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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.

Snag the Perfect URL With Instant Domains

Reviews / 28 Aug 2019

Snag the Perfect URL With Instant Domains

Almost everyone knows the value of a great domain name. It can be the thing that helps people find you online and drive traffic to your business, blog, or portfolio.

Many people own multiple domain names with different extensions to help make their websites easy to find. This might include having mybusiness.com, mybusiness.net, mybusiness.co, and so on.

InstantDomains is a tool that can help you find a great domain name, generate a name if you don’t have one in mind, and even find and secure that name across multiple extensions.

Here, we’re going to take a look at the tool and how it can work for you.

What Is a Logo Template? (And Should I Use One?)

Graphics / 26 Aug 2019

What Is a Logo Template? (And Should I Use One?)

If you’ve ever needed a logo in a pinch, you know how stressful that can be! For a quick design, a logo template can be just the tool to help you develop a logo fast and even show potential ideas off before a design gets too far along.

If you’ve never used a logo template before, a good template comes in vector form with everything you need to tweak and play to get the right logo design fast.

Here’s how it works, and a few tips on whether it is the right choice for you.

How to Embed a YouTube Video in Keynote

Software / 21 Aug 2019

How to Embed a YouTube Video in Keynote

If you’ve ever wanted to embed a YouTube video in Keynote to create a more engaging slideshow for in-person or recorded presentations, don’t worry. It’s not complicated at all.

We’re going to take you through how to embed a YouTube video in Keynote step-by-step, and share a few tips for how to use video to supercharge your presentations.

You don’t need any special software, and you’ll be all set with a video-packed presentation in minutes!

10 Tips for Designing for Wearables and Watches

Graphics / 20 Aug 2019

10 Tips for Designing for Wearables and Watches

Every day, we see more and more people sporting an Apple Watch or similar. These devices are constantly changing the way we think about wearable technology and how to design websites and apps for unique interfaces.

Wearables present challenges unlike other design projects. Function is a primary concern, as is the size, with what will be one of the smallest screens designers have ever worked with.

The key is creating a design that is visually pleasing but is user-friendly and provides a functional experience.

Here are 10 things to consider as you design for a wearable interface (with examples other designers are already imagining).

UX Designers Will Love Phrase

Reviews / 19 Aug 2019

UX Designers Will Love Phrase

Have you ever struggled with translation management across languages for a website project? It can be a complicated task to navigate. Phrase is designed to make it a lot easier, saving UX designers time and effort during website builds.

Phrase is a translation management solution for software products. It’s built with designers in mind, and their recently released Sketch Plugin can be incredibly helpful for anyone designing with multiple languages in mind.

We’re taking a look at the broad tool, as well as the new Sketch Plugin, and explaining how it works.

What Is Adobe After Effects (And What Is It Used For?)

Software / 19 Aug 2019

What Is Adobe After Effects (And What Is It Used For?)

Adobe After Effects is a video and animation-based tool that’s used to add elements to moving pictures and animations. Most designers use it to create titles, intros, and transition between clips for more seamless video production.

After Effects is part of the Adobe Creative Suite of products and is included in cloud plans. Full suite users already have access to this tool, or you can get it on its own if that’s all you need.

As with other Adobe tools, the great thing about using this set of tools is that functions and interacts have a look and feel that you are probably already used to, making it easier to learn on the fly.

Here’s a look at Adobe After Effects, what it is, and how to know if you should use it for projects.

10 Ways to Use Mapping in Web or App Design

Layouts / 14 Aug 2019

10 Ways to Use Mapping in Web or App Design

Almost everywhere you look these days, you find a map or location-based nugget of information. Almost every app asks for a location, and their presence is becoming more and more common on desktop websites as well.

But if you have not branched out into the world of mapping or location data, it may seem a little intimidating.

How can you effectively use mapping services for your website or app? We’ll take a look at ten ways you can integrate a map today.

What Is Adobe Premiere Pro? (And What Is It Used For?)

Software / 14 Aug 2019

What Is Adobe Premiere Pro? (And What Is It Used For?)

Adobe Premiere Pro is one of the go-to editing tools for video, including film, TV, and clips for the web and social media. If you are an Adobe CC subscriber and have seen this tool but haven’t given it a whirl, what are you waiting for?

While Premiere Pro can look a little intimidating at first, functionality is rooted in the same principles as other Adobe products and with a little tinkering, you should figure it out pretty quick (and there’s plenty of documentation and online help available).

So, what is Adobe Premiere Pro and how can you make this most of this video-editing tool? Let’s take a look.

How to Convert PowerPoint to Google Slides

Software / 14 Aug 2019

How to Convert PowerPoint to Google Slides

It’s surprisingly easy to switch between presentation tools such as Microsoft PowerPoint and Google Slides. Both tools have different pros and cons that mostly come down to user preference.

Maybe you’ve started a presentation in PowerPoint, and you want to finish it in Google Slides? Or maybe you just want to compare the two and decide which is the best platform to deliver your presentation?

We’ve got you covered — here’s a quick guide on how to convert PowerPoint to Google Slides in a few simple steps.

How to Make a Brochure on Microsoft Word (Using a Template)

Graphics / 12 Aug 2019

How to Make a Brochure on Microsoft Word (Using a Template)

Did you know you can make a brochure using a common tool such as Microsoft Word? It’s actually a really capable tool for brochure design, for creating a high-quality, professional outcome.

With a good template, you can turn a simple Word document into a carefully designed brochure that you can get printed or push as a PDF online.

Here, we’ll walk through the steps using a template that you can download from Envato Elements.

You can use what you learn for any type of brochure, using Microsoft Word – a tool you’re already familiar with! Whether you’re looking for a tri-fold, A5, or larger brochure, these steps will work for any type of design.

How to Convert a PDF to PowerPoint

Software / 11 Aug 2019

How to Convert a PDF to PowerPoint

Have you ever wished you could turn a PDF document into a PowerPoint presentation? With the right tools, it is a quick and easy process.

To turn a PDF into an editable fully functional PPT file, you need two pieces of software, Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft PowerPoint. Once you’re set with those, it’s a simple process to go from one file format to the other.

Here’s how to convert a PDF to PowerPoint in a few simple steps.

What Is Apple Keynote? (And 5 Tips for Getting Started)

Software / 9 Aug 2019

What Is Apple Keynote? (And 5 Tips for Getting Started)

Mac and iPad/iPhone users have probably seen the little blue presentation icon on the devices. But have you ever really used it? This icon is for Apple Keynote, a presentation tool that comes standard on all iOS devices.

Keynote is native to Mac, so you won’t find it on PC devices. It’s a tool that people tend to love once they make the switch from another type of presentation software. It’s focused on design, a polished presentation, and creating a really solid experience as you design your slides.

Today, we’re going to look at Apple Keynote—what it is and, and how to get started with this robust presentation tool.