Mid Level designers have built enough trust in the community to enter unlimited contests and participate in higher prize categories.
While we regularly review accounts, we also host open application periods throughout the year for Mid Level designers interested in leveling up to Top Level.
What is Mid Level status?
Mid Level designers demonstrate an above average understanding of our designer 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.
What are the benefits of Mid Level?
- Contest Access: Access to all contest packages except Platinum
- Unlimited Contests: Access to unlimited contest submissions
Payments & support
- Finalist Payments: All finalists in Gold contests are paid 15% of the total prize. Winners in Gold contests are paid both the first prize + 15% of the total prize.
- Discover: Mid Level designers are showcased in the middle of Discover.
How do I become Top 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 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.
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.
- A field guide to stock image licenses (and how to protect yourself)
- 3 common image licensing mistakes to avoid
- Crash Course: Know your typography vocabulary!
- 14 typography crimes to stop committing
- Boost your skills with these fun typography games
Professionalism & client communication
- 5 questions to ask your clients after reading their brief
- How to keep your clients happy (while keeping yourself sane)
- 3 simple ways to manage your freelance workload
- How to “sell” your designs to clients
Looking for more hands-on help?
Share your designs to get peer feedback for improving your work.