Category: Articles


Graphics / 22 May 2015

8 Rules for Creating Effective Typography


Today we’re going to discuss something that is both a hot trend and timeless art: typography. The basic rules outlined below will help you become more aware of how you structure and use typography in your designs.

Being conscious of these rules can improve nearly everything you create that contains a headline or major typographic element. Let’s get started!

Deals / 21 May 2015

This Week’s Deal: Up to 92% Off Adobe Courses & Training


This week, we have a collection of different deals for perfecting your knowledge of Adobe CC. Whether you’re wanting to learn Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InDesign, or anything else, there’ll be a course for you!

Starting from just $25, these course bundles represent savings of hundreds of dollars over the original prices, and they’re a great way to get started with learning something new! Read on to find out more about what’s on offer this week.

Inspiration / 19 May 2015

100+ MacBook PSD & Vector Mockups


Whether you’re looking for a mockup of the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or the new MacBook, we have you covered today. We’re featuring a mix of photo mockups, realistic illustrations, and flat/stylised versions of these Apple notebooks.

Totalling over a hundred different MacBook mockups, in all shapes and sizes, these are great for dropping in your own work, applications, wallpapers or examples to give them a unique look-and-feel. Some are free, some cost a few dollars, but we really like them all!

Business / 18 May 2015

10 Mistakes Every Designer Makes… And How to Avoid Them

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We all have them – design projects we’d like to take back. Some of them you can attribute to a bad design brief or youth; others you just want to hide forever. The good news is that you can often avoid design mistakes; the bad news is that every designer will fall in at least one of these traps at some point in his or her career.

But part of the key to avoiding designer mishaps is knowing what they are, so you can be aware if you feel yourself slipping into one of these bad habits.

Inspiration / 14 May 2015

20 Design Quotes… And What They Can Inspire

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Some days are just about inspiration. This is going to be one of those days. There are so many good ideas and thoughts and design practices out there that deserve to be shared.

So we have put together a roundup of 20 quotes that pertain to design or the creative process or the business itself as a conversation starter. This collection is from all over the world, from a wide range of sources and across various eras. Here are 20 great thoughts about design… and what they can inspire in each of us.

Deals / 13 May 2015

Save 92% on the Interactive Coding Bootcamp


This week’s Design Shack Deal is something a bit special. It’s a course that helps you learn how to become a job-ready developer, by building a portfolio of real-world apps and interacting 1-on-1 with the best mentors in the field.

This training is as robust as it gets, including live instruction and job-hunting assistance, on top of 33+ hours of top-notch video courses (some from Stanford, Harvard, etc.). Jump into this 12-week curriculum for 92% off!

Layouts / 12 May 2015

The (Sometimes Hidden) Meaning of Shapes


The shapes of objects in your design may be sending a message to users that you aren’t even aware of. Whether you put an image inside a square or circle or triangle can have an impact on what people think about that image.

Sometimes a shape is more than just a group of connected lines. The use of shapes can be obvious or subtle and appear within images or as elements in a design. Here, we will look at common shapes used in design projects and the signals they may convey.

Graphics / 11 May 2015

100+ iPhone PSD & Vector Mockups


Whether you’re building a responsive website, or the next blockbuster app, having a gorgeous iPhone mockup graphic in which to demonstrate it can be really helpful.

Today, we’re taking a look at almost a hundred different iPhone mockups, in all shapes and sizes, that can make your app or website interface stand out. They vary between photograph-based PSD mockups, or vectors that can scale to any size. Some are free, some cost a few dollars, but all of them are rather lovely!

Business / 11 May 2015

Code Free Web Design With Webydo


Web design can sometimes be frustrating for those who are not fluent in HTML or JavaScript or other programming languages. This is especially true of responsive web design. Webydo is here to help.

The website building platform offers designers (and pretty much everyone) the opportunity to create a responsive website with a great design without knowing the first line of code. Without any technical knowledge, just about anyone can publish a website backed by a full content management system.

Software / 6 May 2015

Get to Know Hiveage and Make Invoicing Easier


Work. Bill. Grow. That’s the motto for Hiveage, an online billing and invoicing tool for freelancers and small businesses.

The tool can make life easier with a well-designed interface that’s easy to use and manage – especially for those who don’t have a lot of time to focus on billing. It’s a platform that can help you handle all your business basics in one place. Today we’re taking a look at how it works, and what you can expect from the app.

Graphics / 5 May 2015

How to Make a Budget Wedding Website With Tumblr


Having a wedding website or blog is all the rage, and it can be a great way to keep your friends and family up-to-date with your wedding planning for the special day.

There are lots of services out there to help, but many are quite expensive or complicated. Today we’re taking a look at how you can build your own wedding website in a few simple steps, using the Wedding Tumblr theme. You’ll have a wedding website to be proud of, in no time at all (here’s an example). All for the price of a couple of wedding magazines!

UX Design / 4 May 2015

How to Design Content for User Experiences

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Content is a major part of the user experience. Content is more than search engine optimization; it’s more than blogging. It is part of your site, brand identity and why users interact with your design.

Every day it becomes even more important to design for content as part of the overall function and user experience in website and app design. But how can you do it? (We can help you with some case studies and examples, such as The Hen House, which uses a variety of design and user engagement techniques to keep you scrolling.)

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