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7 Tips for Choosing the Best Web Font for Your Design

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There’s no way to quantify all of the font options available for website designers. Almost every day a new typeface shows up in my inbox or Twitter feed. But not every one one of these typefaces – no matter how beautiful – is right for designing a website.

When it comes to selecting the perfect font, you have think about a variety of things including compatibility, load time and design purpose. Today, we have seven tips to help you select and use the best web font for your design project.

March 30th, 2015 Posted in Typography, Web Standards
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Why Good Website Design Matters for Every Business

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Almost every business or individual working in today’s market has a website. Sadly, a large number of these websites are poorly designed or come straight from a WordPress template; this is not going to help you stand out or get ahead.

Good website design is a must in today’s highly visual market. The way your site looks tells users whether they want to interact or do business with you in just a fraction of a second. One glance can turn someone into a customer, or force that person to click away. (As a bonus, today’s post is filled with website design inspiration from the Design Shack gallery. Enjoy!)

March 27th, 2015 Posted in Business
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10 Tips for Delicious Menu Design

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Have your ever thought about the way food items were presented to you on a menu? Can something as simple as a menu design determine what and where you will eat? Creating a design for a restaurant menu – paper copies for the table and online versions – is a vital part of the food industry because the way things look can impact sales.

The topic got recent attention thanks to Brian Wansink, who wrote “Slim By Design” and a recent paper for the International Journal of Hospitality Management, asserts menu design can impact exactly what someone orders. And it is all based on simple elements that we use every day from bold lettering to images to creating hierarchy on the canvas. Here are 10 ways you can use some of that information and other techniques to create an absolutely delicious menu design.

March 25th, 2015 Posted in Inspiration
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The Wacom Intuos Pro Pen & Touchpad Giveaway

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When it comes to precision image editing, let’s face it – a trackpad/mouse just doesn’t cut it. In order to produce your best design work, you need all of the dexterity that your hands have to offer and the Intuos Pro Pen & Touchpad will give you exactly that.

With 2,048 levels of pen pressure sensitivity, this touchpad is nothing if not precise, and we’re confident that this along with dozens of other convenient features will help take your designs to the next level.This month, we’re giving one of these touchpads away to one lucky winner through Design Shack Deals.

March 24th, 2015 Posted in Competitions
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5 Ways Freelancers Can Actually Make Money

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Many designers dream about the freelance lifestyle. What’s not to love about taking only projects you love, or working in your pajamas, or being your own boss? But it can be a hard road. Many freelancers break off on their own only to later return to a firm or company because it can be tough to make enough money to support your lifestyle.

Building a reputable freelancer business takes time, work and a lot of dedication. While the pay is not always steady, you can earn a living off freelance projects.

March 23rd, 2015 Posted in Business, Freelancing 101
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How to Design a Killer Annual Report

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Regardless of when your company’s fiscal year ends, you probably want to start thinking about the dreaded annual report today. Yes, “dreaded.” But it does not have to be. While annual reports are often seen as a design drag, there are plenty of ways to turn this report into a fun and memorable design project. And with better design comes more reading and retention, two positives for your brand.

You need to start thinking about it now. Don’t wait until the report hits your desk to determine a design strategy. Start talking to your team about your story for the year and how to create an annual report that will get people talking.

March 19th, 2015 Posted in Business, Layouts
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A First Look at Bloom: An Opt-in Plugin From Elegant Themes

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Today, we’re excited to be taking a first look at a new product from Elegant Themes — Bloom. It’s a WordPress plugin that takes the headache out of growing your own email list using beautiful, customizable and easy-to-use forms that can be placed anywhere on your website.

The email inbox is a sacred place. Emails are not lost in the endless stream of chatter or filtered out by social algorithms. They are a direct line to your visitor’s ear, it’s an incredibly important medium. Talking to your customers is the fun bit, but building your list is the hard part, and that’s where Bloom comes in.

March 18th, 2015 Posted in Software
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The Complete Guide to an Effective Card-Style Interface Design

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Card-style architecture is one of the biggest things in web design, and mobile design in particular. From apps to responsive websites, the card-style format is popping up everywhere.

And for good reason. Mobile card design looks nice, works well on a variety of devices and creates distinct organization and a method for content delivery. That’s why many large, well-known brands are using the card format and many smaller design and development groups are following suit.

March 18th, 2015 Posted in Layouts
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Pay What You Want: iOS Designer Bundle (Worth $1,297)

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This week’s deal is a great opportunity to grab a bargain on everything you need for iOS design. It’s a bundle of three iOS design courses, one huge collection of design assets, beautiful wireframe graphics for organising your app’s flow, and much more.

This is another fantastic Pay What You Want bundle. You decide how much to pay! Grab a few of the courses for any price, or beat the average selling price to unlock the whole deal. Read on to find out more, or take a look at the full deal now!

March 17th, 2015 Posted in Deals
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Designing Without Images: Making Typography Work for You

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You don’t need a great image for every design project. In fact, you can create a great design with no images at all. It’s a trend that is gaining a lot of momentum as typography-focused projects can be used to stand out against a crowded sea of hero images, video and animations.

All you have to do is think like a typographer. Designing without images takes focus, vision and a clear understanding of design and typography principles to create a piece of art that is totally comprised of text.

March 16th, 2015 Posted in Inspiration
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