Inspiration time

So after a couple of conversations with IT, my website is finally, actually linked to its spot at USF.  I have to say, that was a royal pain in the rump!  And, of course, now that the link is established, if you look at it, you see absolutely NADA except a bunch of red x’s!  Good heavens am I ever going to get this thing right?!?

This week’s assignment is to visit and critique some (5-10) that I haven’t already critiqued of the:

27 Best Places You Should Visit To Get Incredible Web Design Inspiration!

So the first link is to CSSREMIX.  At first I had no idea what this is until I started just opening links.  So what I THINK is that this is a virtual shopping mall of web designers.  Some of these folks are looking for partners, some of work and some I just can’t figure out.    However, there are literally pages of them.   If you are looking to advertize your web designing prowess, this may work for you, or you may get lost in the crowd…

The next one is The FWA.  Though I think I understand that this is a place to show off your design, I am happy to say, at least I can figure out what this is.  I have to say, I like the designs here, and it looks like they have a “site of the day”.  Well that will surely help with the information overload!  Some strange, some interesting, some like a bad dream…

The next item on the agenda is CSS Dance.  Finally, a site that tells me what I’m doing here!  At least they tell me this a showcase for website.  Yeah!  The buttons across the top tell you who’s paying for the site but if you look to the far right top corner, you get a link to the gallery.  The site seems to be set up by color, so if you have a color theme, this could help.  I did notice that some of the designers here are also on the other sites.  Repetition,  may work, but it’s boring.  Of course, everybody is trying to sell something!

The next on the list is CSS Heaven.  You probably know by now that all of these are supposed to inspire the inner designer in you, but I also think all the designers have the idea that if they show off every-damned-where they will get noticed and maybe get a job.  It scares me to think that this field is this competitive!  Glad I’m not interested in being a competitor!  What I like about this site is that there is enough white space to make things feel a whole lot less crowded that the previous sites, though there is the move-down, move-down thing that I don’t like so much.

So, next on this list of inspiration is Design Snack.  I have to say, I am extremely fortunate to have a laptop and a desktop.  If I couldn’t look at the sites and write at the same time, I’d probably go nuts.  Sorry for the rest of you…. Design Snack already appeals to me – there goes my color preference for earth tones.  This site seems to be a little more interactive and allows for voting, blogging, etc.  They term themselves “a social-powered web design gallery”.  OK, at least, unlike some of the others, we’re clear about this site!  What I really like is that it provides a percentage to help those that are unsure as to what people like.  This is helpful if you want ideas for your sites and hope to drive traffic at the same time.

Next on the list is CSS Nature.  I really like the background!  It’s the first thing I noticed and I just had to stop for a moment to admire it.  Other than that, I can say, we’re doing the same thing again.  Looking at other people’s work to see if we can improve our own.  Like Design Snack, there is voting so you can use that feedback to help you decide what to do with your own work.  Overall, this site is well laid out and easy to use.  Worth a look.

The next on the list is BOTWG.  Actually, I kind of like that at the top of the page.  I also like the good amount of white space keeps everything from looking all smashed together like some of the other sites listed above.  The ads do seem to take up a lot of space, so I’m doing the usual and just ignoring them.  It is nice not to have to move down over and over.  Over all, not bad!

Just a couple more, OK?…

The next one is css design yorkshire.  Overall, I like the colors.  Having worked at Home Depot, I’m not a huge fan of orange, but it goes really well and is somewhat nicely muted by the grey.  What I like about this site is that the ads are small and non-intrusive.  I also like the sites themselves because they show the difference in the european culture as opposed to ours.  Very cool.  I had lost of fun looking at these.

OK, how about just one more, eh?

The last one I’m going to critique for you is Best Web Gallery.  If you’ve followed along with me, you can just continue down the list on your own.  So, look at this site, I like the dark background, just as well as white, I think.  It seems to bring the featured sites out, especially those with a lot of white space, so, this might be a consideration when placing your own site on one of these galleries.  To make yours visible, you’ll need a contrasting color.  I do not like the amount of advertising.  Unlike the previous site, these ads look intrusive and overbearing. 

So, there you have it.  If you disagree, I’d like to hear your opinion!

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About Barbara Gaddy

I'm an Income Property Acquistion Specialist. I guide and train new and inexperienced investors in acquiring and managing income property in order to create long-term, passive income. I also hold a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science and an Honors BA in English and American Literature. I have a business blog here: http://barbaraworks4u.blogspot.com/. This is my personal blog. I hope you enjoy it.
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