Topic: Better Looking pages with Rails

Hi,

I am Rails programmer and I would like to improve the way my web pages look. What I mean is my pages dont have a finished classy look like most modern rails website do. Would you recommend I take a course in Web design or something like that to improve my skills cuz I really suck at CSS and would really like some recommendations with some books(for CSS and generally making better looking websites) or course recommendations. I would also like to know if there is any tool that I could use to make my websites look better.

Thanks

Sid.

Re: Better Looking pages with Rails

Try

http://www.sitepoint.com/

Lots of books, tutorials and links to alternative resources.

Re: Better Looking pages with Rails

Thank you very much Stephen. Just checked out the "Art and Science of CSS" and I think its pretty much what I've been looking for.

Re: Better Looking pages with Rails

I like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Pantone-Guide-Com … 966638328/

And this:

http://www.amazon.com/Elements-Typograp … 881792063/

Also this:

http://www.amazon.com/Designing-Interfa … 596008031/

I've heard this is good:

http://www.amazon.com/Dont-Make-Me-Thin … 321344758/

And probably this:

http://www.amazon.com/CSS-Mastery-Advan … 590596145/

I know the first two sound like they're more for print than web, but they explore basic, essential design principles that you'll use everywhere.

Re: Better Looking pages with Rails

i have the Art and Science of CSS and it's well worth the read - in fact you can't go wrong if you really take the time to read it, there's gold in that one - also, if you're up for spending a few $$ go to lynda.com or vtc.com and signup for a month.  watch as many of the css videos as you can - I did that a few years ago and learned some really valuable stuff -

AListApart.com is usually my first port of call for CSS

if you want graphics - I can't recommend this place highly enough - http://screencasters.heathenx.org - they have a feed - get subscribed to it - you will need to download inkscape from http://inkscape.org

another great way to learn CSS is just by hacking up other peoples stylesheets

the following algorithm has been proven to work several times:

find a site with a design that you like > right click > view source > find stylsheet > rock the f%ck out

when done in that order, it never fails

good luck making your site look better