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invisible-design
Graphics / 27 May 2015

10 Reasons Why the Best Design Is Invisible

Good design is not something the average user look at and says “wow, that’s a great design!” Good design is something that is easy to use, read and interact with. It makes users want to engage and experience your website, app or physical material and evokes a specific emotional response.

As a designer you may spend days, weeks or months working on a project that does not look like anything especially spectacular to those outside the design community, and that is probably a good thing. Good design is pretty much invisible.

Win an Apple Thunderbolt Display With Design Shack Deals
Competitions / 26 May 2015

Win an Apple Thunderbolt Display With Design Shack Deals

The 27-inch Thunderbolt Display supersizes your view with an incredible 2560-by-1440 resolution. It features a universal MagSafe connector that charges your notebook, a Mini DisplayPort cable for easy connectivity, three USB ports, and lots more!

This week, we’re giving one of these brand new displays away to one lucky winner through Design Shack Deals. But don’t wait, because the competition ends in just over 24 hours. Read on to find out how to enter!

better-designer
Inspiration / 26 May 2015

10 Tips for Becoming a Better Designer

I don’t think there’s a single designer out there that thinks he or she can’t get any better. This is not the day when you are as good as you will ever be. Design and designers are constantly changing, growing and evolving. Some of it is technology, some of it is trendy; but all change happens by choice.

If you want to be a better designer, you have to do something about it. Whether that’s learning something new, trying a different type of project, or thinking about feedback and criticism. So let’s start getting better together, today!

typography
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!

adobetraining
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.

macbook-mockups
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!

preview
Business / 18 May 2015

10 Mistakes Every Designer Makes… And How to Avoid Them

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.

design-quotes
Inspiration / 14 May 2015

20 Design Quotes… And What They Can Inspire

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.

coding-bootcamp
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!

meaning-of-shapes
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.

iphonemockups
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!

webydo
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.

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