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.
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.
This free texture pack contains 7 unique mixed grunge textures that can be used in a variety of situations. These textures are perfect when you need to add some grit and grime to your designs, but can also come in handy to add more subtle texture using Photoshop’s different blend modes. This freebie is brought to you by Design Panoply.
Ultra light or “hairline” fonts lend your designs a very delicate and luxurious feel. However, since these types of fonts usually have very small line weights, most of them are only useful in display sizes. The free fonts featured here all are very thin and light weight and we’re sure you’ll find amazing uses for them!
Today, we have a really great freebie for you guys! It’s springtime and for some reason, springtime always reminds me of watercolors so I decided to make these high resolution textures for you to use in your various design endeavors. Check them out. Enjoy!
Gray is such a versatile color. Lighter shades of gray can be used to make a web design look elegant, clean and professional. Darker shades of gray can make a web design look bold and edgy. In this showcase, you’ll see 30 beautiful websites that use gray as a principle color.
Most of the time, creativity is a hard fire to get started. Then there are the times when it’s like trying to light a wet match; when getting started or getting unstuck on a project is just next to impossible. You’ve sat down, you know what needs to get done, but your mind is just blank or filled with useless ideas. We’ve all been there.
In this giveaway, we’re giving away five sets of 250 die-cut business cards with free shipping from UPrinting, a top-notch company that provides online printing services. Read on to see how you can be one of the five lucky winners!
We love illustrators here at Design Instruct! We love seeing their ideas come to life on paper and it inspires us to no end. It’s like witnessing the artist’s imagination at work. For this showcase, we’ve collected some really interesting pieces for you to feast your eyes on. Enjoy.
We’ve got a really interesting freebie texture pack for you guys! This texture pack contains 12 very high-resolution textures found under some tile work. Check them out. We think you’ll just love these! Enjoy.
In this tutorial, I’ll lead you through the process of creating a detailed stereo receiver from scratch using Photoshop’s vector-drawing capabilities. We’ll use fundamental Photoshop tools and techniques such as shapes, layer styles and filters (just to name a few). So fire up Photoshop and let’s get started!
There are a lot of rules when it comes to design and the creative arts. In fact, one can even argue that design is built on well-tread techniques and methods that achieve results time and time again. Colors are chosen with purpose, layouts are composed based on grids and other rational means, and techniques are employed based on how effective they will be in a design. So then why does it seem that these rules are always being bent, sometimes even broken completely, and to great effect?