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Support Independent Type

Support Independent Type is a book about the new culture of type specimens, their impact on design and typographic culture at large. It’s a manifesto for independent type foundries showcasing their work in an effort to promote freshly designed fonts, and why we should support them. An exhibit of over 400 of today’s most adventurous typography labels and designers, showcasing their physical and digital type specimens! The carefully selected collection gives a glimpse into the adventurous shift of this… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— Lara Zettl | 

When (And How) to Outsource Design Work to Someone Else

If it has ever crossed your mind that a certain element of a design project would be better if you had help, then outsourcing work could be a viable option. Design agencies, small shops, and freelancers can all benefit from having a bench of partners that can help with projects. Successful outsourcing is based on a mutual relationship between parties that have a similar design style and work ethic. This guide will take you through everything you need to know about outsourcing graphic design work… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Carrie Cousins | 

50+ Best Free Photoshop Patterns 2021

If you’ve been looking for a creative tileable pattern to make your designs look even more beautiful, you’ve come to the right place. In this post, we’re sharing a collection of the best Photoshop patterns with various design styles and aesthetics (both free and premium). When designing a background, whether it’s for a book cover, business card, or a website, using a creative pattern goes a long way to add a personal touch to the overall look of the design. Not to mention that patterns also help… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Roshan Perera | 

30+ Best InDesign Magazine Templates 2021 (Free & Premium)

Designing a magazine from scratch can be a lot of work. You have to come up with unique layouts for multiple pages, design the covers, format paragraphs, and much more. Did you know that you can get a great head-start by simply using an InDesign magazine template? That’s right! With a magazine template, you get a complete magazine pre-designed by a professional. All you have to do is edit the design to change the colors while replacing the text and images. We handpicked a collection of amazing InDesign… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Roshan Perera | 

15+ Most Helpful Affinity Designer Tutorials (+ Reviews) in 2021

Affinity Designer is a vector or raster app. It’s a competitor to Adobe’s Illustrator and allows you to design various elements for print or digital publication. It’s part of the Affinity package of design tools made by Serif. Use it to do anything from making a business card to mock up an app. Affinity Designer is made for Mac iOS, Windows, and the iPad. Here, we’ve collected some of the best for everyone from beginners to more seasoned pros, a mix of video and written tutorials. It’s a great place… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Carrie Cousins | 

fortytwomagazine #5—space

Where does the universe begin, where does it end? Imagining these dimensions is no easy task. However, the fortytwomagazine #5—space  tries to figure that out, because the universe does not only offer place for speculations about extraterrestrial life or romantic dreams with the view into the starlit sky. Even if it feels far away, it has a direct influence on our lives. As in every issue, they also illuminate ten different disciplines and thus ten perspectives. Among other things, the magazine deals with… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— Lara Zettl | 

Forward Festival 2021

After a successful hybrid event premiere in October 2020, Forward Festival is entering the next round. The 2021 program promises diverse entertainment for on-site audiences as well as for livestream viewers and includes talks by top creatives, workshops and interactive formats from all areas of the creative industry. Forward Festival 2021 will focus on the virtualization and post-digitization of creativity. The question of how a digitized world—reinforced by the current lockdowns—affects our lives is… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— Lara Zettl | 

50+ Best Free Keynote Templates 2021

Today we’re bringing you a collection of the best free Keynote templates for making all kinds of presentation slideshows, including business, creative, agency, and startup pitch decks. Keynote is a great tool for making effective presentations. But, let’s face it, when it comes to the default templates included, your options are limited. Luckily you can still download and use Keynote templates made by other designers. For this collection, we handpicked some of the best free Keynote templates just for you… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Roshan Perera | 

Showcase Your Creativity With a Free.Design Domain Name

Highlight your skills and improve your branding with the right domain name. The domain is waiting for you. Some of the biggest names in design, including Adobe, Spotify, and Airbnb already use domain for creative projects. Now is the time to grab one for your business while you can get the first year free. Snag the Perfect.Design Domain Name domain is especially popular among creators and design-based businesses for websites that showcase… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Carrie Cousins | 

20+ Best YouTube Thumbnail Templates in 2021

With over 500 hours of video content being uploaded every minute, it’s now tougher than ever to build a successful channel on YouTube. Creating quality content is not enough, you also need to market your videos effectively to get more views. Using high-quality video thumbnails is one of the best ways you can use to attract attention to your videos. Think of it like fancy packaging for your video content. The thumbnail cover you use for your YouTube video is the first thing users see when browsing… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Roshan Perera | 

Web Typography Rules: What You Need to Know

90% of all the information on the web is in writing. That means that typography is a skill that dictates that 90%. That’s a staggering figure that highlights just how important typography is. It’s absolutely everywhere: blog posts, social media, magazines, reports, books, and so much more. What this means for you as a designer is that text is your primary means of communication. If you haven’t got your typography skills down, then you’re not going to be able to deliver your ideas to your audience… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Roshan Perera | 


„Les temps changent et il faut aussi modifier et changer.“ remarked Madleine Sophie Barat as early as 1831—„Times change and we have to change too.“ As the founder of the Sacré Cœur Sisters, a Catholic women’s order, she understood that changes need to be perceived and that there is a need to react to them. Even if Barat’s statement was referring to how she understood her educational work, the sisters of the Sacré-Cœur Order in Bonn Pützchen interpreted this as their own conceptual approach to the… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— Jens Koenen | 

50 Best Website Color Schemes of 2021

Does it ever seem like certain website color schemes just get all the attention? As with every other aspect of web design, there are color schemes that tend to trend more than others. Bright colors, stark palettes, and even some mismatching schemes are elements of color that are trending. Here’s a look at some of the best website color schemes of 2021 (in no particular order). For each, we’re also sharing the color codes that make up the key elements of the design, so it’s easy to play around with these… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Carrie Cousins | 

50+ Best Free Photoshop Actions 2021

Photoshop actions are quite useful when optimizing photos, applying effects, and editing graphics. For this collection, we’ve handpicked some of the best free Photoshop actions you can download and use with no price to pay! Whether you’re a professional designer or a complete beginner, Photoshop actions can help you save a lot of time. Simply put, Photoshop actions pack hours worth of design work into a single-click so that you can achieve professional-level effects without an effort. In this post… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Roshan Perera | 

Armin Hofmann—Reduction. Ethics. Didactics.

Lucerne-based Armin Hofmann (* 1920) is considered one of the most influential graphic designers in Switzerland. With his extensive graphic and educational work, he has contributed significantly to the international reputation of Swiss graphic design and influenced generations of graphic designers and teachers around the world. On June 29th, 2020 Armin Hofmann celebrated his 100th birthday with his family. On the occasion of this round anniversary, his son Matthias Hofmann, who is also a graphic designer… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— Lara Zettl | 

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