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Carrie Cousins

Carrie Cousins

Carrie is the chief writer at Design Shack, with years of experience in web and graphic design. Sports fanatic. Information junkie. Designer. True-believer in karma.

10 Tips for Perfect Poster Design

Poster Design / 11 Apr 2022

10 Tips for Perfect Poster Design

Almost everyone has designed a poster or flier at some point. Whether it was for self-promotion or a client, posters can be a fun way to present a message and do some interesting things with design.

Poster design starts with a common canvas. Common poster sizes are 8.5 by 11-inch letter (or A4), 11 by 17 inches and 22 by 34 inches. Large format poster sizes are commonly 24 inches by 36 inches. Posters can be designed vertically or horizontally, but are most commonly designed with a vertical orientation. Today we’re taking a look at ten useful tips for improving your next poster design!

Without further ado, let’s dive into the poster design tips!

Note: All of the poster designs featured here are pre-made templates from Envato Elements. You can download and use them to create your own poster or flyer designs.

What to Put on a Business Card: 8 Creative Ideas

Business Card Templates / 11 Apr 2022

What to Put on a Business Card: 8 Creative Ideas

What to put on a business card? It’s a tricky question. A business card that contains just the right information (and a stellar design) will grab attention and help you stand out. It’s the thing that makes someone else remember you, or your pitch.

Even in the digital age, a business card is a popular–and necessary networking and communication tool. Having a great business card provides legitimacy to your or your business, it’s a quick and easy way to exchange information, and can provide ways to help promote your work.

What you put on your business card says a lot to others. Here’s a guide to what to put on a business card, with plenty of creative ideas to help you get started.

Giving a Presentation to Senior Management & Executives: Templates & Tips

PowerPoint Templates / 7 Apr 2022

Giving a Presentation to Senior Management & Executives: Templates & Tips

Giving a presentation to senior management or an executive team can be a little daunting. You need to create just the right design to appeal to a C-suite group.

This includes everything from color choice to typography to messaging. When it all comes together, you need a polished presentation deck to make a good impression.

Here, we’ve got some templates and tips to help you create just the right presentation, to help you get your message across in a stylish and professional way.

10 Skills Every Designer Needs on Their Resume

CV & Resume Templates / 4 Apr 2022

10 Skills Every Designer Needs on Their Resume

Even if you aren’t actively looking for a job, your resume is an important piece of your digital portfolio. From sites such as LinkedIn to personal portfolio pages such as Behance that showcase your work, glimpses into your design career are everywhere.

You want to control that message to ensure that you are putting the right vibe out there about who you are, the work you do and why (quite frankly) you are a rock star designer. And while a stellar portfolio is a great way to start that conversation, your resume is equally important. It should highlight some of the skills that aren’t as apparent from looking at a few marquee pieces.

As a bonus, every example resume here is a template from Envato Elements. Visit and download usable graphic design assets to boost your resume design today!

15 Tips for Creating a Great Website Footer

Layouts / 25 Mar 2022

15 Tips for Creating a Great Website Footer

One of the most important locations on your website is the footer. Yes, seriously. It may not be the area of the greatest design or most impressive content but it is a place where users frequently look for information. So it is vitally important that you don’t neglect this area when planning a web design project.

But what elements should you include? How can you keep the footer organized and in line with your overall aesthetic without being obtrusive? You’ve come to the right place. Here we’ll look at tips for creating a great footer with examples of some websites that are doing it well.

What Is Omnichannel Experience Design? (And How You Can Do It)

Business / 24 Mar 2022

What Is Omnichannel Experience Design? (And How You Can Do It)

If you aren’t familiar with the terminology, now is the time to learn everything you can about omnichannel experience design.

It’s not a new term at all – Forbes mentioned the importance all the way back in 2013 – but it has more recently evolved as a vital part of your digital and online strategy.

Let’s dive into what omnichannel experience design is and how you can use these concepts to create your best work (and work that feels consistent for your customers across every channel and interaction they have with you!)

How to Make a Business Proposal With a Word Template: 5 Simple Steps

Business Templates / 21 Mar 2022

How to Make a Business Proposal With a Word Template: 5 Simple Steps

Need to wow a client or investor with a business proposal?

Whether you are lacking design inspiration or just need to get work done in a hurry, a business proposal is easy to build with the right Microsoft Word template. A good template allows you to pick a design you like, make modifications, and have your proposal ready to share in almost no time.

Here, we’ll walk through five simple steps to make a business proposal with a Word template. You can even download the one we use here.

How to Install & Use a Photoshop Brush in 3 Minutes

Photoshop Brushes / 18 Mar 2022

How to Install & Use a Photoshop Brush in 3 Minutes

Photoshop brushes can open up a whole new world of creativity. Brushes let you draw and paint in any way imaginable—creating anything from simple textures, to patterns in any imaginable element (from simple leaves to a beautiful night sky!)

If you haven’t used a Photoshop brush before, it can be a little intimidating. But once you start experimenting with brushes, you’ll never look back.

Here’s a primer on how to use and install Photoshop brushes, plus ten free Photoshop brushes to kick-start your collection. The best part? You’ll be completely clued up in just three minutes!

What Is Adobe InDesign (And What Is It Used For?)

InDesign Templates / 15 Mar 2022

What Is Adobe InDesign (And What Is It Used For?)

Most creatives are familiar with the Adobe Creative Suite of tools. Adobe InDesign is one of the staples of this lineup and has been the industry standard for designers for decades.

InDesign is a desktop publishing and page layout software application. It can be used to create works such as posters, flyers, brochures, magazines, newspapers, presentations, books and eBooks.

But it’s also now capable of so much more—integrating with other Adobe tools, helping you share and publish or print your work, working with Adobe Stock, the list goes on.

Here, we’ll look at what Adobe InDesign is, what it is used for, and the key functionality of this tool.

Make a Flowchart the Easy Way: Zen Flowchart

Reviews / 14 Mar 2022

Make a Flowchart the Easy Way: Zen Flowchart

Zen Flowchart is billed as the simplest flowchart maker out there… and it might just be an accurate description. This tool makes quick work out of creating flowcharts and removes a lot of the complexity and frustration you might have found with other apps.

It’s easy to use and helps you manage and organize information in a visual way. From simple flowcharts to mind maps to wireframes, it can do it all.

Here’s a look at the tool, as well as some of the types of projects it can help you create.

Learn InDesign: 15 Best Free Tutorials & Guides for Beginners

InDesign Templates / 14 Mar 2022

Learn InDesign: 15 Best Free Tutorials & Guides for Beginners

Adobe InDesign is the industry-leading layout and page design software for print and digital media. You can use it to create publications, books, and types of print and layout projects as well as PDFs, slideshows, banner ads, social media images, or YouTube preview tiles. It’s a truly versatile piece of kit to have in your design arsenal!

If you need some help getting started with learning Adobe InDesign, we’ve collected 15 great tutorials and guides that are perfect for beginners.

Plus, every one of these options is free, so you can give each of them a try and see which fits the bill for you. Whether you prefer video or written guides, we’ve got something for everyone.

Brochure Design Software: 3 Options Compared

Brochure Templates / 11 Mar 2022

Brochure Design Software: 3 Options Compared

So, you need to design a brochure? Where do you start? We’re comparing three different pieces of brochure design software to see how they stack up.

For web and digital designers creating a printed brochure for the first time, to designers that have been making print pieces for a while, using the right tool can make brochure design a more efficient task.

Choosing the right software, and sticking with it over time, is a sure-fire way to speed up your design workflow.

Adobe tools are the common starting place. Today, we’ll compare using InDesign, Illustrator and Adobe Spark (a free offering) as different options creating a brochure design.

We’ll look at the pros and cons of each (including the cost), and suggest which options are best for different types of brochure design project.