Inspiration Archive


5 Tips for Creating a Fun Summer Color Palette

summer color

The official start of summer is just around the corner. Longer days, warmer temperatures and splashing in the lake or pool are just a few of the things that come with the change in season. When it comes to design, a change in seasons can create the urge to update your color palette as well.

With warmer days, warmer colors, brighter hues and even the use of more color are popular. And while you may not want to change the color scheme of an existing project — although you can – this season can be a great inspiration for designing a project with a summer-inspired color palette. Here are five tips for creating a great color palette with a few swatches to try based on each concept. Happy summer!

May 19th, 2014 Posted in Inspiration

50 Free & Premium Tumblr Themes


Tumblr has been the go to place for bloggers, inspiration finders, and creatives for years as a way of posting to the web. With that popularity came a whole culmination of themes. Themes varying from grid-based, portfolio style, and even ones specifically made for type.

Today we’ve rounded up a collection of over 50 of the best Tumblr themes, designs, and templates for you to browse through. Some of these are free, and some are commercial. We hope you find something that fits what you’re looking for!

March 18th, 2014 Posted in Inspiration

What Makes a Great Search Interface?


A search box is one of the essential pieces that is included in almost every website design. While sometimes the creation of this small element turns into an afterthought, there is no reason why the search box should not be designed as beautifully as the rest of a website.

The design of a search box should mirror that of the rest of the site, be functional and easy to use and be placed in a location that is obvious to users. Today, we are going to take a look at some great search boxes and a few tools to help you through your own design.

February 26th, 2014 Posted in Inspiration

Making Vintage Design Work for You

vintage design

Vintage textures and palettes are in. They are popping up in a variety of uses from large-scale design projects to small details in a logo or background texture. This dated-style technique has really made a comeback.

Today, we will look at how you can create and establish a great palette for a vintage-style design from color to type to texture choices.

February 19th, 2014 Posted in Inspiration

30+ Free & Premium Ghost Themes & Templates


The Ghost platform is growing quickly, and shaping up to be a fantastic blogging platform for designers and developers alike. It’s built on a powerful framework, and we’re starting to see a wonderful array of Ghost themes and templates cropping up from dozens of designers.

Today we’ve rounded up a collection of over 30 of our favourite Ghost themes, designs, and templates for you to browse through. Some of these are free, and some are commercial (but all under $25, which is something of a steal!). We hope you find something that fits what you’re looking for!

February 6th, 2014 Posted in Inspiration

20 Gorgeous Premium Tumblr Themes


Blogging has enormously evolved in the last decade. Absolutely everyone now can easily start a blog and create content, whether it is video, images or text. WordPress is definitely a leader in the digital publishing scene but it has evolved into something more than just a blogging platform. That is why such platforms like Ghost, Medium, Svbtle and Tumblr are getting more and more attention.

When choosing a theme for a recent project, I came across some really gorgeous premium Tumblr themes focusing on imagery and typography. If you want to suit up your Tumblr blog in a classy way take a look at these amazing premium Tumblr themes I’ve collected.

January 26th, 2014 Posted in Inspiration

Why You Should Be Sketching (Even if You Can’t Draw)

sketching and design

The first part of any project, print or digital, should start on paper. Sketching can be an integral part of any design process — even if you can’t draw.

But who needs to sketch? Just artists and illustrators are required to put pen to paper, right? Wrong! Today we’ll take a look at why sketching can be an integral part of everyone’s design and brainstorming process.

January 13th, 2014 Posted in Inspiration

Radiant Orchid Named Pantone Color of the Year: Now What?

radiant orchid

Unless you have been hiding from the design community for the last few weeks, you know that Pantone released its annual color of the year: Radiant Orchid.

The reviews are mixed. But there really are a lot of ways to incorporate this color into design projects if you want to be on-trend, and enjoy the challenge of crafting a design around a specific color!

December 19th, 2013 Posted in Inspiration

Gift Guide for Designers – The 2013 Edition

gift guide

What do you get for the designer who has it all this holiday season? The options are almost limitless with so many cool items out there for work and play.

From items under $10 to some rather pricey toys, Design Shack has the perfect gift ideas for every creative on your list this year. There are also plenty of digital options that are great if you have waited until the last minute to start shopping. (The hardest part will be not buying everything for yourself.) Happy holidays… and happy shopping!

December 11th, 2013 Posted in Inspiration

The Design Process: How Do You Get Started?

Design Process

Sometimes the toughest part of a new project is actually getting started. In fact, just this small step can be a process in itself.

As designers, we all have different processes and habits, but there are a few common things that everyone can do to make getting started that much easier (and hopefully result in more efficient use of time, and a better end result).

October 22nd, 2013 Posted in Inspiration