Design Shack Is Evolving!

by on 18th October 2011 with 11 Comments

If you’ve taken a look at our site design in the past few hours, you might have noticed a few changes! We’ve taken the design paintbrush for a spin, streamlining and simplifying the layout and re-focusing on the parts of Design Shack that we particularly love.

All this comes hand-in-hand with a change to the Design Shack brand, and a funky new logo courtesy of Aaron Mahnke. Read on to find out a little more about the design, branding, and the changes we’ve made to the site.

Simplify & Streamline

The new design is a little more toned down, and we’ve stripped away quite a bit of the clutter that used to adorn the previous layout. The gallery is easier to navigate, articles are presented in a familiar fashion, and we’re placing more focus on the content.

Our New Logo

I’ve felt for a while that Design Shack has been in need of a more compelling logo, and unique visual brand. Our new logo retains the understated simplicity that we’re always aiming for, incorporates a few unique elements relating to our name, and gives Design Shack a better feeling of identity.

The logo has been designed by Aaron Mahnke, and we’re really pleased with how it turned out.

Submitting Your Design

It’s now easier than ever to submit your site design to our gallery, and you can send us a web design, piece of branding, or an interface example. Just head over to our submission form, fill out the details, and we’ll consider it for inclusion in the gallery.

If you’d prefer to receive a little more feedback on your submission (and advice from the Design Shack team), there’s another option available to you in the form of a Design Critique. This costs $49, but also includes a post on the site that promotes your site and includes all our constructive feedback on the elements of the design we love, or feel could be improved!

Find out more and see an example here, along with details of a few other design guidance and advice services that we’re starting to offer. to .net

Last (and probably least for most readers!) we’ve made a switch from our old domain name to the new We’ve always been an internationally focused site, and this new change reflects this better moving forward.

Thanks for Reading Design Shack!

As ever, we’re incredibly grateful to you, dear reader, for taking the time to visit the site and read what we have to say. Thank you for your support over the past five years, and I hope you’ll continue to enjoy our articles and inspiration!

If you have any feedback or suggestions for the site, please leave a comment. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Comments & Discussion


  • Katie

    Love the new design & logo :)

    I finally decided to register, yay! I wanted to let you know that you are missing a closing div tag for the div id page_column on the page after signup (

  • David Appleyard

    Thanks, Katie. We’ll get that sorted now!

  • Katie

    No problem :) I know that the signup confirmation page is one that I sometimes forget to double (and triple) check. At least the page still rendered mostly fine…just a big block of brown at the top.

    Also, just wanted to say, before this new design, I never even went to the gallery. Can’t believe what I was missing…

  • David Appleyard

    That’s great! I think that many people come here for the gallery and don’t see any of our articles, so hopefully it’ll work both ways :-)

  • Andrew

    I don’t like that its more difficult to find the community news and links. I think there should be a link on the homepage, or perhaps a section on the homepage like you had before.

    Aside from that, I like it. Still not very mobile friendly though :)

  • David Appleyard

    Hey Andrew — We’re actually going to be just publishing our community news on Twitter and Facebook from here out, saving the site itself for our own content.

  • Rijalul Fikri

    Love the new design.

  • Lakshmi Mareddy

    Love the new LOGO, and site design. Its more concise and crisper, and the landing page is way way better. PS: Oct 18 is my birthday as well :))

  • DB-dzine

    I really like the new Design! It’s clean, beautiful and very sematic. Keep up with the good articles, I like to read this Blog ;)

  • Aegides

    Really like the new design and logo, love this blog.

  • David Appleyard

    Thanks for the kind words everyone. We really appreciate it!


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