Win an iPad 2 & One Year of Hosting (Worth £730)!
Competitions / 15 Jun 2011

Win an iPad 2 & One Year of Hosting (Worth £730)!

I’m excited to let you know that – in partnership with Heart Internet – we’re kicking off a fantastic competition to win an iPad 2, and one year of free reseller hosting with domain and goMobi!

It takes just five minutes to enter, and we’re asking you to fill out a short survey. We’ll be publishing the statistics from this in a few weeks time, to give you some awesome insight into the web design industry. Read on to find out more…

Announcing the Design Shack Affiliate Scheme
News / 23 May 2011

Announcing the Design Shack Affiliate Scheme

Design Shack Deals launched back in February, and since then we’ve featured some fantastic discounts on products and services for designers.

Today we’re announcing an affiliate program that all Design Shack members can take advantage of. If you run a blog, have a Twitter account, or want to spread the word about our latest deal via email, we’d love for you to help with promoting our weekly deals!

We pay a 15% commission on every sale you generate, and you can keep track of every click and sale you generate in real-time. Read on to find out more!

This Week’s Deal: 60,000+ Amazing Design Resources for $49
Deals / 21 Apr 2011

This Week’s Deal: 60,000+ Amazing Design Resources for $49

This week’s Design Shack Deal is for the Ultimate Designer Toolkit subscription. Usually priced at $99, this fantastic package includes over 60,000 different resources for designers, and is available for just $49.

In it, you’ll find everything from seamless vectors and high resolution textures, to a CSS framework and Photoshop actions! Read on for some more information about what’s on offer, and a few fantastic examples.

550+ Vandelay Premium Textures & Brushes for $29
Deals / 7 Apr 2011

550+ Vandelay Premium Textures & Brushes for $29

This week, we’re offering a huge collection of Vandelay Premier bundles, containing textures, brushes and stock photographs for designers. Totalling over 550 different resources, this is an invaluable design package to have at your disposal!

Read on for some more information about what’s on offer, and a few fantastic examples.

This Week’s Deal: Picons Ultimate Icon Set – 50% Off!
Deals / 14 Mar 2011

This Week’s Deal: Picons Ultimate Icon Set – 50% Off!

We’re really excited about this week’s deal – you’re going to love it! Picons Ultimate isn’t your average skimpy icon set. The hand-crafted collection packs 500 gorgeous icons, all supplied in their original vector format.

Picons Ultimate is an essential source of icons and symbols for every web, interface, and print designer. The icons also fit great with your iPad, iPhone or Android app interface.

Usually priced at $42, today you can grab the whole icon set for just $21!

Read more and see a larger preview of all the icons you’ll receive.

Book Review: Smashing Book 2
Reviews / 7 Mar 2011

Book Review: Smashing Book 2

It’s been over a year since we took a look at Smashing Magazine’s very first publication, and the web industry has come a long way in twelve months. Today, we’re going to offering our thoughts on The Smashing Book #2, hailed as “sharing valuable practical insight into design, usability and coding”.

With a great range of contributors and big steps forward in shipping and physical design, let’s see how Smashing Magazine’s latest release stacks up!

This Week’s Deal: Wireframe Toolkit for Keynote – 50% Off
Deals / 21 Feb 2011

This Week’s Deal: Wireframe Toolkit for Keynote – 50% Off

This week’s deal gives you a fantastic saving on the Keynote Wireframe Toolkit. This Keynote/PowerPoint package contains all the elements you need for mocking up and designing iPhone, iPad and Web applications.

It will make your wireframes look incredibly professional, and saves hours over creating each graphic manually. Not a Keynote user? Don’t worry – the wireframe kit also functions perfectly in PowerPoint!

Usually priced at $12, today you can download the wireframing kit for just $6!

This Week’s Deal: 300+ Pictos Interface Icons – 73% Off!
Deals / 14 Feb 2011

This Week’s Deal: 300+ Pictos Interface Icons – 73% Off!

This week’s deal gives you a fantastic saving on the Pictos Icon Set. These beautifully hand crafted, royalty free icons make your website or interface stand out from the crowd. Containing 324 individual icons, it’s a really versatile set of graphics!

The icon set is provided as a PNG pack, with each icon available in ten different sizes: 512px, 256px, 128px, 96px, 80px, 64px, 48px, 32px, 24px, and 16px!

Usually priced at $49, today you can pick up a copy for just $13!

This Week’s Deal: How to Be a Rockstar Freelancer – 52% Off!
Deals / 7 Feb 2011

This Week’s Deal: How to Be a Rockstar Freelancer – 52% Off!

I’m incredibly excited to let you know that today marks the first of our new “Weekly Deals” for designers. We’re kicking things off with the fantastic eBook How to Be a Rockstar Freelancer.

Covering everything from getting started to expanding your business, How to Be a Rockstar Freelancer is the official FreelanceSwitch book. Written by the incredibly talented Collis & Cyan Ta’eed – founders of Envato – it’s packed with new information, advice and insight

Usually priced at $29, today you can pick up a copy for just $14!

The All-New Design Shack Is Here!
News / 6 Dec 2010

The All-New Design Shack Is Here!

It’s been a little while coming, but I’m pleased to let you know that the all-new Design Shack is now very much live! We’ve tweaked the design to be a little simpler and more streamlined, and added plenty of new features (with lots more to come over the next few weeks!)

Read on for a little explanation about what’s new in the latest iteration of the site, and what you have to look forward to over the coming month!

In Depth With Paul Boag
Interviews / 26 Apr 2010

In Depth With Paul Boag

If you’ve ever considered listening to a design podcast, or stay remotely in touch with the design industry in general, you’ll have come across Paul Boag. He’s the Creative Director of Headscape, the producer of Boagworld, and lives in the heart of rural Dorset.

In this interview we’ll be discussing where Paul started as a designer, which part of the job he enjoys the most, a typical “day in your life”, and how his faith affects the way he runs his business, and deals with employees and clients.

In Depth With Vitaly Friedman: A Smashing Success
Interviews / 26 Feb 2010

In Depth With Vitaly Friedman: A Smashing Success

We’re continuing our interview series today, spending some time talking to Vitaly Friedman of Smashing Magazine. Vitaly has been one of the leading minds behind the web’s largest design blog, and is a fascinating web designer and entrepreneur.

We’ll be discussing Vitaly’s background, the early days of Smashing Magazine, taking a look at a typical day in his life, and investigating some of the design trends we’re likely to see over the next 12 months!