Topic: Web Design for Dummies
Hi, thought I'd post this here. I've been a programmer for over 8 years now but only began building web applications 2 years ago. I think it's fair to say that right now, I don't really have a designer's brain. I don't really know which colors to use, how to create a unique layout e.t.c. Don't get me wrong, I eventually get a good design and the clients I build web applications for tend to rave about the design, but to be honest, it takes me such a long time. Like at least 70% of the time it takes me to build an application is spent on design. I'd like to shorten this dramatically.
Can anyone suggest tips on how to speed up the design process, maybe sites I can look at for inspiration, simple tips e.t.c. I'm currently working on a project and I'm facing this problem once again. All my tests have been written, the application's logic is more or less complete. But designing the interface for the admin section is proving a major chore and I haven't decided on anything for the past four days.
Of course as we all know, with Web 2.0, the bar has really been raised and average web designs just don't cut it anymore, and I don't want to rip off someone else's design.