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The Wacom Intuos Pro Pen & Touchpad Giveaway

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When it comes to precision image editing, let’s face it – a trackpad/mouse just doesn’t cut it. In order to produce your best design work, you need all of the dexterity that your hands have to offer and the Intuos Pro Pen & Touchpad will give you exactly that.

With 2,048 levels of pen pressure sensitivity, this touchpad is nothing if not precise, and we’re confident that this along with dozens of other convenient features will help take your designs to the next level.This month, we’re giving one of these touchpads away to one lucky winner through Design Shack Deals.

March 24th, 2015 Posted in Competitions
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5 Ways Freelancers Can Actually Make Money

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Many designers dream about the freelance lifestyle. What’s not to love about taking only projects you love, or working in your pajamas, or being your own boss? But it can be a hard road. Many freelancers break off on their own only to later return to a firm or company because it can be tough to make enough money to support your lifestyle.

Building a reputable freelancer business takes time, work and a lot of dedication. While the pay is not always steady, you can earn a living off freelance projects.

March 23rd, 2015 Posted in Business, Freelancing 101
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How to Design a Killer Annual Report

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Regardless of when your company’s fiscal year ends, you probably want to start thinking about the dreaded annual report today. Yes, “dreaded.” But it does not have to be. While annual reports are often seen as a design drag, there are plenty of ways to turn this report into a fun and memorable design project. And with better design comes more reading and retention, two positives for your brand.

You need to start thinking about it now. Don’t wait until the report hits your desk to determine a design strategy. Start talking to your team about your story for the year and how to create an annual report that will get people talking.

March 19th, 2015 Posted in Business, Layouts
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A First Look at Bloom: An Opt-in Plugin From Elegant Themes

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Today, we’re excited to be taking a first look at a new product from Elegant Themes — Bloom. It’s a WordPress plugin that takes the headache out of growing your own email list using beautiful, customizable and easy-to-use forms that can be placed anywhere on your website.

The email inbox is a sacred place. Emails are not lost in the endless stream of chatter or filtered out by social algorithms. They are a direct line to your visitor’s ear, it’s an incredibly important medium. Talking to your customers is the fun bit, but building your list is the hard part, and that’s where Bloom comes in.

March 18th, 2015 Posted in Software
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The Complete Guide to an Effective Card-Style Interface Design

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Card-style architecture is one of the biggest things in web design, and mobile design in particular. From apps to responsive websites, the card-style format is popping up everywhere.

And for good reason. Mobile card design looks nice, works well on a variety of devices and creates distinct organization and a method for content delivery. That’s why many large, well-known brands are using the card format and many smaller design and development groups are following suit.

March 18th, 2015 Posted in Layouts
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Pay What You Want: iOS Designer Bundle (Worth $1,297)

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This week’s deal is a great opportunity to grab a bargain on everything you need for iOS design. It’s a bundle of three iOS design courses, one huge collection of design assets, beautiful wireframe graphics for organising your app’s flow, and much more.

This is another fantastic Pay What You Want bundle. You decide how much to pay! Grab a few of the courses for any price, or beat the average selling price to unlock the whole deal. Read on to find out more, or take a look at the full deal now!

March 17th, 2015 Posted in Deals
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Designing Without Images: Making Typography Work for You

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You don’t need a great image for every design project. In fact, you can create a great design with no images at all. It’s a trend that is gaining a lot of momentum as typography-focused projects can be used to stand out against a crowded sea of hero images, video and animations.

All you have to do is think like a typographer. Designing without images takes focus, vision and a clear understanding of design and typography principles to create a piece of art that is totally comprised of text.

March 16th, 2015 Posted in Inspiration
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10 Tips for Designing Icons That Don’t Suck

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Almost every designer is thinking about app design these days. One of the smallest features of every app is the icon used to represent it on the screen of every mobile device and in the app stores. Designing a great icon is more than just putting a logo in a box. You need something that stands out among all the other app icons out there.

A good icon can be used in a variety of ways – for apps, social media and even on smaller printed projects or business cards. And all it takes is a little design and planning.

March 12th, 2015 Posted in Graphics
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Save 83% in the Web Designer’s Photoshop Tool Bundle

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This week’s deal gives you a fantastic opportunity to save 83% on a collection of Photoshop plugins. Usually costing $149 individually, they’re just $24.99 for the next few days.

It’s great chance to accelerate your Photoshop workflow, with CSS Hat 2, PNG Hat, iOS Hat, PSD Cleaner, Subtle Patterns, and much more. A wonderful collection of plugins, that are all yours for this one-off price! Read on to find out more, or check out the bundle now.

March 10th, 2015 Posted in Deals
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10 Tips for Designing for Wearables and Watches

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Every day we are getting a little closer to the release of the highly anticipated Apple Watch. The device is going to further change the way we think about wearable technology and how to design websites and apps for this interface.

Wearables present challenges unlike other design projects. Function is a primary concern, as is size with what will be one of the smallest screens designers have ever worked with. The key is creating a design that is visually pleasing but is user-friendly and provides a functional experience. Here are 10 things to consider as you design for a wearable interface (with examples other designers are already imagining).

March 9th, 2015 Posted in Graphics, Inspiration
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