Category: Articles


Inspiration / 1 May 2015

Stay Up-to-Date With Webdesigner News


There are plenty of ways to stay across what’s happening in the design industry. Twitter, Facebook, your collection of RSS feeds, and a growing collection of newsletters and news aggregation sites.

Today we’re taking a look at the new Webdesigner News, to see how it fares, and explore how it can be a useful place to stay up-to-date with the latest news, announcements, releases, and sensations in the web design industry.

Deals / 30 Apr 2015

Save Over $1,800 With 3 WordPress Theme Deals


This week on Design Shack Deals, we’re featuring a collection of three different deals for WordPress. Each one helps you make the most of WordPress — the CMS that powers over 19% of the web!

Whether you’re looking to grab a fantastic subscription to a WordPress theme collection, or use a tool to build and design your own layout from scratch, we’ll have something for you. Read on to find out more, or head straight over to Design Shack Deals to take a look at all our design assets and services!

Inspiration / 29 Apr 2015

30 Premium Tumblr Themes With Beautiful, Minimal Design


There are thousands of Tumblr themes all over the web. To be perfectly frank, most of them aren’t great, and won’t do your creative work justice. Today we’ve collected thirty of our favourite premium Tumblr themes from across the web.

All of these cost a few dollars, but all of them will take your Tumblr blog to another level. From stylish, minimal Tumblr themes, through to those featuring big colours and bold images — we have a full selection. All of them are available to buy straight from Tumblr directly, and can be set up on your blog in a few minutes!

Inspiration / 28 Apr 2015

How to Design the Perfect Award or Certificate

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Do you ever catch one of those oddball assignments in your design career? Creating a great award or certificate design is one of them. The piece seems like a small task, but has a long shelf life, and is of high value to the recipient, making it important to design well.

But how do you even design a good award? Where do you start? Here’s a primer that takes a look at a few of the most important things to consider with award and certificate design.

Typography / 27 Apr 2015

8 Ways to Kern Any Typeface Like a Professional Typographer


Kerning is a subjective art. Every designer may feel differently about how combinations of letters look together. Most though can agree that almost every bit of type needs a little kerning.

Kerning – the adjustment of space between two letters – is something the untrained eye can rarely see. Good, or poor, kerning is more of a feeling as to whether type works or not. Here we have eight tips to keep you from falling into the auto-kerning trap so that you can kern type like a pro. (This post is filled with letter combinations; use them as a springboard to thinking about kerning. Do you like the way the letters or numbers work together? How would you kern them differently?)

Deals / 22 Apr 2015

3 Fantastic Deals for Android Developers (Save Over $1,100)


This week on Design Shack Deals, we’re featuring a collection of three different offers we have for learning about Android development. If you’re wanting to build upon your knowledge of web design and try something new this month, one of these collections of courses could be just what you’re looking for.

Whether you’re looking to develop a game, learn the basics, of grab a course that teaches everything from start-to-finish, one of these packages should fit the bill perfectly. Read on to find out more, or head straight over to Design Shack Deals to take a look at all our e-learning content!

Graphics / 21 Apr 2015

4 Simple Tips for Writing Copy That Matches Your Design

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When it comes to design projects, sometimes we (designers) get caught in a trap: creating a design without understanding the content. The first step to creating an outstanding project – before you ever open a piece of software – is to read over the content. Then think about the design and how the copy goes with it.

Does the copy actually need to match the design? Should designers help write the copy? Yes, most definitely. (As a bonus, all images in this post are examples of great copy and design pairings from the Design Shack gallery.)

Graphics / 20 Apr 2015

8 Image Mistakes to Avoid on Your Website


Big images, galleries and photo-heavy designs are a big trend in web design. To make the most of this aesthetic, you want to make sure every image on your website fits the display and represents your brand well.

There are a lot of mistakes that designers make along the way, from technical issues to image quality. But you don’t have to fall into one of these traps when working with website images. Here, we will take a look at image mistakes and how to correct or avoid them altogether. (As a bonus in this post, we are featuring a collection of fun and great images from Death to the Stock Photo’s recent objects collection.)

Deals / 16 Apr 2015

Complete iOS 8 & Swift Developer Course for $89 (91% Off)


This week’s deal teaches you the tools required to develop iPhone and iPad applications for iOS 8. Learn the syntax for Swift, the language used to develop for iOS apps, as well as important design patterns and best practices that will take you from beginner to pro in no time.

With over 350 videos and 36 hours of content, it’s a comprehensive introduction. And it’s yours for just $89 (that’s 91% off the usual price of $998). Read on to find out more, or take a look at the full deal now!

CSS / 15 Apr 2015

An Introduction to Animation in Web Design


Animation is not just for cartoons anymore. From full-screen moving images to small hover effects, touches of animation are popping up everywhere. Animation is trendy, fun and user friendly.

And the obstacles to using animation have started to fall. With most users on high-speed connections and the ease of creating anything from simple movements or a silly gif to several minutes of action, animations have become practical and useful web design tools.

Business / 14 Apr 2015

How to Find a Great Freelancer (and Keep Them)


There’s a lot of conversation among freelancers about how to find clients and create business momentum. But what if you are one of those businesses looking for a freelancer? How can you find someone qualified to work on your projects? And how can you keep them working for you?

That can be a tough question to answer. There are plenty of freelancers in the marketplace, looking to work for you. Today, we’ll help you find them.

Business / 13 Apr 2015

Introducing Media Temple’s WordPress Hosting


We’ve hosted Design Shack with Media Temple for years. So we were very pleased when they came to us, and asked us to take a look at their new managed WordPress hosting solution.

Media Temple’s new full-featured WordPress hosting solution features four new, customizable and scalable plans. Whether you’re a photographer, web designer or creative agency, there’s a plan that should work for you. Today we’re taking a look at this new hosting product, to see how it stacks up!

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