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How to Use Stock Photos That Don’t Suck

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It happens to all of us at some point: you have been tasked with a design project that just does not have any art. That’s when the idea of using stock images creeps into your mind. But you have to use them in a way that, frankly, doesn’t suck.

The good news is that you can use stock images in projects without looking cheesy or fake. There are a lot of good places to find great stock images that you can use in a number of ways. Your mission is to make sure they integrate with your final design and don’t suck.

July 13th, 2015 Posted in Inspiration
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Share Your Own Story With a Creative Multi-Purpose Theme

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Here at Design Shack, we love tools that make life easier. WordPress themes are one of those tools. Themes can help you save time with a ready-made framework that you can customize on the way to getting a website online quickly.

Story by Pexeto is a WordPress theme worth talking about. Today, we’re going to explore the theme, what makes it special and how it could help you in your own design projects.

July 9th, 2015 Posted in Reviews
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Save Over $1,400 on 3 Mobile Design Bundles

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In this week’s Design Shack Deal feature, we’re rounding up three different deals that will be of interest for anyone designing for mobile.

The featured deals include a selection of great Udemy courses in our Mobile Designer Academy pack, another collection of responsive web design courses (worth over $450), and a fantastic bundle of 43 premium UI sets, PSD kits, templates, and more! Read on to take a look at the full set of different deals and discounts for the week, and we hope you enjoy them!

July 8th, 2015 Posted in Deals
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7 Website Design Mistakes That Drive Me Nuts

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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
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How to Create a Google+ Cover Image: Examples and Best Practices

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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
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Power-Up WordPress With the Bridge Multi-Purpose Theme

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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
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The Immersive User Experience Bundle: Save 94%

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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
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10 Tips for Perfect Poster Design

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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
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15 Tips to Make Your Designs Feel More Human

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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
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20 Inspiring TED Talks for Designers

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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
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