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Surviving on a Creative Assembly Line
Inspiration / 10 May 2011

Surviving on a Creative Assembly Line

Do you ever feel like you do the same thing all day every day? Do you wonder how you can possibly be expected to come up with original and creative ideas almost ceaselessly?

Join the club. Today we’re going to talk about how and why designers struggle with creativity, some tips for avoiding burn out and whether or not you should tough it out or get out while you still can.

55 T-Shirts Made Just for Designers
Graphics / 6 May 2011

55 T-Shirts Made Just for Designers

Everyone loves a good t-shirt. Today, we’ve got 55 of them that were specifically designed to appeal to graphic designers, web designer and coders.

We’ve scoured the web to find the coolest, funniest and most ridiculous designer-themed shirts and split them into five categories: Photoshop & Illustrator, Color, Typography, CSS & Code and Design. Enjoy!

Create an Awesome Animated Thumbnail Gallery With CSS
CSS / 5 May 2011

Create an Awesome Animated Thumbnail Gallery With CSS

Today we’re going to have some more fun with CSS3 transitions. There’s a popular jQuery trick that expands the crop of an image when you hover over it and I wanted to replicate it using only CSS. To take things further, I put this effect into action in a thumbnail gallery.

Keep reading to see the live demo and follow along step by step as we explain how this works and build the whole thing from scratch.

iOS Usability Tips and Resources for iPhone and iPad Apps
Layouts / 2 May 2011

iOS Usability Tips and Resources for iPhone and iPad Apps

The process required for designing mobile applications takes dedication and eye-numbing precision. Most graphics designers won’t spend their time in this area since pixel-perfect creation becomes tiresome quickly. And although mobile design isn’t for everyone it does hold a special place in the hearts of many.

For those out there interested to get started designing for mobile I’d recommend skimming a few of the ideas presented below. Previously we’ve discussed creative UI design techniques and offer solutions for iPhone and iPad designers.

This Week’s Deal Is Almost Gone: 181 Gorgeous Icons for Only $13!
Deals / 29 Apr 2011

This Week’s Deal Is Almost Gone: 181 Gorgeous Icons for Only $13!

Icon Jar is an awesome icon project that is continually growing. Currently, there are 181 icons in the set, but as the set grows, you’ll be automatically sent the updates!

As a Design Shack reader, you have the exclusive opportunity to get your hands on these awesome icons for nearly half of their original cost. For a mere $13, you’ll have an unbeatable library of professional icons that will instantly make your web projects more attractive.