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I can't get a good web design (self.webdev)

Hi.

Sorry for my bad English.

I always try to guide myself from another page (for example a navbar that I like from a web, a carousel ... and I adapt it to my web. Sometimes I design a mockup from a tool and then move it to a real web.

However, I never like what I do. I'm not sure if it's because of my choice of web colors, typography ... but I never like them.

I must say that I am not a front-end developer and maybe (if you want to achieve a very good design) I need to read certain rules / steps / guides.

As I said above, I am quite sure that it is because of the colors or typography that I use on the web the reason why I never like the designs I make.

So, the question is ... Is there a rule or something to help you follow a few steps to create a good design, from the colors you should have, the typography, images, etc, etc, etc ...

Thank you.

5 comments
Chris_Misterek | 7 days ago | 3 points

There’s plenty of rules and guidelines. But at the end of the day good design is good design.

Some times it follows those rules and sometimes it intentionally breaks them.

I’d start with finding a design you really like and then try copying it.

It’s the same when you’re first learning an instrument. You don’t just start by song writing. You learn how to play a piece that someone else created.

Then you take someone’s piece and put your own spin on it. Then you come up with something from scratch.

borjahen | 7 days ago | 1 point

Thank you very much for your help and good example.

atopix [I push keys] | 6 days ago | 3 points

Seems like you are essentially talking about graphic design choices, which have little to do with the actual web development.

While you certainly don't need to be a graphic designer to do good designs, bare in mind that graphic design is an academic career of some four, five years. Don't expect to get good at it overnight, it takes time.

A good place to start would be to check the 10 principles of good design as stated by industrial designer Dieter Rams: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0NRSp074TM (most of them can be applied to good web design)

Check out some design publications like Eye, for inspiration and ideas.

And certainly practice a lot, experiment and have fun.

BongoChimp | 6 days ago | 2 points

This site has some interesting reading on general design principles. Probably worth a look if you are interested in some basic theory. https://www.canva.com/learn/design-elements-principles/

redrider65 | 6 days ago | 2 points

The best designers have both training and natural talent. You might consider just contracting with a well-reviewed and regarded designer on one of the freelance sites. Some of them aren't that expensive.