We’re back! It’s time to celebrate the most creative, unusual, imaginative, and original designs of the past year. And our incredible community has done it again – from electric illustrations to bad-ass branding, powerful prints to pitch-perfect packaging, check out the designers who pushed their creative boundaries and made something unforgettable.

Explore the awards

Key dates

Entry deadline
Nominees announced
Jury panel announced
Winners announced
4 February 2022
11 May 2022
11 May 2022
25 May 2022

Designs created


Award entries





And the winners are...

Anastasia S

Best Branding Design

Adam Marsh

Best Digital Design

Illia Kolesnyk

Best Illustration Design


Best New Designer

Ega Elanda

Best New Top Level Designer

Luz Viera

Best Packaging Design


Best Print Design


Best Use of Typography


Creativity with a Conscience

Meet the jury

Alyssa Nguyen
Brand & Web Designer

Alyssa Nguyen’s studio bears her name for good reason: her personal mission is to create striking and memorable brand identities for businesses owned by women and people of color.

She proudly showcases her self-taught, entrepreneurial spirit across each of her community channels. And on her podcast, The Design Diaries, she spills the tea and hosts honest conversations filled with juicy tips and career advice, as well as the struggles and experiences of being a creator. Follow her journey on Instagram @atnndesign.

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Ruben Cespedes
Principal Interactive and Visual Designer at Dell & Adobe Educator

Ruben Cespedes is a digital product designer who’s spent the last 16 years creating innovative and exceptional digital experiences for big brands (hey, Crayola!) and small businesses alike.

Ruben is also a passionate content creator who's happy to share tips about everything from snagging your first client and building an epic design case study, to product reviews and UX/UI tutorials. You can keep up with him on Instagram @uiuxcreative, and find him on Youtube @RubenCespedes.

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Artist and Educator

Eureka is an illustrator and educator based in Selangor, Malaysia. After obtaining her Bachelor's and Masters in Architecture, she pivoted to follow her life's true passion: digital illustration and art. She loves to create beautiful things with her hands, and today she works full-time conjuring up unique designs across various mediums––always with a dash of pixie dust and magic.

You can take home a little slice of Eureka’s imagination via her Etsy shop, support her work on Patreon or just get lost in her tutorials on Instagram @eurekartstudio!

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Gia Graham
Hand-Lettering Artist & Illustrator

Gia Graham is a Barbados-born lettering artist and illustrator, now based in Atlanta. In her 20+ year career she's worked for agencies on everything from corporate design and branding, to art direction, photo styling and stationery.

As an island girl living in an urban world, her work has evolved over the years and is recognizable by the way she uniquely merges opposing cultural aesthetics. Her signature designs are alive with lush florals, foliage and tons of color. Gia's current focus is on bringing brands and products to life with lettering and illustration. When not working with clients, she teaches classes as a Top Teacher on Skillshare. Step into Gia's world over on Instagram @iamgiagraham!

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Beatrice Menis
Brand & Packaging Designer

Beatrice is a brand & packaging designer and co-founder of Studio Kibi, an independent studio that counts small businesses and start-ups as part of their diverse client roster. Born in Italy and with many homes in-between, Bea is full of global experience.

Her goal has always been to start a women-run business to help entrepreneurs around the world. And Studio Kibi is just that: the sweet, accessible spot between agencies and freelancers. When not crafting the backs of packs she can be found playing with her corgi, Mochi, and enjoying a throwback pop punk playlist on Spotify. Keep up with Bea @studiokibi and @beatricemenisdesign.

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Julie Wieland
Graphic Designer

Julie Wieland is a multidisciplinary (and Luxembourgish!) graphic designer living and working in Germany. Her work revolves around defining timeless and meaningful visual narratives for passion-driven individuals and businesses.

Recently, Julie made the jump from being one of the go-to senior designers in the Berlin startup scene to freelancing full-time. She began sharing content on her social channels for fellow designers––and those who aspire to be one––filled with her best tips, resources, inspiration and tutorials... And the rest is history. See the world through Julie's eyes over on Instagram and TikTok @juliewdesign.

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2022 awards


Best Branding Design

Logos and branding that know how to leave the perfect impression.


Best Digital Design

These designs don’t just look great – they’re interactive and oh so functional.


Best Illustration Design

Illustrations that capture the imagination and push the boundaries of digital art.


Best New Designer

It’s the community vote for the best new talent to join the 99designs community!


Best New Top Level Designer

It’s the community vote for the all-star who stepped up their game and rose to the top!


Best Packaging Design

When it comes to thinking outside (and inside!) the box, these nominees are our top-shelf picks.


Best Print Design

From picturesque postcards to branded book covers, these print designs are bound to entice.


Best Use of Typography

From funky fonts to twisted type, this category waxes lyrical on the written word.


Creativity with a Conscience

It’s the community vote for the top creatives designing a better world – one project at a time.

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