Carrie Cousins

Carrie Cousins

Designer. Writer. Editor.

Designer. Writer. Editor.

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5 Trends That Are Going Strong and What to Look for in 2017

How trendy is your website design? Does your interface include some of the most visual and user-friendly tools of the year?

It’s not too late to jump on some of the hottest design trends of 2016. (Most of these concepts are rather timeless and will carry into next year.) Here, we’re going to take a look at five trends that have been going strong all year and look ahead to a few things that will likely shape the 2017 design landscape.

How to Increase Sales with Gift Cards

Looking for a better way to connect with customers on your website? Try gift cards.

Pair Colors Like a Pro in Your Next Project: Tips and Examples

One of the most important decisions you will make in a design project is picking a color palette. Website color choices give users a lot of information about your content and can set the tone for an entire project. The best color palettes are engaging, create a sense of balanced harmony and are an extension of the message you are trying to convey.

The Ambassador or Roanoke Running: Life Outside magazine

Marion Childress doesn’t want to talk about things like having run all seven Blue Ridge marathons, about being north of cancer, or about a nationally distributed video about him coming this fall. No, he wants to talk about how your running is going.

Micro content 1 article

How to Design Killer Micro-Content | Design Shack

The smallest parts of a design project can be the most important. It’s something we all know conceptually, right?

But do you ever get caught just filling in these details at the last minute? Does your micro-content suffer because you are ready to be finished with a project? Don’t let that happen. Plan out micro-content from the start to create better, more usable pieces that will help make the design better than you had hoped.

Invisible article

A Practical Guide To Invisible Design

With examples from Dropbox, Gmail, and more, here's a no-nonsense guide to creating user experiences that are so natural, they feel invisible.

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The Next Web

Why micro-interactions are the secret to great design

It’s likely that you started your day with a micro-interaction. By turning off the alarm on your mobile phone, you engaged with a user interface in a single moment.

You will continue to engage throughout the day in these moments with your digital devices. Each one is a micro-interaction. Each one is probably so small you don’t think about it. And each one works because of that simple fact.

Duotone article

Duotone Color: Tips & Examples for This Vibrant Trend | Design Shack

The next big web design image trend is here, and it’s vibrant, colourful, and beautiful!

Thanks to Spotify, duotone is growing in popularity almost daily. The effect, which uses a pair of colors over a photo is striking, fun and vibrant. It’s also quite trendy, with new sites changing to a duotone format almost daily. Here are a few ways to make the most of this hot design technique.

Space article

How to Create a Design That Lives in Space | Design Shack

When you think of space, the first thing that might come to mind as a designer is “white space.” Today though, we are going to look at outer space and how to design elements that live in the outer realms.

Mobile book article

Mobile UI Design Trends 2015 & 2016

Useful trends deconstructed into tips for everyday design.

Critique article

How to Critique Your Own Work as a Freelance Designer | Design ...

Working alone can come with a lot of perks, but there are some things that always seem easier when you are in a more structured group environment. One of these things is gathering feedback for your work.

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The Next Web

Is adaptive better than responsive design?

If you have been remotely listening to the Web design conversation in the past five years, one phrase keeps coming up – responsive Web design. By now, you are probably designing every one of your site outlines with a responsive framework.

But some of the talk is shifting to adaptive Web design. The conversation has been out there for a little while, but Google and Apple have really helped bring it back to the forefront. Is adaptive a concept we really need to think about when designing for the modern user?

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How Emotion Can Impact Your Website Conversions | Design Shack

Is there a connection between happy, sad, or funny and getting users to complete an action on a website? You bet there is!

Ux delight article

7 Tips for Delighting Users With Great UX | Design Shack

A great user experience starts with the designer. You have to imagine and create something that people will want to touch and engage with, time and time again.

Done article

How Do You Know When Your Design Is Done? | Design Shack

When you are working on a project, the most-often asked question is “when will it be finished?” This question can be an internal one (particularly if you are struggling), or it could come from a client.