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Weekly Freebies: 25 Gorgeous Media Player PSDs

Weekly Freebies: 25 Gorgeous Media Player PSDs

Need a quick video or music player mockup? Well you’re in luck because today we have twenty-five awesome, layered PSDs files containing music and video player interfaces.

You’ll be stunned at how beautiful some of these files are given that their creators are distributing them freely. Take a look and download at will!

July 25th, 2011 Posted in Freebies
Web Design Critique #59: Custom Bags HQ

Web Design Critique #59: Custom Bags HQ

Every week we take a look at a new website and analyze the design. We’ll point out both the areas that are done well in addition to those that could use some work. Finally, we’ll finish by asking you to provide your own feedback.

Today’s site is Custom Bags HQ.

July 23rd, 2011 Posted in Critique
How to Implement Some Slick Icons Using a Font and CSS

How to Implement Some Slick Icons Using a Font and CSS

Using an image-based font can be a fun and quick way to implement icons across your site. It’s a super easy process that gives you complete freedom to go back and re-size your icons at any time.

Today we’ll use the excellent Pictos font to build a simple web page so you can get a feel for the process.

July 22nd, 2011 Posted in CSS
Creating Environments That Optimize Creativity and Inspiration

Creating Environments That Optimize Creativity and Inspiration

Today’s article takes a look at how to help maximize creative thought by carefully structuring the environment around you. Everything from the design of your office to the specific hours of the day that you choose to work can play a key role in how effective you are when it comes time to actually get things done.

July 21st, 2011 Posted in Business
Get the Pictos Font With 96 Beatuiful Icons for Only $19!

Get the Pictos Font With 96 Beatuiful Icons for Only $19!

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This week’s design deal features an awesome new creation from designer Drew Wilson. He’s taken the best icons from his various Pictos collections and combined them into one, dead-practical, easy-to-implement font!

Only through Design Shack can you get this amazing resource for a whopping 61% off! Read on for more information.

July 21st, 2011 Posted in Deals
Ditching the Grid: Alternative Layout Strategies and Tips

Ditching the Grid: Alternative Layout Strategies and Tips

Are you tired of creating building websites using the same old grid-based layouts for every project? Have you been itching to break away from the norm and attempt something a little more organic?

Today we’ll take a look at a few sites that have done just that to see what we can learn about alternative layout methods and how they can be successfully implemented.

July 20th, 2011 Posted in Layouts
How to Design an Awesome Flyer (Even if You’re Not a Designer)

How to Design an Awesome Flyer (Even if You’re Not a Designer)

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This article will walk your through the process and logic of designing a basic but attractive flyer. We’ll look at how you can plan your content, find and implement some quality images and handle the alignment of a significant amount of content while not sacrificing too much of the visual appeal.

July 19th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
Are Print Designers Doomed? An Important Look at the Facts

Are Print Designers Doomed? An Important Look at the Facts

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We constantly hear blanket statements about how print is in decline and the future of design is digital. Meanwhile, many print-only designers wonder if they should be taking steps to begin the overwhelming journey of learning a new career.

Today we’ll put rumors and speculation aside for a moment and take a look at some real data to see the actual projections for the print design industry and what actions, if any, print designers should be taking as a result.

July 18th, 2011 Posted in Business
Web Design Critique #58: Quote Roller

Web Design Critique #58: Quote Roller

Every week we take a look at a new website and analyze the design. We’ll point out both the areas that are done well in addition to those that could use some work. Finally, we’ll finish by asking you to provide your own feedback.

Today’s site is Quote Roller, a gorgeous web app for creating and sending professional proposals.

July 16th, 2011 Posted in Critique
Weekly Freebies: 25 Incredibly Useful Photoshop Custom Shape Sets

Weekly Freebies: 25 Incredibly Useful Photoshop Custom Shape Sets

Photoshop custom shapes allow for quick and easy vector insertion into your artwork. Countless artists have spent hours building some amazing shape sets and distribute them free! Today we’ll have a look at the best sets we could find from deviantArt and other sites.

July 15th, 2011 Posted in Freebies
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