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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 | 
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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 | 
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Showcase Your Creativity With a Free.Design Domain Name

Highlight your skills and improve your branding with the right domain name. The right.design domain is waiting for you. Some of the biggest names in design, including Adobe, Spotify, and Airbnb already use a.design 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 The.design domain is especially popular among creators and design-based businesses for websites that showcase… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Carrie Cousins | 
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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 | 
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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 | 
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Sco100

„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 | 
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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 | 
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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 | 
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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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Best Free T-Shirt Design Software in 2021

When it comes to designing a shirt, you have two primary options – design it yourself using graphic design tools such as Adobe Illustrator or use software made for the job. The good news is that there are plenty of free t-shirt design software options to consider! There are a growing number of platforms that specialize in t-shirt design and can help you create something that people will want to wear. Some of these tools integrate with a t-shirt sales portal as well, making the process even easier. Here… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Carrie Cousins | 
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40+ Best Free Photoshop Brushes 2021

If you’re a professional designer or an illustrator who use Photoshop for design work you’ll find this collection of free Photoshop brushes quite valuable. With the right set of brushes, you can go beyond your imagination to create unique graphic designs, illustrations, effects, backgrounds, and so much more using Photoshop. Of course, you don’t always have to pay to get the best brushes. We scoured the web to find the best free Photoshop brushes and divided them into a few popular categories. Have a… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Roshan Perera | 
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Teatrip

For this book tea friends from the German-speaking countries waited long: TEATRIP is a fascinating journey by the realm of the center. It points the whole variety out of the Chinese tea culture in breath-robbing pictures and accompanying Stories. – Understand the differences & characteristics of China’s most famous tea cultivation areas. – Learn exciting details about the cultivation, processing and preparation of China’s six major tea varieties: Oolong, white, green, yellow, black, and Pu-Erh… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— Lara Zettl | 
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11 Tips for Creating a Usable Website Contact Page

Peek at the analytics. Chances are that your contact page is among the most visited on our website. It’s for good reason. Visitors will seek out a contact page to get additional information about your company or business, find your location, or get in touch. Now the bad news. This is an often-neglected part of the website design. Too many websites don’t take care of the contact page, resulting in missed opportunities and conversions. You can remedy that right now with these tips for creating a… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Carrie Cousins | 
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30+ Best Photoshop Filters + Plugins 2021 (+ How to Use Them)

If you’re looking for unique Photoshop filters to turn your photos into artwork, you’ve come to the right place. In this post, we feature a collection of the best Photoshop filters and plugins you can use to add various effects to photos. There are many benefits to using Photoshop filters. They are quite useful in crafting creative graphic designs such as posters, flyers, logos, and much more. While Photoshop itself comes with a set of default filters they don’t offer much value. Thankfully there are… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Roshan Perera | 
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Winter Workshops 2021—Basel School of Design

Graphic design uses visual compositions to solve problems and communicate ideas through typography, imagery, color, and form. It is an evermore exchange of visual design tools—and most importantly—of knowledge. Though there’s no delimitation, each type of graphic design requires specific set of skills and design techniques, whether if you want to specialize yourself and go deep into one discipline or focus on a set of related, similar types. But because the industry is constantly changing, designers must… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— Lara Zettl | 

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