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8 Trends for Pairing Fonts in 2021

Trends in typography seem to evolve more quickly than many other design trends. For a long time, website designers stuck to font palettes packed with sans serif typefaces. But that feels like ancient history now! Today’s range and variety of web fonts make for much more interesting design possibilities, font pairings, and visual themes. We’re taking a look at eight trends for pairing fonts with a beautiful example of each, covering a wide range of font families and aesthetics. What is Font… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Carrie Cousins | 
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50+ Best Lightroom Presets for Portraits (Free & Pro) 2021

You don’t have to be a pro photographer or a graphic designer to optimize and enhance your portrait photos. With the right Adobe Lightroom preset for portraits, you can apply stunning effects, all by yourself. In this collection, we feature the best Lightroom presets available for quickly optimizing your portrait photos, selfies, wedding photos, and family photos. Using these Lightroom presets for portraits, you can enhance your photos like a pro by applying effects instantly (and even customize them… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Roshan Perera | 
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Hamburg Alphabet

You walked past this corner shop for years. Its gorgeous neon sign was probably from when the business first started in the 1950s. But one day the shop was gone and the weird little building was empty for a while. And then it got torn down and replaced by architecture, all smooth and shiny—a pity. Signs and facade lettering characterize the cityscape. They advertise, designate, mark, they are visible from afar and serve orientation. Without lettering there is no city, and so a city can also be portrayed… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— Chris Campe | 
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40+ Best Number Fonts for Displaying Numbers

The style of numbers and digits is particularly important in graphic design, and no less so when designing a typeface. Although every font has a unique look-and-feel, very few stand out specifically when it comes to the design of their numbers and digits. After scouring the web, we’ve tracked down a few great examples of number fonts, and typefaces that do something particularly unique with their numbers. Some of these fonts are directed only towards digits, while others are complete packs of alphabets… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Roshan Perera | 
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Icon Design in 2021: The Key Trends

Icons might be one of the most important – and underrated – examples of design in your portfolio. Here’s a look at icon design with some inspiring examples. Icon elements are shown almost everywhere, but sometimes get produced as an afterthought. That shouldn’t be the case. Great icon design can be distinctive and add finesse and flair to a project. Let’s take a look at what’s new, and what’s hot in icon design in 2021! Hand Drawn Icons Hand drawn icons are not only a trendy style… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Carrie Cousins | 
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20+ Best iOS App Templates (IPhone & Mobile Design Templates) 2021

Today we’re bringing you a collection of the best iOS app templates with modern and creative designs to help you find complete pre-built app solutions for your projects. Whether you’re working on iOS app design for a startup, eCommerce store, website, or even making your own app to sell on the App Store, you’ll find plenty of fully coded app designs and concepts in this collection. The best part is you can download and use each template on this list to quickly get started on your app designs. Some… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Roshan Perera | 
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Slanted in L.A.: CalArts and Michael Worthington

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. Michael Worthington teaches in the Graphic Design Program at the California Institute of the Arts, and was Co… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— Lara Zettl | 
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7 Tips to Manage Scope Creep in Design Projects

It might be the worst thing to happen to a design budget. Scope creep can bash timelines and obliterate budgets. The best way to avoid this chaos is to beware of the causes of scope creep so that you can better manage projects. But we all know that things are bound to go off the rails at some point, and we have some advice for how to manage those scope creep issues when they do happen. Top Causes of Scope Creep The best way to manage scope creep in design projects is to avoid it… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Carrie Cousins | 
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25+ Best Free Adobe Illustrator Brushes 2021

If you’re looking for new and creative Illustrator brushes to expand your collection, you’ve come to the right place. In this post, we’re sharing a collection of handpicked and free Adobe Illustrator brushes in various categories. Whether you’re an artist working on a new drawing or a designer enhancing a digital design, this list has all sorts of Illustrator brushes for everyone. Keep scrolling to explore the collection and be sure to download all the brushes. After all, they are free! We’ve also… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Roshan Perera | 
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TYPEONE Magazine—Issue 01

2020 has been a crazy year. But, thanks to all the amazing talent of the design community, it has also been visually breathtaking. From the influx in experimental serifs to the development of stunning new type systems, a tonne of incredible, unique branding and identity projects to fun lockdown experiments, designers, and creatives from all over the world presented their talent, visions, and their dreams. Finally, also the universe of publications is delighted with another gem— TYPEONE Magazine—Issue 01… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— info@femme-type.com | 
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50+ Best Condensed & Narrow Fonts of 2021

Contrary to popular belief, condensed and narrow fonts don’t make your text cramped or crowded. You just have to know the appropriate time and place to use the font. Condensed fonts are widely used these days for headlines and portraying bold messages, and when deployed in the right place, they can give stunning impact! It takes a lot of testing and experimenting to find the perfect font for a design, but our tips for choosing and working with condensed and narrow fonts will help get you off to a great… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Roshan Perera | 
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8 Best Code Editors for Designers in 2021 (Free & Premium)

Having at least a basic understanding of coding is an important skill that every designer should have. Knowing your way around website design, HTML, and CSS will help you stand out among other designers. Even if you’re a graphic designer working on print designs, you’ll never know if or when you’ll land a high-paying job to design a website or even parts of a website. Having some front-end design skills will definitely help advance your career as well. The process of learning front-end design and… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Roshan Perera | 
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Get Online Fast With the Duda Website Builder

Get ready to create a website in half the time it takes to build a WordPress site. Seriously! The Duda website builder is a professional-level tool that can help you get online fast, with all the performance and search engine optimization capability you need. Here’s a look at Duda and everything the web design platform offers, including the key features, pricing, and more. What is Duda? Duda is a super-fast website builder. The platform is optimized for speed for every step along the… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Carrie Cousins | 
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Little People, BIG DREAMS

Had enough of fictional stories about firefighters, dinos, pink pigs and princesses? Instead, real stories from real life that give children courage and at the same time convey sometimes complex situations in a simple and child-friendly way? Then the children’s book series Little People, BIG DREAMS from Insel Verlag is just the thing, now translated from Spanish and English for the first time and thus also made accessible to a German-speaking audience. Each book tells of an impressive life story of… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— Julia Kahl | 
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25+ Best Geometric Fonts 2021 (Free & Premium)

There are many different types of fonts out there. One that stands out the most is geometric fonts. They are the fonts you look for when you want to create text with precision. Geometric fonts have letter designs crafted to perfection. Featuring accurate designs that consist of shapes and lines made with proper measurement. They are a perfect example of professional fonts with creative designs. If you’re wondering what a geometric font looks like, you don’t have to look far. In this post, we cover some… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Roshan Perera | 

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