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12 Fun CSS Text Shadows You Can Copy and Paste

12 Fun CSS Text Shadows You Can Copy and Paste

Typography is everyone’s favorite toy in web design. One particularly fun tool that CSS gives you to play with your type is text-shadow, which seems simple enough at first but can be used to create some remarkable effects with a little ingenuity and creativity.

Today we’re going to run through several text-shadow examples that you can copy and paste for your own work.

June 7th, 2011 Posted in CSS
Web Design Critique #53: Distinction

Web Design Critique #53: Distinction

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 Distinction, home of a web design agency in Nottingham.

June 4th, 2011 Posted in Critique
Mastering CSS Reflections in Webkit

Mastering CSS Reflections in Webkit

The box-reflect property is just one of many awesome new CSS3 effects that Webkit brings to the table. Unfortunately, it’s not the easiest to use. There’s a lot of syntax that can be confusing and today we’re going to sift through it and explain it in detail so you can get the hang of it.

It’s important to note that, at this point, box-reflect is only supported by Webkit browsers. It’s a superfluous visual effect so you can use it as long as you accept that it’s not going to render in anything but Chrome and Safari.

June 3rd, 2011 Posted in CSS
Weekly Freebies: 20 Awesome and Free UI PSDs

Weekly Freebies: 20 Awesome and Free UI PSDs

This week’s myriad of freebies is a superb collection of layered PSDs that you can download and use in your projects. Each PSD contains a button, form, navigation menu slider or some other UI element that will no doubt prove useful as you build your next site.

June 3rd, 2011 Posted in Freebies
50 Examples of Beautiful Typographic Art

50 Examples of Beautiful Typographic Art

Everyone loves a good typography roundup. Type is the muse of so many extremely talented designers and the web is simply overflowing with beautiful examples just waiting to inspire you to create your own masterpiece.

Today we’ve got a collection of fifty of the most attractive typographic art pieces we could find from artists all over the world. Take a look!

June 2nd, 2011 Posted in Typography
Get an Awesome Professional WordPress Theme for Just $19!

Get an Awesome Professional WordPress Theme for Just $19!

For this week’s Design Shack Deal we’re offering up an awesome WordPress theme from Viva Themes. It’s typically $48, but this week you can get it here for only $19. That’s a 60% savings!

Read on to learn more about why this theme is a must-have resource for your site!

June 1st, 2011 Posted in Deals
Why Web Design Books Suck and How to Fix Them

Why Web Design Books Suck and How to Fix Them

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Do you have a list of things that you know you should learn but just haven’t been able to pick up? Have you tried to read through a book or two with no success?

Today we’re going to discuss why you can’t get through those boring web design books, how they should be different and what to look for to leverage the way you actually learn.

June 1st, 2011 Posted in HTML
Does Your Resume Matter? Landing a Job in a Post-Resume Environment

Does Your Resume Matter? Landing a Job in a Post-Resume Environment

More and more lately it seems that design companies are bucking tradition and tossing out resumes as the de facto way to differentiate between and choose candidates.

Should you be concerned about how you look on paper or diverting your efforts towards something more important? Read on to find out.

May 31st, 2011 Posted in Business
Creative Gallery of Parallax Website Designs

Creative Gallery of Parallax Website Designs

The limiting 2-dimensional aspect of computer monitors today constrain how websites are built. When designing parallax website layouts, these can bring effects and graphics into three-dimensional beauty right before your eyes! Often created with Adobe Flash or JavaScript libraries this effect is not often used but does offer a very unique feeling.

Below are some very creative examples I’ve put together for digital inspiration. Web designers from around the globe can gather ideas for parallax style websites. It’s not a very confusing topic, and once you’ve got a design style set in your mind it’s easy to bust out some graphics and code the whole thing together.

May 30th, 2011 Posted in Inspiration, Layouts
Web Design Critique #52: Goldenboy Media

Web Design Critique #52: Goldenboy Media

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 Goldenboy Media, a web design agency in South London.

May 28th, 2011 Posted in Critique
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