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3 Reasons Logo Design Clients Suck (And How to Respond)
Business / 3 May 2011

3 Reasons Logo Design Clients Suck (And How to Respond)

Logo design has to be one of the trickiest pieces of design work when it comes to dealing with clients. It seems almost inevitable that what you imagine will be a quick and easy job turns into a nightmare of never-ending reworks.

Today we’re going to discuss what types of problems typically arise in logo design and how you can prepare for them.

Weekly Freebies: 40 Nature Textures for Your Designs
Freebies / 3 May 2011

Weekly Freebies: 40 Nature Textures for Your Designs

Nature provides the richest source of textures on the planet. From hard, smooth rock walls to lush, green moss, the textures found in natural resources make for excellent components to add to your design arsenal.

Below you’ll find 40 photographic natural textures that are perfect for adding a little life to your next project. Enjoy!

Winners Announced: Win One of Two Copies of SG3xpress for WordPress!
Competitions / 2 May 2011

Winners Announced: Win One of Two Copies of SG3xpress for WordPress!

Congratulations to our two winners, Patrick (@3vilpat) and Alain (@_AlainDupuis), you’ll be receiving a free copy of SG3xpress for WordPress! Keep an eye out for an email from Media Lab with more information for claiming your prize.

Everyone else, thanks for participating! Check back soon for more awesome content and great giveaways.

iOS Usability Tips and Resources for iPhone and iPad Apps
Layouts / 2 May 2011

iOS Usability Tips and Resources for iPhone and iPad Apps

The process required for designing mobile applications takes dedication and eye-numbing precision. Most graphics designers won’t spend their time in this area since pixel-perfect creation becomes tiresome quickly. And although mobile design isn’t for everyone it does hold a special place in the hearts of many.

For those out there interested to get started designing for mobile I’d recommend skimming a few of the ideas presented below. Previously we’ve discussed creative UI design techniques and offer solutions for iPhone and iPad designers.

Web Design Critique #48: Klokkerent
Critique / 30 Apr 2011

Web Design Critique #48: Klokkerent

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 Klokkerent, a company that sells some awesomely designed watches and sunglasses.

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.