Carrie Cousins

Carrie Cousins

Designer. Writer. Editor.

Freelance designer, writer and editor. My day job is in communications and content marketing.

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Essential design trends, March 2017 | Webdesigner Depot

Here’s the point of emphasis…

That’s the theme this month. This collection of trends focuses on adding emphasis to the design with specific detailing from italics to split screens to stark, minimalist backgrounds paired with a trick or two.

Musicforprogramming article

What's new for designers, January 2017 | Webdesigner Depot

New design tools are like new toys. You are probably always looking for elements to make your life easier. Here we have them. From new releases to updated documentation to open source code from Kickstarter to a few funky typefaces, this roundup is packed with design goodies.

Grid article

8 simple steps to better icon design | Webdesigner Depot

Icons are everywhere. From app icons on home screens to graphic representations that lead users through a design, icon design is a big deal.

There’s a fine art to good icon design. Not only does the element have to render recognizably at the smallest of sizes, good vector-based icons can be scaled to use in oversized proportions as well. Some designers are even using icon-style images for dominant visuals.

Vinyl lab article

8 reasons 80s flair will rule design in 2017 | Webdesigner Depot

Trends come and go in waves. The latest wave when it comes to web design is totally 1980s.

From bright color to flat design and plenty of gnarly geometry, lots of designs feature these looks. For many designers, the 80s are a flashback to their youth, and this trend has everyone totally amped. Here’s why 80s style is the bomb, and a few ways to help you use the trend like a total boss. (And no more 80s lingo puns … we promise!)

Internetum article

Essential design trends, February 2017 | Webdesigner Depot

An interesting visual presence above the scroll is the first impression a user gets of a website. Whether that user continues to click can depend on a number of things, including imagery, readability and overall interest in the content.

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What's new for designers, February 2017 | Webdesigner Depot

Everywhere you look there are new releases, and new tools popping up, but how do you know which elements are worth your time? In our monthly roundup we present the latest resources that you’ll want to add to your toolbox.

80s design article

Designing With an 80s Trend: Memphis Design 101 | Design Shack

Every trend eventually makes a comeback. Sometimes that even applies to trends that are more difficult to understand.

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How to Design With Pantone’s Color of the Year

Drumroll, please. It’s the design geek Grammy’s. Pantone recently named its color of the year – 15-0343, more commonly known as Greenery.

2017 web design trends article

7 Web Design Trends to Watch Out for in 2017 | Design Shack

This is the time of year where everyone starts to think “new.” New year. New resolutions. New design trends.

Background trends article

5 Modern Website Background Ideas for 2017 | Design Shack

White, stark backgrounds are so 2016. It’s time to give your website a quick refresh with a new, more modern background treatment.

Effective icon design article

How to Choose Effective and Attractive Icons in Your Designs ...

Designing icons can be a lot of fun. But once you have a good set, what do you do with them?

Break the grid article

How to Break the Grid Without Making a Mess | Design Shack

A grid is the foundation of almost any website design. These invisible lines help create rhythmic space and visual flow, so each project carries a sense of organization and harmony.

Flex creative muscles article

Flex Your Design Muscles With These 10 Creative Exercises ...

Are you already over all those New Year’s resolutions? Now that we are a little further into the year, it’s time to pause and refresh in a way that will last longer than a fad diet or 30-day gym membership. You need to flex your creative muscles.

Simple design article

7 Rules for Creating a Simple Design | Design Shack

Keep it simple, stupid. This concept dates to 1960 when the U.S. Navy implemented the KISS principle, which maintains that most systems work best if they are simple, rather than complicated. The same is true of pretty much any design project as well.

Design ethics article

What Are Design Ethics? (And Why Are They Important?) | Design ...

Are you an ethical designer? Is that something you even think about when taking on projects? Design ethics come in many forms – from how you choose projects, to how you work with clients, to copyrights and legal protection.