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Get 5 Smashing Magazine eBooks for Only $20!

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This week on Design Shack Deals we’re brining you something that’s simply too good to pass up. We’ve teamed up with the venerable Smashing Magazine to bring you five amazing books from the Smashing Ebook library at over 46% off their normal price.

Read on to see a summary of each book and to learn how you can take advantage of this sweet offer before it’s too late!

December 8th, 2011 Posted in Deals
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Popular Web Design Trends in 2011: Over 50 Inspiring Examples

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December is here and it seems we’re finally wrapping up 2011. It’s been a year filled with new and exciting forefronts for the web. CSS3, HTML5 and responsive design were at the top of the most-discussed topics. We also mark the passing of the old ways. Flash, Silverlight and similar proprietary plugins received an all out assault in 2011, one that they may never recover from.

To end the year with an informative retrospective, we’ve scoured the web in search of patterns and trends that emerged or became increasingly popular throughout 2011. Follow along as we examine over fifty websites in an attempt to spot similar tricks and themes. I guarantee it’ll be difficult to read without spotting a few trends that you jumped on in your own projects this year!

December 8th, 2011 Posted in Layouts
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Typography 101: Understanding the Anatomy of a Letter

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Every designer, whether you’re in print or web, should possess a basic understanding of fonts and type. Using the right typeface and understanding how a font will impact your design can add that extra pop to print and digital projects and will set them apart from all others.

One important area to understand is the anatomy of type. Ascenders, descenders and serifs may sound like words from another language but are the basis for understanding the style of a typeface and how if relates to your project. Today we’ll take a brief run through of some terminology that you should know.

December 7th, 2011 Posted in Typography
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3 Things You Never Thought to Do With Media Queries

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You already know how to use media queries to create a responsive design, but have you tried to use them for anything else? Is it possible that media queries can be used natively to improve your workflow?

Follow along as we completely break from tradition and hijack media queries to help us test and tweak a design. You’ve never seen media queries like this before!

December 6th, 2011 Posted in CSS
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10 LESS CSS Examples You Should Steal for Your Projects

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LESS, Sass and other CSS preprocessors represent an awesome way to extend CSS to be everything a programmer ever wanted. Variables, mathematical operations, mixins and a lot more make these tools invaluable to coders who can appreciate the benefits of typing less while accomplishing more.

One of the most major hurdles to getting started with these tools is simply figuring out just what the heck you’re going to do with them. We’ll help you out in a big way today by hooking you up with ten incredibly useful LESS snippets that you can drop into your projects today.

December 5th, 2011 Posted in CSS
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Win a Pack of 100 Free Custom Business Cards From MOO!

Great news! We’ve selected our three winners! If you have been selected, you will be contacted shortly with information on how to claim your prize. So watch that inbox, you just might be one of the lucky few.

December 5th, 2011 Posted in Competitions
The Theft of Design Blog Domain Names

The Theft of Design Blog Domain Names

There’s nothing more concerning than receiving an email from someone — completely out of the blue — to let you know that they think your domain name may have been stolen. Particularly when a quick Whois search changes the initial feeling of complete denial to extreme concern…

Last Thursday, I found out that someone had taken it upon themselves to “hijack” our primary domain name — designshack.net — and transfer it away from our registrar. We’re working hard to reverse the process, and I’ll be documenting the current situation here.

December 5th, 2011 Posted in Design Shack
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Web Design Critique #71: Cutest Paw

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 Cutest Paw, a worldwide animal photo gallery. Let’s jump in and see what we think!

December 2nd, 2011 Posted in Critique
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The Evolution of Apple.com

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The Apple design team is widely regarded as one of the most talented group of designers in the industry today. The trends that they set are followed by not only every other major tech company, but by web designers in every conceivable product and service niche.

Follow along as we embark on an exciting journey through time and witness the evolution of Apple’s design style. You’ll get several amazing glimpses at Apple.com dating all the way back to 1997 as we witness the rise and fall of several important design trends.

December 1st, 2011 Posted in Layouts
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Designing a Website With IM Creator

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In the ever expanding world of online website builders, it’s pretty difficult to find anything that’s worth spending more than ten minutes with. This market is flooded with clunky interfaces, hideous templates and brutal freeform design restrictions.

I recently came across a product called IM Creator that stands out though both in style and functionality. Does it live up to its promises or join the rest of the sites in this market and fall short of a decent DIY website solution? Read on to find out.

November 30th, 2011 Posted in Software
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