How do you make a website look good?


#1

Hey everyone.

So I’m on the tribute page challenge and I really want to make it look nice. I’m comfortable with responsive design, pretty sure I have HTML and CSS down and so far whenever I don’t know how to do something I’m always able to find out how via google etc. That’s not my issue.

My issue is, how do you guys design layouts and content so that it’s attractive? Usability obviously isn’t too much of an issue for this project. Did you have to learn what elements or styles would go well together? Is it something that came naturally to you?

Long question short, how can I learn or get better at imagining and designing attractive layouts. Is it frowned upon to look at a bunch of different websites you like the look of and just replicate parts?

Regards,
Paul


#2

I struggle with this too. Here is a link worth your time. A fellow developer pointed me to it. It helped me a lot!
https://material.io/guidelines/#


#3

What I have been keeping tab of in my head (maybe I should make a list), is take note of what website aspects really stand out to me and I like.
For instance, the layout of how the information is organized, or how the colors match. Today on my livestream I played with an RGB wheel for like 20 minutes trying to find out the right color scheme. I should have just went back to other websites to get a better idea.

With that said, never COPY directly a website, but surely colors aren’t patent-able!

Take what I say with a grain of salt. I can’t cut paper in a straight line, draw a circle with a compass, or a line with a straight-edge. I failed Art class throughout all of middle school, but here I am trying to learn web development along with you!


#4

Thanks for the link. I had a quick look over and think it will be quite a useful resource moving forward.

@jmcgivern
Yea that’s not a bad idea. Consciously try to recognise what aspects you appreciate and find attractive in websites and why.