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Good Writing and Editing Is Part of Great Design

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Good writing is arguably the most important piece of a design project. Yes, writing. It happens before the first sketch. And then it continues to happen throughout the design process as text is written, rewritten and edited multiple times.

A stellar design will only get you so far if the content is lacking. Clunky, mistake-laden, or even just plain boring copy will almost certainly ruin any project. Great copy will help a design shine. Here, we are going to look at what good writing and editing can do for your design projects. (Make sure to note the visual examples as well, and how the text and design work together seamlessly.)

March 26th, 2014 Posted in Business
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This Week in Design: March 21, 2014

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Sometimes your eyes really do play tricks on you. While you may be looking at one thing, but think you are seeing another. Many users might have noticed this recently with Google and a change to the way search results display. We also are thinking about how you look at things with a study that shows what makes people remember infographics, plus a few easy-on-the-eyes goodies.

Every week, we plan to a look at major product releases and upgrades, tools and tricks and even some of the most popular things you are talking about on social media. And we’d love to hear what’s going on in your world as well. Have we missed anything? Drop me a line at carrie@designshack.net.

March 21st, 2014 Posted in This Week in Design
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Great Discounts on Premium Infographics at Mighty Deals

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Today, we’re excited to be featuring a special promotion from MightyDeals, with an exclusive discount on a fantastic pack of infographic elements. Infographics take stuffy, boring data and present it all in a fun, entertaining and easy-to-understand manner. Visuals make all the difference.

With this great bundle from Ingimage, your data will never have looked better! You’ll get 100 high-quality, premium infographics, all provided in EPS format for customization and editing. And for a limited time only, taking advantage of this Mighty Deal will save you more than 80% off the regular price! Read on to find out more.

March 20th, 2014 Posted in Deals
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Design Dilemma: I Want to Be a Designer but My Portfolio Is Heavy With Illustration

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You’re just out of art school and have no idea where to turn. There were no courses on professional practices or career planning. (Or maybe there were but you slept through them…) So, where to next? Does your portfolio speak for itself and say, “I want to be a designer”?

David F. writes: “I saw your recent post to Fiona and I find myself in a similar position, though with some key differences.” Differences? We love different problems! So, join us as we delve into another Design Dilemma, helping to answer your questions, queries and concerns about the murky world of design…

March 19th, 2014 Posted in Design Dilemma
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50 Free & Premium Tumblr Themes

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Tumblr has been the go to place for bloggers, inspiration finders, and creatives for years as a way of posting to the web. With that popularity came a whole culmination of themes. Themes varying from grid-based, portfolio style, and even ones specifically made for type.

Today we’ve rounded up a collection of over 50 of the best Tumblr themes, designs, and templates for you to browse through. Some of these are free, and some are commercial. We hope you find something that fits what you’re looking for!

March 18th, 2014 Posted in Inspiration
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Math for Designers: It’s a Numbers Game

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Most of the time you don’t think about math and design at the same time. Maybe you think these concepts are as far removed from one another as possible. But math can be an important skill for every designer.

From working on projects – there are plenty of design theories based in math – to calculating rates and payment for a client project, crunching numbers can be an important item in every designer’s toolbox. Today, we are going to look at some of the time-tested formulas that can be found in great design and ways that every designer can use math. So you might just want to grab a calculator!

March 17th, 2014 Posted in Business
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This Week in Design: March 14, 2014

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From Facebook to Getty Images, big digital household names broke big news, including a redesign roll out and the release of millions of high-quality images for free use. Plus, we have a few fun tools for you to try as well.

Every week, we plan to a look at major product releases and upgrades, tools and tricks and even some of the most popular things you are talking about on social media. And we’d love to hear what’s going on in your world as well. Have we missed anything? Drop me a line at carrie@designshack.net.

March 14th, 2014 Posted in This Week in Design
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Drop Caps and Paragraph Text Effects Using CSS3

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Websites have become a medium of sharing information with the entire world. This has transitioned to include media like photos and videos. But text on a webpage is still the predominant choice for web publishing. This would imply that how you structure paragraphs, sentences, and text on the page can greatly impact if a visitor chooses to stick around and read what you have to say.

In this tutorial I’d like to share a few CSS tips for building creative paragraph or text designs. Legibility and font choices are often directly related to the design itself. But incorporating text effects like drop caps, highlights, and recognizable hyperlinks will distinguish from other content on the page. Take a peek at my live sample demo to see what we’re trying to build.

March 12th, 2014 Posted in CSS
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The Simple Guide to Creative Commons Resources

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Creative Commons is a tool that allows designers, writers, videographers and web developers to use content free of charge. From text to photos to video to sound, there are a variety of different types of available content that can be used when attributed appropriately.

But where can you find this content? Who can use it? And what really is acceptable to use? Today, we have a guide to creative commons works, proper use and attribution and tolls for helping you find great (and usable) content. (As an added bonus, all of the visuals used in this article were available under a Creative Commons license.)

March 10th, 2014 Posted in Business
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This Week in Design: March 7, 2014

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This week it seems like the world is screaming “creativity!” All of my social media channels have been filled with new and fun products, tools and apps and advice on how to be more creative. So that’s the main topic this week in design: Creativity, creative tools and creative thought.

Every week, we plan to a look at major product releases and upgrades, tools and tricks and even some of the most popular things you are talking about on social media. And we’d love to hear what’s going on in your world as well. Have we missed anything? Drop me a line at carrie@designshack.net.

March 7th, 2014 Posted in This Week in Design
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