Being Smart with Your Creative Time

Being Smart with Your Creative Time

The creative industry is built on a finite resource: Time. We can talk about the spontaneity of creativity. We can talk about talented individuals. We can celebrate the greatness and the importance of creative work. However, at the end of the day, there’s no denying that creative work is still work with a set of demands and expectations. And most importantly: deadlines and deliverables.

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Giveaway Winners: PowerMockup Licenses

Giveaway Winners: PowerMockup Licenses

We recently ran a giveaway of five "Small Team" licenses, each priced at $119.95 with our friends at PowerMockup. The Microsoft PowerPoint add-in turns PowerPoint into a design tool for sketching wireframe models of websites, web apps and desktop applications. We had a good amount of Design Instruct readers participate in the giveaway, and in this post, we reveal the five lucky winners among them.

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30 Beautiful Dark Web Designs for Inspiration

30 Beautiful Dark Web Designs for Inspiration

Using a dark color palette in a web design can be effective in creating a variety of moods and meanings — edgy, hip, elegant and strong to enumerate a few. Here’s a showcase of beautiful dark websites for your inspiration.

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A Conversation About Creative Portfolios

A Conversation About Creative Portfolios

I recently had a discussion with a friend who’s an interior designer in the process of putting together a new portfolio. While she was telling me about it, and the trials and triumphs she’s come across during the process, I took some mental notes of the points we touched on. I thought I’d share parts of our conversation with all of you.

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Create a Cute Bird’s Nest in Illustrator

Create a Cute Bird’s Nest in Illustrator

In this tutorial, we’ll create a cute bird’s nest with a cracked eggshell inside of it. We’ll start by drawing our artwork with the Pen Tool, bringing it to life with the Gradient Tool, and finishing it up by adding shadows and highlights. We’ll use some often-neglected Illustrator tools and features, such as the set of symbol tools in the Tools panel and working with color groups in the Swatches panel.

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5 Tips on Getting Organized (From Someone Who Hates Organizing)

5 Tips on Getting Organized (From Someone Who Hates Organizing)

The task of getting organized can sometimes be a very daunting prospect to those who don’t think of themselves as organizers. Some people love to have a place for everything, arranged in 90o angles, sorted by color, size, theme and cross-referenced.

Some people don’t.

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Giveaway: 5 PowerMockup Licenses

Giveaway: 5 PowerMockup Licenses

PowerMockup turns PowerPoint into a design tool for sketching wireframe models of websites, web apps and desktop applications. It provides ready-to-use templates for the typical elements of a user interface: buttons, text boxes, menus, tabs, tables and much more. The giveaway includes five "Small Team" licenses, each priced at $119.95. Read on to see how you can win one!

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6 Tips for More Productive Brainstorming Sessions

6 Tips for More Productive Brainstorming Sessions

You’re sitting down with people throwing ideas around. You’re writing stuff down more than usual. You’re keeping an eye out for a standout idea that you can roll with. You’re storming that brain. You’re brainstorming.

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Vectors vs. Bitmaps for Printing

Vectors vs. Bitmaps for Printing

When it comes to sending files to a commercial printer, there are two types of files you need to know about: vectors and bitmaps. We’ll see what the strengths and weaknesses of each are, and when to use them in print design. We’ll also look at some visual examples of vector and bitmap artwork.

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Giveaway Winners: Club Flyers from Next Day Flyers

Giveaway Winners: Club Flyers from Next Day Flyers

We recently ran a giveaway of customized flyers together with our friends at Next Day Flyers, an online printing company that delivers top-quality printed marketing materials. We had many Design Instruct readers participate in the giveaway, and in this post, we reveal the two lucky winners.

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Logo Design Inspiration: Top 10 Galleries to Check Out

Logo Design Inspiration: Top 10 Galleries to Check Out

A fine way to jumpstart any design project is to look at inspiring visuals, especially when your creativity is a bit depleted. After reviewing many sites, in this roundup, I’ll present my handpicked, top favorite websites for seeing examples of beautiful logos.

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6 Big Lessons I Learned from My First Job After College

6 Big Lessons I Learned from My First Job After College

The transition from student to professional is tough; we’re not just navigating through a new company, but also a new phase of life. It’s been several months since I graduated from an Interactive Design program and started working as a web interface designer at a large company, so I consider myself still freshly familiar with this transition period. Here are the most important things I learned.

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