Design blogs

Let’s Play Outdoors & Little Big Rooms

There are many children’s books, but not all of them please us as much as these two releases from Little Gestalten. Especially in times of closed day-care centers and schools, it is more important than ever that the home is suitable for children and offers many play opportunities. Little Big Rooms gives valuable tips and unusual furnishing ideas. When it comes to going outside, Let’s Go Outdoors! offers an incredible variety of play ideas for different age groups … and parents will have fun doing it… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— Laura Nadvornik | 


Films, concerts, live events and movie theater under the stars: the Netzhaut Ton Film Festival Wiener Neustadt takes place in the Bürgermeistergarten in front of the Museum St. Peter at the Sperr and in the movie theater in the Stadttheater Wiener Neustadt from August 27th to 30th, 2020. International films are shown in the three program series Fiction, Documentary and Newcomer Film. In the presence of the filmmakers, the selection is dedicated to this year’s focus on Truth and Reality… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— CIN CIN | 

30+ Best Watercolor Photoshop Actions

Whether you’re designing a unique website background, a poster, sketch, or creating an artistic photo composition, using a watercolor Photoshop action can make your design stand out from the crowd. A watercolor effect it’s not an easy effect to master when created from scratch. It takes a lot of work, time, and skill to achieve a realistic watercolor effect in Photoshop. The good news is that using a watercolor Photoshop action can help you skip the learning curve and experiment with a watercolor effect… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Roshan Perera | 


For Mail, artist Mungo Thomson (b. 1969, Davis, CA) asked The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles to let their incoming mail accumulate unopened during the run of the 2013 exhibition, Stories for Almost Everyone. Over the course of the show a pile of correspondence and packages grew, forming a temporary archive and timepiece. It is part sculpture, part institutional critique, part clock. The book functions both as an artwork and as an elaborate and exhaustive documentation of the work as realized by the… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— Laura Nadvornik | 

How to Design a Presentation for Screen Viewing

Given how the world is changing, you are probably presenting more commonly on screens in virtual conference or webinar settings. That can impact the design of presentations, and you’ll need to think about what to change to make it work well. There are multiple considerations when designing PowerPoint, Keynote or Google Slides templates for screen viewing versus when you are presenting live. Here, we’ll walk through key considerations to help you make the most of designing presentations for screen… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Carrie Cousins | 

50+ Best Photoshop Actions of 2020

Adobe Photoshop Actions are a great feature of the app, allowing you to create a process or workflow, record how it worked, and then easily repeat the process again for other photographs or design elements. Today we’ve collected some of the best Photoshop actions out there, for photographers and graphic designers alike. They cost just a few dollars but give you an incredibly powerful toolkit to easily repeat complex and intricate processes. What Are Photoshop Actions? Actions is a useful tool… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Roshan Perera | 

Art Text 4: Design 3D Text Effects Without Photoshop

Art Text 4 allows you to create realistic 3D typography graphics without using Photoshop or Illustrator. In this post, we take a closer look at this cool new app. One of the biggest and rising trends in the design world is typography graphics. Instead of using regular fonts, this trend uses unique graphics as a replacement for text titles. Usually, we only see typography graphics in Hollywood movie posters, but the trend is slowly making its way over to brand and marketing designs as well. Now they can… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Roshan Perera | 

Slanted in L.A.: Happening Studio

In a town like L.A. and on a production like Slanted’s, which brings together the material for a magazine, not everything has to work out. Often, the best things happen when they’re not planned, just as they did when we went to this gleaming city in fall 2019. We were happy to meet the luminaries from the local creative scene and we are thrilled to share our inspiring encounters with you. While we were in L.A. we took a look into the activities of Happening Studio which is built on a creative force… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— Laura Nadvornik | 

Get More Done With a Remote Team and Taskade

Almost every team is adjusting to remote work and better workflows. Taskade can provide that boost for your team, whether you work across the hall or halfway around the world. The tool looks like a simple to-do app, so it’s easy to use. But the reality is that Taskade is powered by a tree-structured database that will help you manage workflows into action items. It’s made for collaboration and comes with all the robust features you need to manage day to day activity. Here’s a look at Taskade and how… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Carrie Cousins | 

Visual Coexistence

In Visual Coexistence Ruedi Baur and his research team analyze visual graphics from different cultures and identify their specific principles of depiction. Interdisciplinary and intercultural experience coupled with sophisticated knowledge and skills are required for devising appropriate, differentiated design solutions for the global context. The research was preceded by a comprehensive case study on the coexistence of Chinese and Latin as well as Arabic and Latin writing. The study culminates in an… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— Laura Nadvornik | 

How to Use After Effects Templates

Adobe After Effects is a video-based tool that’s used to add elements to moving pictures and animations. Designers use it to create titles, intros, and transitions between video clips to enhance the production value of animations and video projects. After Effects is one of those tools that’s packed with goodies, including templates that you can use to speed up project workflows. You can create your own templates or find and download them from other sources. Here, we have a guide to using After Effects… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Carrie Cousins | 


Thelo is a type family that emerged from a consideration of the publishing conditions in the digital era. Designed by Tassiana Nuñez Costa between 2014 and 2020, the typeface aims to answer contemporary editorial questions of coherence and legilibility accross medias and reading formats. In order to adapt to different reading contexts, on screen as well as on paper, and to allow for an efficient hierarchization of content, Thelo has three variations of optical sizes (Display, Text, and Micro) that refer… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— Laura Nadvornik | 

20+ Best Lightroom Mobile Presets 2020 (Free & Premium)

Today, we’re bringing you a collection of amazing Lightroom mobile presets to improve your photos like a professional photographer on-the-go. Enhancing and optimizing your selfies and smartphone photos is now much easier thanks to the Lightroom mobile app. The best part is, anyone can use the mobile app for free. The Lightroom mobile app can also be a great starting point for amateur photographers to learn how to edit photos. And for photobloggers to improve your photos with high-quality effects. We… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Roshan Perera | 

Slanted in Rhineland-Palatinate: Gutenberg-Museum Mainz

Our new Slanted Special Issue Rhineland-Palatinate deals with regional design as well as arts and crafts. The German federal state has a long tradition of arts and craftsmanship, supported and kept alive by a strong middle-class as well as strong regional institutions and cultural drivers. In its state capital Mainz, Johannes Gutenberg invented letterpress printing and delivered the first printed Bible in 1456, and probably drank a pint of wine on it. In the Slanted Special Issue Rhineland… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— Clara Weinreich | 

Sketch vs. Figma vs. Adobe XD: Which Design Tool Is Best for Beginners?

There comes a time when every designer needs to decide which design tool they’re going to settle down with for the rest of their career. If you’re in the process of finding your perfect design tool or looking for a replacement, this guide is for you. Sketch app used to hold the throne as one of the most versatile design apps out there. That’s until two new contenders surfaced to challenge the throne—Figma and Adobe XD. Both Figma and Adobe XD apps are not only developed by industry leaders but offer… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Roshan Perera | 

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