Entry Level designers are either new to 99designs (by default) or meet our minimum quality standards. Time on site and/or time as a professional designer is not a factor in Entry Level status.
Rather, 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
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 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.
A few times each year, we also host a week-long open application period where designers can submit their 99designs portfolio for review. These are the only times designers may request to increase their level.
How can I improve my skills?
Before you begin working on 99designs, take some time to refresh yourself on the fundamentals:
- Elements of design
- Principles of design
- Color theory
- Composition and layout
- Visual hierarchy
99designs policies & site standards
99designs has its own unique policies and standards for designers. Make sure you're familiar with all of them, so you don't run into issues later down the road: