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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.

How to Design a Flow Chart That Works (And Different Applications for Them)

Software / 10 Feb 2022

How to Design a Flow Chart That Works (And Different Applications for Them)

Flow charts have a ton of practical application but aren’t often thought of as a design project. A flow chart can be a beautiful and functional design element.

When it comes to using flow charts, the most common reason is to communicate complex information more visually. You can see processes and how elements in the process or flow relate to one another.

The design ensures that the flow chart communicates this information clearly. But it can be a more complicated task than you might think.

How Much Does Logo Design Cost in 2022?

How to Design a Logo / 9 Feb 2022

How Much Does Logo Design Cost in 2022?

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!

20+ Best Final Cut Pro Tutorials for Beginners 2022

Final Cut Pro Templates / 9 Feb 2022

20+ Best Final Cut Pro Tutorials for Beginners 2022

Goal: Edit videos, add effects, and create better productions with ease in Final Cut Pro. Solution: You need a stellar tutorial that walks you through all the steps in this increasingly popular video editing tool.

Thanks to great tutorials from pros, you’ll be able to capture just the right moment, with the right effect quickly.

We’ve rounded up some of the best Final Cut Pro tutorials out there for beginners to help you make the most of this software. Note that Final Cut Pro is a robust tool, but it is only available for the Mac.

What Are NFTs? a 101 Introduction

Trends / 8 Feb 2022

What Are NFTs? a 101 Introduction

If you haven’t looked into the world of NFTs, now is the time to start getting familiar. Big brands – from the NFL to Macy’s – have jumped into digital ledger trading and collection.

NFT might be one of the biggest buzzwords of 2022, and comes with plenty of implications, and opportunities, for designers.

Here’s a look at everything you need to know to get started with NFTs.

20+ Most Helpful Affinity Designer Tutorials (+ Reviews) in 2022

Affinity Designer Templates / 7 Feb 2022

20+ Most Helpful Affinity Designer Tutorials (+ Reviews) in 2022

Affinity Designer is a vector or raster app. It’s a competitor to Adobe’s Illustrator and allows you to design various elements for print or digital publication.

It’s part of the Affinity package of design tools made by Serif. Use it to do anything from making a business card to mock up an app. Affinity Designer is made for Mac iOS, Windows, and the iPad.

Here, we’ve collected some of the best for everyone from beginners to more seasoned pros, a mix of video and written tutorials. It’s a great place to start for upskilling with your first steps in Affinity Designer!

The 2022 Guide to Responsive Typography Sizing and Scales

Typography / 4 Feb 2022

The 2022 Guide to Responsive Typography Sizing and Scales

The true responsiveness of your website design is more than a framework that scales to each device, it also requires that typography adjusts to optimum readability as well.

Responsive typography will adjust so that text elements also change size and scale on websites. While that’s the technical answer, there’s also a greater design approach that is equally important, because just changing the size of a text element isn’t always enough.

Let’s dive into responsive typography best practices, a few guidelines, and some tools to help you create great type at any size.

17 Tips for Speeding Up Your Website in 2023

Business / 31 Jan 2022

17 Tips for Speeding Up Your Website in 2023

It’s not a trick question: is your website fast enough? Page load times can impact everything from how long users stay on your site (or if they see the content), to search rank and overall conversions.

Speed matters on two fronts – for desktop and mobile devices – with mobile speed mattering more than ever. Not only does your website have to load fast; it needs to load fast everywhere.

So how do you do it? Start by running a Google PageSpeed test to see where your site ranks (you’ll get a few suggestions for speeding up your site there as well). Then, start making these tweaks to make your website lightning fast this year.

Do You Need a Hero Image? Maybe Typography Is Enough

Graphics / 24 Jan 2022

Do You Need a Hero Image? Maybe Typography Is Enough

The go-to concept when it comes to the hero area of a website design is an image or video with text and a call to action. But not every design has high-quality visual elements to make this style of hero image work.

It begs the question: Do you even really need a hero image?

For some website projects, the answer is no. You can design a stellar hero area for a website with great typography and a few small details. Let’s take a look at how to do it and some examples that we simply love.

7 Tips for Using Background Textures in Web Design

Background Textures / 21 Jan 2022

7 Tips for Using Background Textures in Web Design

This is not your typical roundup of textures to use for website backgrounds. If you are looking for a specific texture, we have those here. But what if you want to create your own? Or find a way to customize a texture to fit your project? That’s what we’ll focus on today.

While there are many ways to use textures in web design, you’ll get a lot more mileage out of those backgrounds if you take a modern approach, and follow a few simple rules.

Here are seven tips to help you use background textures in web design well (all of which are in-line with the latest and greatest 2019 design patterns and trends).

Web-Based Scavenger Hunts: Tips & Ideas

Business / 20 Jan 2022

Web-Based Scavenger Hunts: Tips & Ideas

Shake up your everyday home or professional routine with a scavenger hunt. A web-based scavenger hunt can be a fun game for all ages and skill levels and help create interaction and engagement for teams, individuals, or large (virtually connected) groups.

But how do you get started?

We’ve got some tips and ideas to help you manage an online scavenger hunt, with some tools to make it easy.

It doesn’t need to be nearly as complicated as you think, and it can be a really unique, innovative project to try.

The Resume Debate: Simple + Clean, or Visually Stunning?

CV & Resume Templates / 18 Jan 2022

The Resume Debate: Simple + Clean, or Visually Stunning?

Your resume design says a lot about you. It communicates things to a potential employer simply from the design alone.

As a designer, this can be especially true, because your resume design can show your style, understanding of design elements and theory, and even if you may be a fit with a company visually.

That’s why the internet is full of questions about resume design and why the debate about the best type of design for your professional information rages on.

7 Tips for Automating Tasks as a Web Designer

Business / 13 Jan 2022

7 Tips for Automating Tasks as a Web Designer

You’ve heard the axiom “work smarter, not harder.” Automated tasks are the trick to taking some of the time-consuming elements out of web design so that you can do exactly that.

Automated tasks can include a variety of actions and elements. We’ll look at seven automated tasks here that will make your life a lot easier.

While all of these are particularly well suited to web designers, they’re also helpful tips for automating any aspect of your work (or personal!) live where you’d like to save a bit of time.