On programmers as designers
Turns out after my last entry
that a few people sent e-mail saying they're tuned in. Huh. Sure, the stats show hundreds of hits, but I figured that wasn't for real.
Ever notice how most sites run by programmers have the worst designs ever? I remember thinking for years that 4Guys
was borderline offensive (before the redesign). Slashdot
is still hideous (it's called white space and padding, guys!). In both cases, it does illustrate that if you have really good content, people will overlook your design shortcomings.
So I decided I'd build a volleyball site because there's a lot of stuff in that realm that, as a coach, I need to unload and share. For the time being, success (i.e., traffic) isn't something I'm all that concerned about as much as I just really want it to be a place a core group will hang out. I'm even narrowing the focus to high school/junior Olympic volleyball.
The code template for the site is the uberasp.net
code, so most of what I need to change is CSS for a "new" site. But I still need to make the header and logo pretty. I suck at this. I've worked with designers, but they unfortunately tend to go overboard. Worse, when you look around, it has all been done before.
I get stuck starting with color. There's a neat tool
that helps me out, but I still feel like I've seen it all before. I do have a starting point for a logo, at least.
Eventually I'll come up with something, and I'm sure I'll hate it. The only designs I've really been proud of are one I did for a now-defunct community site for a client, and I kind of sort of like CoasterBuzz
, despite being heavily into tables for layout (it's two years old).
Do you often pull double duty as a designer?