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CouchCMS Creator Kamran Kashif Explains His Designer-Friendly CMS
Interviews / 2 Mar 2011

CouchCMS Creator Kamran Kashif Explains His Designer-Friendly CMS

This week’s awesome Design Shack Deal allows you to snag a commercial license of the awesome CouchCMS for a mere $9! CouchCMS offers designers the option of creating custom CMS-driven sites for their clients without any knowledge of PHP.

We sat down with the developer behind CouchCMS to learn what it’s all about, why he created it and why you should consider using it on your projects. If you haven’t picked up your copy already, you won’t want to miss this!

Layout at Light Speed With the Wireframe Toolkit for Keynote
Graphics / 25 Feb 2011

Layout at Light Speed With the Wireframe Toolkit for Keynote

The Wireframe Toolkit for Keynote allows just about anyone with a basic grasp of how to use presentation software to rapidly build user interface mockups for iOS and the web. If you don’t have Keynote, don’t worry, there’s a Powerpoint version included as well!

Today we’re going to give you super quick run through of how to use the Wireframe Toolkit for Keynote to build a basic web app layout. If you can copy and paste, you can do this!

10 Expert Tips for Selling Your Designs on Etsy
Business / 25 Feb 2011

10 Expert Tips for Selling Your Designs on Etsy

Etsy is a community that fascinates me. Thinking it was limited to scrapbooks and crafts I paid little attention to the site for years, but recently I discovered that there’s a lot more to this group than meets the eye. It turns out there are several very talented designers on Etsy making a decent amount of cash selling stock designs.

Today we’re going to take a closer look at some of the successful sellers of graphic design templates on Etsy to see if we can glean any trends and tips from them.

How to Prepare for Your First Design Job Interview
Business / 24 Feb 2011

How to Prepare for Your First Design Job Interview

So you’ve finally graduated and you’re ready to hit the bricks and start looking for your first real 9-5 design job. You searched some job postings and lined up a few interviews, what now? How can you impress potential employers fresh out of school?

In this article we’ll go over some of the dos and don’ts of preparing for design job interviews. You’ll learn what employers are looking for in a portfolio, resume and candidate so you can be better suited to land that dream job.

Weekly Freebies: 10+ Abstract Watercolor Textures and Packs
Graphics / 22 Feb 2011

Weekly Freebies: 10+ Abstract Watercolor Textures and Packs

Abstract watercolors are useful when you need a background that really draws interest from the viewer. No two are exactly alike and all of them are fascinating to behold.

Today we’ve rounded up a great collection of abstract watercolor textures and texture packs for you to use in your designs. Collectively you’ll be able to grab over 60 awesome textures from this post!

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!

How to Make Slicing Suck Less: Tips and Tricks for Slicing a PSD
Graphics / 17 Feb 2011

How to Make Slicing Suck Less: Tips and Tricks for Slicing a PSD

I have a dirty little secret, I hate slicing Photoshop files. By that I don’t mean that I hate turning PSD comps into websites, I mean that I hate Photoshop’s slicing tools. The whole process makes my PSD look busy, cluttered and overly complicated so I usually skip it altogether and instead opt to manually crop and save out images individually as needed.

In order to fight this tendency and attempt to see the true usefulness of Photoshop’s slicing tools, I embarked on a mission to learn all the intricacies of how slicing works. Below is a collection of tips and tricks that resulted from this journey. Hopefully, you’ll learn a thing or two you never knew!