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30+ Best Procreate Brushes

Posted by Design Shack - 38 mins ago
If you’re a digital artist searching for the perfect Procreate brush to craft stunning illustrations or to design unique website header images, we’ve got a great collection of professional Procreate brushes just for you. Procreate is amongst the most popular drawing apps available for iPad Pro. It’s actually more than just a simple drawing app....

Are You a Good Designer or a Great Designer? Here Are the 10 Signs

Posted by Design Shack - 1 week ago
Some people are better suited for certain jobs than others. Skills and personality traits combine to make you good—or great—at your job. When it comes to design, do you know where you fall? Are you a good designer? Or a great one? The answer might be both. Between good days and bad, and projects that...

20+ Best Space & Nebula Background Textures

Posted by Design Shack - 2 weeks ago
Space and nebula-themed backgrounds sit perfectly behind bold text and objects. These colorful space textures make your designs appear brighter than a single color background as well — they have a wonderful personality. Whether you’re looking for a gorgeous space background for a web design project, or even just to use one as your desktop background,...

Every Design Needs Three Levels of Typographic Hierarchy

Posted by Design Shack - 4 weeks ago
One of the most important elements for people looking at anything you design is the type. It needs to be clear and readable and it should direct users through a design, from most important elements to least. And that, in a nutshell, explains typography hierarchy. But to really master the art of type, you need...

30+ Best Photoshop Actions of 2017

Posted by Design Shack - 1 month ago
Adobe Photoshop Actions are a great feature of the app, allowing you to create a process or workflow, record how it worked, and then easily repeat the process again for other photographs or design elements. Today we’ve collected some of the best Photoshop actions out there, for photographers and graphic designers alike. They cost just...

5 Design Tricks to Make Your Mobile UX Shine

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months ago
Have you looked at your website analytics lately? Chances are a significant portion – maybe even more than half – of your users are coming to your website via mobile device. Whether you are focusing mobile efforts on a website or app, you need to ensure that the design creates a stellar user experience for...

40+ Stunning Vintage Mockup Packs & Graphics

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months ago
Design is all about presentation. You might have spent hours designing a logo or a layout for your client, but in order to fully reap the rewards of your hard work, it can be incredibly helpful to present your work in the perfect manner. This is where mockup packs come in handy, to showcase the design you’ve...

DPI vs. Pixels: What Do I Use?

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months ago
You hear these phrases tossed around by everyone today – from amateur photographers, to the iPhone salesman, to some of the world’s most acknowledged visual creators and designers. But what do image size specs really mean? And what should you use? Simply, it all depends on your project. Knowing what medium you are creating for...

What’s a Logo Grid, and Why Should You Use One?

Posted by Design Shack - 3 months ago
So you need to design a logo. Where do you start? Shapes? Typography? A grid? A logo grid or construction guide is a popular starting point for many designers looking to create a logo. The use of a grid system, especially for a design that might often render at extreme sizes – very large or...

How to Start Small & Scale Up a Design Project

Posted by Design Shack - 3 months ago
Sometimes the hardest part of starting a new design project is… getting started! The best way to tackle a new project is to start small and scale the project up as you go. Think about it in a series of small steps that build into a final product. This concept can make projects easier to...

Pantone’s Color of the Year: Ultra Violet (And How to Use It)

Posted by Design Shack - 1 day ago
Ultra Violet. It sounds like the name of a pop band. Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2018 is inspired by music and art and individuality. The color is reminiscent of Prince’s famous purple and it is part of a growing trend in design to use bolder, brighter colors in more projects. Here’s a look...

20+ Best iPhone X Mockups

Posted by Design Shack - 1 week ago
The iPhone X is Apple’s most radical phone to date. Which makes an iPhone X mockup the perfect way to showcase your design in an original way, especially if you’re working on an app, video game, or a website design. iPhone X has a unique bezel-less design which makes it stand out. This also makes...

4 Ways a CDN Can Speed Up Your Website

Posted by Design Shack - 3 weeks ago
Is your website moving fast enough for users? Speed is a primary factor when it comes to keeping a user who visits your website for the first time. Chances are your website could be faster. One way to accomplish that is by using a content delivery network (CDN), which helps deliver static content to users...

The Best CV & Resume Templates: 50 Examples

Posted by Design Shack - 1 month ago
In today’s world, a first impression can either make or break your chances of landing your dream job. Having a strong resume doesn’t necessarily mean you will land the job, but it’s a great way to make sure you get the interview. Today, we have decided to share the best CV and resume templates that you...

7 Steps to Creating a Solid UX Strategy

Posted by Design Shack - 1 month ago
Everyone knows that the first step in any business venture is research on the path to creating a strategy. This strategy determines how you’ll function and guide the decision-making process. A website project – whether it is for a business or not – should follow the same concept. Without a solid user experience strategy, the...

90+ Gorgeous Wedding Invitation Templates

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months ago
Beautiful wedding invitations can make a huge difference when it comes to your special day. Whether your wedding style is vintage, floral, modern, minimal, or hand made, one of these invitation templates will be perfect! These invitation templates contain all the essentials including ‘Save the Date’, ‘RSVP’ and ‘Thank You’ notes in addition to a...

Design Trend: Vivid Rainbow Colors

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months ago
If nothing else, 2017 has been a year of color in website design. Color trends have dominated the conversation about design, with brighter, bolder hues as a large part of the landscape. There’s a new color trend that combines a lot of those bright options into bigger color palettes that you might now expect –...

100+ Logo PSD & Vector Mockup Templates

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months ago
Logo designs play a crucial role when it comes to the success of a business. For designers, it’s always about how they present their work to their clients or audience. Good mockups not only enhance design presentations but also help in saving time and making work processes more streamlined and efficient. In order to help you present...

Vector vs. Raster: What Do I Use?

Posted by Design Shack - 3 months ago
With all of the image options and file formats out there, it can be a little overwhelming when you are choosing what file type to use (and send to clients). Compatibility is always a concern when you are working with different file types, but when it comes to graphics and images the type of computer...

30+ Best Keynote Templates of 2017

Posted by Design Shack - 3 months ago
Even though Apple’s Keynote app gives you plenty of tools and options for creating beautiful presentations, it can be tricky to find the time to build a beautiful, custom design. Don’t worry — we’ve got you covered with this collection of the best Keynote templates! With these templates, you don’t have to spend hours designing...

How to Create a Beautiful Website With Wix

Posted by Design Shack - 3 days ago
You don’t need a graphic design or computer science degree to create a beautiful and functional website. Thanks to Wix, a website builder, anyone can create a stylish website, all on their own. What sets Wix apart from some of the other tools out there is that it allows you full creative freedom to create...

5 Web Design Trends We’re Already Over

Posted by Design Shack - 2 weeks ago
Design trends have to be used cautiously. Just as quickly as many trends come into fashion; they can fall out of favor and make a design feel dated. Don’t ignore them completely — testing out trends can stretch your creative muscles and help you create something you might not have tried otherwise. But do be aware...

Get 67% Off Depositphotos This Month

Posted by Design Shack - 3 weeks ago
Today, we’re excited to be featuring a special promotion from MightyDeals. Depositphotos offers one of the largest stock photo libraries on the web, and by taking advantage of this promotion, you can grab either 100 or 200 images of your choice for up to 75% off the regular price! You can download any image, at...

Parallax Effects Compared: 5 Choices to Consider

Posted by Design Shack - 1 month ago
Parallax effects remain one of the hottest web design trends. This animated scrolling technique happens when background and foreground move at different speeds while the user scrolls so that there are two independent layers moving at the same time. This effect can be used for any number of website types and is a fun way...

Design Trend: Dark Color Palettes & Animation

Posted by Design Shack - 1 month ago
Have you taken note of all the super dark design patterns lately? Designers are experimenting with some funky, dark design patterns that feature animation in the same color scheme. These animations include everything from simple movements that happen on their own, to hover effects and full cinematic experiences. Let’s dive into this website design trend...

Is the Static Logo Dead?

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months ago
There’s a bit of disruption happening in the world of logos. The single static logo isn’t enough to carry your brand anymore. You actually need a library of logos to meet all the needs of your brand. This idea has been evolving for a while; just think of the variations for a website, social media...

Coming Soon Landing Pages: Tips and Best Practices

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months ago
What do you do when your website is under construction and you aren’t quite ready for launch? Whether you’re generating buzz to release a new product or app, or just waiting for a new website project to be ready, a coming soon page can be the fix. When used well, coming soon pages can help...

5 Tips for Creating a Memorable Logo Design

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months ago
A logo might be the single most important visual connection a brand makes with users. It identifies the company or organization and sets a basic tone for interactions with users. From color to shape to words, every element in a logo design says something. (That’s why such a small element is so important to your...

10 Best Tools & Tips for Choosing a Website Color Scheme

Posted by Design Shack - 3 months ago
Finding the perfect color combination for a website can be a challenging task, especially when you’re trying to make a particular design fit in with a client’s requirements. We’ve picked out a few great color scheme generating tools for you to easily create the perfect palette! If you’re stuck trying to find the perfect color...

An Introduction to Animation in Web Design

Posted by Design Shack - 3 months ago
Animation is not just for cartoons anymore. From full-screen moving images to small hover effects, touches of animation are popping up everywhere. Animation is trendy, fun and user friendly. And the obstacles to using animation have started to fall. With most users on high-speed connections and the ease of creating anything from simple movements or...

10 Web Design Trends to Watch for in 2018

Posted by Design Shack - 3 days ago
As 2017 winds down, it’s a good time to reflect on the accomplishments of the past year and start thinking about designs yet to come. Looking at more recent designs, redesigns and even just design tweaks, a few distinct trends are starting to emerge as the front-runners heading into 2018. Here’s a look at some...

Challenges Every Freelance Designer Will Face in 2018

Posted by Design Shack - 2 weeks ago
A new year is looming ahead, which comes with new challenges, even for the seasoned freelance designer. As look back and celebrating the wins of 2017 – as you deservedly should – it’s time to think ahead to what’s in store for the new year as well! There seems to be a shift again in...

20+ Best Watercolor Background Textures

Posted by Design Shack - 3 weeks ago
Using watercolor backgrounds and textures, with a watercolor painting effect, is a trend that took the world of design by surprise. These unique, colourful backgrounds can work beautifully with typography and simple design elements to give any design a fun edge. The background is an important part of any design project. Whether it’s a website...

20+ Beautiful Geometric & Polygon Background Textures

Posted by Design Shack - 1 month ago
Looking for a great polygon background texture for your design? Then you’re going to love this collection of free and premium geometric and poly background textures. Low poly and geometric backgrounds are now turning out to be one of the most popular trends in design this year. They’re being used for both website and graphic...

30+ Stunning Food, Drink & Packaging Design Mockups

Posted by Design Shack - 1 month ago
Part of your job as a designer is to make sure you present your final design to your clients in a way that they expect (and that makes your hard work shine!). Clearly, they will want to see how your design looks and feels on their actual product — that’s where product mockups can be...

30 Beautifully Designed Ghost Themes

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months ago
Are you ready to jump into the world of web design with Ghost? This simple and powerful platform is designed for bloggers (and other websites) that are looking to create using a simple platform and structure. The framework could be roughly compared to something such as WordPress, because of the number of options and amount...

50+ Apple Watch Mockups & Graphics

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months ago
The Apple Watch is the latest gadget in Apple’s ever-growing product line-up. If you’re looking to display your latest application or web interface on the watch, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve gone through and updated our collection of Apple Watch mockups with dozens more beautiful graphics, mockups and vector designs for you to...

How & Why Faces Increase User Engagement

Posted by Design Shack - 3 months ago
There’s a lot of science and psychology that goes into design. Even if you don’t consciously think about it, choices that you make when selecting imagery and user interface elements can establish a connection with users (or not) and even lead to higher engagement rates. Using actual human faces in the design is one way...

5 Tips for Designing the Perfect eBook Cover

Posted by Design Shack - 3 months ago
People are going to judge your eBook by its cover. The cover is the first impression and first chance you have to hook a reader. It has to be visually appealing, include lettering that’s easy to read and entice users to download (and read) your book. The perfect eBook cover stands out from all the...

Free Photos, Vectors, Icons, Videos & Fonts From Stockio

Posted by Design Shack - 3 months ago
There’s nothing like a good resource of stock images, vectors, icons and fonts to jumpstart your creative projects. Almost every designer needs a creative resource to fill image gaps from time to time. Stockio is one of those resources. The site is packed with free image assets, including photos and video; vectors; icons and fonts...

70+ Christmas Mockups, Icons, Graphics & Resources

Posted by Design Shack - 4 days ago
Christmas is on the way! Whether you’re designing festive party flyers, looking for Christmas mockups, or a holiday icon set, we have a great collection for you today! We’ve pulled together a fantastic collection of Christmas flyers and templates, mockups, icons, vectors, and much more. Some of them are completely free, some cost a few...

Get Your Merchandise Online Today With SpreadShop

Posted by Design Shack - 2 weeks ago
Do you have an idea for a great shirt or coffee mug that you know is destined to sell? Do your social media followers want to see your images or messaging on their gear? The problem with merchandise sales isn’t always coming up with an idea or design; it’s picking items and dealing with inventory....

Design Trend: Obstructed Text

Posted by Design Shack - 4 weeks ago
Some websites look great, even if they defy conventional wisdom or tenets of design theory. A new design trend is showcasing that very idea with elements that cover or obstruct some of the text in the design. It’s an interesting trend because it goes against everything we commonly talk about with design – that it...

10 Rules for Perfect Type Design, Every Time

Posted by Design Shack - 1 month ago
Do you ever notice that some projects just seem to glow with great type? Some designers have a certain knack for designing perfect typography for every project. You can do it too. With a handful of simple rules, you can improve the look and design of typography in all your projects, digitally and in print....

The Anatomy of a Perfect Push Notification: 7 Tips

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months ago
One of the top reasons users uninstall an app is because push notifications are annoying. You’ve probably done this yourself a time or two. But one of the top reasons users love an app is also because of push notifications. So how do you create a push that users will love? That’s easy – you...

The Greatest Print Campaigns of All Time: Volkswagen Think Small

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months ago
You’re a web designer living large in the 21st century. Your job is defined by screens and software. What in the world could you possibly learn about design from a bunch of old dusty print ads? The answer of course, is “a ton.” Today we’re examining one of the most famous print ad campaigns of...

Tips for Creating a Modern Monochrome Color Palette

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months ago
A monochrome color scheme isn’t always the first idea that comes to mind when starting a new design project. But single-color design projects can have a lot of impact and give the opportunity to branch out and try some new techniques. Monochromatic projects, which consist of a color palette with just one color, can be...

20+ Best Billboard Mockups

Posted by Design Shack - 3 months ago
If you’re currently designing a billboard or a banner design, then you should also prepare for how to present it to your client. Because the way you’re going to showcase your design will influence the final decision of your clients. It’s one part of the project that you should invest in, without holding back. Luckily,...

5 Tips for Working With Squarespace as a Designer

Posted by Design Shack - 3 months ago
Squarespace isn’t just for non-designers and small business owners. Regardless of your skill level, the platform can be a quick and easy way to get a site online in a hurry. The website builder is packed with tools and integrations so that everything you need is right there from the start. But the biggest complaint...

10 Simple Steps to Refresh Your Instagram Account

Posted by Design Shack - 3 months ago
Taylor Swift did it. She deleted her Instagram account before re-emerging with a newly refreshed persona. The tactic was part of a campaign for her new album release, but shows a good point: sometimes your accounts just need a refresh. You can learn more about how Swift did it, or take on a personal challenge...