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The Illusive Click: Structuring Designs to Influence Behavior

The Illusive Click: Structuring Designs to Influence Behavior

Click. That sound means you’ve done your job. The user has viewed your page and taken the action that you wanted them to.

How is this achieved? Should you be thinking about this goal more as you structure your designs? What mistakes should you be careful about avoiding? Read on to find out.

August 26th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
That Sketched Look: Trends, Tips and Tools for Using Doodles in Design

That Sketched Look: Trends, Tips and Tools for Using Doodles in Design

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It’s always fun to really dive into a popular design trend and see who’s doing it, how it works, what it communicates and how you can try it for yourself.

Stick with us as we do exactly that with those trendy doodle designs that you see all over the web right now.

August 25th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
The Difference Between UI and UX

The Difference Between UI and UX

In today’s creative and technical environment, the terms “UI” (User Interface) and “UX” (User Experience) are being used more than ever. Overall, these terms are referring to specialties and ideas that have been around for years prior to the introduction of the abbreviated terminology.

But the problem with these new abbreviations is more than just nomenclature. Unfortunately, the terms are quickly becoming dangerous buzzwords: using these terms imprecisely and in often completely inappropriate situations is a constant problem for a growing number of professionals, including: designers, job seekers, and product development specialists. Understanding the proper separation, relationship and usage of the terms is essential to both disciplines.

August 15th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
Design an Ambigram Logo With Your Name

Design an Ambigram Logo With Your Name

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Ambigrams are a particularly complex type of typographical art that can be read identically in different orientations. They typically take the form of a word that reads the same way upside down as it does right side up.

Today we’re going to see what’s involved in creating ambigrams and walk through creating a basic one on our own.

August 11th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
Tips for Designing With Multiple Photos

Tips for Designing With Multiple Photos

Photography is one of your most powerful resources as a designer. Here we’ll take a look at some clever and unique ways to create photo-centric designs using multiple images.

August 9th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
Separating Content: 10 Ways to Draw the Line

Separating Content: 10 Ways to Draw the Line

The story is as old as graphic design itself: you have two different sections and you need a way to visually separate them. As a designer, I frequently spot myself reverting to the same old one or two tricks to pull this off. Why not mix it up a bit?

Today we’ll show you ten awesome ways to create two distinct sections of content. Each example is from a real website so you can click through to see it in action.

August 5th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
Designers, Do You Really Know Anything About Design?

Designers, Do You Really Know Anything About Design?

Does learning the requisite software make you a designer? Just because you know CSS and HTML, can you really call yourself a web designer?

Today we’re going to explore the idea that, while you may be a Photoshop wizard, you might lack in fundamental design training that could drastically help you in your every day career.

August 3rd, 2011 Posted in Graphics
Three Quick Design Tricks: Sliced Text, Metal Knobs and Curled Stickers

Three Quick Design Tricks: Sliced Text, Metal Knobs and Curled Stickers

Today we have a small collection of completely random but very useful design tricks that you should keep in the back of your mind the next time you need a new idea.

We’ll be showing you how to slice up some text in Illustrator to give it an edgy feel and how to build a metal slider and a curled sticker in Photoshop.

July 28th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
How to Design an Awesome Flyer (Even if You’re Not a Designer)

How to Design an Awesome Flyer (Even if You’re Not a Designer)

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This article will walk your through the process and logic of designing a basic but attractive flyer. We’ll look at how you can plan your content, find and implement some quality images and handle the alignment of a significant amount of content while not sacrificing too much of the visual appeal.

July 19th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
Build Awesome Color Palettes Effortlessly in Illustrator

Build Awesome Color Palettes Effortlessly in Illustrator

Here at Design Shack we can’t get enough of good color schemes. We recently discussed some Awesome and Unusual Places to Steal Color Palettes From and today we’ll follow up that discussion with some tips on how to build your own awesome color sets in Adobe Illustrator.

We’ll go over the extreme basics of working with color in Illustrator and jump into how to use the excellent built-in Color Guide to get you on the path to lightning-fast generation and manipulation of custom color schemes.

July 14th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
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