There are people who sketch/doodle in the margins of their notebooks and there are those who illustrate. This collection is about the latter. Below you’ll find some of the most exciting illustrators and artists we’ve come across recently. Discovering the works of amazingly talented people, like those featured in this collection, makes our job at Design Instruct infinitely pleasurable, and we’re glad we get to share that with you.
We all sometimes like to think that designing, or any creative work for that matter, is all about talent, exploring ideas and executing amazing projects; that the most important asset in getting our work done is creativity. The truth, as most of you will probably agree, is a little less glamorous than that.
The application of textures in a web design can give it an interesting new dimension and an added sense of character. It can also impart an organic appearance onto your web design. In this collection, you’ll discover websites that use textures as a key design component.
This high-resolution texture pack comes with an assortment of beautiful surface textures. These textures were found outdoors in the Cleveland area, hence the name of the pack. The images are huge and will tile vertically and horizontally, which allows for many different applications (including 3D work).
Geometric sans-serif fonts are composed using basic geometric shapes, resulting in a tidy and elegant aesthetic. These fonts exhibit modern and clean characteristics, so they’re often used in contemporary design projects. This is a collection of 10 free geometric sans-serif fonts.
Typography is one of the purest manifestations of the craft of the designer: the intersection of meaning, purpose and expression. The beauty (and challenge) of compositions centered on type is that they allow the designer or artist to convey a message through his or her lettering skills, as well as through the words or phrases themselves. Below, you’ll find a collection of some of the most interesting, finest type designs and letter treatments we’ve seen recently.
In this Photoshop tutorial, I am going to show you how to draw a realistic Motorola Xoom, which is an Android-based smart tablet. We will use basic vector-drawing tools in Photoshop, layer styles, tweak its highlights and shadows manually using the Brush Tool, and much more.
Certain aspects of photography lends itself so well to design work that it might make you wonder why it isn’t on the list of must-have design skills. Actually, a lot of art and design schools do include a photography component in their programs, and I can see why: because it helps.
When it comes to business, everyone wants to stand out from the crowd, and your business cards should be no different. One way to get noticed is to create one-off, custom business cards that give you that edge by providing something extra — something beyond what business cards are traditionally used for, which is the conveyance of contact information.
In this Adobe Illustrator tutorial, we’ll create a vector illustration of a high-heeled shoe by tracing a reference photo of it using the Pen Tool. Using reference photos is a popular vector-creation technique. This tutorial should be great practice, even if you’re just a beginner. For the reference image, we’ll use a photo of my high-heel shoe, which I’ve made available for you to download.
Asphalt seems to be the reoccurring adjective when the word "highway" comes to mind. Mundane, processed and catering to high-speed drivers looking for their exits, somehow these pavements buries untold stories of violation incidents, collisions and maybe the grit and tears of runaways and hijackers alike.
Handwriting fonts, being organic, fluid and based on a person’s handwriting, can impart a sense of personality, humanistic connection and realism onto your composition. In this font collection, you’ll find 10 excellent, free handwriting fonts. Add your own suggestions in the comments.