I have designed web sites part time for years, and I’ve also been a
professional artist. The single point I’d make to you is that good
visual design is about aesthetics. There is, of course, a huge
functional aspect to any human interface. But you’re addressing “visual
There is no quick path to having a better aesthetic sense. It takes
years, and real work. So, work at it. Take a beginning design course at
your local university. Look at as many web sites as you can, and keep
copies of the ones you like. Interrogate yourself as to why you like
them. Keep looking.
If you’re looking to apply recipes out of a book - well, this is
probably better than NOT doing anything at all, but it won’t give you an
aesthetic sense. People who are good at visual design have a developed
sense of how the visual part of the brain works, although few would
likely put it that way.
I suggest you peruse the books available on visual design for web
designers. Find one that interests you, that you think you can learn
from, and really WORK its content. Then grab another and do the same
thing. You’ll get what you pay for, with your own effort. I know no
other way. Good artists, just like good musicians, work at it daily, for
Best of luck - this should be a fun journey for you, much of the time.
Brian C. wrote:
A paper book with lots of examples would be good, and I’m quite happy to
pay for one, but would appreciate some ideas for which ones are worth
seeking out. Good online resources are fine too, of course.
Tom C., MS MA, LMHC - Private practice Psychotherapist
Bellingham, Washington, U.S.A: (360) 920-1226
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