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Deals / 25 Feb 2015

The Comic Book Creator: 100 Layouts for $10

Our friends over at Mighty Deals are currently running fantastic deal for a really cool product that creates comics from your own photos, that’s really worth taking a look at!

Comic Book Creator is great way to create comic book pages using your own photos. Just open the template file in Photoshop, select the frame layout of your choice and paste your desired photo into the Smart Object and let the magic happen! Read on to find out a bit more!

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Mobile / 24 Feb 2015

Google Material Design: Everything You Need to Know

You probably keep hearing the phrase “material design” popping up in conversations. The concept is pretty new; it was introduced in the summer and references a new design language from the folks at Google.

But material design is more than just an idea; it is likely to cause designers to completely rethink web and app design processes. Sites are already beginning to role out design schemes using Google’s material design documentation. So now is the time to learn what it’s all about and if a material design framework is in your future.

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Layouts / 23 Feb 2015

Minimal Design: How to Design More With Less

Minimalism and the use of whitespace are big design trends right now. Mastery of these techniques might look easy at first glance, but it is actually quite difficult to design with so much open space and so few objects. It can be hard for clients to come to terms with because they often want as much information as possible on a canvas.

But many designers like the look of minimal styles and maximizing whitespace can be a fun challenge. It’s a technique that translates well across mediums and can be used in print, web design and on packaging. Here, we’ll look at the trend and how to design more with less.

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Deals / 23 Feb 2015

Pay What You Want: Learn to Design Bundle (Worth $840!)

This week’s deal is a great opportunity to perfect your mastery of web design. It’s a bundle of eight courses and tutorials, totalling over 80 hours of instruction from industry professionals. It covers everything from general principles like responsive design and UX, through to specific guides for software such as Illustrator and Photoshop.

The best thing about this one? It’s a Pay What You Want bundle. You decide how much to pay! Grab a few of the courses for any price, or beat the average selling price to unlock the whole deal. Read on to find out more, or take a look at the full deal now!

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Deals / 18 Feb 2015

Introducing Design Shack Deals (& Save 10%)

We’re very excited to announce the launch of a new section of the site today — Design Shack Deals. It’s our very own store, featuring discounts, deals, freebies, and giveaways from some fantastic companies.

With categories such as Design Assets, E-Learning, and “Under $20“, it’s filled with discounts and deals that can help you become a better design, and add resources to your toolkit. Until the 27th February, you can use the code DESIGNSHACK10 for an extra 10% off all these fantastic products and services, so read on to find out more!

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Layouts / 17 Feb 2015

Understanding and Working With Aspect Ratio

Every image, every canvas, every frame has a shape. And often that shape is a rectangle. Even more common is a rectangle of a particular proportion based on medium.

From cameras to television to movies to computer screens, every medium has an almost distinct shape on to itself. That can be a challenge for designers, especially when you have to crop and convert content and information to fit a variety of mediums. Because of all these different shapes, understanding aspect ratios can help you easily move images and designs from one medium to another.

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Graphics / 16 Feb 2015

6 Tips for Designing Signs and Billboards

Your next project assignment: designing a sign for an upcoming event. It will be displayed on billboards around town and printed on smaller yard signs as well. If you are already panicking at the idea, don’t worry — designing a sign is not much different than any other project.

The big difference is scale. It’s going to be a lot larger in size than what you might be used to. Other things to think about when designing signage are location, color, typography, contrast and material the sign will be printed on. Thinking about each of these factors in advance can make for a better sign design experience.

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Graphics / 12 Feb 2015

How Color, Type and Space Can Impact Mood

Do you ever think about mood when you are designing? Mood has impact in two ways – the mood of the project itself and the mood of users. Together they create an experience that connects each user to the project.

While you can’t always account for the mood of users, or their good and bad days, you can create an aesthetic that emphasizes the right mood for your project. Three basic design techniques – color, typography and space – are key components for establishing the mood of a project.

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Layouts / 9 Feb 2015

Looking at Images: Phi Grid vs. Rule of Thirds

When you are thinking about images, do you consider framing and the shape of the crop? The answer does not lie in the shape of the box you just created on a design canvas. It has a lot to do with the content of the image itself.

How you frame and crop images can impact engagement and even how a person looking at the image feels about it (whether they know it or not). Here, we’re going to look at two different ways of thinking about images – using the phi grid and rule of thirds — and how you can apply them to your work.

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This Week in Design / 6 Feb 2015

This Week in Design: Feb. 6, 2015

Design for many of us is a job. It requires long hours, plenty of stress and dealing with plenty of challenges. But design should also be fun. Sometimes it can be easy to forget that; this week in design is a reminder of all the joy that comes with being a designer.

Every week, we plan to a look at major product releases and upgrades, tools and tricks and even some of the most popular things you are talking about on social media. And we’d love to hear what’s going on in your world as well. Have we missed anything? Drop me a line at carrie@designshack.net.

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Deals / 5 Feb 2015

Boost Your Creativity With BundleHunt’s Creativity Bundle

BundleHunt have partnered with the world’s finest web designers and developers to bring you the creativity design bundle. Don’t miss out on this visually stunning creativity Bundle. With Udemy Courses, Themify WordPress Themes, Iconsets, vector design elements, eBooks, Bootstrap Templates, Font Families and more…you can create virtually anything you put your mind to.

We don’t know what you fellow designer think of this bundle, but for us, We love it! You’ll have so much fun with these files, and they’re bound to come in handy on projects.

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Freelancing / 4 Feb 2015

Freelancing 101: 10 Ways to Make Clients Look Good

A good freelancer does more than just great work, he or she does work that makes every client look good. That simple idea is what will help you get, retain and grow a freelance business of any kind.

But how can you make a client look good? And why does it matter? Making your clients look good will help you create lasting relationships and trust. It can also help you increase your earning potential. Here, we’ll look at 10 ways you can help out clients and possibly grow your freelance business.