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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.)

April 21st, 2015 Posted in Graphics, Layouts

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.)

April 20th, 2015 Posted in Graphics

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!

April 16th, 2015 Posted in Deals

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.

April 15th, 2015 Posted in CSS, Graphics, Inspiration

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.

April 14th, 2015 Posted in Business, Freelancing 101

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!

April 13th, 2015 Posted in Business

Win a New MacBook With Design Shack Deals


Apple’s new MacBook is the thinnest and lightest Mac ever, with every component meticulously redesigned to create a Mac that is just two pounds and 13.1 mm thin. It’s a gorgeous piece of industrial design, and a machine that’s very capable to use for graphic, or web design.

This month, we’re giving one of these brand new MacBooks away to one lucky winner through Design Shack Deals. It’s a great chance to get your hands on a beautiful new machine for your design work, packed with technological innovation. Read on to find out how to enter!

April 9th, 2015 Posted in Competitions

15 Things Every Young Designer Needs to Know

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Let’s welcome the class of 2015 to the design marketplace. It’s a bright, big, new and scary world out there for the thousands of design grads grasping their diplomas wondering what to do next. (Get a job!)

As we look forward to the new talent entering the marketplace, we also have a few bits of advice for every young designer looking to make his or her mark. It’s a tough and wonderful world out there; welcome to the adventure.

April 8th, 2015 Posted in Business

How to Hold a Meeting That Gets Everyone Excited About Design

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The dreaded project kickoff meeting. It’s on your calendar. You can’t avoid it. But you can make it a more memorable event that helps generate creativity among the members of your team.

The start of every project should be marked with excitement and anticipation. It’s the time when you and your team get to learn about a new client or idea and really get to go back to the basics of brainstorming and idea generation. It can, and should, be one of the most important parts of a design project and it needs to be anything but boring.

April 7th, 2015 Posted in Business

Handy Graphic & Vector Freebies From 1001FreeDownloads


Today we’re featuring a collection of vector and design resources from 1001FreeDownloads. It’s a really handy place for finding new goodies to use in your projects — completely free of charge!

They have thousands of good quality, free images of various types available (which you can use for commercial purposes). No registrations, no fees — you can just pick what you’re after, and download it. Simple! Read on to see a few of the different items we’re featuring today, and find out more about how the site works.

April 6th, 2015 Posted in Freebies