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The Creative Market Super Deluxe Bundle: 60 Items for Only $39!

by on September 17th, 2014


Creative Market has pulled in some of their most talented shop owners to bring you another amazing bundle of goods. The Super Deluxe Bundle includes 60 items worth $694, for just $39. That’s 94% off the original cost of these items!

This deal is too good to stick around though, it’ll be gone in seven days. Grab it before it goes, or read on to find out a bit more about what’s included — everything from fonts and icons, to mockup packs, hero images, and more.

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This Week in Design: Sept. 12, 2014

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An essential part of what makes someone connect with design is emotion and feeling. And these are two things that can be hard to predict, describe and design. But there is a little science behind emotion and feeling and why you might react a certain way, and that’s our focus this week in design.

Every week, we plan to a look at major product releases and upgrades, tools and tricks and even some of the most popular things you are talking about on social media. And we’d love to hear what’s going on in your world as well. Have we missed anything? Drop me a line at carrie@designshack.net.

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The reality is the more people you work with, the more successful you are likely to be as a freelancer. And just like when working for a firm or agency, freelance designers should make a point to collaborate with others regularly. Here are 10 ways you can put your head together with other designers (or clients) to better get the job done.

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