I have a general question here. I’ve been “designing” web sites as a hobby for two years now. I started, of course, with an “all table” site and then moved to divs. Then, little by little I’ve been learning css, php, etc., but I have no formal studies on graphic design at all. For someone like me, completely devoted to music (I’m a pianist and a musicologist) this “visual” activity is becoming more and more exciting (so exciting that I can spend hours and hours searching and studying from tutorials, books, forums, etc.). The thing is that I feel I can now create “ok” sites, not ugly, as I’ve been told, but I want to reach the next level. Lately, the more I look at my sites, the uglier I find them. For example, I wish I could create beautiful sites like this:
http://w ww.operam age.com /
But I know I’d probably need to be a graphic designer or a visual artist to create such a good site (in my opinion) with elegant colors, balance, typography, etc., and I have no time to start a new career.
It’s so hard for me to just sit down and think about a whole concept after a client’s proposal! I just start playing with my computer and spend hours just to create a simple idea. Then I start asking everybody, my sister, my friends, etc., about my new “creation”.
For those who are mainly programmers and have no design background, how do you do? Do you just “become” graphic designers after creating 20 sites?
Are there any sites about web design (on how to balance colors, chose a good typography, display content, etc.?
I’d hate the idea to hire someone just because I don’t know these simple (or not that simple...) rules.
I hope I don’t sound too pessimistic :)
This post has been edited by edoplaza: 20 February 2009 - 07:51 PM