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
WordPress is one of the most popular website platforms on the planet. But not everyone has the development chops to get a site up and running and with the aesthetics they want. That’s where themes – specifically Divi – come in!
A theme can help you design, manage and use the latest technology when getting your new (or revised) site online. Today, we’re going to look at Divi, which recently rolled out a ton of great updates, and how a theme like this can work for you.June 17th, 2015 Posted in Software
It’s an hour before deadline and your boss just handed you a design project to finish up. And it’s bad. Very bad. It has problems ranging from poor images to crazy color, typography choices to general sloppiness. What should you do? Can it be fixed?
There are a few things you can do to help salvage a bad design with the understanding that it won’t be perfect. But making it passable as a design project for your company might well still be an option. Here’s how!June 16th, 2015 Posted in Graphics, Typography
Everywhere you turn, another designer is releasing a project featuring a minimalist design style. This focus on space, simplicity and beautiful typography is refreshing. And it’s a great option for a number of design projects. That might be one of the reasons minimalist design is so popular.
But the trend is not brand new. Minimalism has been around almost as long as design itself. It’s a technique that ebbs and flows, but always remains as one of the classic styles, making it a design choice that almost always works.June 15th, 2015 Posted in Layouts
In this week’s Design Shack Deal, we’re taking a look at four different offers around UI and UX.
Whether you’re wanting to master the art of user experience design in an immersive course, grab a lifetime subscription for a great collection of interface elements, or learn about how people think, decide, remember and feel motivation to take action, we’ll have something for you! Read on for a full overview of what each deal includes.June 11th, 2015 Posted in Deals
For displaying your latest and greatest responsive website design, or app interface, having a beautiful iPad mockup on which to demonstrate it can be really helpful.
Today, we’re taking a look at almost a hundred different iPad and tablet mockups, in all shapes and sizes, that can make your app or website interface stand out. They vary between photograph-based PSD mockups, or vectors that can scale to any size. Some are free, some cost a few dollars, but all of them are rather lovely!June 9th, 2015 Posted in Inspiration
Interaction design might be the most talked about design concept of 2015. It’s something you should be thinking about and planning for in all of your digital projects.
But how can you make the most of interaction design? How can you design something people want to interact with? While some of those answers are changing with technology, one element remains the same – people want to use design that is intuitive, functional and aesthetically pleasing.June 8th, 2015 Posted in Graphics, Layouts
In this week’s Design Shack Deal, we’re taking a look at four big savings on different tools, resources, and applications for design entrepreneurs.
Whether you’re looking for software to help you better outline your next design project, tools to help build websites, write copy, or just start your own business — we’ll have something to help you get started!June 4th, 2015 Posted in Deals