Category: Articles


Freelancing / 10 Jun 2015

How to Make the Jump From Employee to Full-Time Freelancer

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So you’ve been doing a little freelance work on the side and are toying with the idea of making it your primary gig. But how do you know if you are actually ready to make that leap? Can your freelance job support you financially?

There are a lot of things to consider when it comes to switching jobs — of any kind — and freelancing is no different. You just need to think about some of the numbers and considerations a little more closely than you would if an employer was handling all of the details for you.

Inspiration / 9 Jun 2015

100+ iPad Mockups: PSDs, Photos & Vectors


For displaying your latest and greatest responsive website design, or app interface, having a beautiful iPad mockup on which to demonstrate it can be really helpful.

Today, we’re taking a look at almost a hundred different iPad and tablet 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!

Graphics / 8 Jun 2015

Interaction Design: What Is It, and How Can You Use It?

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Interaction design might be the most talked about design concept of 2015. It’s something you should be thinking about and planning for in all of your digital projects.

But how can you make the most of interaction design? How can you design something people want to interact with? While some of those answers are changing with technology, one element remains the same – people want to use design that is intuitive, functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Deals / 4 Jun 2015

4 Tools for Design Entrepreneurs: Save Over $2,700


In this week’s Design Shack Deal, we’re taking a look at four big savings on different tools, resources, and applications for design entrepreneurs.

Whether you’re looking for software to help you better outline your next design project, tools to help build websites, write copy, or just start your own business — we’ll have something to help you get started!

Layouts / 3 Jun 2015

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.

Deals / 2 Jun 2015

Introducing the “Big 50 Font Bundle”: This Month Only


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!

Freelancing / 1 Jun 2015

The Importance of a “Leave-Behind” For Clients: Top Tips & Advice

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As a freelancer, your name – or business name if you have one – is your brand. Just like with any other company, it takes marketing chops to make sure clients know about you, your services, and how to make contact if they are interested in working with you.

That’s where having a good leave behind comes in. Don’t have a good leave behind yet? Here’s everything you know to get started. (Bonus: This post is full of fun leave behind items from designer portfolios, make sure to click on the links and explore for even more inspiration.)

Software / 29 May 2015

Neatly Coded, Elegant WordPress Plugins From


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 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!

Layouts / 28 May 2015

Visual Composer: A Drag-and-Drop WordPress Page Builder


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!

Graphics / 27 May 2015

10 Reasons Why the Best Design Is Invisible


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.

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Competitions / 26 May 2015

Win an Apple Thunderbolt Display With Design Shack Deals


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!

Inspiration / 26 May 2015

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!

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