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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
Web Design Critique #55: Gadget-O

Web Design Critique #55: Gadget-O

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 Gadget-O, a site all about fun gadgets!

June 18th, 2011 Posted in Critique
50 Creative and Clever Examples of Outdoor Advertising

50 Creative and Clever Examples of Outdoor Advertising

Outdoor advertising is an incredibly rich and diverse medium that allows a very unique spectrum of creativity for designers to play with. Sometimes you have to catch someone’s attention in a split second, other times you can do something fun and interactive.

Today we’ve scoured Ads of the World and come up with fifty particularly creative billboards, bus stops, subway ceilings and more. If you need a fresh blast of creativity to boost your next project, take a look!

June 17th, 2011 Posted in Inspiration
Weekly Freebies: 20 Outstanding Swirly Brush Sets for Photoshop

Weekly Freebies: 20 Outstanding Swirly Brush Sets for Photoshop

Another Friday, another set of awesome quickie freebies for you to download and add to your design arsenal.

The curls, swirls and twirls of these brushes will surely unfurl some creativity in your next design project. Whether you’re looking for grungy, floral or just pretty and abstract, we’ve found some brushes that will be just perfect.

June 17th, 2011 Posted in Freebies
Get Four Naomi Atkinson Vector Packs for Just $24!

Get Four Naomi Atkinson Vector Packs for Just $24!


This week’s Design Deal is a group of four fantastic downloads from designer Naomi Atkinson.

For less than $25, you’ll get three vector icon packs and one huge set of pixel patterns. Let’s take a closer look!

June 16th, 2011 Posted in Deals
Awesome and Unusual Places to Steal Color Palettes From

Awesome and Unusual Places to Steal Color Palettes From

A good color palette can make or break a design. It sets the tone, conveys emotion and can even drastically affect usability. With all this pressure, choosing a color palette is tricky business.

Today we’re going to think outside the box and explore some fresh and interesting ways to select the colors for your project by pointing out some great sources of inspiration. Let’s get started.

June 16th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
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