Happy Friday everyone! Before you blast out of the office and declare your freedom for the next couple of days, take a gander at these awesome stone textures to add to your arsenal of design resources.
All of the textures below are completely free and licensed under creative commons. They have also been approved for commercial use so you can use them in pretty much any project you want! How sweet is that? Enjoy and have a great weekend!June 10th, 2011 Posted in Freebies
Should designers outsource their own website or personal brand? It may sound crazy but the practice is more common that you might think.
Today we’re going to attempt to look at both sides of this issue and explore the good and the bad of letting another designer define your digital identity.June 9th, 2011 Posted in Business
Recently on Design Shack we featured an article titled “10 Rock Solid Website Layout Examples“, which broke down some common layouts into simple silhouette wireframes so you could easily apply them in your work.
Today I’ve chosen three of these layouts and converted them to live, responsive web pages with some HTML and CSS. They’re all super simple and easy enough for many beginners to take on, plus we’ll be using an awesome framework to do the heavy lifting.June 8th, 2011 Posted in CSS
Smashing eBooks are professionally produced and simply overflowing with enough educational content to turn you into a design pro in several areas. We’re offering not just one or two, but five of them for a mere $25. Read on to check it out.June 8th, 2011 Posted in Deals
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
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
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
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
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
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