Carrie Cousins

Carrie Cousins

Designer. Writer. Editor.

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

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Brutalism design trend article
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Brutalism: A New Trend in Web Design | Design Shack

Some designs aren’t polished and clean. They are rough, jarring and ragged. Yet they still work and communicate effectively. This class of websites makes up the raw trend called brutalism.

Design options 1 article
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How Many Design Options Should You Show a Client? | Design Shack

You’ve been working on a client project for a little while now. It could be a website design, brochure, or something else altogether — but you’ve spent some time on it. You like the concept. Is that all you need to go back to the client with? Or do you need to create a couple more options for the design review?

There’s a balance of creating enough for a client to choose from, and avoiding work that you know will certainly just get thrown aside. If you know the client well, chances are you can present just one design option. (Seriously!)

Skills clients expect article
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15 Skills Every Design Client Expects You to Have | Design Shack

While every design project is a little bit different, almost every client expects you to be a jack of all trades to some degree. Regardless of the project, designers are often expected to provide a complete solution for clients, even though most of us don’t have all the same skills.

In addition to design, clients may ask for expertise in marketing, code, or illustration. It can be a difficult balance at times. But knowing what clients might expect can help you have a plan for how to deal with specific requests, whether it is offering a referral to someone else or adding a new skill to your portfolio.

Body text size article
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4 Reasons Why Your Body Text Should Be Bigger | Design Shack

The body text on your website is too small. While desktop monitors and phone screens seem to be increasing in size, body font sizes have seemingly shrunk. While their original size is the same, they feel smaller than ever.

Side navigation trend article
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Design Trend: Experimental Navigation Patterns | Design Shack

There’s a trending topic in website design navigation: sidebar menus. More designers are working with vertical side navigation for projects, with a specific location on the left side for many of these website designs.

Color fonts article
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Color Fonts: A Beginner's Guide | Design Shack

So what in the heck is a color font? It’s a term that keeps popping up and is starting to gain traction, although use in large design projects is still in its infancy.

Poly shapes trend article
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Poly Shapes: A New Design Trend We Love | Design Shack

There’s a new favorite shape in design these days – the polygon. These affectionately called “poly shapes” are popping up on websites, posters and in printed projects. And one of the best parts of this versatile trend is that each of these designs is so different.

Anticipatory design article
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What Is Anticipatory Design, and How Do You Use It? | Design Shack

Do you ever get overwhelmed by the number of choices you have to make in a day? It’s a pretty common phenomenon. The same can happen when a user visits a website. Too many choices can fatigue the user and totally overwhelm the senses.

Mental overload article
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Are You Mentally Overwhelming Users? (And How to Stop Doing It ...

The internet is a tangled mess that’s visually overloaded. There’s so much to look at… and read… and comprehend, that it can be difficult to find focus and figure out what is important.

Flat design trend article
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Flat Design: An Evolving Trend | Design Shack

Is the flat design trend finished? We don’t think so. It’s not dead yet. But the trend has evolved to be less stark and more engaging for users.

Designers save time article
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7 Ways to Save Time as a Designer

“If only I had more time!” Do you hear yourself saying this about projects from time to time? (I know I’m guilty.) Time can be one of the biggest obstacles to getting more done as a freelance designer.

80s design article
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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
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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
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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
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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.