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15 Skills Every Design Client Expects You to Have

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 may ask for expertise in marketing, code, or illustration. It can be a difficult balance at times. But knowing what clients might expect can help you have a plan for how to deal with specific… learn more

Design Shack  Carrie Cousins | 
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How Many Design Options Should You Show a Client?

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 more options for the design review? There’s a balance of creating enough for a client to choose from, and avoiding work that you know will certainly just get thrown aside. If you know the client well, chances are you can present… learn more

Design Shack  Carrie Cousins | 
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30+ Best Scene and Mockup Generators of 2017

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 when you do find a great image, you later discover that someone else is using that exact same image on a different website. Which brings you back to square one. However, there’s a simpler solution to this… learn more

Design Shack  Roshan Perera | 
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3 Tips for Developing a Unique Logo Design

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 how do you develop this key piece of branding if you don’t already have one? (Or how do you rethink the one you have but don’t like?) Here are three tips to help you get started! 1. Pick a… learn more

Design Shack  Carrie Cousins | 
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Brutalism: A New Trend in Web Design

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 and 70s. Today’s brutalism is starkly different from what you are used to seeing… and that’s why it’s likely to catch your attention. Let’s take a look at what it is (and I’ll share why… learn more

Design Shack  Carrie Cousins | 
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100+ iPad Mockups: PSDs, Photos & Vectors

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. They vary between photograph-based PSD mockups, or vectors that can scale to any size. Some are free, some cost a few dollars, but all of them are rather lovely! iPad Pro… learn more

Design Shack  Usama Nasir | 
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How to Start and Promote an Illustration Project

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. Here are some tips for getting started. (Plus, this post includes illustration projects to help jumpstart your creativity.) Keep a Portfolio or Idea Board Starting an illustration project begins… learn more

Design Shack  Carrie Cousins | 
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20+ Brushes and Images for Creating Grungy Edges

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 5 unique grunge Photoshop brushes for crafting retro style designs. Available to you for free of charge. True Grit Sample Pack This assorted bundle of… learn more

Design Shack  Joshua Johnson | 
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How to Add Touches of Magic to Your Interactions

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 touch of magic and one that can be completely overwhelming. The most magical interactions are a bit unexpected, simple, create an emotional response and make the user want to use it again… learn more

Design Shack  Carrie Cousins | 
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15+ Best Bootstrap Admin Templates of 2017

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 experience designers to make sure the design offers the best experience to your users. Thankfully, we have a solution that’ll help you save a lot of money and time, by starting with one of… learn more

Design Shack  Roshan Perera | 
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Stunning Examples of White Space… That Aren’t White at All

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 white.! White space is an important part of your design plan. Here, we’re going to look at the importance of space as a design tool and five examples of websites that are making great use of white space (that isn’t white at… learn more

Design Shack  Carrie Cousins | 
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How Do We Design Hard Stuff for the Big Problems People Hate Most?

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 going from an existing conditions to a preferred one.“ But what existing condition does the world need our help with? There are several respected global… learn more

Design Shack  Jeremy Bailey | 

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