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In my previous work life (before I became the Cheapskate you know and tolerate), I was an amateur graphic designer. Mostly newsletter and magazine layouts. Much as I enjoy writing, nothing gave me as much creative satisfaction as that design work. I miss it.
Whether you're a designer yourself or you've never so much as touched a lasso tool, today's deal is all about creativity -- for yourself, for your business, for whatever.
For a limited time, StackSocial has the pay-what-you-want Dream Design Bundle for, well, whatever you want.
Update: If you choose the Beat the Average Price option (now $9.48 and rising) and the price goes up before you complete the checkout process, you'll end up with just the Mini bundle (just two of the nine collections). So either wait until StackSocial has fixed this glitch (I've contacted them and will update the post once they respond), or choose Pay What You Want and enter a price that's at least a buck or two higher.
Update No. 2: I've been assured that anyone who thought they were buying the full bundle and didn't get it can firstname.lastname@example.org for an upgrade.
The bundle consists of nine eclectic collections, each containing some mixture of logos, icons, illustrations, WordPress themes, Adobe add-ons, templates, fonts and so on. It's a ton of stuff, and according to StackSocial, the combined value is $1,684.
To get everything, you simply need to match or beat the average sale price, which is currently a paltry $7.78. You could pay even less, but then you'd get only two of the nine collections.
In fact, consider paying a bit more (by clicking Pay What You Want and entering the amount). A full 10 percent of the proceeds from each sale goes to Project Hope, a charity that "delivers essential medicines and supplies, health expertise and medical training to respond to disaster, prevent disease, promote wellness and save lives around the globe." That's worth supporting, folks.
The only caveat here, if you can call it that, is that some of the artwork (or at least the AI versions of the artwork) requires Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator. However, you should be able to work with most of it in free Photoshop alternatives like GIMP and Paint.net.
There's some really fantastic stuff here, by the way. I especially love the Tom Anders logo graphics and templates (pictured above). For 8 bucks, 10 bucks, 20 bucks, whatever you end up paying, this collection is a steal. Plus: charity!
Bonus deal: Quick! What do you call a big phone that's really awesome? A Fab-let! Thank you, I'm here all week. Not here all week, however, is the unlocked Google Nexus 6 (32GB) for $299.99 shipped, courtesy of Mobilepros (via eBay). Good heavens, that's a lot of smartphone for the money. Maybe too much, even: it has 6-inch screen! Anyway, the last time I shared a Nexus 6 deal (just last month), it was $50 higher. So this may sell out quick.
Bonus deal No. 2: This is a no-judgement zone, meaning if someone likes a particular kind of music, you don't get to make fun of them. With that out of the way, Google Play is offering a pair of albums, "The Very Best of Rick Astley" and "Shakira," absolutely free. You need a Google account with a credit card on file, of course, but otherwise these MP3 albums are bona-fide freebies. (And here you thought maybe I was Rickrolling you. Rickrolling. See what I did there?)
Bonus deal No. 3: New baby? Mazel tov! Now you just need a baby monitor so you're not running to check on the little ankle-biter every 5 minutes. Today only, and while supplies last, Meh has the Motorola MBP27T 2.4GHz video baby monitor for $58, plus $5 for shipping. It's new, not refurbished, and sells elsewhere for at least $100. This uber-fancy system features remote-controlled pan and tilt, night vision and even a touch-less thermometer built into the base unit.