Meet the winners of the 2022 99awards

The 99awards is our annual celebration that showcases the excessive caliber of expertise inside our artistic neighborhood throughout many design disciplines. Now in its seventh 12 months, we’re excited to share a number of the best work created on our platform over the previous 12 months.

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 Group 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 enormous thanks to all of the designers who made this previous 12 months so wonderful.

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Finest Branding Design: Anastasia S

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

For this Montreal-based enterprise, Anastasia S. began with the emblem and created the retro-inspired mascot, Wally. As soon as she had the aesthetic in place, she expanded the set of characters to present 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 various merchandise,” explains Anastasia. “I needed to incorporate extra of the enjoyable features of the retro characters within the design. It makes the model communicate (plant & wholesome = cool & enjoyable), so prospects know that plant-based merchandise might be enjoyable and engaging as properly!

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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 precise hues and tones chosen convey a way of old-school ice cream store nostalgia whereas nonetheless feeling contemporary.”

“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 property.”

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 expertise 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 little bit woman.

The guide cowl contest for By means of Whiskey Coloured Glasses instantly caught Anselmo’s eye due to its title, which sparked his design idea. Anselmo explains, “A very good title at all times brings up plenty of visible concepts. I used to be taking a look at loads of kinetic typography and I’ve at all times preferred observing the distortions of glass prisms and refractions. So I needed to distort the duvet typography with the glass, however in a extra refined method to make every little thing 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 wonderful execution!

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Juror Julie Wieland was additionally a giant fan of Anselmo’s strategy. “Don’t choose a guide by its cowl—stated no designer ever?! Anselmo Alef did an incredible job at holding the design of the guide minimalistic with essentially the most consideration to element. The depth of the {photograph} is completely charming, the heat of the orange completely represents an excellent glass of Whiskey and the fashionable, 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 delightful.

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 mission, 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 recreation interfaces, corresponding to ones from a Nintendo Swap 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 principle objective of this app, empowering the person to have a seamless interplay.”

“The aesthetics are on level,” Ruben went on to clarify. “The background pictures convey it to life holding the customers engaged, in addition to shocked. Adam made nice design choices through the use of design ideas (distinction, stability, proximity, repetition, hierarchy, and alignment). A masterpiece that can 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 arising with artistic options that inform tales—be it by means of infographics, maps or packaging. Whereas she works on design tasks, there are at all times Disney, Sia or Okay-pop playlists taking part in within the background.

Nutrisi discovered Luz whereas searching designer portfolios. That they had a transparent artwork course and outlined the important thing packaging info they needed 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 type 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 containers that present all of the product info (elements, diet information, UPC code, and many others.).”

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Our packaging juror Beatrice Menis liked this design, as properly. “I selected Nutrisi by Luz Viera! I actually love how she’s used all the packaging to inform a narrative with a mixture of gorgeous graphic and illustration parts.

“I actually appreciated the eye to element within the total design and particularly on the again of the pack. Many designers are inclined 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 completed very properly!”

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 at all times liked to attract. As a baby, he liked 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 foundations and are made with such sincerity.

This collection of illustrations was created for Wurzelwerk, a German artistic advertising and marketing company. It was an pleasing mission with plenty of area for creativity. Illia and his consumer agreed on a playful illustrative fashion, after which he went to work.

“I took the curvature instrument within the illustrator and drew on the white artboard immediately, as if it have been the ultimate model,” he explains about his course of. “I stuffed the artboards with coloured shapes and performed with overlay modes, searching for the specified impact. These works additionally resemble a theatrical stage. You possibly can clearly distinguish the foreground, the 2nd airplane, and so forth.”

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

“His use of serious parts and the drawing fashion correspond properly with the tales (scenes, individuals, conditions, moods) and spotlight the experiences in every illustration. It’s enjoyable and fascinating! The colour palette and composition are properly 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 consumer 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 celebration.

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

Chatting with her distinctive fashion, Mky explains, “Work doesn’t need to be critical on a regular basis. Or in any respect, even. I strategy each mission 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 types to experiment with.” We like it!

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“I selected this piece because the successful entry as a result of it really works very well on many ranges,” explains our typography choose, 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 coloration all work properly 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 in addition serve the sensible objective of maximizing the usage of out there area. This was enjoyable! Thanks for inviting me to be a choose.”

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 at all times enjoyable to see the contemporary expertise coming by means of 99designs, and this 12 months our neighborhood has chosen as Franlistan our Finest New Designer! Fran joined our platform in Might of final 12 months and he’s already had some unbelievable success on our platform. He’s a flexible designer providing animation, internet and illustration providers.

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 centered his coaching on one thing he had at all times liked—graphic design. After college, he went on to work for businesses and most not too long ago has been doing advertising and marketing within the airline pilot coaching trade.

When requested what he thinks up to now, Fran says, “It’s a platform filled with proficient individuals and nice alternatives. You could be concerned in unbelievable tasks whereas rising as a designer. It’s at all times aspiring to stroll in the direction of excellence.”

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

Finest New Prime Degree 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 further time together with his household!

Ega joined the 99designs neighborhood in 2016 and within the following years, he’s crafted an enormous assortment of whimsical and stylized illustrations for every kind of purchasers. His artistic strategy suits properly with a wide range 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 neighborhood clearly agrees! Congratulations on this well-deserved Prime Degree promotion, Ega!

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

Creativity with a Conscience: BRTHR-ED

To have fun the designers making a distinction on our platform this 12 months, we launched our first Creativity with a Conscience Award. And this 12 months we’re happy to announce that our artistic neighborhood has voted BRTHR-ED to be the winner!

BRTHR-ED is a Yogyakarta Artwork Institute alumni and long-time member of the 99designs neighborhood who has labored within the design trade for twenty years. His intelligent illustrations have adorned every little thing from attire to skateboards, delighting tons of of purchasers around the globe. 

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The Live Like Brent Foundation is a non-profit that helps alleviate a number of the monetary burden for most cancers sufferers. BRTHR-ED linked 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 Pageant 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 consumer liked it—as do many members of our neighborhood.

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

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