Creativity is a rare beast. It’s a blessing if you’re born with it, a feat of accomplishment if you can learn it, and an act of kindness if you teach it. Right now, the pool of great designers is stocked with those just getting started in their careers and those who are looking to move on to more interesting opportunities. No matter what your reason is for seeking a creative career, or how great your work is, I’d like to share some tips and tricks that can help you ace your job interviews.
Using a big photo for a website’s background has become a popular trend. When used effectively, photos can bring a captivating design component to your site. The following are 30 excellent examples of websites that creatively use large photos as a background.
We ran a giveaway of three premium Joomla templates courtesy of TemplateMonster. In this post, we’d like to let you know who the three lucky Design Instruct readers (who’ve won themselves a Joomla template of their choice) are.
Unless you’ve been chained to a cubicle wall or have been perpetually stuck in endless meetings the last year, you’ve probably read about the explosion in Internet-enabled mobile devices. You might have even seen some statistics, like how 85% of people expect the experience on their device/smartphone to be at least as good as, or better than, the experience on their desktop/laptop computer.
The makers of NotifySnack, a useful tool for adding prominent notifications and messages on your websites, is giving away 3 VIP memberships (good for one year) to the SnackTools suite of web applications (which includes NotifySnack, their newest addition) — a prize worth $168. Read this post to learn how you can win one of these VIP memberships.
I’ve been using an iPhone since the first generation of its kind came out, so as you can probably guess, I’d be naturally drawn to sites that somehow incorporate this ubiquitous smartphone into their design. For fun, I decided to scour the Web for websites that use iPhones as a prominent design component, and in this collection, I’d like to show you what I found.
For this giveaway, we’ve collaborated with one of the oldest themes/template companies on the Web, TemplateMonster, to give out 3 premium Joomla templates of the winners’ choice. These Joomla themes are normally $50 to $85 bucks but it can be yours for free if you win! To participate in the giveaway, read this post.
You’ll be astonished to discover that the 3D typography illustrations you’re about to see are drawn by hand, and not by any 3D graphics software. Uber-talented Brazilian graphic designer and illustrator Marcelo Schultz has mastered the technique of creating eye-grabbing hand-lettered 3D typography, and for this feature article, he shared with us his workflow process and what it’s like to be an artist living in Brazil.
Elegant, sophisticated, and classy are a few adjectives that come to mind when I think of serif fonts. Serif fonts, which have origins as far back as 700 BC, are timeless. Check out my hand-picked collection of free serif fonts that you can download and install in your computer. Make sure to read the licensing terms of the fonts before using them.
Woodworm is any wooden item that’s been infested by wood-eating bugs. These woodworm textures have holes and rotting areas as a result of being feasted on. There are 5 high-resolution textures included in this pack, taken by a professional-grade DSLR camera.
In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a simple slider user interface (UI) using Photoshop. We’ll use basic (but powerful) Photoshop features — shapes and layer styles — to achieve our goal.
Sharp, blocky surfaces and simple geometric shapes, harmonized with organic textures and superfine environmental details create such a distinctive viewing experience of 3D illustrator and exhibit designer Tim Reynolds’s group of personal projects called "Low-Poly, Isometric Worlds" and "Low-Poly, Non-Isometric Worlds." Get inspired, learn about low-poly, find out about Reynolds’s creative process and see a hand-picked selection of his work in this feature article.