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6 Professional Monospaced Fonts for Designers

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 fonts. You’ll have seen them on printed documents, or when trying your hand at coding, but what are monospaced fonts? Who uses them? Can you use them for creative design work? Let’s… learn more

Design Shack  Roshan Perera | 
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Design Trend: Waves and ‚Soft‘ Lines

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 can be used a lot of different ways so that each design feels totally different. (It’s one of those trends that can almost sneak up on you because it appears in so many forms… learn more

Design Shack  Carrie Cousins | 
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10 Awful Client Cliches That Make Every Designer Cringe

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 designers plenty with 5 Former Design Trends That Aren’t Cool Anymore and 5 Cliché Logo Design Trends to Avoid, now it’s time to turn around and give some attention to all the crazy things that clients say to their… learn more

Design Shack  Joshua Johnson | 
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100+ iPhone PSD & Vector Mockups

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 way to present your design to a client. Our iPhone mockup picks vary between photograph-based PSD mockups, or vectors that can scale to any size. Some are free, some cost a few dollars… learn more

Design Shack  Usama Nasir | 
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5 Cliche Logo Design Trends to Avoid

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 into a logo design project and coming up with ideas that are so overused that they’re downright cringe-worthy. Today we’re going to take a look at five logo trends that fit this description. Read on to see if… learn more

Design Shack  Joshua Johnson | 
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30+ Best Music & Band Flyer Templates

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 matter if you’re working on a project related to country, indie, jazz, rock, or pop music, there are templates in this list for all types of music. All of the templates in this list are… learn more

Design Shack  Roshan Perera | 
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7 Ways to Save Time as a Designer

„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. We’re not going to bore you with theoretical advice. This is a set of practical tips and suggestions you can start thinking about right now! 1. Save Go-To Pieces A library of favorite fonts, colors, user… learn more

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

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 the while thinking the result was downright awesome? However, some of us are a little slower to evolve than others. Today we’ll be taking a walk down memory lane and looking at five design trends that… learn more

Design Shack  Joshua Johnson | 
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Flat Design: An Evolving Trend

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 design elements are back, but are being paired with the overall idea of flat design to create a website user experience that’s both simple and easy to engage with. Depending on what side you are on, it… learn more

Design Shack  Carrie Cousins | 
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30 Food & Drink Menu Templates

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 30+ food menu related resources such as menu templates, flyers, icons and scene creators that will let you prepare your restaurants menus in no time. These menus cover a full three… learn more

Design Shack  Usama Nasir | 
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What Is Anticipatory Design, and How Do You Use It?

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 design that seems to anticipate user needs and helps move people through the design with ease. Anticipatory Design 101 The easiest way to describe anticipatory design is to think of a user interface that’s… learn more

Design Shack  Carrie Cousins | 
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Design an Ambigram Logo With Your Name

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 on our own. What Is An Ambigram? In its most basic form, an ambigram can be a simple symbol that looks the same at two or more orientations. More complex forms involve words… learn more

Design Shack  Joshua Johnson | 
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Are You Mentally Overwhelming Users? (And How to Stop Doing It)

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 how do you know if you are doing it? We’ve got a list of warning signs for you, plus a few ways to strip some of the weight out of the design and make it more manageable for users. You… learn more

Design Shack  Carrie Cousins | 
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40+ Best Big, Poster Fonts of 2017

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 such thing as a boring project. There are only boring executions.“ If you’re still searching for that perfect poster font, you’re in luck. We found a set of amazing poster fonts that’ll be… learn more

Design Shack  Roshan Perera | 
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Poly Shapes: A New Design Trend We Love

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 as a „plan figure that is bounded by a finite chain of straight line segments in a loop to form a closed polygonal chain.“ The shapes can have any number of sides or orientation… learn more

Design Shack  Carrie Cousins | 

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