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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.

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.

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.

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.

10 Tips for Designing Better Infographics
Graphics / 20 Sep 2011

10 Tips for Designing Better Infographics

Infographics have been around for ages but in recent years they’ve really come into the spotlight as an almost irresistible way to communicate complex scenarios and information. We can’t help it, when we see a link for an infographic, we almost have to check it out!

If you’re at all interested in infographic design, read along as we take a look at some of our favorite examples and discuss some important do’s and don’ts for creating compelling and effective graphics.