30 Excellent Textured Website Designs for Inspiration

30 Excellent Textured Website Designs for Inspiration

Applying textures in your design can be an effective way to give it an added bit of intricacy and detail. If you’re thinking of using textures in your website layouts, we hope that these beautiful examples of textured web designs will inspire you.

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How to Effectively Manage Your Time

How to Effectively Manage Your Time

Going from a mid-sized company using SLDC, RAD, and the hybrid of other software development methodologies to a one-man shop was extremely difficult, to say the least. One would think that having the flexibility and autonomy of being an entrepreneur would prove otherwise. These advantages, ironically, were the root of my problems in getting my design projects done on time; I lacked the skills to manage my own projects by having too many options.

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Typography Inspiration Showcase: April 2012

Typography Inspiration Showcase: April 2012

For this month’s typography showcase, we chose some bold designs to get those creative juices flowing! There are a lot of fresh ideas and new perspectives displayed by the artists chosen this month. Check them out and see if it doesn’t ignite a few creative sparks.

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Custom Wallpaper: Yukari Terakado

Custom Wallpaper: Yukari Terakado

Today, we have a wonderful freebie download made by an amazing illustrator, Yukari Terakado. One look at Yukari’s illustrations and you’ll see the reason we asked her to make us a freebie download we can share with all of you. Enjoy!

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You, The Ideal Creative

You, The Ideal Creative

We all have ideal versions of ourselves. It’s the person in your mind who has become all that we’ve wanted to be, has achieved all that we wanted to achieve, and producing the kind of work we’ve always wanted to produce. Unfortunately, it’s never as simple as that. We are never the perfect versions of the people we envision ourselves to be but that doesn’t mean we have to stop trying.

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Artist Discovery Series: Vector Illustration

Artist Discovery Series: Vector Illustration

For this first installment of Design Instruct’s Artist Discovery Series, we’ll shine the spotlight on some very talented illustrators who work with vector illustration programs such as Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape.

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Sketchbook Treasures from the Twitter Feed

Sketchbook Treasures from the Twitter Feed

Last weekend, we called upon you, the readers, to Tweet or submit some sketches that you found in your old sketchbooks and notepads. This is what we’ve gotten so far.

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Giveaway Winner: 2 Banners and 1 Landing Page Design from RightBanners

Giveaway Winner: 2 Banners and 1 Landing Page Design from RightBanners

We recently ran a giveaway of 2 banners and 1 landing page design with HTML/CSS from RightBanners, a trusted online service that provides top-notch web banner and landing page designs. We had many Design Instruct readers who participated in the giveaway, and in this post, we announce the lucky winner.

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Giveaway Winners: PSD to HTML Conversion Services from PSDgator

Giveaway Winners: PSD to HTML Conversion Services from PSDgator

We recently ran a giveaway of PSD to HTML conversion services from PSDgator, a premier web development company who specializes in HTML/CSS and WordPress coding services. We had many Design Instruct readers participate in the giveaway, and in this post, we reveal the lucky winners.

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Create Metal Text Effect Using Photoshop Actions

Create Metal Text Effect Using Photoshop Actions

What if you could create a great looking metal text effect quickly and repeat the process even quicker? Well, with the magic of Photoshop Actions we can recreate a metal effect using a logo or text in just moments with the push of a button. In this tutorial, we are going to add a metal effect to our text while recording the commands with Photoshop Actions. When we’re done, you can recreate the metal effect by simply pressing ‘Play’ in the Actions panel.

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Destroying Old Ideas to Make Room for New Ones

Destroying Old Ideas to Make Room for New Ones

In a moment of introspection over the weekend, I came to a rather stark realization about the lengths we go through to keep our creations in perpetuity. I examined my views on my own creative efforts and what I do to preserve every bit of control I have over them. Did I like what I saw? The short answer is no.

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Weekend Project: Sketchbook Treasures

Weekend Project: Sketchbook Treasures

The weekend, for most people, is a time to relax, unwind, and do things that aren’t necessarily convenient to do during the workweek. For us, at Design Instruct, the weekends offer an opportunity to have a little more fun than usual.

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