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Complete iOS 8 & Swift Developer Course for $89 (91% Off)

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This week’s deal teaches you the tools required to develop iPhone and iPad applications for iOS 8. Learn the syntax for Swift, the language used to develop for iOS apps, as well as important design patterns and best practices that will take you from beginner to pro in no time.

With over 350 videos and 36 hours of content, it’s a comprehensive introduction. And it’s yours for just $89 (that’s 91% off the usual price of $998). Read on to find out more, or take a look at the full deal now!

April 16th, 2015 Posted in Deals
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An Introduction to Animation in Web Design

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Animation is not just for cartoons anymore. From full-screen moving images to small hover effects, touches of animation are popping up everywhere. Animation is trendy, fun and user friendly.

And the obstacles to using animation have started to fall. With most users on high-speed connections and the ease of creating anything from simple movements or a silly gif to several minutes of action, animations have become practical and useful web design tools.

April 15th, 2015 Posted in CSS, Graphics, Inspiration
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How to Find a Great Freelancer (and Keep Them)

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There’s a lot of conversation among freelancers about how to find clients and create business momentum. But what if you are one of those businesses looking for a freelancer? How can you find someone qualified to work on your projects? And how can you keep them working for you?

That can be a tough question to answer. There are plenty of freelancers in the marketplace, looking to work for you. Today, we’ll help you find them.

April 14th, 2015 Posted in Business, Freelancing 101
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Introducing Media Temple’s WordPress Hosting

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We’ve hosted Design Shack with Media Temple for years. So we were very pleased when they came to us, and asked us to take a look at their new managed WordPress hosting solution.

Media Temple’s new full-featured WordPress hosting solution features four new, customizable and scalable plans. Whether you’re a photographer, web designer or creative agency, there’s a plan that should work for you. Today we’re taking a look at this new hosting product, to see how it stacks up!

April 13th, 2015 Posted in Business
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Win a New MacBook With Design Shack Deals

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Apple’s new MacBook is the thinnest and lightest Mac ever, with every component meticulously redesigned to create a Mac that is just two pounds and 13.1 mm thin. It’s a gorgeous piece of industrial design, and a machine that’s very capable to use for graphic, or web design.

This month, we’re giving one of these brand new MacBooks away to one lucky winner through Design Shack Deals. It’s a great chance to get your hands on a beautiful new machine for your design work, packed with technological innovation. Read on to find out how to enter!

April 9th, 2015 Posted in Competitions
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15 Things Every Young Designer Needs to Know

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Let’s welcome the class of 2015 to the design marketplace. It’s a bright, big, new and scary world out there for the thousands of design grads grasping their diplomas wondering what to do next. (Get a job!)

As we look forward to the new talent entering the marketplace, we also have a few bits of advice for every young designer looking to make his or her mark. It’s a tough and wonderful world out there; welcome to the adventure.

April 8th, 2015 Posted in Business
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How to Hold a Meeting That Gets Everyone Excited About Design

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The dreaded project kickoff meeting. It’s on your calendar. You can’t avoid it. But you can make it a more memorable event that helps generate creativity among the members of your team.

The start of every project should be marked with excitement and anticipation. It’s the time when you and your team get to learn about a new client or idea and really get to go back to the basics of brainstorming and idea generation. It can, and should, be one of the most important parts of a design project and it needs to be anything but boring.

April 7th, 2015 Posted in Business
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Handy Graphic & Vector Freebies From 1001FreeDownloads

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Today we’re featuring a collection of vector and design resources from 1001FreeDownloads. It’s a really handy place for finding new goodies to use in your projects — completely free of charge!

They have thousands of good quality, free images of various types available (which you can use for commercial purposes). No registrations, no fees — you can just pick what you’re after, and download it. Simple! Read on to see a few of the different items we’re featuring today, and find out more about how the site works.

April 6th, 2015 Posted in Freebies
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Coding for the Non-Coder: Designers Can Think Like Developers

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There’s been this unwritten divide between designers and developers as long as we have been making websites. People who make things look good versus people who make it work. Those days are over.

Every designer needs to learn how development works in the digital landscape. And every developer should understand basic design theories. Here, we’ll help designers better understand the language of developers, an essential skill in today’s marketplace. (As an added bonus, all of the design examples are created using CSS frameworks.)

April 1st, 2015 Posted in CSS
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Save 50% on a WordPress Themes Lifetime Subscription

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This week’s Design Shack Deal is all about WordPress themes. We have a collection of 95 Premium WordPress themes available, as part of a theme subscription. For just $49, you get access to a growing collection of 95 themes, with more added every month.

Usually costing $100, this is a 50% saving which won’t stick around for long. Take a look at the deal now, or read on to find out more about the themes available, licensing, and see a few examples!

March 31st, 2015 Posted in Deals
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