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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.

Fun With Pulsing Background Colors in CSS3
CSS / 29 Apr 2011

Fun With Pulsing Background Colors in CSS3

Let’s finish the week with something fun shall we? CSS keyframe animations currently have very limited browser support, but they’re still quite interesting to learn about and experiment with.

Below we build a simple web page that leverages Webkit keyframe animations to gently shift the background color on a never ending loop. Intrigued? Read on!

Dribbble, Philosophy and the Art vs. Design Debate
Graphics / 28 Apr 2011

Dribbble, Philosophy and the Art vs. Design Debate

Always eager to jump into a debate, today I tackle the concept that artsy eye candy is currently too prevalent in design. Design inspiration galleries and communities are constantly critiqued for displaying art when their focus should be on design.

Can we cut through the biases and assumptions of the common rhetoric and discover the proper place for artistic talent in relation to functional design? Let’s find out.

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.