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We’ll be making a few changes around here over the coming weeks, aiming at turning Design Shack into a far better resource for designers around the world:

  • We’ve hired an editor. Our new writer will be making regular news posts, and writing some fantastic tutorials and inspirational roundups. Introductions to come shortly!
  • We’re merging our feeds. Over the next couple of days, we are merging all our feeds into one. You’ll now receive all our new CSS gallery entries, news, and tutorials through one RSS feed. If you’re not happy with this, just let us know via email!
  • More freebies! We’re teaming up with a few designers and developers to give away more free themes, graphics and scripts through the site.

I’m really looking forward to turning Design Shack into an even more inspiration place to visit! Here’s to the future.

October 6th, 2009 Posted in Design Shack
35 Marvelously Minimal Websites

35 Marvelously Minimal Websites

Here’s to the design minimalists. Here’s to focusing on functionality, simplicity and basic design principles. Kick the tires all you want on these sites today – you’re still going to love using them tomorrow.

This is our roundup of 35 stunningly simple, marvelously minimal web designs. Enjoy!

August 5th, 2009 Posted in Inspiration
Fanurio Winners

Fanurio Winners

Thank you to everyone who entered our competition to win a copy of Fanurio. I’m pleased to announce that the winners are Vicente Canales, Mark, and Josh St. John.

Your details have been passed on to the developer, and you should receive a license code shortly!

August 4th, 2009 Posted in Competitions
Win a Copy of Fanurio

Win a Copy of Fanurio

fanurioI’m pleased to announce our latest competition to win a copy of Fanurio, a cross-platform time tracking application. It offers an intuitive interface, flexible timer and the ability to produce detailed invoices.

We have three copies to give away, and entering is simple. All you need to do is leave a comment on this post saying why you’d like a copy. The competition will run for one week, and we’ll announce the winners on the 2nd August.

Good luck!

July 27th, 2009 Posted in Competitions
Detecting Location Using Google AJAX API

Detecting Location Using Google AJAX API

mapThere are times when one needs to find out which part of the world a particular visitor is coming from. There are plenty of IP-to-Location lookup providers out there, who offer this service at a reasonable cost (depending on how much detail you require).

Google’s AJAX Maps API offers this look up for you free of cost (so long your needs are non-commercial). You can even use the latitude and longitude information returned by the API to plot the user’s location on a Google Map. Nifty eh? Let’s now look at a simple example – we will be detecting the user’s location based on his IP address and rendering it on a map.

Before we begin, you might want to check out the demo.

July 13th, 2009 Posted in JavaScript
37 Beautiful Letterpress Business Cards

37 Beautiful Letterpress Business Cards

Designing business cards can be tricky, because it’s always difficult to make one which stands out from the hundreds of others in circulation! Letterpress definitely brings a new dimension to business cards.

If you are looking to have a few printed, here are a range of catchy letterpress designs for inspiration. The idea of depth and an embossed logo add a completely new element, and could well be the best way to really make an impression.

June 5th, 2009 Posted in Articles, Inspiration
Introducing Typekit

Introducing Typekit

typekitFont support on the web has long been a topic of debate. Recent years have seen the emergence of various techniques for embedding fonts through flash, a method known as Cufon, or various plays on the new @font-face CSS properties emerging slowly through CSS3.

The main limiting factor to date is that of font licensing. Understandably, foundries are reluctant to allow web designers to publicly host their font files for anyone to download. A few typefaces have been licensed for use online, but designers are severely limited in choice.

This week saw the announcement of a breakthrough system – Typekit.

May 30th, 2009 Posted in Typography
27 Inspiring Letterpress Posters

27 Inspiring Letterpress Posters

There has been a rather sudden revival of letterpress artwork in the past few years. No matter how much technology advances or how fast our laser printers get, one can’t help but admire the texture and beauty of this medium.

This week, we want to show you some brilliant letterpress posters. Some of these are printed using handmade wooden reliefs, some using metal type, some even using photopolymer plates (the preferred medium for letterpress plates these days). Whichever medium is employed – all of them are most certainly breathtaking!

May 12th, 2009 Posted in Graphics
Defend Your Design

Defend Your Design

We all know that acute rush of adrenaline experienced before submitting a design for review or approval all too well. You click down on that “Send” button, take a deep breath and look at the design one more time before releasing your mouse. It’s gone.

You’ve sent your design out into a cruel, critical world. Will it succeed or will it fail? Perhaps that depends less on the design itself and more on whether or not you’ve set it up to succeed. As designers, we need to be advocates for the craft by explaining what we do and educating clients on our method.

April 17th, 2009 Posted in Articles, Business
Creating a Shaking Login Form

Creating a Shaking Login Form

Tired of the plain old boring login forms? How about we add some jazz! If you have ever typed in your password wrongly on your Mac, you would have seen that the login screen will vibrate and kinda shriek to indicate that the password you entered is wrong. I always found that rather cool! It’s surprising how little this trick is being used in web applications today. So, I thought I will write up a tutorial on how to get this going.

March 18th, 2009 Posted in Articles, JavaScript
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