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Graphics / 8 Jul 2013

Using Moo.com for Your Wedding Stationery

Weddings can be an expensive business. Photographers, venues, food, drink, entertainment, and all manner of other things to consider. But it’s also a fun opportunity for some design work! Wedding “branding” and stationery has the potential to be another big wedding expense, but by thinking a little creatively, you can not only give your special day a personal touch, but also cut down on the cost.

Today I’ll be sharing a little insight into how you can use your copy of Photoshop, and Moo.com, to create a fantastic array of different wedding stationery. We did it for our wedding a couple of weeks ago, and it went down brilliantly.

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Deals / 2 Jul 2013

Grab the Beautiful Samantha Script Font for $17

Today we’re featuring a fantastic offer from Mighty Deals. Fonts can make or break a project. Whether it’s on a T-shirt an ad or a headline on a website, if a font is boring or really hard to read, you’ve already lost your audience. Finding the right elegant font can be particularly tricky, though, since the intricate detail can often render your words illegible.

That’s why Laura Worthington’s Samantha Script font is so perfect. Elegant and easy to read, this beautiful font is also significantly marked down for a limited time. Read on to find out more.

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Competitions / 25 Jun 2013

5 Premium WordPress Themes Up for Grabs

We’re excited to let you know that we have 5 premium WordPress themes up for grabs this week from TemplateMonster. Entering is easy, and the lucky winners will be able to choose any theme from a library of over 1,600 WordPress themes (including over 200 responsive templates).

Read on to find out how to enter, and be in a chance with winning your own theme — complete with 24/7 support from TemplateMonster!

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Competitions / 15 Jan 2013

Giveaway: 3 Premium WordPress Themes From ThemeFuse

ThemeFuse has decided to share 3 WordPress themes licenses with our readers. How would you like some free stuff? What better way is there to start the day off?

The three winners of today’s giveaway will receive access to one premium WordPress theme of their choosing – at absolutely no cost whatsoever. If you run a WordPress site, you’re in for a special treat here. We’ve got 3 vouchers to give away. Here’s what you need to do to get one!

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News / 19 Nov 2012

Introducing the Design Shack Re-Design!

We’ve had a very busy few months behind the scenes at Design Shack, working away on various changes and improvements to the site. First and foremost is a brand new design — it’s cleaner, faster, responsive, and hopefully a much more enjoyable experience for you to use!

Second is a host of new features for Design Shack members. These include vastly improved submission of your designs, keyboard navigation, an “Activity Stream”, the ability to save designs to a “Collection”, and your very own profile on the site.

We’re really proud of this latest iteration of Design Shack, so read on to find out more about our thinking behind some of the new features!

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Competitions / 16 Oct 2012

Win $500 of Services From PSD2HTML

It’s time for another amazing giveaway! Today you get the chance to win $300 and $200 worth of services from PSD2HTML, a leading PSD to HTML coding company. Entering is easy, read on to see how you can win!

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Competitions / 9 Oct 2012

Win a Google Nexus 7 & A Heart Internet VPS (Worth £540)

We have teamed up with Heart Internet to offer you the chance to win a Virtual Private Server worth £540 ($874) completely free for a year, plus an awesome Google Nexus 7.

All you have to do is spend 5 minutes answering a handful of questions about your thoughts on the web design industry. You will then automatically be entered in to the prize draw.

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Competitions / 7 Aug 2012

The Dealotto Bundle Is Back (and You Can Win a Free Copy!)

The Dealotto Bundle is back, and this time it’s even bigger. We’re partnering up with the good people at Dealotto for the course of the week, running an exclusive competition to give away three copies of the bundle!

Dealotto has a unique model that gives you the chance to bag an absolute bargain on 10 amazing design resources, including over 6691 icons, 300 UI design elements, 36+ WordPress Themes, 1 Beautiful Font, 1 jQuery Photo Viewer + 1 eBook for no more than $45. Read on to find out more…

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Competitions / 3 Apr 2012

Winners Announced: $500 of PSD to HTML Conversion Up for Grabs

We’re excited to launch a new competition today, giving you the chance to win one of two awesome markup packages, courtesy of Markup Service! It’s a great way to speed up development on time-sensitive projects, and you can be confident that the end result will be of a highly professional standard.

Read on to find out how to enter the competition, and get your hands on $300 credit for your own markup requirements!

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News / 24 Jan 2012

Announcing Design Curate: Freebies and Resources for Designers

We’re incredibly excited to let you know about a new project we’ve been working on for the past few months — Design Curate. While we love to share inspiration and articles here, we also wanted a place to offer some fantastic freebies and resources for designers.

Design Curate already has a growing collection of freebies — PSDs, WordPress themes, CSS/HTML snippets, and lots more! We’ll be adding new free resources every week, along with featuring a few commercial design goodies from time to time as well.

Read on to find out more about the new site, or just head over and take a look!

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News / 5 Dec 2011

The Theft of Design Blog Domain Names

There’s nothing more concerning than receiving an email from someone — completely out of the blue — to let you know that they think your domain name may have been stolen. Particularly when a quick Whois search changes the initial feeling of complete denial to extreme concern…

Last Thursday, I found out that someone had taken it upon themselves to “hijack” our primary domain name — designshack.net — and transfer it away from our registrar. We’re working hard to reverse the process, and I’ll be documenting the current situation here.

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News / 18 Oct 2011

Design Shack Is Evolving!

If you’ve taken a look at our site design in the past few hours, you might have noticed a few changes! We’ve taken the design paintbrush for a spin, streamlining and simplifying the layout and re-focusing on the parts of Design Shack that we particularly love.

All this comes hand-in-hand with a change to the Design Shack brand, and a funky new logo courtesy of Aaron Mahnke. Read on to find out a little more about the design, branding, and the changes we’ve made to the site.