30 Beautiful Designs with Monochromatic Color Palettes

30 Beautiful Designs with Monochromatic Color Palettes

When people mention monochrome, it’s sometimes easy to think in just black and white or – more appropriately – “grayscale.” Monochrome can actually also mean the use of various shades and tones of one color. In this collection, we’ve compiled some very interesting use of monochrome color palettes in webdesign. You’ll notice that the designs are usually clean and has a quality of cohesiveness because of the way that the colors are used.

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Why Having a Strong Point of View in Your Work is Important

Why Having a Strong Point of View in Your Work is Important

Recently, I had been thinking about the direction I wanted to take with my work as a photographer. Photography is my main creative outlet and it’s the medium in which I get to play around the most. However, as passionate as I think am about photography, I know I have a long way to go in terms of doing the work I really want to do with it.

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Typography: Common Myths and Mistakes

Typography: Common Myths and Mistakes

As graphic or web designers we work with typography all the time, and even if we don’t all call ourselves typographers, setting type in one form or another is unavoidable. It’s a very large part of our job. And for hundreds of years it was our job alone (well, technically it was the type setter’s job, but bear with me here). Then desktop publishing came along and everything changed.

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Metal: Texture Pack

Metal: Texture Pack

This freebie contains an assortment of 8 free metal textures. The metal textures are high-res and large in size (4252x2835px). You can download and use them free of charge for your commercial and personal works, just please do read the Design Instruct freebies policy (thank you).

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Winners of $99 Worth of Stock Photos on TheAdStock

Winners of $99 Worth of Stock Photos on TheAdStock

We previously ran a giveaway for two 100-point credits — which are worth $99 — on TheAdStock, a site where you can buy stock photography images. In this post, we announce the two lucky winners.

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Your Creative Workspace: A “Clean” Perspective

Your Creative Workspace: A “Clean” Perspective

I was cleaning out my office the other day – as I usually do every 3 or 4 months – and I immediately realized something as I was throwing out the garbage this time around: I enjoyed doing it.

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20 Websites to Get Your Creativity Started

20 Websites to Get Your Creativity Started

Here at Design Instruct, we love great creative work no matter what medium it comes in. However, sometimes it’s best to venture off into other creative realms so that we can gain new insights and fresh perspectives. We believe that in order to do good design work, we have to draw from all aspects of life and let our work be influenced as such. Not only do we rid ourselves of only looking at our own work as merely “work” it also affords us the opportunity to see what we do as it relates to a much larger creative community.

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Vintage Photo Effect in Photoshop

Vintage Photo Effect in Photoshop

This tutorial will show you how to apply a simple vintage photo effect using Photoshop. We’re going to use image adjustments, adjustment layers and layer styles to apply the vintage effect on a regular photo so that we can keep our work easily editable.

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Giveaway: $99 Worth of Stock Photos on TheAdStock

Giveaway: $99 Worth of Stock Photos on TheAdStock

We’ve partnered up with TheAdStock — a recently-launched site providing high quality images/photos — to give two lucky Design Instruct readers 100 points (worth $99) that they can use on TheAdStock. Read on to see how you can win one of these excellent prizes!

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Typography Inspiration: May 2012

Typography Inspiration: May 2012

Today, we’ve compiled some amazing typographic designs done by some very talented artists! We love seeing the new ideas that artists are coming up with and we like it even more when they apply it to words! Check them out. Enjoy!

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Humor in Design

Humor in Design

Humor is a funny thing (puns!). It manifests differently in every person and culture and yet it elicits the same emotional reaction within all of us: laughter and amusement. That is why humor is such an effective tool in communication. Often, we’ll see something clever or funny or “LOL-worthy” and automatically, we have a positive feeling about what we’ve just seen which is why humor is used throughout most of the creative arts.

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Winners of UPrinting Die-Cut Business Cards

Winners of UPrinting Die-Cut Business Cards

We recently ran a giveaway of five sets of 250 business cards with free shipping from the awesome folks at UPrinting to be handed out to five lucky Design Instruct participants. Read this post to discover who the winners are.

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