A Simple Process for Creating a Popular Blog

A Simple Process for Creating a Popular Blog

As a web professional, standing out and becoming competitive is getting harder and harder. The reality is that excellent skills — which were a competitive advantage not so long ago — are merely an entry requirement now.

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How to Get Clients to Pay You on Time

How to Get Clients to Pay You on Time

Late payers are the bane of a freelancer’s existence. Creating havoc with your cash flow, late payments for completed projects can cause all sorts of damage to your business’s finances.

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5 Tips For Putting Together an Outstanding Creative Portfolio

5 Tips For Putting Together an Outstanding Creative Portfolio

The portfolio of the creative professional is one of the most important tools for getting you hired. Next to your charming personality, your unflappable work ethic, and relentless pursuit of excellence, your portfolio is the key to getting hired by agencies and clients. Your portfolio shows them what you’re made of, not just what you say you’re made of.

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Giveaway: 500 Plastic Business Cards from Plasticprinters.com (Worth $600)

Giveaway: 500 Plastic Business Cards from Plasticprinters.com (Worth $600)

We’re giving away 500 plastic business cards from Plasticprinters.com to one lucky Design Instruct reader. These cards feature a 4-color printing process on clear and opaque backgrounds allowing for a wide variety of designs. Read on to find out how to win!

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60 Things Every Creative Needs to Know

60 Things Every Creative Needs to Know

If you spend enough time doing something you love, you’ll inevitably gain some perspective on the nature of the work you do. Over the years, through our work on Design Instruct and as freelancers, we’ve come to realize a few things about being a creative. You’ll find them listed below.

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Readers Who Won Online Portfolios on Portfoliobox

Readers Who Won Online Portfolios on Portfoliobox

We just had an excellent giveaway of 5 free Portfoliobox accounts. In this post, we reveal the readers who won the giveaway!

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25 Excellent Websites That Aren’t Afraid to Use Bold Colors

25 Excellent Websites That Aren’t Afraid to Use Bold Colors

If you want to make a strikingly memorable statement, using vibrant colors in your web design can help do the trick. However, it takes some serious design skills, a great vision and a lot of confidence to produce a colorful web design that doesn’t look like an annoyingly ostentatious box of crayons. For your inspiration, check out these excellent examples of websites that use bold, vibrant colors.

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Win a 1-year Subscription to Website Builder Pikock (Worth $470)

Win a 1-year Subscription to Website Builder Pikock (Worth $470)

We’re giving away 1-year subscriptions to Pikock to 5 lucky Design Instruct readers. Each subscription to Pikock comes with storage, a domain name, access to professional themes, and much more. It’s everything you would ever need to get your business or personal website up online.

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50 Beautifully Simple Portfolio Websites For Your Inspiration

50 Beautifully Simple Portfolio Websites For Your Inspiration

There’s a high degree of elegance and sophistication that come with clean and simple portfolio website designs. Also, when your online portfolio is simple and distraction-free, your portfolio pieces become the focal point of your site visitors’ attention. For inspiration and design ideas, have a look at these delightfully simple and beautiful portfolio websites!

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Animated Mini-Worlds of Fun and Whimsy

Animated Mini-Worlds of Fun and Whimsy

Bisous les Copains, when translated, means “Kisses, Friends,” a French term of endearment to one’s friends. It is also the name of Guillaume Kurkdjian’s weekly animated GIF project and that’s exactly what they feel like. Guillaume creates animated mini-worlds populated with various clumsy, funny, charming inhabitants that warm the heart.

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Amazing Doodles Like You’ve Never Seen

Amazing Doodles Like You’ve Never Seen

It all started a year ago for Filipino artist, Kerby Rosanes. From a single doodle idea, he’s managed to create a truly eye-catching body of work that his clients and his fans just can’t get enough of. Big things are in store for this talented illustrator.

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17 Free High-Quality Simple Icon Sets

17 Free High-Quality Simple Icon Sets

Simple, clean-looking icons give you great flexibility because they can be used in a wide variety of ways. If you are looking for plain and simple icons, and the currently popular style of icons which are being called outline icons or line icons, check out this collection I have put together just for you.

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