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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.

14 Key Logo Design Trends of 2020

Inspiration / 12 Dec 2019

14 Key Logo Design Trends of 2020

Need a new logo? Whether you’re starting from scratch or just planning a tweak to a current mark, understanding shifts in logo design trends can help you create a design with a modern touch.

The theme in logo design is to create something simple and distinctive. With so many new websites and brands and companies coming online almost every day, it’s no wonder that logos are trending toward designs that stand out.

Here’s a look at a few logo design trends for 2020, and how you can make them work for you (and while you’re at it, be sure to look through our full guide on how to design a logo!)

Sell Merch: How to Design, Print and Sell Custom Merchandise

Reviews / 12 Dec 2019

Sell Merch: How to Design, Print and Sell Custom Merchandise

Do you have a stellar idea for a shirt or water bottle design? Not sure how to get that idea into the hands of people who want to buy it?

You might need Sell Merch, a collection of tools and resources that are designed to help you get from idea to sales with advice on everything from how to get started to understanding printing and shipping.

Here’s a look at Sell Merch with some ideas for getting started with merchandise sales.

10+ Best Free Portfolio Website Tools & Templates in 2020

Software / 11 Dec 2019

10+ Best Free Portfolio Website Tools & Templates in 2020

Do you need a portfolio website right now? There are a variety of online tools and templates that can help jumpstart the process so you can feature your work online quickly.

This list is packed with options that provide free plans to help you get started. (Note that many do also offer paid options with the ability to customize or add premium features.)

Here are a few tools that can help writers, designers, photographers, artists, or pretty much anyone get their portfolio online this week.

15+ Background Design Trends & Styles for 2020

Trends / 11 Dec 2019

15+ Background Design Trends & Styles for 2020

One of the most important early design decisions you will make is what kind of background will carry a project. Should it be a single color, colorless, use trendy elements such as geometric shapes, gradients or wood grain patterns? Or would a solid background design can help make a project shine?

Staying on trend with background design styles is important as well. A trendy background choice shows that a website design is modern and the content is new. A modern visual framework can even signal a user that you are thinking about their needs and making the most of the tools that will make their experience better.

So how do you do it? Here’s a look at ten background design trends and styles for 2020, with a few great options to try.

15+ Typography Trends for 2020

Trends / 9 Dec 2019

15+ Typography Trends for 2020

Want to give your design a quick facelift? Using new and interesting typography trends might be the answer. Designers are opting for less elaborate typefaces and pairing them with bold color, cutouts, gradients, and even customizations to create lettering that stands out.

Changing typefaces or recreating an image or header in a trending style can give a design a fresh look without a full-scale overhaul. Not sure where to start? This list features typography trends with examples to use as inspiration for how to use them.

Here’s a look at the top typography trends for 2020.

How to Be a Freelance Graphic Designer in 2020: A 10 Step Plan

Business / 5 Dec 2019

How to Be a Freelance Graphic Designer in 2020: A 10 Step Plan

Do you have dreams of ditching your day job and becoming a full-time freelance graphic designer? Start putting your plan in motion.

Most freelancers start with graphic design as a side hustle, but with determination, business planning, and a solid work ethic, you can build as much business as you want to create a sustainable career.

Here are 10 steps to help you get started.

Trust me, I’ve tested them all in my decade as a freelancer!

Vectornator Pro Review: Create Illustrations, Logos, and More

Reviews / 5 Dec 2019

Vectornator Pro Review: Create Illustrations, Logos, and More

Looking for an alternative when it comes to vector design software? Vectornator is a solid, new option for Mac users with a robust collection of tools that also work on iPads, iPhones, and desktop computers.

Today, we’ll take a look at this tool with the new Vectornator Pro release, which has even more features than the already-functional Vectornator X version.

Find out what this app has to offer, explore a few key features, and learn about how to take it for a spin yourself!

How Much Does Logo Design Cost in 2020?

Business / 4 Dec 2019

How Much Does Logo Design Cost in 2020?

When considering how to design a logo, one of the most common questions has nothing to do with the creation of a brand element. It’s about pricing. How much does a logo design cost?

The answer is pretty complicated and depends on a lot of factors. Today, we’re going to look into logo design costs (and benefits of a professional design). Even if we can’t narrow down an exact price for you, this guide can serve as a starting point.

It should help you get a feel for the different price brackets of the options you could choose, and set off on the right path!

15 Web Design Trends to Watch in 2020

Trends / 4 Dec 2019

15 Web Design Trends to Watch in 2020

The average life of a website is three years. And design elements – such as color and typography – often get updated more frequently than that. That’s why it is so important to keep up with web design trends.

Doing this allows you to make small tweaks to your design today so that it won’t be out of date tomorrow. So which web design trends do you need to be on the look-out for this year?

This guide will help you create an on-point design plan for 2020!

The 2020 Christmas & Holiday Gift List for Designers

Inspiration / 2 Dec 2019

The 2020 Christmas & Holiday Gift List for Designers

The countdown is on. There are just weeks, days even, remaining until the holiday. We all know that designers can be tough to shop for, so our gift list should be a life-saver!

We’ve collected a list of super cool gift ideas for designers, to help you be the perfect secret (or not-so-secret) Santa this holiday season.

We’ve got you covered with everything to make your favorite design happy.

Find something unique and different for the person close to you, with these wonderful gift ideas.

Scrape Search Results in Real-Time With Zenserp SERP API

Reviews / 28 Nov 2019

Scrape Search Results in Real-Time With Zenserp SERP API

Do you need to scrape search engine results quickly and reliably? A search API can do the trick. Today, we’re taking a look at Zenserp’s SERP API and how you can make use of it.

SERP, or a search engine results page, data can be a useful tool for website owners. You can pull information into your project to provide a more robust user experience.

But completing this process manually is close to impossible. You need a tool to pull this data out for you, to help you move ahead with the important task of analyzing the information, and learning what it can tell you.

Christmas Graphic Design: 5 Tips for Classy Festive Design

Graphics / 27 Nov 2019

Christmas Graphic Design: 5 Tips for Classy Festive Design

From holiday cards to party invitations, to sales promotions, to baubles on a website design. It’s time to start thinking about ways to spruce up your graphic designs for the Christmas season!

The trick is creating something that looks classy and festive, not gaudy and overdone.

You want Christmas to be threaded through your design, not being garishly overwhelming!

Here are five tips to get you on your way with ideas to get you thinking about Christmas graphic design projects with some downloadable elements you can make your own.