30 Beautiful Dark Websites for Inspiration

30 Beautiful Dark Websites for Inspiration

Websites with a dark color palette appear alluring, elegant, and strong. They’re also a rare breed of websites at the moment because the flat UI style and clean, simple website designs are currently the popular themes in the industry right now. Here are some gorgeous and inspiring dark websites to check out.

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9 Simple Productivity Tips for Freelance Designers

9 Simple Productivity Tips for Freelance Designers

You probably know already that it can be hard to get things done and still have a balanced life when you’re a freelance designer. On one hand, if you work too little, you won’t be able to make ends meet. On the other hand, you’re also worried that if you work too much, you’ll miss out on your life.

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Giveaway: Flat UI PSD Kit for Designers

Giveaway: Flat UI PSD Kit for Designers

The flat UI design style is rapidly positioning itself as one of this year’s hottest subjects in the web design community. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Designmodo to give out 5 personal licenses to their Flat UI PSD that’s aimed at designers and are worth $39 each. Want to win one? Then read on!

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5 Free jQuery Slider Plugins for Responsive Web Designs

5 Free jQuery Slider Plugins for Responsive Web Designs

Responsive web design is the concept of designing a website’s layout so that it adapts to the screen size of the user — making the user’s experience on your site optimal for whatever device they’re using. There are many free jQuery slider plugins that integrate well with responsive web designs — you’ll find a handful of them in this post.

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30 Beautiful Illustrations Featuring Skulls and Skeletons

30 Beautiful Illustrations Featuring Skulls and Skeletons

For this inspiration collection, we came upon somewhat of a trend: Skulls and skeletons. It seems that skull and skeleton motifs are all the rage with you artists out there, so we’ve collected a few really great examples from some immensely talented folks to showcase and inspire. As most of you know, we’re always looking for great artists doing great things — it’s one of the most favorite tasks we have as editors of Design Instruct! Please don’t forget to visit the portfolios of the artists featured here to support their work.

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How to Make Translucent 3D Text

How to Make Translucent 3D Text

In this step-by-step tutorial, I’ll show you my technique for creating text that has a semi-transparent, three-dimensional appearance. We’ll use Illustrator and Photoshop to achieve our desired results.

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The Distinctive Watercolor Designs of Karen Kurycki

The Distinctive Watercolor Designs of Karen Kurycki

Karen Kurycki, a designer and illustrator based in Florida, has an interesting style of work: She infuses her graphic designs with watercolor. In this feature article, we put a well-deserved spotlight on this skillful artist’s work.

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6 Must-Read Blogs for Logo Designers

6 Must-Read Blogs for Logo Designers

One great thing about the Web is the abundance of freely accessible content that will help you keep informed about your profession. If you’re interested in logo design, check out the excellent logo design blogs featured in this article. Blogs are a great way to find design inspiration regularly, learn new tips and tricks, and keep up with your industry’s news and happenings.

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The Problem with RFPs is That They’re Like Dating Sites

The Problem with RFPs is That They’re Like Dating Sites

I used to have a profile on Match.com. I met a lot of nice people though online dating. But ultimately, it never work out for me. I found that online dating was a limiting and awkward way to start a relationship. Requests for proposals (RFPs) are just as bad.

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5 Free High-Resolution Wood Textures

5 Free High-Resolution Wood Textures

This free pack of wood textures can be used in your design and digital art projects. The textures are each sized at 1356x2048px, which gives you the chance to use them in a big variety of ways. I shot these textures using a Nikon D700 DSLR camera to ensure high-resolution results for you. Enjoy!

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Have Fun with Photoshop: 10 Amusing Tutorials to Try

Have Fun with Photoshop: 10 Amusing Tutorials to Try

Though Photoshop is a serious and powerful industry-standard graphics editor used by creative professionals throughout the world, sometimes you just want to have a bit of fun with your photos. If you’d like to learn how to apply surreal effects to your own photos to impress your friends on Facebook and Instagram, read these Photoshop tutorials.

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6 Free Wall Textures for Your Designs

6 Free Wall Textures for Your Designs

This wonderful texture pack contains an assorted combination of 6 free wall textures that you can use in website backgrounds, poster designs, text effects, and more. The textures are huge (as much as 3500x2300px) and are shot in high resolution for excellent results. I hope you enjoy these free textures and are able to use them in your design projects!

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