I am 18 years old and have been making website for at least 4 years, I'm pretty good with the programming part of web design, but lack creative vision. Every website I make seems boring and so standard. The graphics are poor and it seems that my mind is stuck designing the the same standard and boring websites. How do I find the inspiration to design more complex website with more creativity like the ones I see browsing the web. Did any of you guys ever had trouble stepping out of you comfort zone and designing site that weren't just composed of simple gradients? I love designing websites but I am stuck. Can anyone help me find inspiration?

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I answered a similar question here: http://doctype.com/jvR

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So the other thing you should do, right now, is start collecting inspirational ideas - in scrap books, with photographs, and real life objects. Examine design in the things around you, note down the awesomeness and store it away for when you run dry.

You might also try breaking down the design of objects in web pages you admire - what elements have been used to create the effect, what colors work best etc. All art is just applied imitation, part of the skill is to make it look sufficiently unique to appear fresh and creative.

As for resources? I'd suggest this as a good place to start to learn about visual design: http://www.bamagazine.com/

Answered almost 8 years ago by Tony Crockford
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Also, try checking out some showcase sites like:

Answered almost 8 years ago by danwellman
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read this. http://techcrunch.com/2011/05/31/design-changes-the-way-we-experience-the-web/ other than that drink more.. :)

Answered almost 8 years ago by Numbers McPi