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?
Here’s a set of free web/UI buttons that you can use in your sites and app UIs. The buttons have a subtle pattern overlay featuring three of my favorite custom-made patterns from my personal Photoshop pattern collection. The PSD is fully editable (you can even resize the buttons), and I’ve organized them so that you can find the layers you need to edit. I hope you enjoy these!
Using large photos as a web page background is a popular technique that can result in a design that’s vivid and memorable. Caution though: Using large photographic images can significantly affect your web page’s page-loading time, so if you choose to go this route in your design, be sure to optimize your images. In this collection, feast your eyes on some excellent websites that use large photographic backgrounds!
In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a mixed media composition using different “over painting” techniques with the help of only one brush with different sizes as well as using some stock images to produce a minimalistic yet powerful composition.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.