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Freebies / 7 Oct 2011

Weekly Freebies: 25 Awesome Free jQuery Image Sliders and Carousels

No matter what type of site or page you’re building, a jQuery carousel or image slider is an indispensable tool that allows you to put tons of information and content in a relatively small and user-friendly space.

Every web designer should have a full arsenal of jQuery sliders to choose from. Bookmark this page of 25 awesome free plugins and come back the next time you need one on a project.

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Graphics / 5 Oct 2011

Five Fascinating Things You Didn’t Know About Famous Car Logos

Automobile logos represent some of my favorite emblems. I recently became curious as to the origins of several of these popular icons and came across some incredibly interesting facts!

Join us as we look back at some of the most well known logos around and uncover some of their unbelievable secrets!

Doing More With Less: Tips for Designing With Limited Resources
Layouts / 3 Oct 2011

Doing More With Less: Tips for Designing With Limited Resources

Today we’re going to tackle some common issues that arrive not with having too much scattered content but with too little. How can you flesh out a design when your client has barely given you anything to work with?

We’ll go over some quick and easy tips for crafting gorgeous designs that don’t feel empty despite using very few resources.

Weekly Freebies: 20 Free T-Shirt Design Templates
Freebies / 30 Sep 2011

Weekly Freebies: 20 Free T-Shirt Design Templates

T-shirts have long been the source of clever and attractive designs. If you’re looking to get started in shirt design, you’ll need a few templates to show off your work.

We’ve scoured DeviantArt and come up with the twenty very best free t-shirt templates. They come in a side variety of formats form vector to PSD, so you’ll be sure to find exactly what you’re looking for!

How to Crank Out a DIY Mobile Site in Minutes Flat
Mobile / 30 Sep 2011

How to Crank Out a DIY Mobile Site in Minutes Flat

Huge strides are being made in professional web design in the mobile arena. More than ever, the web is a place that’s quite friendly to devices of all shapes, sizes and operating systems. If you’re not a professional designer, this news can be unwelcome and even overwhelming as you wonder how you’re going to afford or create your own mobile site.

Today we’re going to take a brief look at how mobile websites are becoming ubiquitous, why turnkey DIY services are a necessary part of the web design world and a few of these services for you to check out. We’ll even walk you through the process of using one of these services so you can see how easy it is to have your own mobile site up and running in minutes.

Save 90% on Over 400 Must Have Design Resources
Deals / 29 Sep 2011

Save 90% on Over 400 Must Have Design Resources

We’ve teamed up with VectorPack.net to bring you an unbelievable deal on a huge selection of design resources.

We’re talking $380 in textures, backgrounds, brushes and vectors for only $24. If it sounds too good to be true, read on or hit up our deals page for more info!

CSS Button Tutorial: How to Code Buttons in 5 Simple Steps
CSS / 28 Sep 2011

CSS Button Tutorial: How to Code Buttons in 5 Simple Steps

Here at Design Shack we like to feature a full range of tutorials, from expert PHP projects to very simple CSS tips. Today’s tutorial is targeted at those still in the beginner stages of CSS.

One of the most frequent questions I get from CSS beginners is, “How do I create a button?” It’s a simple question with a complicated answer. There are quite a few ways to go about it and unfortunately there are also quite a few ways to go wrong. When I first started out in CSS, figuring out all the button syntax was one of the most persistent troubles I faced, it seemed like I was always doing it wrong. Today we’re going to walk through a very simple and flexible process that you can apply to any button you create. More important than the end result is the in-depth explanation at each point outlining why we do it that way.

25 Extremely Useful Google Chrome Extensions for Designers and Developers
Software / 26 Sep 2011

25 Extremely Useful Google Chrome Extensions for Designers and Developers

Google Chrome was a fairly latecomer to the browser wars but was an overnight success that instantly became the favorite of Mac and Windows users alike. Everything about Chrome, from its minimal and highly practical interface to its solid Webkit Core and robust extension system, makes it hands down one of the best ways to access the web.

For all you Chrome lovers out there, we’ve got an awesome collection of 25 extremely useful Google Chrome Extensions for Designers and Developers. Whether you’re looking for a quick way to validate your page or create a custom grid overlay, we’ve got the tool for you.

Web Design Critique #66: Matthew Coughlin
Critique / 23 Sep 2011

Web Design Critique #66: Matthew Coughlin

Every week we take a look at a new website and analyze the design. We’ll point out both the areas that are done well in addition to those that could use some work. Finally, we’ll finish by asking you to provide your own feedback.

Today’s site is the portfolio of photographer Matthew Coughlin.

Weekly Freebies: 50 Wonderful Water and Ice Textures
Freebies / 23 Sep 2011

Weekly Freebies: 50 Wonderful Water and Ice Textures

This week’s set of freebies is a group of textures dedicated to our good friend H20. Water is one of the most fascinating things on the planet and it makes for a fantastic background element in design work, both in liquid and in ice form.

Enjoy these fifty free to use textures and incorporate them into your own work. Each is licensed under a “Creative Commons-licensed content for commercial use, adaptation, modification or building upon” agreement, meaning that you can use them pretty much however you want as long as you toss in some credit for the authors.

Save Over 50% on 6 Months of Open Source Training
Deals / 22 Sep 2011

Save Over 50% on 6 Months of Open Source Training

It’s time to build up your knowledge and experience with Joomla, WordPress, Drupal and more and we’ve got a fantastic way to get you there at a deeply discounted price.

Get loads of professional quality video training for only $47, down from $99. This is one design deal you won’t want to miss!

Career Options: 10+ Types of Graphic Design Jobs to Consider
Business / 21 Sep 2011

Career Options: 10+ Types of Graphic Design Jobs to Consider

So you want to be a graphic designer? What does that mean exactly? What types of jobs are available? It turns out deciding to be a designer is a pretty vague choice that often requires some more direction and career evolution before you really land yourself in a meaningful career.

Today we’ll explore the underlying structure of the graphic design industry and take a brief look at some different design jobs and career paths that you can and should explore. Whether you’ve been a designer for ten minutes or ten years, this article could help you find your place in the industry.