Meet the winners of the 2022 99awards

The 99awards is our annual celebration that showcases the excessive caliber of expertise inside our artistic group throughout many design disciplines. Now in its seventh yr, we’re excited to share a few of the best work created on our platform over the previous yr.

The 2022 99awards jury panel included six famend artists, educators and designers from around the globe. Scroll right down to see who they chose because the winners—together with the outcomes from our Neighborhood Award classes that have been put to a public vote—or skip to your favourite designer:

Congratulations once more to our 54 nominees and a big thanks to all of the designers who made this previous yr so wonderful.

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Finest Branding Design: Anastasia S

Once we take into consideration nice manufacturers, it’s platform collaborations like Wally’s Vegan Ice Cream, that all the time come to thoughts first. Anastasia S brings authenticity to each challenge she touches, injecting manufacturers with a excessive dose of playful persona.

For this Montreal-based enterprise, Anastasia S. began with the brand and created the retro-inspired mascot, Wally. As soon as she had the aesthetic in place, she expanded the set of characters to provide every taste its personal mascot to create a full assortment of nostalgic packaging. We love how every taste feels each distinctive and cohesive.

“I’m a giant fan of the enjoyable retro character design and likewise wholesome plant-based different merchandise,” explains Anastasia. “I wished to incorporate extra of the enjoyable facets of the retro characters within the design. It makes the model communicate (plant & wholesome = cool & enjoyable), so clients know that plant-based merchandise could be enjoyable and attractive as effectively!

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Anastasia S

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So what did juror Alyssa Nguyen love about this model design? “Every model component stands sturdy by itself, however when all mixed it creates an immersive model expertise that touches on the persona and ethos of the model completely,” she explains. “The colour palette is each well-rounded and crowd pleasing, and I discover that the particular hues and tones chosen carry a way of old-school ice cream store nostalgia whereas nonetheless feeling recent.”

“The typography additionally captures this homage to nostalgia with out feeling dated or overdone,” she continues. “Moreover, the model illustrations actually add that retro really feel whereas additionally sustaining originality. The branding identification created right here is extraordinarily versatile and I can see it having the flexibility to be executed simply and persistently throughout print, digital, internet, social, and bodily belongings.”

See all of the 2022 99awards Branding nominees →

Finest Print Design: Anselmo.alef

Anselmo.alef is a Brazilian artwork director with 15 years of expertise in promoting businesses. Over the previous few years, he started creating his 3D abilities and integrating them into his work. He’s additionally a maker and 3D printer hobbyist in his spare time, and a proud father of a bit lady.

The ebook cowl contest for Via Whiskey Coloured Glasses instantly caught Anselmo’s eye due to its title, which sparked his design idea. Anselmo explains, “A very good title all the time brings up numerous visible concepts. I used to be numerous kinetic typography and I’ve all the time preferred observing the distortions of glass prisms and refractions. So I wished to distort the duvet typography with the glass, however in a extra refined technique to make all the things easy and calm.”

To create the impact, Anslemo used Cinema 4D to realize the refraction impact, Octane for rendering, after which Photoshop for pre and post-production. A intelligent strategy and glorious execution!

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Juror Julie Wieland was additionally a giant fan of Anselmo’s strategy. “Don’t decide a ebook by its cowl—stated no designer ever?! Anselmo Alef did an incredible job at conserving the design of the ebook minimalistic with essentially the most consideration to element. The depth of the {photograph} is totally charming, the heat of the orange completely represents glass of Whiskey and the trendy, elegant font selection suits proper in.”

See all of the 2022 99awards Print nominees →

Finest Digital Design: Adam Marsh

Don’t be afraid to question the brief. If you’ve thought up a better, more elegant way of solving their problem, then there’s no harm in showing it to the client. Often they may not even realize what was possible.

Adam Marsh is a artistic designer, thinker and maker from London; working throughout model and digital design. He loves fixing issues utilizing a human-centered design strategy and creating work that’s easy, clear and exquisite.

Adam loved working with Goal Getter on their mindfulness app quite a bit, as they have been very engaged and provided useful suggestions whereas additionally being open to designing options past their authentic plan. Their communication and openness enabled a fantastic partnership.

When requested what attracted him to this challenge, Adam explains, “I used to be impressed by the app’s mission and objective to assist individuals obtain their objectives, this impressed uplifting pictures and an interface that helped customers really feel like they have been in full management – with one giant central button. I used to be additionally impressed by sport interfaces, corresponding to ones from a Nintendo Change so as to add moments of enjoyable, such because the tactile stamps after your each day check-in.”

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Juror Ruben Cespedes explains his selection: “Adam simply nailed all these vital components for the Mindset Mastery App Design. He used a minimalist strategy, which works completely with the primary objective of this app, empowering the consumer to have a seamless interplay.”

“The aesthetics are on level,” Ruben went on to clarify. “The background photographs carry it to life conserving the customers engaged, in addition to shocked. Adam made nice design choices through the use of design ideas (distinction, steadiness, proximity, repetition, hierarchy, and alignment). A masterpiece that may encourage others. Superior work, Adam!”

See all of the 2022 99awards Digital nominees →

Finest Packaging Design: Luz Viera

Luz Viera is a contract graphic designer and illustrator based mostly in Colombia. She enjoys developing with artistic options that inform tales—be it by means of infographics, maps or packaging. Whereas she works on design initiatives, there are all the time Disney, Sia or Ok-pop playlists taking part in within the background.

Nutrisi discovered Luz whereas searching designer portfolios. That they had a transparent artwork route and outlined the important thing packaging info they wished to see within the design, which made the method quick and enjoyable. Particularly, they have been searching for playful illustrations that will be particularly eye-catching to kids.

“I imagined this sort and smiling bear consuming a cloud bar, and alluring kids to benefit from the chocolate as a lot as him,” she explains. “The entrance of the pouch is split into two sections. Above is the bear in his forest having fun with his bar with a radiant morning behind him, and beneath is the part with the flavour and key product info. On the bottom are a sky scene and textual content packing containers that present all of the product info (components, diet details, UPC code, and many others.).”

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Luz Viera

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Our packaging juror Beatrice Menis beloved this design, as effectively. “I selected Nutrisi by Luz Viera! I actually love how she’s used the complete packaging to inform a narrative with a mix of gorgeous graphic and illustration components.

“I actually appreciated the eye to element within the general design and specifically on the again of the pack. Many designers are likely to overlook this aspect of the packaging when it could possibly be used to additional talk the product advantages and the model story. I felt right here it was achieved very effectively!”

See all of the 2022 99awards Packaging nominees →

Finest Illustration Design: Illia Kolesnyk

Illia Kolesnyk is an artist and illustrator from Kyiv, the place he studied on the Academy of Arts. He has all the time beloved to attract. As a baby, he beloved to play with paints and he continues to play extra professionally now. He’s most impressed by kids’s drawings as a result of they break all the principles and are made with such sincerity.

This collection of illustrations was created for Wurzelwerk, a German artistic advertising and marketing company. It was an gratifying challenge with numerous area for creativity. Illia and his shopper agreed on a playful illustrative type, after which he went to work.

“I took the curvature software within the illustrator and drew on the white artboard instantly, as if it have been the ultimate model,” he explains about his course of. “I crammed the artboards with coloured shapes and performed with overlay modes, searching for the specified impact. These works additionally resemble a theatrical stage. You’ll be able to clearly distinguish the foreground, the 2nd aircraft, and so forth.”

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Our illustration decide Eureka explains why she selected this design: “I really like how Illia Kolesnyk’s simplified type and structure nonetheless handle to depict a full narrative. It brings us alongside on the adventures to totally different locations.

“His use of great components and the drawing type correspond effectively with the tales (scenes, individuals, conditions, moods) and spotlight the experiences in every illustration. It’s enjoyable and interesting! The colour palette and composition are effectively balanced too, exhibiting a fantastic depth and distinction the place wanted.”

See all of the 2022 99awards Illustration nominees →

Finest Typography Design: Mky

Mky had beforehand labored with Makeplease to create the logo and branding elements after the shopper reached out to Mky on Instagram. So it solely made sense for her to proceed the branding journey by creating the poster for his or her launch occasion.

For this explicit design Mky wanted one thing that was in keeping with the model tips she’d created, but additionally very dynamic and festive. Because the poster wanted to have numerous textual content on it, hand lettering was the apparent selection. By crafting the letters herself, she was capable of inject tons of persona and motion into the poster design.

Talking to her distinctive type, Mky explains, “Work doesn’t must be critical on a regular basis. Or in any respect, even. I strategy each challenge with a playful and curious mindset. It’s just about like stepping onto a brand new playground—with new challenges to beat, and new methods and kinds to experiment with.” We adore it!

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“I selected this piece because the successful entry as a result of it really works rather well on many ranges,” explains our typography decide, Gia Graham.

“The letterforms are playful and crammed with persona however none of that distracts from the legibility, which is essential. The composition, hierarchy and use of shade all work effectively collectively to simply information the attention by means of the piece and I actually like the truth that all of the little quirky stylistic selections with the lettering not solely make the piece really feel enjoyable but additionally serve the sensible objective of maximizing using out there area. This was enjoyable! Thanks for inviting me to be a decide.”

See all of the 2022 99awards Typography nominees →

Finest New Designer: Franlistan


Last year a friend suggested the idea of joining 99designs and I instantly fell in love with the community and the possibility of working with clients from all over the world.

It’s all the time enjoyable to see the recent expertise coming by means of 99designs, and this yr our group has chosen as Franlistan our Finest New Designer! Fran joined our platform in Might of final yr and he’s already had some incredible success on our platform. He’s a flexible designer providing animation, internet and illustration companies.

Fran has been drawing and creating his personal imaginary worlds since he was a small baby. Though he first studied language and literature at college, he finally targeted his coaching on one thing he had all the time beloved—graphic design. After college, he went on to work for businesses and most just lately has been doing advertising and marketing within the airline pilot coaching business.

When requested what he thinks thus far, Fran says, “It’s a platform stuffed with gifted individuals and nice alternatives. It’s possible you’ll be concerned in unimaginable initiatives whereas rising as a designer. It’s all the time aspiring to stroll in direction of excellence.”

See all of the 2022 99awards Best New Designer nominees →

Finest New Prime Stage Designer: Ega Elanda

Ega Elanda is a graphic designer and illustrator who enjoys spending days together with his little household.

After leaving his day job at a artistic company, he started working full-time as a freelancer. Switching to freelance has given him the liberty to handle his work hours with extra flexibility, and he loves spending that additional time together with his household!

Ega joined the 99designs group in 2016 and within the following years, he’s crafted an enormous assortment of whimsical and stylized illustrations for all types of purchasers. His artistic strategy suits effectively with quite a lot of design classes, together with podcast covers, daring packaging, playful beer labels, flashy taking part in playing cards and extra.

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We’re so pleased with all he’s achieved on our platform—and the group clearly agrees! Congratulations on this well-deserved Prime Stage promotion, Ega!

See all of the 2022 99awards Best New Top Level Designer nominees →

Creativity with a Conscience: BRTHR-ED

To rejoice the designers making a distinction on our platform this yr, we launched our first Creativity with a Conscience Award. And this yr we’re happy to announce that our artistic group has voted BRTHR-ED to be the winner!

BRTHR-ED is a Yogyakarta Artwork Institute alumni and long-time member of the 99designs group who has labored within the design business for 20 years. His intelligent illustrations have adorned all the things from attire to skateboards, delighting lots of of purchasers around the globe. 

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The Live Like Brent Foundation is a non-profit that helps alleviate a few of the monetary burden for most cancers sufferers. BRTHR-ED related with the group by means of a contest, the place they have been searching for a t-shirt design for his or her tenth Annual Carve 4 Most cancers Winter Sports activities and Music Competition fundraiser. 

Ed saved his winning t-shirt illustration light-hearted, crafting a guitar-playing abominable snowman within the mountains—all mirrored in a pair of ski goggles. The shopper beloved it—as do many members of our group.

See all of the 2022 99awards Creativity with a Conscience nominees →

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