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How to Create a Beautiful Website With Wix

You don’t need a graphic design or computer science degree to create a beautiful and functional website. Thanks to Wix, a website builder, anyone can create a stylish website, all on their own. What sets Wix apart from some of the other tools out there is that it allows you full creative freedom to create just the type of website you want. Plus, there are drag-and-drop design tools (no coding required), artificial intelligence assisted, and even code-it-yourself options. Wix offers a complete package… learn more

Design Shack  Carrie Cousins | 
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10 Web Design Trends to Watch for in 2018

As 2017 winds down, it’s a good time to reflect on the accomplishments of the past year and start thinking about designs yet to come. Looking at more recent designs, redesigns and even just design tweaks, a few distinct trends are starting to emerge as the front-runners heading into 2018. Here’s a look at some of the web design trends that will likely become popular (and many of these concepts can be used for print design as well). 1. Asymmetrical Grids The age of perfect symmetry is… learn more

Design Shack  Carrie Cousins | 
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70+ Christmas Mockups, Icons, Graphics & Resources

Christmas is on the way! Whether you’re designing festive party flyers, looking for Christmas mockups, or a holiday icon set, we have a great collection for you today! We’ve pulled together a fantastic collection of Christmas flyers and templates, mockups, icons, vectors, and much more. Some of them are completely free, some cost a few dollars, but all of them will get you in the festive spirit. Have fun looking through this selection of resources, and we hope you find a few that help out with your… learn more

Design Shack  Roshan Perera | 
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Are You a Good Designer or a Great Designer? Here Are the 10 Signs

Some people are better suited for certain jobs than others. Skills and personality traits combine to make you good—or great—at your job. When it comes to design, do you know where you fall? Are you a good designer? Or a great one? The answer might be both. Between good days and bad, and projects that rock and ones that leave you ragged, one of the things that will help you be a better designer all the time is awareness of characteristics that great designers have in common. 1. You Are Curious… learn more

Design Shack  Carrie Cousins | 
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20+ Best iPhone X Mockups

The iPhone X is Apple’s most radical phone to date. Which makes an iPhone X mockup the perfect way to showcase your design in an original way, especially if you’re working on an app, video game, or a website design. iPhone X has a unique bezel-less design which makes it stand out. This also makes things a bit harder for designers to find mockups for the device. So, to save you the trouble, we found a collection of stunning new iPhone X mockups you can use to promote your work and showcase products… learn more

Design Shack  Roshan Perera | 
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5 Web Design Trends We’re Already Over

Design trends have to be used cautiously. Just as quickly as many trends come into fashion; they can fall out of favor and make a design feel dated. Don’t ignore them completely — testing out trends can stretch your creative muscles and help you create something you might not have tried otherwise. But do be aware of what’s fresh, what’s timeless, and what’s out of date! Here are five design trends that are over (or should be anyway). 1. „Vintage“ Everything For a while, it seemed like… learn more

Design Shack  Carrie Cousins | 
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Challenges Every Freelance Designer Will Face in 2018

A new year is looming ahead, which comes with new challenges, even for the seasoned freelance designer. As you look back and celebrate the wins of 2017 – as you deservedly should – it’s time to think ahead to what’s in store for the new year as well! There seems to be a shift again in trends and technology that could present challenges (and opportunities!) for designers in 2018. Here’s a look at some of the curveballs that might come your way. And how to be ready for them when they do. Emergence… learn more

Design Shack  Carrie Cousins | 
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Get Your Merchandise Online Today With SpreadShop

Do you have an idea for a great shirt or coffee mug that you know is destined to sell? Do your social media followers want to see your images or messaging on their gear? The problem with merchandise sales isn’t always coming up with an idea or design; it’s picking items and dealing with inventory. SpreadShop takes a lot of that hassle and worry out of the equation, so that almost anyone can create an online merchandise storefront and start selling right away — free! Here’s a guide to SpreadShop and how… learn more

Design Shack  Carrie Cousins | 
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20+ Best Space & Nebula Background Textures

Space and nebula-themed backgrounds sit perfectly behind bold text and objects. These colorful space textures make your designs appear brighter than a single color background as well — they have a wonderful personality. Whether you’re looking for a gorgeous space background for a web design project, or even just to use one as your desktop background, you can find many different types of space and nebula themed backgrounds and textures in this collection. It’s the perfect way to take your next graphic… learn more

Design Shack  Roshan Perera | 
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4 Ways a CDN Can Speed Up Your Website

Is your website moving fast enough for users? Speed is a primary factor when it comes to keeping a user who visits your website for the first time. Chances are your website could be faster. One way to accomplish that is by using a content delivery network (CDN), which helps deliver static content to users faster. A CDN can be an efficient way to increase page speed and user engagement all at once. Here’s a look at four ways a CDN can speed up your website. (But before you read on, you can check… learn more

Design Shack  Carrie Cousins | 
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Get 67% Off Depositphotos This Month

Today, we’re excited to be featuring a special promotion from MightyDeals. Depositphotos offers one of the largest stock photo libraries on the web, and by taking advantage of this promotion, you can grab either 100 or 200 images of your choice for up to 75% off the regular price! You can download any image, at any size (including XXL images), there’s no monthly limit, and no expiration date. It’s a great deal to get your hands on hundreds of high quality images. Read on to find out more! A Few… learn more

Design Shack  Carrie Cousins | 
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20+ Best Watercolor Background Textures

Using watercolor backgrounds and textures, with a watercolor painting effect, is a trend that took the world of design by surprise. These unique, colourful backgrounds can work beautifully with typography and simple design elements to give any design a fun edge. The background is an important part of any design project. Whether it’s a website design, an app, graphic, or even a slideshow, the background is the foundation that helps you highlight the core content of a design. Which is why should always… learn more

Design Shack  Roshan Perera | 
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Design Trend: Obstructed Text

Some websites look great, even if they defy conventional wisdom or tenets of design theory. A new design trend is showcasing that very idea with elements that cover or obstruct some of the text in the design. It’s an interesting trend because it goes against everything we commonly talk about with design – that it must be readable to connect with users quickly. Needless to say, this can be a tricky technique to pull off effectively, but the designs are striking and impactful when done well. Here’s a… learn more

Design Shack  Carrie Cousins | 

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