers are either new to 99designs (by default) or meet the minimum standards of our required criteria:
- Execution of Design Principles: How well you execute typography, visual hierarchy, composition and color in your designs. This includes presenting a complete and professional profile of only your best work.
- Conceptual Thought: How well you develop creative concepts that effectively solve a client’s business needs, avoid generic design, avoid copying other designers, and follow our stock policy.
- Technical Skills and Deliverables: How well you organize and produce industry standard files and deliverables to clients.
- Client Communication and Satisfaction: How professionally you communicate to clients, keep a positive responsiveness score, successfully complete handovers and projects, gain positive client reviews, grow your repeat clients, and comply with our Designer Code of Conduct.
Time on site and/or time as a professional designer is not a factor in Entry Level status.
How many contests can I enter?
Entry Level designers can participate in up to 10 contests per month.
These 10 contests are available during any 28-day period on a rolling counter (meaning they don't all "reset" at once). Think of them as 10 open "slots" with each slot resetting 28 days after being used.
This method avoids a rush at the end of a calendar month and gives designers time to build their portfolios, navigate the site and grow their skills.
How do I become Mid Level?
Designers are regularly reviewed by 99designs to determine whether they demonstrate an exceptional level of our designer criteria.
A few times each year, we also host a week-long open enrollment period where Entry Level designers can directly apply to become Mid Level. These are the only times Entry Level designers will be able to submit their portfolio and request to become Mid Level.
How do I improve my design quality?
We’re so glad you asked! Below are some of our best articles and resources to help improve your design skills.
Generic and common concepts
- How to avoid generic and common logo concepts
- Avoiding Generic Design: Law firm logos that raise the bar
- Avoiding Generic Design: Real estate logos that close the deal
- The 7 principles of design
- Understanding color theory
- Visual hierarchy for designers
- 99 descriptive design words you should know
- How to create print-ready bleeds
- How to choose the right contest for you
- 6 winning contest strategies
- How to make the most out of your 99designs portfolio
Looking for more hands-on help?
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