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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.

Design Trend: Liquid Animation in Web Design

Trends / 4 Mar 2020

Design Trend: Liquid Animation in Web Design

Delightful design accents can be one of those things that creates an unexpected user experience that keeps visitors on your website.

A trending technique that does exactly this is the use of liquid animation in web design. What’s great about his trend is that you can use it in so many different ways to create an interface that works with your content.

Here, we’re going to look at various examples of this trend and how you can make it work for you. (Make sure to click through the examples to get a good feel for how each of these animations works.)

5 Tips for Creating a Web Form That Converts

Layouts / 2 Mar 2020

5 Tips for Creating a Web Form That Converts

Your web form might look good, but does it convert? A high-converting web form is a must if you want to capture user information, build a subscription list, or create a quick checkout experience. It isn’t enough just to have a form that looks inviting. It needs to function well!

Users are getting more and more spoiled to well-designed and functioning forms, leaving little room for those that are clunky, awkward, or just don’t quite work.

So how do you do it? Here are five tips for creating a web form that will help convert users and grow your online presence.

Design Trend: Designing for Dark Mode

Trends / 26 Feb 2020

Design Trend: Designing for Dark Mode

Dark mode has been growing in popularity. Most phone and tablet interfaces have the option for users to switch to a dark, rather than the standard light default, color scheme.

Most users have a distinct preference as to whether to use dark or light user interfaces.

That’s why more designers are adding a dark mode option to their projects. And while it can be a little more work and a lot to think about, it can help create a stronger connection and element of personalization for users. Here’s more about this design trend.

15+ Adobe XD Tutorials (Beginner to Advanced)

Adobe XD Templates / 24 Feb 2020

15+ Adobe XD Tutorials (Beginner to Advanced)

Adobe XD is a Photoshop-to-prototype tool that’s part of the Creative Cloud Suite (and our Adobe XD 101 intro is a good place to start!). It’s a robust tool with a lot of functionality, but you might need some help learning how to use it. Today we’ve collected some of the best Adobe XD tutorials to help you get started.

Adobe XD can be a little intimidating at first glance. What are the best learning resources? We’ve picked best Adobe XD tutorials for everyone from beginners to advanced users (and we’ve sorted them, so you can jump in at the right place for your experience level).

Design Trend: Mixing Realism and Illustrations

Trends / 19 Feb 2020

Design Trend: Mixing Realism and Illustrations

There’s a trend afoot in website design that mixes real images with illustrations and art elements in interesting ways. And it’s quirky, unique, and beautiful!

It’s a mashup of visual elements that don’t seem like they go together at first, but when done well can create a stunning aesthetic that is highly engaging and delightful.

Here, we’re going to look at examples of this design trend and different ways of mixing realism and illustrations for maximum impact. Some of these sit within fairly corporate designs, and others are completely playful and entertaining. It’s a wide range of applications of a thoroughly unique and interesting trend.

Jumpstart Your Logo Design With Tailor Brands

Reviews / 19 Feb 2020

Jumpstart Your Logo Design With Tailor Brands

Branding can be one of the most intimidating parts of getting your small business off the ground. How do you create a brand that’s memorable and that you can use for logos, social media, and websites?

Enter Tailor Brands Logo Maker. The tool offers an automated logo maker and brand identity platform, that’s easy to use, customizable, and made with small business owners in mind.

Here, we’re going to take a look at Tailor Brands and tools that you can use to jumpstart your logo and brand design.

10 Pros and Cons of Minimal Navigation in Web Design

Navigation / 17 Feb 2020

10 Pros and Cons of Minimal Navigation in Web Design

There’s been a shift happening in website design for a while: navigation and menus are shrinking. Minimal navigation styles and elements are growing in popularity, despite arguments against the hamburger menu icon.

Although not all minimal navigation elements use this style, it’s certainly a visual style we’ve seen explode in use over the past few years.

But does it work? Should you consider using minimal navigation for projects? Here, we’re going to take a look at some pros and cons with examples of use. The answer might not be as simple as you think.

How to Book, Plan + Attend a Design Conference Like a Pro

Business / 12 Feb 2020

How to Book, Plan + Attend a Design Conference Like a Pro

A design conference is a great way to recharge, refresh, and develop new skills to make you better at your job. But planning for attending a conference can be a little bit intimidating.

So here, we’re going to break it down. You can book, plan, and attend a design conference like a pro – even if you are going for the first time – with these tips.

We’re covering everything from planning and booking, to mapping out a session plan, what to bring, and some tips on what to do after the event as well!

The 8 Best Photoshop Alternatives for Windows (2020)

Software / 10 Feb 2020

The 8 Best Photoshop Alternatives for Windows (2020)

Looking for a faster and better alternative to Adobe Photoshop? While Photoshop has been a standard for years, that’s starting to change with plenty of new tools for Windows that make easy work of photo editing. Many of these new tools include smart functions that will speed up workflows.

The best Photoshop alternatives pack in just the features you need without a lot of fluff you won’t use. Here’s a list of the best Photoshop alternatives for Windows in 2020.

Take note of special features to find the one that’s right for you.

Choosing the Best Font for PowerPoint: 10 Tips & Examples

PowerPoint Templates / 6 Feb 2020

Choosing the Best Font for PowerPoint: 10 Tips & Examples

There’s a fine art to creating a great PowerPont presentation that wows. With so many tricks and features in this little bit of software, it’s more likely to see a bad presentation than a good one (and you don’t want to be that person!)

While there are a lot of factors that contribute to the overall design, choosing a suitable font for PowerPoint is near the top of the list. The audience needs to be able to read the words on the screen with ease, to ensure that your presentation is as effective as possible.

So how do you do it? Where do you start when choosing a font for PowerPoint? We have 10 tips for you with a few examples of PowerPoint slides (and templates) that will impress your audience.

20 Stylish Resume Color Schemes

CV & Resume Templates / 4 Feb 2020

20 Stylish Resume Color Schemes

Resume design can be a funny thing. Where’s the line between too little color and too much? We’re featuring 20 resume color schemes (with stunning examples) to help give you some ideas.

Personally, I believe it is a balance between showing off your personality and design style in relation to the job you are applying for. So, you might have a couple of resume designs, depending on who you are sending them to.

Another factor is printing. Are you going with a design that requires professional printing or are you doing it yourself? Think about all these things as you peruse these stylish resume color schemes for inspiration. (Note: Mixes are provided in HEX, but if you plan to print, make sure to use CMYK color.)

Product Hunt Year in Review for Web Designers: 20 Picks

Software / 3 Feb 2020

Product Hunt Year in Review for Web Designers: 20 Picks

Product Hunt recently released its giant list of the best featured products of 2019. It’s packed with plenty of neat tools and resources, for businesses, freelancers, designers and developers alike.

To help you find the best tools for working as a designer, we’ve narrowed down the list to the 20 best items for web designers (in no particular order).

We’re covering everything from colours and fonts, to CSS and grids. You’re bound to find a few incredibly helpful tools that you haven’t come across before!