What is Top Level status?

Top Level designers have a professional network of happy repeat clients, an impressive portfolio and glowing feedback from the people they work with.

Designers that achieve Top Level status meet our quality standards with the highest proficiency in all of the following:

  • Execution of design principles
  • Conceptual thought
  • Technical skills and deliverables
  • Client communication and satisfaction

Top Level designers are expected to maintain the level of their work or risk dropping back down to a lower level.

Learn more about our quality standards →

What are the benefits of being Top Level?

As our most prestigious community members, Top Level designers enjoy many benefits at 99designs, including the highest Contest prizes, broader client visibility, faster payouts, the lowest platform fees and prioritized support.

Learn more about specific Top Level benefits →

How can I become a Top Level designer?

We regularly review designers for Top Level status. If your work exceeds our quality standards, we’ll take notice!

All designers interested in Top Level promotion must have at least five repeat clients and a minimum client review score of 4.5 to apply*. Exceptions are occasionally made when a designer's offsite portfolio demonstrates considerable experience. 

Additionally, Designers may apply for a level review every 6 months if they meet certain criteria. Once we receive your application we’ll review it and notify you of their decision. Designers may not apply outside of the application periods. More information on applying to increase your designer level.

* This policy was established December 1, 2017. Designers who were Top Level previously maintained their status. 

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