Sometimes websites make me grouchy. I click with anticipation and then… design disaster. Admit it, you have grumbled at the screen more than a few times, too.
From poor type to missing links to usability issues, I am going to share the mistakes that just drive me absolutely bonkers. Take heed! These are things to address and fix on your own site, before someone else comes across them!July 7th, 2015 Posted in Layouts
A Google+ cover image is more than just a photo. It is the first impression you are giving a potential customer or user about your business or website. The photo should represent who you are, what you do, and why users should engage with your page.
It should also serve as a gateway to other actions. Google+ is a business gateway and social media platform. The information you provide and share goes into search rankings and helps more users find you online. It all starts with a great cover photo.July 6th, 2015 Posted in Inspiration
Whether you’re a beginner or expert when it comes to building and working with websites, WordPress is a great option as a framework and content management system. Pair it with a great theme and you can get a site up and running in to time with a level of customization that works for your project.
Today, we’re going to take a look at Qode Themes and how you can use these tools to your advantage when building a website. Qode is one of the top sellers on Envato Market, with plenty of great premium WordPress theme options to choose from, including the popular Bridge Multi-Purpose Theme.July 2nd, 2015 Posted in Reviews
In this week’s Design Shack Deal, we’re taking a look at a bundle of fantastic educational courses on immersive user experience.
Whether you’re wanting to learn about Foundation, Framer.js, rapid prototyping, or optimisation and A/B testing, this bundle will include something for you! Read on for a full overview of what each different course covers, and take advantage of the deal!July 1st, 2015 Posted in Deals
Almost everyone has designed a poster or flier at some point. Whether it was for self-promotion or a client, posters can be a fun way to present a message and do some interesting things with design.
Poster design starts with a common canvas. Common poster sizes are 8.5 by 11 inch letter (or A4), 11 by 17 inches and 22 by 34 inches. Large format poster sizes are commonly 24 inches by 36 inches. Posters can be designed vertically or horizontally, but are most commonly designed with vertical orientation. Today we’re taking a look at ten useful tips for improving your next poster design!June 30th, 2015 Posted in Inspiration
What makes something on a screen or canvas feel real? The answer is simple. It’s human connection. People want to interact with and use designed elements that work in the physical world in a way that mimics reality.
It’s the case study for human-centered design and why it matters so much in every project every design takes on. This human connection is more than physical, it also creates an emotional bond between the user and the design. That’s where you begin to create things like loyalty to a brand and a connection to users that goes beyond the screen. Here are a few ways you can use design techniques and tools to help you get there.June 29th, 2015 Posted in Layouts
Here’s your rainy-day game plan: Grab your laptop, find a comfy chair and get ready to be inspired about design. From how to think more creatively, to finding happiness in work, to learning something new, there are a plethora of great TED Talks just waiting for you to discover.
And we are making it easy for you with a roundup of 20 completely inspiring TED Talks here in one list. While some of the talks are newer, others have been around a while – TED has been around since 1984 – but all are sure to help you find a little design inspiration. (So bookmark this page, so you can find a new talk every time you are starting to feel a creative rut coming on.)June 25th, 2015 Posted in Inspiration
Congratulations, your freelance business is proving successful. But how do you handle talking about it or explaining freelance work to potential employers, or on your resume. (Because it can be a hard subject to explain as a single entry on paper. You don’t want freelance work to look like an employment gap.)
There are some things you can do to on paper (and LinkedIn) to help present freelance work in a way that is more understandable to others. The key for many freelancers – especially those working part-time – is remembering to include freelance work as part of your resume and design portfolio. Sometimes those jobs can be just the thing you need to help land the next big gig!June 24th, 2015 Posted in Business
The art of the newsletter signup form is one that you may interact with more often than you think. Email marketing is one of the best and most-used ways that brands interact with customers. And it all starts with a simple sign up.
From pop ups to full-page forms, newsletter signups are everywhere. Many of us click through without consciously thinking about the design, but a well-designed form encourages that action in the first place. Some of the best-designed forms in the email signup landscape are from retailers, which are using emails to sell to customers directly. So how can you create a signup that looks fresh? Here are 10 ideas.June 23rd, 2015 Posted in Inspiration
The 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display features a breathtaking 14.7 million pixel display so text appears sharper than ever, videos are unbelievably lifelike, and you can see new levels of detail in your photos.
This week, we’re giving one of these fantastic computers away to one lucky winner through Design Shack Deals. Read on to find out how to enter!June 18th, 2015 Posted in Competitions