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Asymmetrical Design: Creating Beautiful, Balanced Layouts

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How do you feel about asymmetrical design? That simple question can sometimes spark a lot of debate among designers. Asymmetrical design can be one of the more complicated techniques to pull off, but when done well results in beautiful and eye-catching designs.

While the definition of asymmetry is the lack of symmetry or equality between two halves; it is not a lack of balance as some wrongly assume. Designers can use asymmetry to create balance and harmony even though two sides of the design do not mirror one another. Here’s how to get started.

June 3rd, 2015 Posted in Layouts
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Introducing the “Big 50 Font Bundle”: This Month Only

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Today, we’re taking a look at The Big 50 Font Bundle. It’s great collection of 50 incredible fonts, plus extras, all with commercial licences for just $29!

It’s an offer of 96% off the $850 retail price, and it’s only available for the month of June. So there’s no time to waste! Read on for a closer look at some of the different typefaces included, and to find out more about the deal. It’s a great collection of lovely fonts, and worth considering adding to your collection!

June 2nd, 2015 Posted in Deals
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Neatly Coded, Elegant WordPress Plugins From Chop-Chop.org

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Most WordPress users are familiar with just how flexible it can be as a CMS. Right out of the box, it can be used for a variety of different website designs. But one of the tools that helps developers – from experts to beginners – is a good set of plugins for additional functionality.

That’s where the new set of WordPress plugins from Chop-Chop.org come in. Today we’re going to take a look at their collection of plugins, and showcase how they can power-up your WordPress website!

May 29th, 2015 Posted in Software
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Visual Composer: A Drag-and-Drop WordPress Page Builder

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WordPress powers a large percentage of the web, and it’s a famously easy-to-use content management system. But creating immersive, in-depth pages and layouts can be a tricky process.

Visual Composer is a plugin that lets you take full control over your WordPress site, and build any layout you can imagine. It’s all based around adrag and drop page builder interface, doesn’t require any programming knowledge, and is really simple to get started using. Today we’re going to be taking a look at how it works, and sharing a few examples of how it’s powering some lovely WordPress designs!

May 28th, 2015 Posted in Layouts
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10 Reasons Why the Best Design Is Invisible

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Good design is not something the average user look at and says “wow, that’s a great design!” Good design is something that is easy to use, read and interact with. It makes users want to engage and experience your website, app or physical material and evokes a specific emotional response.

As a designer you may spend days, weeks or months working on a project that does not look like anything especially spectacular to those outside the design community, and that is probably a good thing. Good design is pretty much invisible.

May 27th, 2015 Posted in Graphics
Win an Apple Thunderbolt Display With Design Shack Deals

Win an Apple Thunderbolt Display With Design Shack Deals

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The 27-inch Thunderbolt Display supersizes your view with an incredible 2560-by-1440 resolution. It features a universal MagSafe connector that charges your notebook, a Mini DisplayPort cable for easy connectivity, three USB ports, and lots more!

This week, we’re giving one of these brand new displays away to one lucky winner through Design Shack Deals. But don’t wait, because the competition ends in just over 24 hours. Read on to find out how to enter!

May 26th, 2015 Posted in Competitions
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10 Tips for Becoming a Better Designer

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I don’t think there’s a single designer out there that thinks he or she can’t get any better. This is not the day when you are as good as you will ever be. Design and designers are constantly changing, growing and evolving. Some of it is technology, some of it is trendy; but all change happens by choice.

If you want to be a better designer, you have to do something about it. Whether that’s learning something new, trying a different type of project, or thinking about feedback and criticism. So let’s start getting better together, today!

May 26th, 2015 Posted in Inspiration
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8 Rules for Creating Effective Typography

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Today we’re going to discuss something that is both a hot trend and timeless art: typography. The basic rules outlined below will help you become more aware of how you structure and use typography in your designs.

Being conscious of these rules can improve nearly everything you create that contains a headline or major typographic element. Let’s get started!

May 22nd, 2015 Posted in Graphics, Typography
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This Week’s Deal: Up to 92% Off Adobe Courses & Training

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This week, we have a collection of different deals for perfecting your knowledge of Adobe CC. Whether you’re wanting to learn Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InDesign, or anything else, there’ll be a course for you!

Starting from just $25, these course bundles represent savings of hundreds of dollars over the original prices, and they’re a great way to get started with learning something new! Read on to find out more about what’s on offer this week.

May 21st, 2015 Posted in Deals
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100+ MacBook PSD & Vector Mockups

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Whether you’re looking for a mockup of the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or the new MacBook, we have you covered today. We’re featuring a mix of photo mockups, realistic illustrations, and flat/stylised versions of these Apple notebooks.

Totalling over a hundred different MacBook mockups, in all shapes and sizes, these are great for dropping in your own work, applications, wallpapers or examples to give them a unique look-and-feel. Some are free, some cost a few dollars, but we really like them all!

May 19th, 2015 Posted in Inspiration
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