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10 Awful Client Cliches That Make Every Designer Cringe

Posted by Design Shack - 14 hours ago
This is the third part in our series all about making fun of design related clichés that drive us all crazy. We put out the word on Twitter and asked for some of the worst things that you hear again and again from clients. The following are some of our favorites! We’ve already picked on...

5 Former Design Trends That Aren’t Cool Anymore (So Stop Using Them)

Posted by Design Shack - 4 days ago
If you’re like me, looking at your own design work from a few years ago can often result in some laughable or even cringe-worthy moments. Design styles have been steadily evolving and most of us can’t help but be affected by these changes. Who among us hasn’t piled on the cheesy Photoshop layer effects, all...

Are You Mentally Overwhelming Users? (And How to Stop Doing It)

Posted by Design Shack - 2 weeks ago
The internet is a tangled mess that’s visually overloaded. There’s so much to look at… and read… and comprehend, that it can be difficult to find focus and figure out what is important. If your design is visually overloaded, chances are that you are overwhelming users and they are leaving your website or app. So...

70+ Corporate & Creative Business Card Mockups

Posted by Design Shack - 3 weeks ago
The design of your business cards is vital if you’re looking to make a good first impression. In this post, we’ve collected over 70 of the best free and premium business card mockups that you can use for your next client meeting or design project. We’re not only covering corporate professional designs, but also profession-specific […]

How Many Design Options Should You Show a Client?

Posted by Design Shack - 1 month ago
You’ve been working on a client project for a little while now. It could be a website design, brochure, or something else altogether — but you’ve spent some time on it. You like the concept. Is that all you need to go back to the client with? Or do you need to create a couple […]

How to Start and Promote an Illustration Project

Posted by Design Shack - 1 month ago
Illustration projects can be tough. But if you are an illustrator, it is your job (duty even) to keep drawing and promoting illustration projects. But how do you do it? How can you sell a client on the concept of an illustration when it can be difficult for them to imagine? You can do it. […]

How Do We Design Hard Stuff for the Big Problems People Hate Most?

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months ago
Design exists to solve problems. As you’ve likely heard before, design isn’t an act of creative self-expression but rather a process of problem solving. So why aren’t we hearing about amazing design breakthroughs that address the world’s biggest problems? As legendary ‘I Love New York’ designer Milton Glaser once said, “Design is the process of […]

5 Benefits of Managed Web Hosting

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months ago
Managed website hosting can take a lot of the headache out of owning a website. Your host can handle all technical aspects of hosting, including automatic software installs and updates, website themes, and plugin troubleshooting and security. For most website owners, there are major benefits over using a dedicated server or running a server yourself. […]

7 Design Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Content

Posted by Design Shack - 3 months ago
Design mistakes can happen to anyone. Maybe you’re trying to finish a project too quickly, or you’re working on a complex site design where something simply gets overlooked. But, when they happen, you have to fix them… immediately! Some design mistakes can ruin your content, cause users to abandon your site, or lose trust in […]

30 Simple, Free Time-Saving Tools for Designers

Posted by Design Shack - 3 months ago
Smart tools and apps — especially those that save time — are a must-have for designers. And we’ve collected some of the latest and greatest in this list of free tools for designers! From typography helping elements to code snippets and color palettes you can download, this list is packed with everyday items to make […]

100+ iPhone PSD & Vector Mockups

Posted by Design Shack - 2 days ago
A gorgeous iPhone mockup graphic is the perfect way to demonstrate your app, website, or user interface. We’ve collected over a hundred of the best iPhone mockups, in all shapes and sizes, for your next project. A well-designed mockup can make your app or website interface stand out from the crowd, and it’s the perfect...

Flat Design: An Evolving Trend

Posted by Design Shack - 1 week ago
Is the flat design trend finished? We don’t think so. It’s not dead yet. But the trend has evolved to be less stark and more engaging for users. The early days of flat design were marked by a complete lack of design elements such as shadows, gradients, or realistic elements with texture. Many of those...

40+ Best Big, Poster Fonts of 2017

Posted by Design Shack - 2 weeks ago
When it comes to designing posters and banners, there’s one thing that matters the most: the font. A poster without a great, attention-grabbing title is simply not an effective poster. A great poster font has the power to turn even the simplest layout into a powerful design. As Irene Etzkorn once said, “There is no […]

4 Reasons Why Your Body Text Should Be Bigger

Posted by Design Shack - 4 weeks ago
The body text on your website is too small. While desktop monitors and phone screens seem to be increasing in size, body font sizes have seemingly shrunk. While their original size is the same, they feel smaller than ever. Too often, I find myself squinting at the screen to read content. And it shouldn’t be […]

3 Tips for Developing a Unique Logo Design

Posted by Design Shack - 1 month ago
Every business or website needs one – a logo. A logo is how users and customers will identify your website or brand. And a good logo is identifiable, readable and leaves a lasting impression with users. Your logo is how people see you across different mediums, from online to social media to printed materials. So […]

20+ Brushes and Images for Creating Grungy Edges

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months ago
Creating complex edges manually in Photoshop can be an arduous task. Fortunately, there are tons of free brushes and images online that will make this process a breeze. Keep reading to see our collection of 20 brushes and images with torn, burned and grungy edges! Free Grunge Brushes Kit This handcrafted brush kit comes with […]

Every Freelancer Screws Up; Make Sure to Recover Well

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months ago
It’s going to happen. Every freelancer makes mistakes. Some of them are big and can impact client relationships, while others are more internal and affect your workflow and processes. There’s one similarity though – how you recover from these mistakes will say more about your freelance career than making them. But how do you recover […]

30+ Best High-Quality Photoshop & Illustrator Brushes

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months ago
We’ve put together a collection of our favourite, high quality Photoshop and Illustrator brushes, to help you put the perfect finishing touch on your next design. A Photoshop or Illustrator brush is, at its simplest, exactly what you’d expect — a way to draw a particular line or style in a Photoshop or Illustrator document. Click, […]

40+ Stunning Vintage Mockup Packs & Graphics

Posted by Design Shack - 3 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 […]

30+ Best Poster Mockup Templates

Posted by Design Shack - 3 months ago
Without the right poster mockup to showcase your work professionally, your poster design doesn’t have the chance to stand out from the crowd. It’s often easy to overlook the way you present and showcase your designs! That’s why it’s worth investing in a set of useful mockup templates. If you’re working on a poster design […]

5 Cliché Logo Design Trends to Avoid

Posted by Design Shack - 3 days ago
Logos are one of the trickiest things to get right in the graphic design world. It takes almost zero talent to make a logo — virtually anyone can do it. However, making a good logo requires a lot of insight, artistic skill and patience. Too often we see designers falling into the trap of rushing...

30 Food & Drink Menu Templates

Posted by Design Shack - 2 weeks ago
Food and restaurant menu templates can streamline the branding process for you if you’re a restaurant owner or a designer working for the food industry. These menu templates are readily available, easy to customise, and can be a life saver in situations where you have to meet a tight deadline. In this article, we’ve gathered...

Poly Shapes: A New Design Trend We Love

Posted by Design Shack - 2 weeks ago
There’s a new favorite shape in design these days – the polygon. These affectionately called “poly shapes” are popping up on websites, posters and in printed projects. And one of the best parts of this versatile trend is that each of these designs is so different. Polygons are shapes that are defined in elementary geometry […]

Design Trend: Side Navigation Is Everywhere, but Does It Work?

Posted by Design Shack - 4 weeks ago
There’s a trending topic in website design navigation: sidebar menus. More designers are working with vertical side navigation for projects, with a specific location on the left side for many of these website designs. And while it looks nice and can help streamline clutter in the overall canvas, does it really work? Will users respond […]

30+ Best Scene and Mockup Generators of 2017

Posted by Design Shack - 1 month ago
It’s not an easy job to find the perfect image or the mockup to showcase your product when designing a hero image for a website, a header image for a blog, or for an advertising project. Mostly because high-quality stock photos and images are hard to find, and can come with hefty price tags. Even […]

How to Add Touches of Magic to Your Interactions

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months ago
Every time a user does something with your design, an interaction is created. Some interactions, such as clicks, go almost unnoticed by the user. But other interactions include a certain bit of magic that makes the user want to play with the design even more. There’s a fine line between an interaction that has the […]

Meet AIDA: Your Artificial Intelligence Design Assistant

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months ago
One of the big topics in design right now is artificial intelligence. Can a computer program actually design a website? Can it help a person speed up or improve the process? Bookmark is taking the theory to a whole new level with its Artificial Intelligence Design Assistant, or AIDA for short. AIDA learns your needs […]

Paperless Documentation Is Easy With Eversign

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months ago
More businesses are trying to find ways to go paperless. Eversign is a great tool that can help you cut the clutter from all those paper documents. Eversign is a free, online app that helps you create legally binding electronic signatures for work or personal projects. The platform allows users to approve, deliver and sign […]

5 Rules for Designing an Effective Ad Campaign

Posted by Design Shack - 3 months ago
Designers have to wear a lot of hats these days. You might create a website one day, a brochure the next, and an ad campaign for print or social media after that. And while many of these projects all rely on the same theories of design and an eye for what looks good, there are […]

4K Video: How to Use It & Where to Find It

Posted by Design Shack - 3 months ago
Video on the web just keeps getting better. It’s an in-demand feature that everyone wants in their design for good reason. Moving images are engaging, and feel more interactive. A video clip can grab (and hold) the attention of a user quicker and for a longer time frame than just an image alone. To celebrate […]

30+ Best Music & Band Flyer Templates

Posted by Design Shack - 3 days ago
Whether you’re working on a flyer design for your band’s next gig, or planning a big music festival, you’re going to need an awesome music or band flyer template. We’ve tracked down some of the best modern, stylish music flyer templates to help you start designing a flyer for your band’s next event. It doesn’t...

What Is Anticipatory Design, and How Do You Use It?

Posted by Design Shack - 2 weeks ago
Do you ever get overwhelmed by the number of choices you have to make in a day? It’s a pretty common phenomenon. The same can happen when a user visits a website. Too many choices can fatigue the user and totally overwhelm the senses. The solution is up to the designer – to create a...

How (And Why) to Grab a .design Domain for $5

Posted by Design Shack - 3 weeks ago
Choosing a domain name is a tricky thing. You want something smart, original, and easy-to-remember. And you’re trying to find something that hasn’t already been snapped up. Today we have a great deal for Design Shack readers, on a smart new TLD for designers — .design. Usually $35 per year, today’s your chance to grab your […]

50+ Best Minimal Logo Design Templates

Posted by Design Shack - 1 month ago
How much does it cost to design a professional logo? $500? $1,000? Or $5,000? What if we told you that you can get a great-looking minimal logo design for the price of lunch? The strategy we’re talking about here is to try using a pre-designed logo template to base your next logo mark or branding […]

Brutalism: A New Trend in Web Design

Posted by Design Shack - 1 month ago
Some designs aren’t polished and clean. They are rough, jarring and ragged. Yet they still work and communicate effectively. This class of websites makes up the raw trend called brutalism. While it is somewhat new to web concepts, it’s been around for decades as a popular technique for posters and art in the 1950s, 60s […]

15+ Best Bootstrap Admin Templates of 2017

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months ago
Planning to develop a new web app? Or create a stunning backend membership area for your services? Then it’s time to start thinking about designing an admin dashboard. Creating an effective admin dashboard that your users enjoy coming back to over and over again can be a challenging task. You have to work with user […]

20+ Best Condensed & Narrow Fonts of 2017

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months ago
Contrary to popular belief, condensed and narrow fonts don’t make your text cramped, or crowded. You just have to know the appropriate time and place to use the font. Condensed fonts are widely used these days for headlines and portraying bold messages, and when deployed in the right place, they can give stunning impact! It […]

Good Design Starts With Real Content

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months ago
You’ve probably heard the phrase “content is king.” Cliches aside, it really is. When it comes to website design, quality content is the cog that powers usability, user flow and conversions. You need real and authentic elements to create a connection with users to engage them. The best designs start with content that is close […]

Design Trend: Experimental Navigation Patterns

Posted by Design Shack - 3 months ago
Long gone is the idea that navigation menus must be fixed at the top of a website design. While many designers opt for the safe, consistency of all caps navigation across the top of the screen with sans serif typography, more designs are breaking out of this pattern. Experimental navigation patterns can be fun and […]

20+ Examples of Creative WordPress Sites

Posted by Design Shack - 3 months ago
Looking for inspiration to build your own beautiful WordPress website? You’ve come to the right place. A great thing about building a project with WordPress is that there’s no shortage of themes for styling your website with any type of design. But, since there are so many themes out there, finding a design with a […]

7 Ways to Save Time as a Designer

Posted by Design Shack - 4 days ago
“If only I had more time!” Do you hear yourself saying this about projects from time to time? (I know I’m guilty.) Time can be one of the biggest obstacles to getting more done as a freelance designer. But you can find more time and get more done — and that’s good for your bottom line....

Design an Ambigram Logo With Your Name

Posted by Design Shack - 2 weeks ago
Ambigrams are a particularly complex type of typographical art that can be read identically in different orientations. They typically take the form of a word that reads the same way upside down as it does right side up. Today we’re going to see what’s involved in creating ambigrams and walk through creating a basic one...

Color Fonts: A Beginner’s Guide

Posted by Design Shack - 3 weeks ago
So what in the heck is a color font? It’s a term that keeps popping up and is starting to gain traction, although use in large design projects is still in its infancy. Vendors such as Adobe’s Typekit have started to release some color font options with browser support, so there’s some movement toward wider […]

15 Skills Every Design Client Expects You to Have

Posted by Design Shack - 1 month ago
While every design project is a little bit different, almost every client expects you to be a jack of all trades to some degree. Regardless of the project, designers are often expected to provide a complete solution for clients, even though most of us don’t have all the same skills. In addition to design, clients […]

100+ iPad Mockups: PSDs, Photos & Vectors

Posted by Design Shack - 1 month ago
For displaying your latest and greatest responsive website design, or app interface, having a beautiful iPad mockup on which to demonstrate it can be really helpful. Today, we’re taking a look at almost a hundred different iPad and tablet mockups, in all shapes and sizes, that can make your app or website interface stand out. […]

Stunning Examples of White Space… That Aren’t White at All

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months ago
When you think of white space in web design, examples such as Apple or Google are probably the first ones that come to mind. While these companies do a great job of using white space in their designs, there are plenty of other ways to make the most of space.. even if it isn’t always […]

8 Design Tips for a Stellar Email on Small Screens

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months ago
How many users are opening emails from you on a phone or tablet? It might be a higher percentage than you think. According to Litmus, which provides email tracking software, 54 percent of all emails were opened on a mobile device in 2016. That means that most of your emails are being seen on a […]

30+ Stunning Food, Drink & Packaging Design Mockups

Posted by Design Shack - 3 months 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 […]

Why Use Squarespace for Your Photography Site?

Posted by Design Shack - 3 months ago
Are you ready for the world to see your stellar photos? You need a portfolio website to help showcase your skills and attract new clients. It couldn’t be easier than with Squarespace. The website building tool has everything you need to build a portfolio site that’s just as stunning as your images in no time. […]

5 Tips for a Better Freelance Resume

Posted by Design Shack - 3 months ago
When was the last time you updated your resume? This is one of those things that freelancers often forget to do when they aren’t seeking a full-time employer. It’s a lot easier to keep up with your resume all the time rather than rush to update it when the need arises. It’s even becoming more […]