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50 Clever, Quirky and Beautiful Packaging Designs

50 Clever, Quirky and Beautiful Packaging Designs

This week has been all about branding and package design. We’ve gone over some tips for creating effective packaging and taken an in-depth view of the branding histories of Coca-Cola and Pepsi to see what we could learn about the power of a good brand.

Today we’ll finish off the week with a roundup of awesome packaging concepts from Behance and Packaging of the World.

March 25th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
Pepsi vs Coke: The Power of a Brand

Pepsi vs Coke: The Power of a Brand

Today we’re going to jump into an age old rivalry between the two biggest soft drink companies on the planet and their flagship products: Pepsi and Coca-Cola.

The main theme will be brand evolution. We’ll take a look at how both brands have changed over the years and which seems to have the better strategy.

March 24th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
Grab $3,000 Worth of Professional Design Templates for $79

Grab $3,000 Worth of Professional Design Templates for $79

This week’s Design Shack Deal is an amazing offer that gives you a three month subscription to Inkd.com at a steeply discounted price.

Keep reading to see what Inkd is all about and why this deal is something that you should seriously consider.

March 24th, 2011 Posted in Deals
Effective Package Design Does More Than Look Good on the Shelf

Effective Package Design Does More Than Look Good on the Shelf

Package design is deceptively simple. Many designers wrongfully approach this task as merely a matter of aesthetics and give no thought to the fact that packaging has to succeed on many variables.

Today we’ll go over some basic principles to keep in mind the next time you’re designing either the package itself or merely the artwork. Along the way we’ll see a few amazing and not-so-great examples to learn from.

March 23rd, 2011 Posted in Graphics
Weekly Freebies: 30 Seriously Useful Seamless Textures

Weekly Freebies: 30 Seriously Useful Seamless Textures

A designer can never have too many seamless textures and patterns in his arsenal. These resources make it effortless to flood a background with something more interesting than a solid color.

Today we’re showcasing an awesome collection of over 30 fully tile-able textures and patterns that you can download free. Some are raster images for Photoshop others are vector swatches for Illustrator, all of them will make great additions to your resource library!

March 22nd, 2011 Posted in Freebies
Developing Over the Dribbble API With PHP

Developing Over the Dribbble API With PHP

Dribbble is the design networking app sweeping the digital revolution by storm. This collection of creative individuals offer pictures, or “shots”, of their latest works and share criticism through the rest of the community. It’s a great learning environment for studying web designers, illustrators, and icon makers.

The community has been intricately planned and opened with an API. This stands for Application Programming Interface and would dramatically widen the range of adaptation to anybody who can understand the framework.

March 21st, 2011 Posted in PHP
Web Design Critique #42: Peter and James

Web Design Critique #42: Peter and James

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

Today’s site is Peter and James, an online jewelry retailer.

March 20th, 2011 Posted in Critique
Drag and Drop WordPress Layout With Platform Pro

Drag and Drop WordPress Layout With Platform Pro

Building and even slightly altering WordPress themes can be a real hassle. You could buy a book or watch hours of video tutorials until you’re an expert on WordPress, but wouldn’t it be nice if you could skip all this and jump into building your own theme today?

Today we’re going to take a look at an impressively innovative product that allows you to use the simplicity of a drag and drop interface and basic forms to completely customize a WordPress site. The product is called Platform Pro and you’ve simply got to see it…

March 18th, 2011 Posted in Layouts
A Freelancer’s Guide to Preparing for Retirement

A Freelancer’s Guide to Preparing for Retirement

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Life is tough as a freelancer, especially when it comes to planning for the future. Today we’re going to discuss some hard facts about how to financially prepare for your retirement on your own.

You won’t find an article filled with vague tips on being frugal, instead we’ll introduce you to some basic financial instruments that you should be familiar with so you can decide which are best for you.

March 17th, 2011 Posted in Business
10 Tips for Troubleshooting a Lackluster Design

10 Tips for Troubleshooting a Lackluster Design

One of the biggest problems that designers struggle with is how to improve a design that didn’t quite hit the mark. Sometimes we’re on our game and can bust out a beautiful design in minutes, other times we struggle to complete something that should be simple.

Today’s post is a checklist that you can bookmark and refer back to for those times when you need a fresh perspective. Browse through the list for inspiration on how to improve a design that’s lacking in an area that you can’t quite identify.

March 16th, 2011 Posted in Layouts
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