Are you a member? Register or Login

  1. Authors
  2. Carrie Cousins

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 Things Every Email Newsletter Design Needs: Best Practices

Web Standards / 3 May 2021

10 Things Every Email Newsletter Design Needs: Best Practices

There’s an art to crafting the perfect email newsletter design.

It’s a combination of visual presentation and just the right words. It’s delivering quality content in a way that resonates with subscribers and generates opens so that your messages avoid the spam box.

A few email design best practices can help you find inbox success and generate greater conversions for this type of targeted messaging.

And if you need some help, each of the email design examples here is available as a downloadable template.

How to Design a Modern Business Card

Business Card Templates / 29 Apr 2021

How to Design a Modern Business Card

Everyone wants a business card that stands out. As more people begin to return to work and physical meetings and spaces, now is the time to revamp your card to make a solid first impression.

There are a few different things that help create distinction among business cards and a modern design is at the top of the list. Let’s dive into some modern and trending design concepts.

Plus, every example is something you can actually download, customize and use.

Data Visualization Design: Tools, Examples & Tips

Graphics / 26 Apr 2021

Data Visualization Design: Tools, Examples & Tips

Data visualization is one of those design trends or techniques that just seems to keep growing in use and value. From simple infographics to full data stories, this informational format is almost everywhere.

And for good reason: A good data visualization makes complex content that much easier to understand.

Here, we are breaking down data visualization tools, examples, tips so you can design with data successfully.

30 Tips to Learn Web Design in 30 Days

Business / 23 Apr 2021

30 Tips to Learn Web Design in 30 Days

Is learning the basics of web design still on your “someday” list? Why haven’t you got started yet? We’ve put together 30 tips and resources to help you start learning web design this month (and maybe even find yourself a new career path!)

Graphic designers, print designers, and creatives looking to learn something new or break into website need to quit procrastinating. Every day that you don’t take that first step leaves you one day further behind everyone else!

Follow these steps to begin learning how to create your first website, industry best practices, and much more—all in 30 days!

7 Ways to Use Emotion in Web & Graphic Design Projects

UX Design / 22 Apr 2021

7 Ways to Use Emotion in Web & Graphic Design Projects

The first impression a user has of your design can make or break their experience and determine if they continue interactions. According to WebFX data, 94% of first impressions relate to the design, making the visual and emotional connection you create of utmost importance.

Further, 75 percent of your business, brand, and website credibility comes from the design. And it all connects to the emotional response from a user. The visuals tell them what to think and feel to establish a relationship with you, making it vital to use emotion well in your website and graphic design projects.

Here’s a primer on how to do it successfully.

How Do You “Design” a Virtual Event? Tips & Ideas

Business / 19 Apr 2021

How Do You “Design” a Virtual Event? Tips & Ideas

Virtual event design can make or break your online event. There are two major parts of an event design. First, the concepts, programming, and run of show elements that encompass the event itself.

Second, the visual elements that make a virtual event have a presence with the same “feel” as a live conference or session.

Here, we’re going to focus on the design of the latter, so that you can create a branded, consistent theme and package to make virtual events stand out.

20 Stylish Poster Color Schemes

Poster Design / 16 Apr 2021

20 Stylish Poster Color Schemes

When it comes to designing a poster, a stylish color scheme can go a long way to bringing attention to the design. From bright colors and unusual combinations, to subtle and understated, this is a space where almost anything goes.

Here, we’re diving into some super cool color schemes that you can use in poster design, sharing the hex codes for each poster color scheme to get you started.

Plus, each example is actually available as a template as well, if you want to jump start your design and use any of these specific examples!

8 Key Instagram Trends for Designers to Watch in 2021

Instagram Templates / 12 Apr 2021

8 Key Instagram Trends for Designers to Watch in 2021

From hard-core ‘grammers to those that post the occasional pic, Instagram is the social media platform that’s practically made for designers because it is so visual.

So, you’ll probably want to be on-trend when it comes to posting. Here are eight ways to create images that are perfect for 2021 with a few examples and Instagram templates to help you get started.

From #nofilter, to framing, overlay elements, carousels, and more, we’re exploring all the trends you need to know.

How to Make a Poster in PowerPoint: 10 Simple Steps

Poster Design / 9 Apr 2021

How to Make a Poster in PowerPoint: 10 Simple Steps

In addition to creating presentations, did you know you can use PowerPoint to design other elements such as posters? Today, we’re walking you through exactly how to make a poster in PowerPoint.

While not everyone thinks about making a poster design in PowerPoint, it’s actually pretty easy—and is a viable option if you need something quickly, or don’t have other design software available. (Posters made in PowerPoint are frequently used in academic settings for assignments and event promotion on college campuses.) Today, we’re going to take you through the steps of how to make a poster in PowerPoint.

Design Trend: We’re Still in Love With Gradients (And They Keep Evolving)

Trends / 8 Apr 2021

Design Trend: We’re Still in Love With Gradients (And They Keep Evolving)

If you are looking for a design trend that can hold up over time, consider using a gradient. Every time I seem to think this trend might be over, designers come up with new and even better ways to use color variations for immense impact.

I’m not sure this trend will ever get old because there are so many ways to use it.

Here, we’re going to look at 10 different ways to make the most of gradients with projects that do it exceptionally well. All completely varied, and all completely unique!

Seobase: A New SEO Tool to Help You in Search

Reviews / 8 Apr 2021

Seobase: A New SEO Tool to Help You in Search

Almost every website owner knows that search engine optimization is important, but they don’t all have the tools to get there.

Seobase solves that problem with the most complete free SEO platform available to track your rank, research, and analyze keywords and create reports. Everything is quick and easy to set up and you can start making reports in just a few minutes.

Here’s everything you need to know about Seobase to help figure out if it is the right tool for you.

Love, Hate & Pop-Ups: How to Use Them Well

Accessibility / 6 Apr 2021

Love, Hate & Pop-Ups: How to Use Them Well

The first response you’ll hear from others about using pop-ups on your website is a long sigh.

Many people discount the idea before it really gets off the ground, but when done well, pop-ups are a valuable conversion tool for websites. (Note the phrase “when done well.”)

They get a bad reputation because so many people use them poorly or implement pop-ups with dark patterns that trick and annoy users.

A good pop-up is actually helpful and helps users on their website journey. Let’s dive in and learn how you can still use these well.