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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7 Steps to a Flawless Design Review | Webdesigner Depot

The design review can be one of the most stressful milestones in any website project. While feedback is a valuable part of the overall process, sometimes the process of getting there is complicated and unwieldy.

Facilitating a flawless design review takes commitment on the part of the primary designer and team participating in the review. You, the designer, can help establish a set of ground rules and process to help make each design review more valuable for everyone at the table, resulting in a better design project.

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Essential Design Trends, May 2017 | Webdesigner Depot

Making a good first impression is a vital part of website design. The homepage is often the first experience a user has with a business or organization and a striking design can help create interest. This month’s trends all focus on homepage design elements that are just a little bit different than what users are used to seeing.

From a purely aesthetic trend in shallow hero headers and diagonal corner layouts to a user interaction trend in this or that calls to action, there are plenty of interesting ways to draw the attention of users.

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7 Ways to Design at Lightning Speed (and Still Be Good ...

Some of the world’s best designers – and even the best designers where you work – all have something in common: Many of them know how to work at lightning speed. And the work is still good.

While part of this speed work comes with experience, some of it is comes back to solid work habits and great time management. Working quickly and efficiently can be great for helping you make good with the boss, and for freelancers, taking care of tasks quickly can result in the ability to take more jobs (and increase your earning potential).

So how do you get faster without sacrificing quality? Here are seven tips that you can start using today.

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What's New for Designers, June 2017 | Webdesigner Depot

There’s a mix of function and fun in new design and development tools this month. From adding emojis to links, to fonts that wow, to CSS tricks, there’s a little something for everyone in this collection. Plus, almost everything on the list this month is free, except for a couple typefaces and tools. They’re sure to be useful to designers and developers, from beginners to experts.

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What's New for Designers, May 2017 | Webdesigner Depot

This month’s collection of new tools has a theme – they are mostly time-savers. Many of these elements are small in weight but big in helpful nature. Almost everything on the list this month is free, with the exception of a few more premium typefaces. They’re sure to be useful to designers and developers, from beginners to experts.

If we’ve missed something that you think should have been on the list, let us know in the comments. And if you know of a new app or resource that should be featured next month, tweet it to @carriecousins to be considered!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!)

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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.

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The best free WordPress themes for November 2013

WordPress, one of the most popular blogging and website platforms in the world, accounts for thousands of new blogs and...

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The best free WordPress themes, February 2014

WordPress is still a hot technology in 2014, and the CMS of choice for the majority of web designers continues to go from strength to strength. There are some...

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Our favorite free WordPress themes, October 2013

There are more than 71 million WordPress sites on the internet and new sites are going live every single day....

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The best free WordPress themes, December 2013

With the holiday season in full swing, you would almost expect a plethora of holiday themes to saturate the market. But that's not the case at all. Designers r...