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.
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.
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.
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!
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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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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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!
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.
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.
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.