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Can You Fix a Bad Design? Here’s Where to Start

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It’s an hour before deadline and your boss just handed you a design project to finish up. And it’s bad. Very bad. It has problems ranging from poor images to crazy color, typography choices to general sloppiness. What should you do? Can it be fixed?

There are a few things you can do to help salvage a bad design with the understanding that it won’t be perfect. But making it passable as a design project for your company might well still be an option. Here’s how!

June 16th, 2015 Posted in Graphics, Typography
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Minimalist Design Is Taking Over: Here’s Why

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Everywhere you turn, another designer is releasing a project featuring a minimalist design style. This focus on space, simplicity and beautiful typography is refreshing. And it’s a great option for a number of design projects. That might be one of the reasons minimalist design is so popular.

But the trend is not brand new. Minimalism has been around almost as long as design itself. It’s a technique that ebbs and flows, but always remains as one of the classic styles, making it a design choice that almost always works.

June 15th, 2015 Posted in Layouts
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4 Fantastic UI / UX Deals for Designers

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In this week’s Design Shack Deal, we’re taking a look at four different offers around UI and UX.

Whether you’re wanting to master the art of user experience design in an immersive course, grab a lifetime subscription for a great collection of interface elements, or learn about how people think, decide, remember and feel motivation to take action, we’ll have something for you! Read on for a full overview of what each deal includes.

June 11th, 2015 Posted in Deals
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100+ iPad Mockups: PSDs, Photos & Vectors

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For displaying your latest and greatest responsive website design, or app interface, having a beautiful iPad mockup on which to demonstrate it can be really helpful.

Today, we’re taking a look at almost a hundred different iPad and tablet mockups, in all shapes and sizes, that can make your app or website interface stand out. They vary between photograph-based PSD mockups, or vectors that can scale to any size. Some are free, some cost a few dollars, but all of them are rather lovely!

June 9th, 2015 Posted in Inspiration
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Interaction Design: What Is It, and How Can You Use It?

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Interaction design might be the most talked about design concept of 2015. It’s something you should be thinking about and planning for in all of your digital projects.

But how can you make the most of interaction design? How can you design something people want to interact with? While some of those answers are changing with technology, one element remains the same – people want to use design that is intuitive, functional and aesthetically pleasing.

June 8th, 2015 Posted in Graphics, Layouts
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4 Tools for Design Entrepreneurs: Save Over $2,700

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In this week’s Design Shack Deal, we’re taking a look at four big savings on different tools, resources, and applications for design entrepreneurs.

Whether you’re looking for software to help you better outline your next design project, tools to help build websites, write copy, or just start your own business — we’ll have something to help you get started!

June 4th, 2015 Posted in Deals
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Asymmetrical Design: Creating Beautiful, Balanced Layouts

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How do you feel about asymmetrical design? That simple question can sometimes spark a lot of debate among designers. Asymmetrical design can be one of the more complicated techniques to pull off, but when done well results in beautiful and eye-catching designs.

While the definition of asymmetry is the lack of symmetry or equality between two halves; it is not a lack of balance as some wrongly assume. Designers can use asymmetry to create balance and harmony even though two sides of the design do not mirror one another. Here’s how to get started.

June 3rd, 2015 Posted in Layouts
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Introducing the “Big 50 Font Bundle”: This Month Only

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Today, we’re taking a look at The Big 50 Font Bundle. It’s great collection of 50 incredible fonts, plus extras, all with commercial licences for just $29!

It’s an offer of 96% off the $850 retail price, and it’s only available for the month of June. So there’s no time to waste! Read on for a closer look at some of the different typefaces included, and to find out more about the deal. It’s a great collection of lovely fonts, and worth considering adding to your collection!

June 2nd, 2015 Posted in Deals
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Neatly Coded, Elegant WordPress Plugins From Chop-Chop.org

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Most WordPress users are familiar with just how flexible it can be as a CMS. Right out of the box, it can be used for a variety of different website designs. But one of the tools that helps developers – from experts to beginners – is a good set of plugins for additional functionality.

That’s where the new set of WordPress plugins from Chop-Chop.org come in. Today we’re going to take a look at their collection of plugins, and showcase how they can power-up your WordPress website!

May 29th, 2015 Posted in Software
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Visual Composer: A Drag-and-Drop WordPress Page Builder

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WordPress powers a large percentage of the web, and it’s a famously easy-to-use content management system. But creating immersive, in-depth pages and layouts can be a tricky process.

Visual Composer is a plugin that lets you take full control over your WordPress site, and build any layout you can imagine. It’s all based around adrag and drop page builder interface, doesn’t require any programming knowledge, and is really simple to get started using. Today we’re going to be taking a look at how it works, and sharing a few examples of how it’s powering some lovely WordPress designs!

May 28th, 2015 Posted in Layouts
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