30 Examples of Using the Right Charts for the Right Data

30 Examples of Using the Right Charts for the Right Data

Data visualization makes numbers and statistics easier to comprehend. The key to effective data visualization is presenting data in an intriguing and visually appetizing way. In this showcase, you’ll get to see web app dashboards, mobile app interfaces, infographics, etc. which beautifully use charts the right way. If you’re looking for charting, graphing, and data visualization inspiration, you’re at the right spot.

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Using Photos of People in Web Designs: 30 Inspiring Examples

Using Photos of People in Web Designs: 30 Inspiring Examples

According to a usability study, photos of people effectively attract a site user’s attention. That’s a great thing when it comes to web design. There’s a trend right now of using photos of people as major components of a website’s design. In this showcase, I share to you 30 inspiring examples of websites that masterfully integrate photos of people in their designs.

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Giveaway: Adobe Online Training Videos for a Year

Giveaway: Adobe Online Training Videos for a Year

We’ve partnered up with Train Simple — providers of online technology training on Adobe software and web technologies like HTML5, CSS3, and WordPress — to give 5 annual memberships to you, our beloved Design Instruct readers! Read on to see how you can win one of these memberships (which are worth $99 each)

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Should Designers Join Pinterest?

Should Designers Join Pinterest?

Pinterest exploded out of nowhere, didn’t it? The social media site launched quietly last year and every so often you’d see a friend talking about joining it. Then, suddenly, it felt like everybody and their dog was joining the network! Should you join the bandwagon?

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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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