Inspiration isn’t something that just pops into a designer’s head. Most of the time, we must make an active approach to discover it. This obviously isn’t a new concept, and there are thousands of inspiration websites from CSS galleries to showcase blog posts. These are way overused, though; in order to create a truly successful design, one must find inspiration elsewhere.
More often than not, designers have rightfully been accused of retreating into their cocoons of ignorance as soon as their work of creating a web design is finished, leaving the dirty and more hands-on work of putting it up on the web to developers. This apathy is prevalent not only in the web-building industry, but also in software and game engineering.
With the lows of financial times, and bleak economic outlook lately it can be a bit unnerving for us as creatives. Will our jobs be in danger if there are budget cuts? Will our client/freelance work slow down as a result of small business having to cut expenses? Is there enough work out there for all of us? These are all honest questions that have probably crossed our minds at some point over the last few months, and rightly so, but before we get all doom and gloom (which this article isn’t) I think we should look at things from another angle.
As a designer, doing work for yourself is probably the most difficult thing you can ever do. In fact, most dread it. To add to the pressure, creating an online presence is not only vital to get right, it has to be the best. After all, if you can’t prove your skills on your own website then how can you expect someone to hire you?
In this article we’ll examine the barriers that hinder designing for yourself and reveal 10 rules to help you create the best design for yourself. Together we’ll squash that dark side in all of us.
Your website’s header makes an immediate impact on your user so it’s important to get it right. Think about what you’re trying to achieve, what’s the first thing you want to tell your users when they visit your site, what will intrigue them and get them to read further?
A header gives you room to play and be creative, especially on the homepage, and there are a number of techniques you can use to connect with your user.
Take a look at these 5 different types of header design and see how the examples have used them creatively to make an impact.
The Huge Header
Takes up a lot of room and can be risky as you’re taking up valuable space, but done right it looks great and makes an impact.
Web design galleries offer designers and developers creative inspiration on their own designs. By aggregating the top web designs on the web, a gallery serves as a prime spot for getting those creative juices flowing.
In this article you’ll find 16 of the best and most popular web design galleries ranked in order by the number of votes they garnered on a poll that was published earlier this month. On instances where there was a tie, the site with the higher Alexa rank received a higher ranking.
16. Web Creme
There’s a plethora of weblogs that cover the topic of design. We all know of the big names out there (such as the amazing people over at Smashing Magazine), but there are tons more in the vast realm of the web that you may not have heard of yet, and it’s high time that they’re given some love.
This article presents 30 new and fresh design blogs that are worth checking out. Weblogs featured here discuss web, graphic, and print design. Hopefully you’ll find a link or two (or more) that piques your interests enough to prompt you to subscribe to them.