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How to Make a Budget Wedding Website With Tumblr

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Having a wedding website or blog is all the rage, and it can be a great way to keep your friends and family up-to-date with your wedding planning for the special day.

There are lots of services out there to help, but many are quite expensive or complicated. Today we’re taking a look at how you can build your own wedding website in a few simple steps, using the Wedding Tumblr theme. You’ll have a wedding website to be proud of, in no time at all (here’s an example). All for the price of a couple of wedding magazines!

May 5th, 2015 Posted in Graphics, Inspiration
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How to Design Content for User Experiences

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Content is a major part of the user experience. Content is more than search engine optimization; it’s more than blogging. It is part of your site, brand identity and why users interact with your design.

Every day it becomes even more important to design for content as part of the overall function and user experience in website and app design. But how can you do it? (We can help you with some case studies and examples, such as The Hen House, which uses a variety of design and user engagement techniques to keep you scrolling.)

May 4th, 2015 Posted in Web Standards
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Stay Up-to-Date With Webdesigner News

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There are plenty of ways to stay across what’s happening in the design industry. Twitter, Facebook, your collection of RSS feeds, and a growing collection of newsletters and news aggregation sites.

Today we’re taking a look at the new Webdesigner News, to see how it fares, and explore how it can be a useful place to stay up-to-date with the latest news, announcements, releases, and sensations in the web design industry.

May 1st, 2015 Posted in Inspiration
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Save Over $1,800 With 3 WordPress Theme Deals

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This week on Design Shack Deals, we’re featuring a collection of three different deals for WordPress. Each one helps you make the most of WordPress — the CMS that powers over 19% of the web!

Whether you’re looking to grab a fantastic subscription to a WordPress theme collection, or use a tool to build and design your own layout from scratch, we’ll have something for you. Read on to find out more, or head straight over to Design Shack Deals to take a look at all our design assets and services!

April 30th, 2015 Posted in Deals
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30 Premium Tumblr Themes With Beautiful, Minimal Design

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There are thousands of Tumblr themes all over the web. To be perfectly frank, most of them aren’t great, and won’t do your creative work justice. Today we’ve collected thirty of our favourite premium Tumblr themes from across the web.

All of these cost a few dollars, but all of them will take your Tumblr blog to another level. From stylish, minimal Tumblr themes, through to those featuring big colours and bold images — we have a full selection. All of them are available to buy straight from Tumblr directly, and can be set up on your blog in a few minutes!

April 29th, 2015 Posted in Inspiration
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How to Design the Perfect Award or Certificate

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Do you ever catch one of those oddball assignments in your design career? Creating a great award or certificate design is one of them. The piece seems like a small task, but has a long shelf life, and is of high value to the recipient, making it important to design well.

But how do you even design a good award? Where do you start? Here’s a primer that takes a look at a few of the most important things to consider with award and certificate design.

April 28th, 2015 Posted in Inspiration
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8 Ways to Kern Any Typeface Like a Professional Typographer

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Kerning is a subjective art. Every designer may feel differently about how combinations of letters look together. Most though can agree that almost every bit of type needs a little kerning.

Kerning – the adjustment of space between two letters – is something the untrained eye can rarely see. Good, or poor, kerning is more of a feeling as to whether type works or not. Here we have eight tips to keep you from falling into the auto-kerning trap so that you can kern type like a pro. (This post is filled with letter combinations; use them as a springboard to thinking about kerning. Do you like the way the letters or numbers work together? How would you kern them differently?)

April 27th, 2015 Posted in Typography
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3 Fantastic Deals for Android Developers (Save Over $1,100)

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This week on Design Shack Deals, we’re featuring a collection of three different offers we have for learning about Android development. If you’re wanting to build upon your knowledge of web design and try something new this month, one of these collections of courses could be just what you’re looking for.

Whether you’re looking to develop a game, learn the basics, of grab a course that teaches everything from start-to-finish, one of these packages should fit the bill perfectly. Read on to find out more, or head straight over to Design Shack Deals to take a look at all our e-learning content!

April 22nd, 2015 Posted in Deals
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4 Simple Tips for Writing Copy That Matches Your Design

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When it comes to design projects, sometimes we (designers) get caught in a trap: creating a design without understanding the content. The first step to creating an outstanding project – before you ever open a piece of software – is to read over the content. Then think about the design and how the copy goes with it.

Does the copy actually need to match the design? Should designers help write the copy? Yes, most definitely. (As a bonus, all images in this post are examples of great copy and design pairings from the Design Shack gallery.)

April 21st, 2015 Posted in Graphics, Layouts
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8 Image Mistakes to Avoid on Your Website

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Big images, galleries and photo-heavy designs are a big trend in web design. To make the most of this aesthetic, you want to make sure every image on your website fits the display and represents your brand well.

There are a lot of mistakes that designers make along the way, from technical issues to image quality. But you don’t have to fall into one of these traps when working with website images. Here, we will take a look at image mistakes and how to correct or avoid them altogether. (As a bonus in this post, we are featuring a collection of fun and great images from Death to the Stock Photo’s recent objects collection.)

April 20th, 2015 Posted in Graphics
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