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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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.

Pantone greenery 1024x683 article

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.

Ux mistakes article

7 Common UX Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Content | Design Shack

A successful project is a combination of good design, killer content and a little bit of luck. Too often a design is derailed by simple UX mistakes that ruin the content and muddle the intended actions of the interface.

One tap microinteractions article

How to Design One-Tap Microinteractions | Design Shack

Microinteractions are the “secret sauce” that make apps and websites shine for users. These tiny details make it easy to set an alarm, press a button or simply better understand how to work with a digital product.

Infographic design article

Designing an Infographic? 5 Elements You Must Include | Design ...

Designing an infographic is just like designing a website. It starts with a concept, goals and even a wireframe.

Contrast tips article

Tips for Using Contrast to Enhance Readability

Good design is readable design. Without a clear message, displayed in an easy-to-digest way, it’s easy to lose the meaning of any piece of design work. That’s why it’s so crucial that any design must be easy to read.

Customise cv resume template article

How to Customize a Resume or CV Template

You only get one chance to make a first impression. When you apply for a job, that first impression is often in the form of a resume or CV. The document is a potential employer’s glimpse into your career, and can determine whether you become a viable candidate or not!

Simple design 1 article

10 Ways to Simplify Your Design

It’s no secret that simple is often better when it comes to website design. An interface that’s simple to understand and just as simple to use is more likely to turn visitors into active users that will return to your site later.