Usability and What it Means to the Rest of Us

Usability and What it Means to the Rest of Us

Usability is a diverse topic with many ideas flowing in from experts and developers all towards improving a site or an app’s usability. Indeed, the topic of usability marks a turning point in web design and development that we should all be excited about.

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20 Beautifully Designed iPhone Apps

20 Beautifully Designed iPhone Apps

Only a few years ago, we lived in a world where the notion of smartphone apps was an afterthought to most smartphone buyers. Somewhere along the way, that all changed. Now, apps dictate how we use our devices and, to some extent, how we interact with the world around us.

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Winners of Depositphotos Subscriptions

Winners of Depositphotos Subscriptions

We recently hosted a giveaway of 3 subscriptions to Depositphotos, a site that features royalty-free stock photos, illustrations, vector art and more. In this post, we’ll tell you who the winners of Depositphotos subscriptions are. The winners will be able to download up to 5 images per day for 30 days on the Depositphotos site.

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Giveaway: 3 Subscriptions to Depositphotos

Giveaway: 3 Subscriptions to Depositphotos

Design Instruct has teamed up with Depositphotos, a site where you can download premium royalty-free stock photos, illustrations and vector art, to give away 3 subscriptions that will allow the winners to download up to 5 images per day for 30 days (or up to 150 images). Read on to see how you can win one of these subscriptions.

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Winner of a 1-Year Subscription to Shopify

Winner of a 1-Year Subscription to Shopify

We recently ran a giveaway of a 1-year subscription to the Unlimited plan of Shopify (the popular hosted e-commerce solution). In this post, we’ll let you know which Design Instruct reader won the subscription–a prize worth $2,148. Read on to see if you won!

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Turning Distraction into Inspiration

Turning Distraction into Inspiration

We all get distracted sometimes. Indeed, there’s always something that can grab our attention and derail even the best laid plans. There’s no point in fighting it. Instead, try using distractions to your advantage by incorporating them into the way you designs.

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20 Visually Striking Compositions from the Design Instruct Flickr Pool

20 Visually Striking Compositions from the Design Instruct Flickr Pool

We’ve had a Flickr group for quite some time now. We’ll usually go there to see if anything catches our eye and something usually does. It’s a great place to find some true gems. In fact, at least a couple of your favorite Design Instruct contributors works were spotted in the Flickr pool and that how we asked them to write for all of you!

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Giveaway: 1-Year Subscription to Shopify

Giveaway: 1-Year Subscription to Shopify

Design Instruct has teamed up with Shopify — which is an easy-to-use, hosted e-commerce software — to give away a 1-year subscription to their Unlimited plan (worth $2,148). One lucky Design Instruct participant will be awarded this awesome prize. Read on to see how you can easily join this giveaway!

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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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