20 Beautifully Surreal Underwater Photos

20 Beautifully Surreal Underwater Photos

When one thinks of underwater photography, images of fish and corals and scuba gear tend to populate the mind. Ilse Moore’s work, however, takes underwater photography in an entirely different direction. Her fine art work is taking photography to new heights (or in this case, new depths).

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13 Best Responsive CSS Grid Systems for Your Web Designs

13 Best Responsive CSS Grid Systems for Your Web Designs

When it comes to CSS grid systems there’s a lot to choose from. Here are my top picks for open source, free CSS responsive grid systems. These CSS grid systems will help you create beautifully responsive site layouts quickly. There’s a comparison table of at the end of this post.

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Giveaway: Free Hitcase Pro Cases for iPhone 5

Giveaway: Free Hitcase Pro Cases for iPhone 5

We’ve partnered up with Clashot — a new photo sharing/publishing mobile app — to give away 3 Hitcase Pro iPhone cases to you, the venerable Design Instruct readers. Read on to see how you can win one of these cases.

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10 Design Instruct Readers Who’ve Flame Painter Licenses

10 Design Instruct Readers Who’ve Flame Painter Licenses

We just ended another excellent giveaway here on Design Instruct. We were giving out 10 personal licenses to the excellent and unique painting application,Flame Painter. In this post, I get the honor of telling everyone the winners of our most recent giveaway. Read on to find out if you’re one of them!

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7 Signs You’re Meant to be a Designer

7 Signs You’re Meant to be a Designer

Designers have certain traits that those who choose a different profession don’t have, or aren’t motivated to acquire or learn. I’d like to share to you traits that I’ve repeatedly seen in designers from all over the world.

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10 Best Responsive HTML5 Frameworks

10 Best Responsive HTML5 Frameworks

This is a review of 10 open source responsive HTML5 frameworks, boilerplates and tools for front-end web development (HTML, CSS, and JavaScript). I’ve included tutorials and resources related to each of them, and a comparison table at the end.

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8 Free Distinctively Distressed High-Res Wall Textures

8 Free Distinctively Distressed High-Res Wall Textures

Here, we have some really interesting distressed wall textures to give to you for free. They’re perfectly weathered, and they have been baking under the tropical sun for quite a while. We hope you enjoy these textures and find them useful in your personal and commercial projects. All these texture files are huge at 3,000px-wide, and are set a high resolution.

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Winner of Free Bluehost Web Hosting for 3 Years

Winner of Free Bluehost Web Hosting for 3 Years

We recently ran a giveaway for a free web hosting account on Bluehost lasting for 3 years. Bluehost is one of the most popular and (in my personal opinion) one of the best shared web hosting providers out there. Please read this post to find out who the winner is.

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Odd Facial Expressions Sketched with Ballpoint Pens

Odd Facial Expressions Sketched with Ballpoint Pens

Magical things can happen when you take everyday office items and you apply a healthy dose of imagination and skill. Just ask David Perez who creates hyper-expressive portraits using only ballpoint pens.

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10 Best Websites for Downloading Free PSD Files

10 Best Websites for Downloading Free PSD Files

You’ll discover an abundance of free Photoshop PSDs available on the Web; you just have to look at the right places. PSDs can speed up your design process, and are great sources for learning new Photoshop techniques by studying other people’s work. In this post you’ll read about my top 10 favorite websites for finding free PSDs.

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Giveaway: 10 Free Licenses to Flame Painter 2.0

Giveaway: 10 Free Licenses to Flame Painter 2.0

We’re giving out 10 free Personal licenses to the most recent version of Flame Painter — an innovative painting software application that lets you quickly create beautiful paintings and artwork. The software developers just released version 2.0 last month. This is your chance to get your hands on the most recent iteration (which is version 2.0.5 at the moment) on this wonderful app. Each license is worth $29.99 — read on to see how you can win one for free.

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What Is Responsive Web Design?

What Is Responsive Web Design?

For the first time in more than ten years, PC sales are expected to see a significant decrease from the prior year. In a new age where tablets and smartphones are performing the same duties as our PCs and Macs, we’re seeing the face of the Internet change. Predictions show that, by 2014, mobile will be the dominant form of web browsing. The Web has responded. The answer? Responsive Web Design.

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