Font Collection: 10 Stylish Free Stencil Fonts

Font Collection: 10 Stylish Free Stencil Fonts

Stenciled paintings date as far back as prehistoric times. Throughout history, their use has been utilitarian (such as in the labeling of crate shipments and temporary public signage) as well as artistic (in graffiti and street art). This free font collection presents 10 usable free stencil fonts.

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10 Free WordPress Themes for Portfolio Sites

10 Free WordPress Themes for Portfolio Sites

WordPress is a wonderful publishing platform for your portfolio site. There are plenty of free WordPress themes available specifically designed and developed for designers, photographers, and digital artists. In this roundup, you’ll find 10 excellent and (surprisingly) free WordPress themes for portfolio and image gallery websites.

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How Great Design Work is Produced

How Great Design Work is Produced

As chief editor of Design Instruct, I’ve had the opportunity to observe the design community and the talented individuals that comprise it. I won’t claim to know all the great designers or that I’m familiar with all their work, but I do know that there is a vast pool of talent out there from every experience level and every discipline of Design. From illustrators to type designers to CGI artists, there’s no shortage of creative talent out there. Which begs the question: How is great design produced?

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Font Collection: 10 Free Excellent Monospaced Fonts

Font Collection: 10 Free Excellent Monospaced Fonts

Monospaced fonts, which are fonts whose characters have equal horizontal widths, are suitable for programming because they make source code easier to read. However, they’re not a designer’s go-to when picking out typefaces for designs because they’re created with functionality, rather than aesthetic appeal, as a priority. Although, some monospaced fonts do look great, and I hope in this collection you’ll find some that you can use in design projects.

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Letter from the Editor: Happy New Year 2011

Letter from the Editor: Happy New Year 2011

The New Year has dawned. It is now 2011 and we have another 365 days of opportunities ahead of us. However, before we look ahead to what awaits us in this new year, we’d like to look back and reminisce on the events of the past year here on Design Instruct.

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25 Free High-Quality Minimalist Icon Sets

25 Free High-Quality Minimalist Icon Sets

This collection features simple and flexible icon sets that are free for you to download. These icons are suitable for many uses, such as in iOS (i.e. iPhone, iPad) and Android apps, website prototypes and wireframes, e-stores, blogs, and more. There are over 2,000 icons in this icon set collection. Please read the licensing and terms of use of the icons you intend to use.

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Font Collection: 10 Free Bold and Beautiful Script Fonts

Font Collection: 10 Free Bold and Beautiful Script Fonts

Script fonts are designed to mimic the fluidity, capriciousness and irregularities of handwriting, and thus, they appear to have a congenial and organic aesthetic when juxtaposed against the systematic and precise characteristics of, for example, traditional sans-serifs. The free script fonts in this collection are strong, powerful and ready for professional use, and they’re free.

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10 Image Bookmarking Sites for Visual Inspiration

10 Image Bookmarking Sites for Visual Inspiration

Looking at images for visual inspiration can spark your creativity and give you ideas on ways to approach your own designs. Image bookmarking sites — which collect and present images from various places around the Web — are excellent places for creatives searching for visual inspiration. Here are a few image bookmarking sites to check out.

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Font Collection: 10 Free Blackletter Fonts

Font Collection: 10 Free Blackletter Fonts

Blackletter fonts, often also referred to as gothic script fonts, are an old style of fonts that dates back to the 12th century. Today, you can see them digitalized and used in typographic artwork, though it is rare to see them used as display fonts. In this font collection, you will find some lovely and free blackletter fonts.

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Font Collection: 10 Free Humanist Sans Serif Fonts

Font Collection: 10 Free Humanist Sans Serif Fonts

Humanist fonts are a subtype of sans serif fonts that can be described as having a more organic (almost calligraphic) aesthetic, laying down a tiny sprinkling of chaos onto the characteristically systematic sans serif classification. This font collection includes some of the most beautiful free humanist sans serif fonts you can find.

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Scratching the Perfectionist’s Itch

Scratching the Perfectionist’s Itch

Most of you probably know that feeling towards the end of a project — that nagging, incessant "itch" — telling you to change something in your design even though, for all intents and purposes, you’ve accomplished everything that was on the project brief. I like to call that the "perfectionist’s itch." It is one of the most potent killers of creativity known to man — and a feeling I know all too well.

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Font Collection: 10 Free Slab Serif Fonts

Font Collection: 10 Free Slab Serif Fonts

A slab serif is a sub-type of serif fonts that has block-shaped serifs. A popular example of a slab serif font is the Rockwell font family. Slab serifs may also be referred to as mechanistic, square serif or Egyptian. Their strong and sturdy appearance makes them great candidates as headline and display fonts. This collection of fonts presents some excellent and free slab serif fonts.

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