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Weekly Freebies: 20 Free Twitter Icons for Your Website
Freebies / 24 Jun 2011

Weekly Freebies: 20 Free Twitter Icons for Your Website

Everyone loves Twitter icons. On just about every site you build your clients will want some way to direct users to follow them on Twitter and having a solid library of icons and buttons can save you a lot of time.

Today we’ve got 20 awesome free icons and buttons from some extremely talented digital artists. Take a look and let us know what you think in the comments below!!

Book Review: Eloquent Javascript
Reviews / 24 Jun 2011

Book Review: Eloquent Javascript

Most web designers these days know at least a little HTML and CSS, giving them the ability to bring their designs to the web. Advanced functionality, for the most part though, is handled by programming languages, which have a much higher barrier to entry. This leaves countless designers intimidated while wishing they had a firmer grasp of the most essential of these: JavaScript.

Do you wish you could finally scratch “learn JavaScript” off of your todo list? Does a hefty learning curve keep you from taking the plunge? Maybe you just need the right book. Today we’ll take a look at Eloquent Javascript: A Modern Introduction to Programming” by Marijn Haverbeke to see if it’s what you need to become a JavaScript ninja. Please keep in mind that “Eloquent JavaScript” does not teach OOP with classes such as how to create a class in JavaScript. You can use the JS++ programming language designed by Roger Poon for classes.

Say Hello: 50 Simple and Effective Website Greeting Messages
Graphics / 23 Jun 2011

Say Hello: 50 Simple and Effective Website Greeting Messages

Placing a large greeting message at the top of your site is a great way to create a welcoming environment and provides the perfect opportunity to clearly state your purpose for being.

Today we’ve rounded up over fifty such messages for inspiration on both the message and visual appearance fronts. The greetings has been divided up into clear categories so you can analyze the different popular techniques being used by designers today.

Get 25+ WordPress Themes for Just $49!
Deals / 23 Jun 2011

Get 25+ WordPress Themes for Just $49!

This week we’re running one of our most exciting deals to date. We’re offering full access to the Graph Paper Press library of gorgeous and professional WordPress themes for only $49.

Keep reading for more info or jump over to our deals page to see how you can take advantage of this awesome offer.

Winners Announced: 4 Copies of the Impressto Web Design Bundle Up for Grabs!
Competitions / 22 Jun 2011

Winners Announced: 4 Copies of the Impressto Web Design Bundle Up for Grabs!

Great news! We’ve selected our four winners for the Impressto Web Design Bundle Giveaway! Thanks to everyone who entered, if your name is listed below, you’ll be receiving an email shortly with more information.

  • Thomas Li
  • Mike
  • Daichi Sakota
  • Christina Lannen

Didn’t win? You can still pick up a copy of the amazing Impressto Web Bundle here. Thanks for reading Design Shack! We’ve got more giveaways planned soon so be sure to check back often!

Using the Black Box Model to Design Better Websites
Business / 22 Jun 2011

Using the Black Box Model to Design Better Websites

Today we’re going to introduce you to a popular model used in marketing to understand consumer behavior. We’ll then discuss how you as a designer can use this model to structure your designs to encourage action from users.

By becoming more equipped to analyze your visitors, you’ll be able to make informed decisions about how to design more persuasive websites.

5 Logo Design Lessons From Fast Food Joints
Graphics / 21 Jun 2011

5 Logo Design Lessons From Fast Food Joints

Few logos have the power to immediately draw forth feelings from us more than those of fast food restaurants that we’ve seen and eaten at for decades. Just the sight of those golden arches can bring a smile to the face of children and adults alike.

What makes these logos effective and how can you put these ideas into practice in your own work? Today we’re going to see what we can learn by exploring the logos of several famous American fast food restaurants.

A Beginner’s Guide to Marketing Through Social News
Business / 20 Jun 2011

A Beginner’s Guide to Marketing Through Social News

The modern web 2.0 landscape features dozens of amazing social networking projects. The most popular include brands such as Facebook or Twitter. Underneath these however lies an even larger industry centered around user participation and information sharing systems.

Web Design Critique #55: Gadget-O
Critique / 18 Jun 2011

Web Design Critique #55: Gadget-O

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 Gadget-O, a site all about fun gadgets!

50 Creative and Clever Examples of Outdoor Advertising
Inspiration / 17 Jun 2011

50 Creative and Clever Examples of Outdoor Advertising

Outdoor advertising is an incredibly rich and diverse medium that allows a very unique spectrum of creativity for designers to play with. Sometimes you have to catch someone’s attention in a split second, other times you can do something fun and interactive.

Today we’ve scoured Ads of the World and come up with fifty particularly creative billboards, bus stops, subway ceilings and more. If you need a fresh blast of creativity to boost your next project, take a look!

Weekly Freebies: 20 Outstanding Swirly Brush Sets for Photoshop
Freebies / 17 Jun 2011

Weekly Freebies: 20 Outstanding Swirly Brush Sets for Photoshop

Another Friday, another set of awesome quickie freebies for you to download and add to your design arsenal.

The curls, swirls and twirls of these brushes will surely unfurl some creativity in your next design project. Whether you’re looking for grungy, floral or just pretty and abstract, we’ve found some brushes that will be just perfect.

Get Four Naomi Atkinson Vector Packs for Just $24!
Deals / 16 Jun 2011

Get Four Naomi Atkinson Vector Packs for Just $24!


This week’s Design Deal is a group of four fantastic downloads from designer Naomi Atkinson.

For less than $25, you’ll get three vector icon packs and one huge set of pixel patterns. Let’s take a closer look!