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Tell Us About Your Design Dilemma: We’ll Help You Free!
News / 30 Apr 2011

Tell Us About Your Design Dilemma: We’ll Help You Free!

You may have noticed a brand new section on our site called “Design Dilemma.” This is a free service that we are very excited about want to extend to all our readers.

What is it? Who’s it for? Should you submit something? Read on to find out!

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.

What’s Better Than a Slideshow? A Triple Slideshow!
JavaScript / 27 Apr 2011

What’s Better Than a Slideshow? A Triple Slideshow!

Today we’re going to build a web page that uses not one but three separate slideshows that come together to look like one seriously dynamic element. This effect is perfect for any designer or photographer portfolio.

Along the way we’ll be using some extremely basic HTML, CSS and jQuery. Open up a text editor and follow along to build your own!

Weekly Freebies: 15+ Useful Bookmarklets for Designers
Freebies / 26 Apr 2011

Weekly Freebies: 15+ Useful Bookmarklets for Designers

Bookmarklets can be invaluable tools for both web designers and developers that like to experiment and troubleshoot in the browser. Today we’ve gathered an awesome collection of free bookmarklets for everything from validating your HTML to rearranging elements on a page without code. Enjoy!

Web Design Critique #47: Alertful
Critique / 24 Apr 2011

Web Design Critique #47: Alertful

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 Alertful, the free reminder service.

50 Awesome Designers to Follow on Zootool
Inspiration / 22 Apr 2011

50 Awesome Designers to Follow on Zootool

Zootool is a fast-growing visual bookmarking service that has become the standard place for thousands of designers to archive digital inspiration, links, tools and more.

Today we’ll help you get the most out of Zootool by introducing you to fifty users who share quality design-related resources.

6 CSS Shorthand Tricks Every Developer Should Know
CSS / 21 Apr 2011

6 CSS Shorthand Tricks Every Developer Should Know

Recently, I decided that I needed a refresher in all of the various CSS shorthand properties. The best way to learn something is to teach it so here’s my attempt at exactly that.

Today we’ll learn how to use CSS shorthand for backgrounds, margins & padding, borders, fonts, list-styles and transitions.

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.

Designing a Web App Homepage: Examples, Tips and Peeves
Graphics / 20 Apr 2011

Designing a Web App Homepage: Examples, Tips and Peeves

The web is completely over-saturated with apps that help you connect with a social network, make grocery lists, manage large projects, decide who will make tea and every other crazy task you can imagine.

With all of this competition, how can you possibly convince visitors that your app is a the proverbial needle among the hay? Today we’ll look at some real examples to see if we can learn which strategies to mimic and which to avoid.

Weekly Freebies: 20 Fantastic PSD Web Button Packs
Freebies / 19 Apr 2011

Weekly Freebies: 20 Fantastic PSD Web Button Packs

Buttons add a ton of personality to your site, so much so that they can often define much of the impression of the aesthetic quality of the page. One way to start off in the direction of a solid design is to grab some high quality button graphics.

Below we’ve compiled 20 packs of free, layered PSD web buttons for your use. From downloads and uploads to navigation and social media, you’ll likely find just what you need here.