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Glossary of Design Jargon – New & Old (Part 1)

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Ever get confused about some of the designer lingo? (It can happen to designers and non-designers alike.) The jargon of design has evolved over the years, no doubt leaving some of you shaking your heads!

We are going to break down some of the terminology, by design type, in hopes of making it easier for both designers and clients to communicate more effectively. Here’s a guide to what it all means with 12 terms each in the categories of general design, and web design. Come back later this week for terms related to print design and type design.

April 7th, 2014 Posted in Business
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This Week in Design: April 4, 2014

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From a teen who made headlines about saving millions of dollars with a font to some of the most impressive design names of our generation, this week in design featured people who make an impact. Whether you like or agree with a theory sometimes does not mean as much as the simple idea that it gets people thinking about something new.

Every week, we plan to a look at major product releases and upgrades, tools and tricks and even some of the most popular things you are talking about on social media. And we’d love to hear what’s going on in your world as well. Have we missed anything? Drop me a line at carrie@designshack.net.

April 4th, 2014 Posted in Typography
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Intro to Gridgum: The Responsive Theme Marketplace

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Later this month a new theme marketplace website is launching. What’s neat about Gridgum is that it offers themes for a variety of platforms and every theme on the site will be responsive.

A responsive theme is a must-have in today’s web landscape and the idea of a one stop shop is a good one. Gridgum is a marketplace for both buyers of themes and theme designers. And right now, theme designers can submit themes for a chance to win $2,000 in prizes before the full site launch.

April 2nd, 2014 Posted in Business
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Win an iPad Air & Heart Internet Hybrid Server (Worth Over £800)

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We have teamed up with Heart Internet to offer you the chance to win a 16GB iPad Air and a super-powerful Hybrid Server for your websites and projects, completely free for a year.

All you have to do is answer a handful of questions about your thoughts on the web design industry, and you will then automatically be entered in to the prize draw.

April 1st, 2014 Posted in Competitions
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Todoist: A Simple and Powerful Tool for Designers

There are so many apps and productivity tools out there, making it hard to find things that fit your needs the best. Some tools are packed with too many gimmicks, which can make it hard to be productive. Others are difficult to use or understand.

Enter Todoist. This tool is simple and powerful. After only five minutes, I was beginning to feel like a super-user. And what’s even better is that it is designed well. Not only does this tool work beautifully, it looks great at the same time. Here’s a look at Todoist, how it works and how you can use it in your workflow.

March 31st, 2014 Posted in Software
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This Week in Design: March 28, 2014

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It’s that time of year when there is something fresh and fun and clean in the air. And this week in design mirrors that feeling. From a short film about type, to 60 years of iconic logos to dirty designer phrases, this week is all about fun.

Every week, we plan to a look at major product releases and upgrades, tools and tricks and even some of the most popular things you are talking about on social media. And we’d love to hear what’s going on in your world as well. Have we missed anything? Drop me a line at carrie@designshack.net.

March 28th, 2014 Posted in Business
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How to Find or Create Your Brand Personality

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What is the personality of your brand? No, it’s not a trick question. Is your brand formal or spunky or socially conscious?

Identifying and defining the identity and personality of your brand is crucial. Even if you don’t define it, some sort of personality (even of the multiple variety) will come through. So it’s best to think about it now. Who do you want your brand to be?

March 27th, 2014 Posted in Business
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Good Writing and Editing Is Part of Great Design

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Good writing is arguably the most important piece of a design project. Yes, writing. It happens before the first sketch. And then it continues to happen throughout the design process as text is written, rewritten and edited multiple times.

A stellar design will only get you so far if the content is lacking. Clunky, mistake-laden, or even just plain boring copy will almost certainly ruin any project. Great copy will help a design shine. Here, we are going to look at what good writing and editing can do for your design projects. (Make sure to note the visual examples as well, and how the text and design work together seamlessly.)

March 26th, 2014 Posted in Business
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This Week in Design: March 21, 2014

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Sometimes your eyes really do play tricks on you. While you may be looking at one thing, but think you are seeing another. Many users might have noticed this recently with Google and a change to the way search results display. We also are thinking about how you look at things with a study that shows what makes people remember infographics, plus a few easy-on-the-eyes goodies.

Every week, we plan to a look at major product releases and upgrades, tools and tricks and even some of the most popular things you are talking about on social media. And we’d love to hear what’s going on in your world as well. Have we missed anything? Drop me a line at carrie@designshack.net.

March 21st, 2014 Posted in This Week in Design
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Great Discounts on Premium Infographics at Mighty Deals

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Today, we’re excited to be featuring a special promotion from MightyDeals, with an exclusive discount on a fantastic pack of infographic elements. Infographics take stuffy, boring data and present it all in a fun, entertaining and easy-to-understand manner. Visuals make all the difference.

With this great bundle from Ingimage, your data will never have looked better! You’ll get 100 high-quality, premium infographics, all provided in EPS format for customization and editing. And for a limited time only, taking advantage of this Mighty Deal will save you more than 80% off the regular price! Read on to find out more.

March 20th, 2014 Posted in Deals
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