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50 Fantastically Clever Logos

50 Fantastically Clever Logos

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I know everybody and their brother does logo roundups so you’re probably sick of them, but I don’t believe I’ve ever done one and there is a particularly impressive brand of logo design that I wanted to point out.

Today we’ll look at 50 logos that are the result of going beyond the typical thought process and injecting a little wit and hidden symbolism into the design process.

July 23rd, 2010 Posted in Graphics
20+ Free CSS3 Code Generators

20+ Free CSS3 Code Generators

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One of the biggest problems with all the new CSS3 properties is that most of them have multiple browser-specific implementations. This means when you want a simple shadow, you have to remember quite a bit of code to make it compatible across as many browsers as possible.

To help you out with this task, a bunch of intrepid coders have created free interactive tools that provide simple user interfaces that spit out all the code you need with a fully customizable end result. Below you’ll find over twenty of these CSS3 generators.

July 22nd, 2010 Posted in CSS
Designing From a Photo: Quick Tips and Best Practices

Designing From a Photo: Quick Tips and Best Practices

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Photography is the best thing to hit design since typography. A quality photograph can make a poor designer look good and a good designer look great. It can convey emotion, bring in color, provide and provide a strong focal point.

Today we’ll look at a few tips, techniques and ideas for designing around great photography.

July 20th, 2010 Posted in Graphics, Layouts
Design Critique #8: Pointillé ComunicaçãO

Design Critique #8: Pointillé ComunicaçãO

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 as well as those that could use some work. Finally, we’ll finish by asking you to provide your own feedback.

Today’s site is Pointillé Comunicação, a branding and design firm.

July 17th, 2010 Posted in Critique
5 Tips for Sending More Useful and Effective Invoices

5 Tips for Sending More Useful and Effective Invoices

It happens all the time. No sooner than you click the send button does the phone ring. At the other end is an angry client who just received an invoice. Despite the fact that all of your payment agreements were handled before the project ever started, he has still somehow managed to be surprised at the amount that he owes you.

Whether the description above typifies your client base or not, it can still be a good idea to soften the blow of an invoice by showcasing what you did and how it benefited them. There are also a few things you can do to make the whole process easier and therefore (hopefully) speed up payment. Below we’ll look at five things you can do to make your invoices both more useful and impressive.

July 16th, 2010 Posted in Business
30+ Innovative Icon-Based Navigation Menus

30+ Innovative Icon-Based Navigation Menus

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Here at Design Shack we love a good navigation menu. Lately we’ve noticed a trend arising around menus that use icons either exclusively in place of text or as a support of additional textual information.

Adding icons to your navigation can not only give you an aesthetic boost but actually make for a quicker visual read of the link. Here’s a collection of over thirty icon-based navigation menus that we found online. We’ll conclude with a few resources you can use to snag some free icons to create your own fancy menus.

July 15th, 2010 Posted in CSS, Inspiration, Navigation
Rapid Blueprint CSS Layout With Boks

Rapid Blueprint CSS Layout With Boks

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Today we’ll take a look at Boks, an awesome little tool that will help you spec out a basic site layout in no time flat.

We’ll go through what it is and how you can use it to speed up your development as well as what the limitations and downsides are that you’ll want to be aware of before you download the app.

July 13th, 2010 Posted in CSS, HTML, Layouts
Web Design Critique #7: Web Icon Set

Web Design Critique #7: Web Icon Set

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 as well as those that could use some work. Finally, we’ll finish by asking you to provide your own feedback.

Today’s site is Web Icon Set, a web design inspiration gallery.

July 9th, 2010 Posted in Critique
Why Money Shouldn’t Motivate Design

Why Money Shouldn’t Motivate Design

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Today we’re going to discuss the difference between designing for money and designing for a living because it’s what you love to do.

We’ll take a look at a few things that motivate designers who couldn’t be anything else if they tried and why design is more than a means to a financial end but is in fact a way of life.

July 9th, 2010 Posted in Business, Inspiration
100 Must Read Design Blogs

100 Must Read Design Blogs

In my daily search for design-related content I’ve come across tons of really stellar blogs. Recently I noticed that the list of sites I regularly check in on had far surpassed 100!

I know there’s no shortage of lists like this but I still wanted to share my discoveries with the Design Shack readers. Some of the blogs below are quite famous, others are fairly obscure. Most are specifically about design, others are more for supporting subjects like freelancing or photography. So without further adieu, here’s my list of over 100 must read (or watch for the video sites) design-related websites.

July 8th, 2010 Posted in Inspiration
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