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If you're a programmer, you're already creative. Programming is one of the most creative of professions (else why would the word "elegant" be such a high term of praise?). So much for that. So let's narrow this down. You want a route to channel your already-existing creativity into the VISUAL arts, rather than the unseen-by-all art of good coding. Like ...


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Stay Simple - Don't try to do anything too fancy or adventurous at first. Get the basics down first, then you can start experimenting. Don't try to emulate the Star Trek computer interface. Be Consistent - A consistent design is part of the foundation of a good design. Keep track of your margins, sizes, and placement and maintain them throughout the design. ...


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My answer is partially related to your question, but what I feel is that I needed motivation to count myself and you need some also. Can you be creative? Absolutely! Use your imagination to change your beliefs; give time to your thoughts. When I was newbie in this field the same things were in my mind but as time passed I came to know that only I can ...


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Jim Krause's design basics index gave me a very good summary of the basics of composition, color and type. I wasn't a huge fan of most of his own examples, but they illustrate his points really well and he touches on a few valuable things I haven't seen mentioned much elsewhere. And perhaps most importantly, reading it made me really excited to go out and ...


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There's sometimes a slight overlap between web development and web design, but I don't think web developers should try to be full-time designers unless they're willing to put as much effort into it as they did learning to program. It's not something that you can just dabble in on weekends and be good at. If this is so you can learn to be your own web ...


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I think your questions is not about how to be creative, but rather about how to be able to create visually appealing content. I know many graphic designers who are either good or talented, but are not creative (in the sense of being innovative and thinking out-of-the-box) at all. Now, from my experience, people who are able to produce visually appealing ...


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I'm a programmer myself and for me the following books where very helpful for me: The Non-Designer's Design Book - Robin Williams - This books covers the basics of graphic design. Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain - Betty Edwards The book for developing your drawing skills. The Humane Interface - Jef Raskin This book provokes some thoughts about user ...


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A very similar question was asked not long ago: How to recreate this background in photoshop for use in a mobile app? The one you provided is a little different with some wavy lines added. I was able to create something pretty close by doing the following: Step 1: Create a document with the desired size and color Step 2: As per the answer in the linked ...


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Perhaps not relevant to all cases, but for web prgrammers one of the biggest things that stands out to me, which perhaps bridges the gap a little bit, is to learn CSS inside and out, as being able to design well doesn't mean anything if you can't integrate it into your project that you are creating.


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I don't know whether this question should be closed or not we have lots of similar question on this site you can check all of them one by one there are lots of good resources to start with : Composition web design rules Correct set of principle design What is the single most influential book every designer should read Tips and sources for ...


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Your question scope is a little broad, but let me try to explain how I got into interface design. I just started by working on personal web projects for years, and visiting sites that had tutorials on how to use Photoshop to create certain results, then I started doing a few projects for other people and employers and generally just kept on experimenting and ...


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To me, it sounds you lack self-confidence. You already master one difficult part: programming, and as Alan already said, programming is a creative job. My tip: keep it simple, learn basic rules about layout and find your own style. This book: The design of sites helped me a lot for the structure of my designs and this book: The idea book helped me for ...


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I think you've got your answer: ask here! (Not me. You lost me at "Steampunk"... :-) ) More generally, you want to see examples of work the designer has done that are roughly in the market you're aiming at. Doesn't have to be an exact match -- a good designer should be able to work in almost any style -- but you would want someone who clearly speaks the ...


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Your best bets would be "The Non-Designer's Design & Type Books" by Robin Williams, and "Before&After, Graphics for Business" by John McWade (in that order). They cover the mistakes, but also the core principles you should keep in mind while you work. Both are very approachable, well-written, simple and full of the kind of excellent design wisdom ...


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If you're going to get one book on typography, I would grab The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst. It's self–demonstrating and is filled with tons of useful and intriguing examples, as well as an informative, but brief history of type. It's a great introduction that will continue to prove helpful far into the future.


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this is the best repository i know css 101 and some thing that bother most of us is floating as far as books are concern i love "Eric Meyer" way of doing stuff, but some other worth mentioning books i read CSS Cookbook by Christopher Schmitt Core CSS by Keith Schengili-Roberts hope that will help you getting startted cheers


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If you mean getting used to drawing on a tablet in general, then there is nothing better than experience. You will learn more by using it than you ever will by reading about it. That said, there are some tips for getting to know the Wacom tablets here: http://www.hypergurl.com/blog/webdesigntools/drawing-tablet.html


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In 2004 I found myself halfway between both worlds, as I had been for most of my life -- I'd been doing web since HTML 3.2 in the dot-com days; raised with an Apple //e by parents (a choreographer and an educator) who allowed and encouraged me to spend a lot of time with art. Design is not art, and in fact some of its more algorithmic patterns line up nicely ...


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Your question covers two distinct areas of design: color theory and typography. Color theory covers why blue text on a red background may not be a good idea. Typography covers the style, usage and spacing of fonts or the letters on the page. In addition to the links @Luuk provide, you may want to take a look at these: Typography: 10 Rules Every Designer ...


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As more of a programmer than designer my self I find that it helps my creative process when I "design in the browser" instead of Photoshop. I usually start with HTML and CSS to get my basic layout down and use Photoshop if I need to create buttons or other graphical elements. This also speeds up the process and makes development much faster. When I use ...


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Hey Check this links might they help you for your icons... android App Developer Gui icons Fonts ETC Free android Icon pack Free Icons For Android Developers 350+ free and fresh icons for android I don't know you need this or not but i am posting it for every android user . The easiest way to create android icons (inkscape) All Tutorials for ...


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Google Web Fonts allows you to do pretty much what the ampersand site did, and perhaps with even more fonts to choose from. Check out the GWF Getting Started page linked below, and look for the section titled "Optimizing your font requests (beta)" which talks about how to link a small subset of any Google Web Font for use on your site. This will allow you to ...


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The Form of the Book by Jan Tschichold. He dedicated a tremendous amount of time to researching the minutiae of classical typography. In his very German way, this collection of articles distills all that work down to digestible chunks of info. Judging by Amazon's price, I'm not the only one who loves this book! See if you can find it elsewhere for cheap. I ...


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Make them yourself! I don't know what your strengths are or what kind of software you use, so this answer might not be what you're looking for. I dabble in photography and I do graphic design for a living, and I don't typically purchase stock photography. So when I look at that gallery of blurred backgrounds, I start to look at how I can make it myself. ...


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This is a basic run down. There are a couple areas which require some choices and trial and error, but this should give the basics. Create a new square document. I used 500x500 pixels. And add a series of horizontal lines distributed evenly. Note: the document does not have a line across the bottom edge. The bottom of the canvas ends where that next line ...


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Funnily enough, design blog CreativeBloq published a list recently titled "The 10 best movies about design": (actually, just realised these are pretty much all feature length documentaries, or documentary-like. Technically they're still movies I think but the question seems to ask for fiction films. Oh well, I'll leave it here anyway) Why Man Creates, ...


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The biggest one I've heard of is http://pleasecritiqueme.com/. It seems like they've stopped providing critiques for whatever reason (have been dark for almost a year). There might be an avenue here for design critiques, but I think the idea is to provide more definitive answers here to questions that are more black and white than grey. Really, the best ...


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One thing i have found hugely helpful is looking for and keeping images of precedents, new ones for every job. They don't need to be from the same industry or field; in fact if they aren't, all the better because it will help you avoid the trap of simply copying and will force you to pull out the concept in a critical thought process. For example, i often ...


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I wrote an article a few months ago that covers how to choose color schemes, some resources for doing so, and some of the related psychology involved. However, if you just want something quick and dirty, check out Colour Lovers and Adobe Kuler.


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For stuff like this I've usually used AfterEffects; you have the benefits of high quality raster and vector animation as well as the ability to script actions within the timeline. The learning curve can be a little daunting but it's definitely my go-to animation program. If you're looking for interaction you're going to have to go with something like Flash, ...



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