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Is the Static Logo Dead?

Posted by Design Shack - 6 hours 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 weeks 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 - 3 weeks 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 - 1 month 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 - 1 month 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...

The 10 Best Script and Handwritten Google Web Fonts

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months ago
A good script is hard to find. I’m extremely picky when it comes to this particular area of typefaces and tend to hate most of what I see. With this post, you can skip the work of sorting through the crap and cut straight to the awesome scripts that are readable, attractive and perfect for...

40+ iMac Mockups: PSDs, Photos & Vectors

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months ago
The Apple iMac display can provide a beautiful surround in which to display your work. And the web is filled with some amazing iMac mockups, which make it easy to edit and drop in your own work showcase. Whether your project relates to design or business, a high quality mockup is always useful to quickly...

8 Rules for Creating Effective Typography

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months ago
Today we’re going to discuss something that is both a hot trend and timeless art: typography. The basic rules outlined below will help you become more aware of how you structure and use typography in your designs. Being conscious of these rules can improve nearly everything you create that contains a headline or major typographic...

15 Must-Ask Questions When Taking on a Website Project

Posted by Design Shack - 3 months ago
The beginning of any new website design project can be a little nerve-wracking. Trying to determine if your style will match the client’s demands is often a challenge. Add on trying to decide what to charge, and taking on a new client can be a freelance web designer’s biggest nightmare. When you do it right,...

Tiny Text: 6 Ways to Use It Effectively in Web Design

Posted by Design Shack - 3 months ago
One of the biggest trends in web design right now is super small. “Tiny” text elements have become a popular idea, but it’s a design trend that has spurred some debate. There’s no doubt that small text sizes can cause some readability concerns. But when done well, a small block of tiny text can actually...

30 Beautifully Designed Ghost Themes

Posted by Design Shack - 3 days 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 weeks 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 - 4 weeks 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 - 1 month 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 - 2 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...

20+ Minimal Bootstrap Templates

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months ago
Clean, minimal layouts are all the rage in web design these days. Whether it’s to have your work stand out in your portfolio, send a clear business message, or showcase your blog content — a minimal theme or template might be the answer. Today, we’ve collected a selection of minimal Bootstrap templates that fit the trend. Most...

20 Must-Know Typography Terms for Beginners

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months ago
No designer wants to look like a rookie. Crafting projects with beautiful typography is one way to look like a pro every time. Today, we’re going to delve into the language of typography. It’s a great guide for beginners and a refresher crash course for more seasoned designers. Either way, understanding the language of beautiful...

100+ MacBook PSD & Vector Mockups

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months ago
Whether you’re looking for a mockup of the MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro, we have you covered today. We’re featuring a mix of photo mockups, realistic illustrations, and flat/stylised versions of these Apple notebooks. Totalling over a hundred different MacBook mockups, in all shapes and sizes, these are great for dropping in your own...

20+ Best Vinyl Mockups

Posted by Design Shack - 3 months ago
Are you working on a vinyl cover design? Then we have a set of vinyl mockups that are perfect for showcasing your design to your client! People are now falling in love with vinyl records all over again. If you’re working on a vinyl design, you should consider treating your presentation with the same enthusiasm....

50 Free & Premium Tumblr Themes

Posted by Design Shack - 3 months ago
Tumblr has been the go to place for bloggers, inspiration finders, and creatives for years as a way of posting to the web. With that popularity came a whole culmination of themes. Themes varying from grid-based, portfolio style, and even ones specifically made for type. Today we’ve rounded up a collection of over 50 of...

The Greatest Print Campaigns of All Time: Volkswagen Think Small

Posted by Design Shack - 5 days 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 weeks 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 - 4 weeks 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 - 1 month 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 - 2 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...

How Much Should You Charge for Design Services?

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months ago
It might be one of the most asked questions among freelance designers: what do you charge clients? There can be so many variables in setting rates that you can stick to, and you have to make a choice between hourly and fixed options. Either way, a good pricing strategy can help you get the clients...

What Is IconShock? (& Get a Free Icon Set!)

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months ago
IconShock has provided a great collection of unique virtual and augmented reality icons. Perfect for use in projects that relate to this new and growing industry, so we’re excited to bring you this exclusive, free icon set for you to download today, courtesy of their design team. Join us as we take a look at...

What’s Your Website’s Rage Grade? (Find Out Right Now)

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months ago
Do you ever find yourself frustratedly clicking around a website, unable to find what you’re looking for? It happens to all of us sometimes. User frustration from website errors, dead clicks, abandoned forms and mouse-thrashing movement all contribute to your “Rage Grade” — a new metric available from FullStory’s platform. Today, we’re going to help you...

7 Tips for Creating a Website Header That Wows

Posted by Design Shack - 3 months ago
A website header is often the first thing that a user sees. It can make or break the user experience, your branding, and much more! To help retain users and keep them moving through the design, you need to create a website header that wows. And not just on the homepage. On every single page...

12 Fun CSS Text Shadows You Can Copy and Paste

Posted by Design Shack - 3 months ago
Typography is everyone’s favorite toy in web design. One particularly fun tool that CSS gives you to play with your type is text-shadow, which seems simple enough at first but can be used to create some remarkable effects with a little ingenuity and creativity. Today we’re going to run through several text-shadow examples that you...

40+ Stunning Vintage Mockup Packs & Graphics

Posted by Design Shack - 6 days 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 - 3 weeks 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 - 4 weeks 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 - 1 month 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...

10 Best Places to Find Free Fonts

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months ago
Typography plays a big role in all types of designs, from product packaging to mobile apps and more. Today we’re taking a look at the best places to find free fonts, and take your design work to a new level. But why is typography so important? Remember what happened at the Oscars 2017, when they...

How to Upsell Freelance Design Services

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months ago
Every freelance designer wants to hang on to their best clients, and maintain a meaningful business relationship. Working with the same team for a long period of time has some direct benefits — particularly that you and the client know each other and have a good feel for how the partnership will work. But how do...

Design Trend: Using Authentic Imagery and Photos

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months ago
The virtual world has to be authentic to captivate users. Childish imagery or clip-art just won’t cut it. But there are still so many websites out there that use over-the-top stock photos, or images that don’t resonate with readers. It’s a problem. To connect, you have to feel realistic and use authentic imagery and photos,...

Simbla Website Builder: What’s Changed in 2017

Posted by Design Shack - 3 months ago
With so many website builders on the market, it can be tough to decide what to use. Not anymore. Simbla is making the decision easy with a full-featured website builder and complete business suite and database. The tool includes everything you need to run pretty much any time of website or online store you can...

7 Ways to Adapt Content for Better Mobile UX

Posted by Design Shack - 3 months ago
The beginning of a great design starts with content. To make the most of a stellar mobile UX, the content might need to undergo a few tweaks and changes. But where do you start? How should content be adapted to work seamlessly on mobile devices? It starts with thinking about the way users interact with...

30 Stunning Desktop Wallpapers From Unsplash

Posted by Design Shack - 3 months ago
Need a little extra design inspiration? Start with your Mac or Windows desktop background. A stunning desktop wallpaper can provide an extra little spark every time you fire up your computer, and browsing through great photos is a sure fire way to get the creative juices flowing. Unsplash, a free stock photography website, is packed...

Design Trend: Vivid Rainbow Colors

Posted by Design Shack - 1 week 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 - 3 weeks 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 - 1 month 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 - 1 month 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...

Design Inspiration for Scroll Actions

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months ago
Scrolling is a key component of any website design that extends beyond a single landing page. Anyone who thinks the scroll is dead needs to jump out of 2005! Scroll actions move users through content vertically or horizontally and are a commonly accepted user pattern. The scroll is alive and well thanks to plenty of...

10 Free Color Palettes From 10 Famous Paintings

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months ago
If you want to learn a thing or two about color, why not look to the true masters whose artistic work has stood the test of time? Great painters almost always possess a keen understanding of color that is truly impressive when you stop to appreciate it. Follow along as we pull color palettes from...

20+ Best Facebook Cover & Post Mockups

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months ago
If you’re a social media manager or a small business owner looking to supercharge your Facebook content strategy, then you’ve come to the right place. Developing high-quality content for Facebook can be tough when you’re managing everything by yourself. It’s easy for big corporations with big budgets to design unique and beautiful content to grow...

8 Ways to Use Hand Drawn Icons & Elements

Posted by Design Shack - 3 months ago
While there’s often a focus on pixel-perfect design elements, they aren’t suitable for everything. Sometimes you want something with a little more… whimsy. Something a little more authentic! Hand drawn icons or elements can be just the right design technique to add something special to a project. While most designers won’t go crazy with elements...

10 Awesome Places to Download Free Vector Art

Posted by Design Shack - 3 months ago
Despite what many would think, the term web designer does not always imply artist. There are many very capable web developers and designers that are lucky to pull off a quality stick figure on most days. For those that are able to create complicated artwork, there are plenty of times when you’re up against a...

Logo Design Trends of 2017

Posted by Design Shack - 3 months ago
Logo design can be one of the most fun (and frustrating!) design tasks you encounter. But watching the key logo design trends each year can help you ensure your logo design is current and relevant. Every person and every client has a different style that you’ll want to put front-and-centre in your design. But many...