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

Posted by Design Shack - 14 hours 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 - 1 week 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 weeks 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 - 4 weeks 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...

Top 5 Design Trends of 2017 (So Far!)

Posted by Design Shack - 1 month ago
If you take a close look, you can almost see the evolution of web design happening. A few design trends have emerged as the must-have elements of 2017 (so far) with interesting typography, color and navigation patterns leading the way. So now that we are midway through 2017, let’s focus a little on design inspiration,...

Neon Colors in Web Design: The Do’s and Don’ts

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months ago
Neon colors are tough to use without clashing with the rest of your design. They work great for signs and lights in real-world applications, but can present major issues in web design, unless carefully implemented. Today, we’re going to look at ways to effectively use neon colors in your design work, with a list of...

100+ iPhone PSD & Vector Mockups

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months 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 - 2 months 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 months 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 - 3 months 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 […]

Design Trend: Using Authentic Imagery and Photos

Posted by Design Shack - 2 days 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 - 1 week 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 weeks 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 - 1 month 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...

6 Portfolio Design Mistakes That Drive Me Nuts

Posted by Design Shack - 1 month ago
Your public portfolio is one of the most important things you’ll ever design. It presents you to the world and, if you’re a freelancer, tends to play a major role in whether or not people choose to hire you. I’ve viewed a ton of online portfolios and today I’d like to walk through some of...

5 Ways to Learn Web Design: Which Is Right for You?

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months ago
The web design education industry has exploded from a small niche to a powerful, continually expanding force. Countless people all over the planet are interested in learning about how to build and design websites, and tons of companies are cropping up promising the ultimate solution. The good news for you is that increased competition in...

5 Cliché Logo Design Trends to Avoid

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months 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 months 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 months 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 - 3 months 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 […]

20+ Best Facebook Cover & Post Mockups

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

10 Design Tools You Aren’t Using (But Should Be!)

Posted by Design Shack - 1 month ago
It seems like a flood of new design tools hits the market almost every day. How many times have you downloaded software with promise only to find you quit using it after a couple of logins? That’s not the case with the tools in this list. We’ve collected some of the best design tools around...

6 Professional Monospaced Fonts for Designers

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months ago
It’s easy to underestimate the potential of monospaced fonts, labelling them as a simplistic and uninspired. But that’s often far from the case. You might be missing out on an opportunity to add more originality to your work. When used properly, a monospaced font can add more value to your design than many other creative...

30+ Best Music & Band Flyer Templates

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months 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 months 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 - 2 months 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 - 3 months 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 […]

8 Rules for Creating Effective Typography

Posted by Design Shack - 4 days 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 - 2 weeks 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 - 4 weeks 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...

10 Great Google Font Combinations You Can Copy

Posted by Design Shack - 1 month ago
The average man considers which flavor of Doritos will taste good with his Heineken. The sophisticated man considers which cheese will pair well with his choice of wine. The designer of course considers which two fonts will look great on the same page. Today we’re going to use the Google Font API as a playground...

20+ Best Website PSD Perspective Mockups

Posted by Design Shack - 1 month ago
A great website perspective mockup design can help to present your web design in a beautiful, unique way. This collection of free and premium mockup PSDs is perfect for doing just that! Proper presentation is the key to delighting your clients. Whether you’re working on a website design or a logo design, the way you...

Design Trend: Waves and ‘Soft’ Lines

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months ago
There’s a softer design trend taking over website projects – waves and soft lines. Where backgrounds have been dominated by single “flat” color, we’re seeing a shift toward curved lines and waves. The elements are lighter, softer and evoke a different overall feel for the design. What’s especially nice is that waves and softer lines...

7 Ways to Save Time as a Designer

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months 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 months 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 months 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 - 3 months 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+ MacBook PSD & Vector Mockups

Posted by Design Shack - 1 week 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 - 2 weeks 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 - 4 weeks 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...

20+ Beautiful Geometric & Poly 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...

Back to Basics: Beautiful Typography in Web Design

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months ago
A great website starts with beautiful typography. And while breaking the occasional rule is great, sometimes it’s good to get back to the principles of what makes great typography — and how to create it. It’s a vital refresh that can help you rethink projects, consider a new approach or just get back to a simpler,...

10 Awful Client Cliches That Make Every Designer Cringe

Posted by Design Shack - 2 months 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 - 2 months 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 months 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 months 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 - 3 months 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 […]