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10 Tips for Perfect Poster Design

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Almost everyone has designed a poster or flier at some point. Whether it was for self-promotion or a client, posters can be a fun way to present a message and do some interesting things with design.

Poster design starts with a common canvas. Common poster sizes are 8.5 by 11 inch letter (or A4), 11 by 17 inches and 22 by 34 inches. Large format poster sizes are commonly 24 inches by 36 inches. Poster can be design vertically or horizontally, but are most commonly designed with vertical orientation. Today we’re taking a look at ten useful tips for improving your next poster design!

June 30th, 2015 Posted in Inspiration
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15 Tips to Make Your Designs Feel More Human

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What makes something on a screen or canvas feel real? The answer is simple. It’s human connection. People want to interact with and use designed elements that work in the physical world in a way that mimics reality.

It’s the case study for human-centered design and why it matters so much in every project every design takes on. This human connection is more than physical, it also creates an emotional bond between the user and the design. That’s where you begin to create things like loyalty to a brand and a connection to users that goes beyond the screen. Here are a few ways you can use design techniques and tools to help you get there.

June 29th, 2015 Posted in Layouts
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20 Inspiring TED Talks for Designers

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Here’s your rainy-day game plan: Grab your laptop, find a comfy chair and get ready to be inspired about design. From how to think more creatively, to finding happiness in work, to learning something new, there are a plethora of great TED Talks just waiting for you to discover.

And we are making it easy for you with a roundup of 20 completely inspiring TED Talks here in one list. While some of the talks are newer, others have been around a while – TED has been around since 1984 – but all are sure to help you find a little design inspiration. (So bookmark this page, so you can find a new talk every time you are starting to feel a creative rut coming on.)

June 25th, 2015 Posted in Inspiration
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How Do You List Freelance Work on Your Resume? (We Have the Answer)

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Congratulations, your freelance business is proving successful. But how do you handle talking about it or explaining freelance work to potential employers, or on your resume. (Because it can be a hard subject to explain as a single entry on paper. You don’t want freelance work to look like an employment gap.)

There are some things you can do to on paper (and LinkedIn) to help present freelance work in a way that is more understandable to others. The key for many freelancers – especially those working part-time – is remembering to include freelance work as part of your resume and design portfolio. Sometimes those jobs can be just the thing you need to help land the next big gig!

June 24th, 2015 Posted in Business
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10 Popular Trends in Newsletter Signup Forms

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The art of the newsletter signup form is one that you may interact with more often than you think. Email marketing is one of the best and most-used ways that brands interact with customers. And it all starts with a simple sign up.

From pop ups to full-page forms, newsletter signups are everywhere. Many of us click through without consciously thinking about the design, but a well-designed form encourages that action in the first place. Some of the best-designed forms in the email signup landscape are from retailers, which are using emails to sell to customers directly. So how can you create a signup that looks fresh? Here are 10 ideas.

June 23rd, 2015 Posted in Inspiration
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Win a Retina 5k iMac With Design Shack Deals

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The 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display features a breathtaking 14.7 million pixel display so text appears sharper than ever, videos are unbelievably lifelike, and you can see new levels of detail in your photos.

This week, we’re giving one of these fantastic computers away to one lucky winner through Design Shack Deals. Read on to find out how to enter!

June 18th, 2015 Posted in Competitions
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A Look at Divi 2.4: Smarter, More Flexible, More Elegant

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WordPress is one of the most popular website platforms on the planet. But not everyone has the development chops to get a site up and running and with the aesthetics they want. That’s where themes – specifically Divi – come in!

A theme can help you design, manage and use the latest technology when getting your new (or revised) site online. Today, we’re going to look at Divi, which recently rolled out a ton of great updates, and how a theme like this can work for you.

June 17th, 2015 Posted in Software
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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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