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Standard Trends in New-Age Minimalist Logo Designs

Standard Trends in New-Age Minimalist Logo Designs

Graphic designers have evolved an amazing trade. With so much information readily available it’s possible for high school students and even younger artists to buckle down and study the digital arts. From this we’ve seen a massive collection of astounding logos and trends in recent years.

More commonly it has become popular to portray minimalist trends in logos by slimming down content. These include solid-color backgrounds, basic text effects, vector shapes, and low-res icons. Pixel designs have also become popular amongst the techie crowd.

Below I’ve examined some of the new-age trends emerging with logo design. Hopefully these ideas can inspire a new generation of designers to pick up the trade. Most of these effects can be recreated in Adobe Photoshop, or Illustrator if you’re more comfortable. Spend some time browsing logo galleries for more in-depth inspiration.

June 27th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
Web Design Critique #56: Ray Cheung

Web Design Critique #56: Ray Cheung

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 the homepage of Ray Cheung, self-described simply as an Online Entrepreneur.

June 25th, 2011 Posted in Critique
Weekly Freebies: 20 Free Twitter Icons for Your Website

Weekly Freebies: 20 Free Twitter Icons for Your Website

Everyone loves Twitter icons. On just about every site you build your clients will want some way to direct users to follow them on Twitter and having a solid library of icons and buttons can save you a lot of time.

Today we’ve got 20 awesome free icons and buttons from some extremely talented digital artists. Take a look and let us know what you think in the comments below!!

June 24th, 2011 Posted in Freebies
Book Review: Eloquent Javascript

Book Review: Eloquent Javascript

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Most web designers these days know at least a little HTML and CSS, giving them the ability to bring their designs to the web. Advanced functionality, for the most part though, is handled by programming languages, which have a much higher barrier to entry. This leaves countless designers intimidated while wishing they had a firmer grasp of the most essential of these: JavaScript.

Do you wish you could finally scratch “learn JavaScript” off of your todo list? Does a hefty learning curve keep you from taking the plunge? Maybe you just need the right book. Today we’ll take a look at Eloquent Javascript: A Modern Introduction to Programming” by Marijn Haverbeke to see if it’s what you need to become a JavaScript ninja. Please keep in mind that “Eloquent JavaScript” does not teach OOP with classes such as how to create a class in JavaScript.

June 24th, 2011 Posted in Reviews
Say Hello: 50 Simple and Effective Website Greeting Messages

Say Hello: 50 Simple and Effective Website Greeting Messages

Placing a large greeting message at the top of your site is a great way to create a welcoming environment and provides the perfect opportunity to clearly state your purpose for being.

Today we’ve rounded up over fifty such messages for inspiration on both the message and visual appearance fronts. The greetings has been divided up into clear categories so you can analyze the different popular techniques being used by designers today.

June 23rd, 2011 Posted in Graphics
Get 25+ WordPress Themes for Just $49!

Get 25+ WordPress Themes for Just $49!

This week we’re running one of our most exciting deals to date. We’re offering full access to the Graph Paper Press library of gorgeous and professional WordPress themes for only $49.

Keep reading for more info or jump over to our deals page to see how you can take advantage of this awesome offer.

June 23rd, 2011 Posted in Deals
Winners Announced: 4 Copies of the Impressto Web Design Bundle Up for Grabs!

Winners Announced: 4 Copies of the Impressto Web Design Bundle Up for Grabs!

Great news! We’ve selected our four winners for the Impressto Web Design Bundle Giveaway! Thanks to everyone who entered, if your name is listed below, you’ll be receiving an email shortly with more information.

  • Thomas Li
  • Mike
  • Daichi Sakota
  • Christina Lannen

Didn’t win? You can still pick up a copy of the amazing Impressto Web Bundle here. Thanks for reading Design Shack! We’ve got more giveaways planned soon so be sure to check back often!

June 22nd, 2011 Posted in Competitions
Using the Black Box Model to Design Better Websites

Using the Black Box Model to Design Better Websites

Today we’re going to introduce you to a popular model used in marketing to understand consumer behavior. We’ll then discuss how you as a designer can use this model to structure your designs to encourage action from users.

By becoming more equipped to analyze your visitors, you’ll be able to make informed decisions about how to design more persuasive websites.

June 22nd, 2011 Posted in Business
5 Logo Design Lessons From Fast Food Joints

5 Logo Design Lessons From Fast Food Joints

Few logos have the power to immediately draw forth feelings from us more than those of fast food restaurants that we’ve seen and eaten at for decades. Just the sight of those golden arches can bring a smile to the face of children and adults alike.

What makes these logos effective and how can you put these ideas into practice in your own work? Today we’re going to see what we can learn by exploring the logos of several famous American fast food restaurants.

June 21st, 2011 Posted in Graphics
A Beginner’s Guide to Marketing Through Social News

A Beginner’s Guide to Marketing Through Social News

The modern web 2.0 landscape features dozens of amazing social networking projects. The most popular include brands such as Facebook or Twitter. Underneath these however lies an even larger industry centered around user participation and information sharing systems.

June 20th, 2011 Posted in Business, Web Standards
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