We all have them – design projects we’d like to take back. Some of them you can attribute to a bad design brief or youth; others you just want to hide forever. The good news is that you can often avoid design mistakes; the bad news is that every designer will fall in at least one of these traps at some point in his or her career.
But part of the key to avoiding designer mishaps is knowing what they are, so you can be aware if you feel yourself slipping into one of these bad habits.May 18th, 2015 Posted in Business, Graphics, Inspiration
Some days are just about inspiration. This is going to be one of those days. There are so many good ideas and thoughts and design practices out there that deserve to be shared.
So we have put together a roundup of 20 quotes that pertain to design or the creative process or the business itself as a conversation starter. This collection is from all over the world, from a wide range of sources and across various eras. Here are 20 great thoughts about design… and what they can inspire in each of us.May 14th, 2015 Posted in Inspiration
This week’s Design Shack Deal is something a bit special. It’s a course that helps you learn how to become a job-ready developer, by building a portfolio of real-world apps and interacting 1-on-1 with the best mentors in the field.
This training is as robust as it gets, including live instruction and job-hunting assistance, on top of 33+ hours of top-notch video courses (some from Stanford, Harvard, etc.). Jump into this 12-week curriculum for 92% off!May 13th, 2015 Posted in Deals
The shapes of objects in your design may be sending a message to users that you aren’t even aware of. Whether you put an image inside a square or circle or triangle can have an impact on what people think about that image.
Sometimes a shape is more than just a group of connected lines. The use of shapes can be obvious or subtle and appear within images or as elements in a design. Here, we will look at common shapes used in design projects and the signals they may convey.May 12th, 2015 Posted in Layouts
Whether you’re building a responsive website, or the next blockbuster app, having a gorgeous iPhone mockup graphic in which to demonstrate it can be really helpful.
Today, we’re taking a look at almost a hundred different iPhone 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!May 11th, 2015 Posted in Graphics, Inspiration
The website building platform offers designers (and pretty much everyone) the opportunity to create a responsive website with a great design without knowing the first line of code. Without any technical knowledge, just about anyone can publish a website backed by a full content management system.May 11th, 2015 Posted in Business
Work. Bill. Grow. That’s the motto for Hiveage, an online billing and invoicing tool for freelancers and small businesses.
The tool can make life easier with a well-designed interface that’s easy to use and manage – especially for those who don’t have a lot of time to focus on billing. It’s a platform that can help you handle all your business basics in one place. Today we’re taking a look at how it works, and what you can expect from the app.May 6th, 2015 Posted in Software
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
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
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