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Design Critique #8: Pointillé ComunicaçãO

Design Critique #8: Pointillé ComunicaçãO

Every week we take a look at a new website and analyze the design. We’ll point out both the areas that are done well as well as those that could use some work. Finally, we’ll finish by asking you to provide your own feedback.

Today’s site is Pointillé Comunicação, a branding and design firm.

July 17th, 2010 Posted in Critique
5 Tips for Sending More Useful and Effective Invoices

5 Tips for Sending More Useful and Effective Invoices

It happens all the time. No sooner than you click the send button does the phone ring. At the other end is an angry client who just received an invoice. Despite the fact that all of your payment agreements were handled before the project ever started, he has still somehow managed to be surprised at the amount that he owes you.

Whether the description above typifies your client base or not, it can still be a good idea to soften the blow of an invoice by showcasing what you did and how it benefited them. There are also a few things you can do to make the whole process easier and therefore (hopefully) speed up payment. Below we’ll look at five things you can do to make your invoices both more useful and impressive.

July 16th, 2010 Posted in Business
30+ Innovative Icon-Based Navigation Menus

30+ Innovative Icon-Based Navigation Menus

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Here at Design Shack we love a good navigation menu. Lately we’ve noticed a trend arising around menus that use icons either exclusively in place of text or as a support of additional textual information.

Adding icons to your navigation can not only give you an aesthetic boost but actually make for a quicker visual read of the link. Here’s a collection of over thirty icon-based navigation menus that we found online. We’ll conclude with a few resources you can use to snag some free icons to create your own fancy menus.

July 15th, 2010 Posted in CSS, Inspiration, Navigation
Rapid Blueprint CSS Layout With Boks

Rapid Blueprint CSS Layout With Boks

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Today we’ll take a look at Boks, an awesome little tool that will help you spec out a basic site layout in no time flat.

We’ll go through what it is and how you can use it to speed up your development as well as what the limitations and downsides are that you’ll want to be aware of before you download the app.

July 13th, 2010 Posted in CSS, HTML, Layouts
Web Design Critique #7: Web Icon Set

Web Design Critique #7: Web Icon Set

Every week we take a look at a new website and analyze the design. We’ll point out both the areas that are done well as well as those that could use some work. Finally, we’ll finish by asking you to provide your own feedback.

Today’s site is Web Icon Set, a web design inspiration gallery.

July 9th, 2010 Posted in Critique
Why Money Shouldn’t Motivate Design

Why Money Shouldn’t Motivate Design

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Today we’re going to discuss the difference between designing for money and designing for a living because it’s what you love to do.

We’ll take a look at a few things that motivate designers who couldn’t be anything else if they tried and why design is more than a means to a financial end but is in fact a way of life.

July 9th, 2010 Posted in Business, Inspiration
100 Must Read Design Blogs

100 Must Read Design Blogs

In my daily search for design-related content I’ve come across tons of really stellar blogs. Recently I noticed that the list of sites I regularly check in on had far surpassed 100!

I know there’s no shortage of lists like this but I still wanted to share my discoveries with the Design Shack readers. Some of the blogs below are quite famous, others are fairly obscure. Most are specifically about design, others are more for supporting subjects like freelancing or photography. So without further adieu, here’s my list of over 100 must read (or watch for the video sites) design-related websites.

July 8th, 2010 Posted in Inspiration
QuoteRobot: Freelance Job Quoting Made Easy

QuoteRobot: Freelance Job Quoting Made Easy

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Quoting jobs can be a real pain.

As designers we often procrastinate and/or avoid this necessary step simply because it’s tedious and no where near as fun as actually designing something. QuoteRobot is a new tool that helps address this problem by enabling you to quickly get back to what you love instead of being bogged down for hours on end creating custom bids for every client.

We had a chat with Shawn Adrian, one of the founding developers of QuoteRobot, and asked him to explain a little bit about the service and why you as a freelancer should be interested in this product. Below is our full interview. Along the way we’ll toss in some screenshots so you can get a feel for the service.

July 6th, 2010 Posted in Business, Interviews
20 Websites With Carefully Crafted and Convincing Copy

20 Websites With Carefully Crafted and Convincing Copy

Last week we discussed the importance of copywriting in web design and today we’re showcasing twenty sites that got it right.

Below you’ll find a number of tricks that you can use to create convincing copy for your website. We’ll discuss how to use everything from hyperbole to sarcasm to snag users and score more conversions.

July 2nd, 2010 Posted in Inspiration
52 Framework: The First Ever HTML5 and CSS3 Framework

52 Framework: The First Ever HTML5 and CSS3 Framework

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Today we’re going to look at a new project from the Enavu Network called 52 Framework.

It claims to be the first framework built specifically for HTML5 and CSS3. Below we’ll look at some of the basic features and dig into the code to see what we can find.

July 1st, 2010 Posted in CSS, HTML
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