How do you go about developing great looking websites? Do you just dive straight into the coding (IMO should never do)
Or do you create a Photoshop template, meticulously planning the colour theme, padding, layout images and typography and then converting to web using perhaps a pre bought template or bootstrap framework.
IMO the second is the preferred.
What do you do?
02-12-2017, 04:25 PM
(This post was last modified: 02-12-2017, 04:26 PM by ivantcholakov.
Edit Reason: grammar
The "greatness" shifted - from "visual design" towards "user experience"; from sites towards applications. Pages interact with a user with intense, it means a lot of front-end programming. This is what I would recommend:
1. Make your own CMS for starting project. Collect your permanent and tested solutions there.
2. Pick up a great CSS framework with tons of features, a big one, and really themeable. My personal choice is Semantic UI. It is practically impossible to make a complex responsive UI without adopting a prepared CSS framework.
3. Don't do everything alone, work together with a designer. It is not about the technical stuff that designers usually do, but for the sake of the artistic idea. For example, if I make a design, it becomes eventually, how to say, a "male" kind. This is why I design only the administration panels. But my designer which is female is capable to make front-end designs for any audience.
02-12-2017, 05:59 PM
(This post was last modified: 02-12-2017, 06:06 PM by ivantcholakov.)
Yes, she did.
Edit: But this site is Bootstrap-based, before my migration.
02-12-2017, 07:08 PM
(This post was last modified: 02-12-2017, 07:38 PM by skunkbad.)
I played around with Bootstrap for the first time this week:
suvovu dot com (I don't want any actual links to it, sorry).
I struggle with design, but it's functional (I think).
I have also been using that, love coding
I think the advice I'd give is always, always start of with a photoshop template. Honestly, the time save with a solid static design is invaluable.