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Portfolio Design Trends in 2019

When was the last time you updated your design portfolio? (If you’re like me, it’s probably been a while.) Maintaining a fresh portfolio is a good way to show off your skills to potential clients and can be helpful when looking back on work for annual contest entries. If you’ve fallen behind with your portfolio design, or just need a new portfolio in general, this is a great opportunity to create something using trendy techniques and visuals. A modern portfolio using design trends can make a great… learn more

Design Shack  Carrie Cousins | 
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30+ Best Instagram Post & Story Templates 2019

We’ve handpicked a collection of Instagram post and Story templates with professional designs. You can easily customize these templates to add your own text and images to create a more successful Instagram content strategy. Instagram is one of the best platforms for promoting brands and businesses. But, with millions of posts being added every day, you need to think outside the box to attract your followers’ attention. If you’re tired of using the same old designs to promote your brand and products on… learn more

Design Shack  Roshan Perera | 
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20+ Best After Effects Title Templates

Today we’re bringing you a collection of After Effects title templates featuring stunning visual effects and animations you can use in your own videos. We handpicked these After Effects templates to feature titles of all kinds, including title scenes for YouTube openers, product promotions, social media videos, business videos, trailers, and much more. All of these templates are from Envato Elements, where you can download all of these templates and more than 890,000 other design elements for a… learn more

Design Shack  Roshan Perera | 
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7 Tips for Sending Better Email Newsletters

Email marketing is one of the top ways to communicate with an audience. You can inform users with stories and information, send discounts and coupons to encourage shopping, and help direct traffic back to your website. But not every email newsletter is created equally. My inbox is just as full of poorly designed messages as ones that I’ll actually read. With so much inbox clutter, designing an email that will stand out—and is easy to read—increases your chances of success. (Open rates hover in the teens… learn more

Design Shack  Carrie Cousins | 
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30+ Best Photoshop Brushes of 2019

Today, we’re bringing you a collection of the best Photoshop brushes for creating amazing designs like a pro without having to break the bank. We know for a fact that designers love to collect all kinds of brushes. That’s why we made sure to include a mix of Photoshop brushes in this post that will be useful in creating various types of designs, including everything from drawing to painting, coloring, texturing, shading, and much more. 30 Ink Splatter Photoshop Stamp Brushes This bundle… learn more

Design Shack  Roshan Perera | 
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20+ Best Startup Pitch Deck Templates for PowerPoint

One of the most important aspects of pitching your startup is the presentation. In fact, it’s your pitch deck that’ll do most of the talking during your presentation. These startup pitch deck PowerPoint templates can make all the difference! It goes to say that your startup pitch deck needs to be more than perfect for your presentation to go smoothly. If you’re new to PowerPoint it’s best not to take on the task of designing the pitch deck. But the good news is that you don’t have to hire a designer… learn more

Design Shack  Roshan Perera | 
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9 Tips for Speeding Up Your Website in 2019

It’s not a trick question: is your website fast enough? Page load times can impact everything from how long users stay on your site (or if they see the content), to search rank and overall conversions. Speed matters on two fronts – for desktop and mobile devices – with mobile speed mattering more than ever. Not only does your website have to load fast; it needs to load fast everywhere. So how do you do it? Start by running a Google PageSpeed test to see where your site ranks (you’ll get a few… learn more

Design Shack  Carrie Cousins | 
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Userstack: Detect Browsers and Devices in Real-Time

Behind every good website is a set of powerful data and tools that ensure that you are connecting with users in a way that creates targeted experiences and conversions. One of the best ways that you can ensure these user experiences are the best they can be is to tailor content to the users’ device type. You probably know that already, but do you know how to get that information and use it well? Userstack is an instant, secure user-agent string lookup JSON API that detects any browser, device and… learn more

Design Shack  Carrie Cousins | 
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30+ Best Isometric Mockup Templates

Are you looking for a unique way to present your designs to your clients? Then these isometric mockup templates can give your designs a 3D-like view and stand out from the crowd. Mockups created with an isometric perspective allow you to showcase your website designs, apps, logos, business cards, and more while giving them a 3D visual representation. This is an effective way to avoid showing the same old flat front-and-back views of your design. We’ve picked some of the best isometric mockups you can use… learn more

Design Shack  Roshan Perera | 
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20+ Best Premiere Pro Animated Title Templates

Making a professional-looking title scene for your video often takes a lot of work. When it comes to creating animated titles in Premiere Pro, it could take hours to figure out the right settings and design. These Premiere Pro animated title templates are a life-saver! The opening title scene is arguably the most important part of any video. But this fact puts more responsibility on you to craft the perfect title scene that fits the video, and grabs your viewer’s attention. Thankfully, you don’t have… learn more

Design Shack  Roshan Perera | 
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What Are Dark Patterns? (And Why You Shouldn’t Use Them)

Dark patterns are website interfaces that cause users to interact with a website in a way that isn’t what they intended. They cause users to click through to a page, or even add an extra item to a shopping cart, without intending to. From sneaky clicks to straight-up poor website practices, dark patterns are in more places than you might expect. Today, we’ll look at what dark patterns are, how to identify them and why you shouldn’t use this technique in your website or app projects. If you think a… learn more

Design Shack  Carrie Cousins | 
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30+ Best Line Patterns & Textures

Whether you’re working on a product packaging design, a greeting card, or even a website background, incorporating one of these line patterns and textures can help you achieve a pro result. No need to spend hours of your valuable time searching for beautiful line patterns. We scoured the web to find the best line patterns and textures to help you get a headstart with your design process. This collection includes both free patterns and premium items from Envato Elements (where you get unlimited… learn more

Design Shack  Roshan Perera | 
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10 Professional PowerPoint Templates (And How to Use Them)

Let’s face it, not everyone has the time or energy to design a pixel-perfect PowerPoint slideshow for every presentation they make. This is where professional PowerPoint templates can be a live-saver! Whether you’re in charge of designing a slideshow for the weekly team meeting, or a freelancer pitching to clients, designing unique and attractive PowerPoint presentations for each meeting can be a painful task—even for a pro. Well, let’s change that, shall we? In this post, we’re going to show you a… learn more

Design Shack  Roshan Perera | 
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Brochure Design Software: 3 Options Compared

So, you need to design a brochure? Where do you start? We’re comparing three different pieces of brochure design software to see how they stack up. For web and digital designers creating a printed brochure for the first time, to designers that have been making print pieces for a while, using the right tool can make brochure design a more efficient task. Adobe tools are the common starting place. Today, we’ll compare using InDesign, Illustrator and Adobe Spark (a free offering) for creating a brochure… learn more

Design Shack  Carrie Cousins | 

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