40 Awesome Vintage Inspired Designs

40 Awesome Vintage Inspired Designs

This showcase is made up of a great mix of vintage-themed designs that will get you creatively inspired.

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Free Stationery Mock-Up Template (PSD)

Free Stationery Mock-Up Template (PSD)

This free PSD is for mocking up and presenting your stationery designs (letterhead, business card, and envelope). The PSD is well-organized and uses Photoshop smart objects to make your life easier. Make a great impression by using this stationery mock-up template for your graphic designs.

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Find Out How Good Your PSDs Are With PSD Validator

Find Out How Good Your PSDs Are With PSD Validator

This free online tool — PSD Validator — will analyze your Photoshop files for errors. It’ll also tell you how well-structured (or not) your PSD is.

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Beautiful Use of Google Fonts: 30 Inspiring Examples

Beautiful Use of Google Fonts: 30 Inspiring Examples

I’ve put together some great-looking sites that use Google Fonts so you can see how others are using this wonderful service by Google in their designs. Google Fonts is a fantastic free resource that has hundreds of free and open source Web fonts that you can implement in your websites.

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Why Freelancers Should Be Picky

Why Freelancers Should Be Picky

There’s a myth about freelancing that’s dangerous. It’s prevalent among freelancers still new to the industry. It’s the myth that as a freelancer you have to take on any client who comes your way.

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7 Design Websites That Give Back: Designing For a Cause

7 Design Websites That Give Back: Designing For a Cause

As creatives, we often see our work as “for-the-client” or “for-the-company.” We work towards what the client wants, their goals, and their needs. However, sometimes, designers and artists get a chance to also work for causes that touch the lives of thousands, if not millions, of people all over the world. Read on to learn more.

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A Guide to Designing a Portfolio Website

A Guide to Designing a Portfolio Website

For web professionals, having a portfolio website is crucial because it’s one of the key ways of attracting new projects and clients. In this guide, I’ll walk you through the different parts of a portfolio website.

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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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