Sexy Web Design Inspiration

Reading Sexy Web Design by Elliot Jay Stocks has given me a lot to consider in developing websites, as well as a lot of good inspiration and resource links. Therefore, I thought I’d quickly collect and catalog all the links that Elliot gives in his book for my future reference. Of course, these links are available freely on the web, so everyone can benefit from them. However, you won’t get the full benefit unless you read about them in the context in which they are written in the book, so head on over to SitePoint.com and pick yourself up a copy.

As the majority of the links in the books are provided for inspiration, I’ll leave those in order below. However, there are some really excellent online articles and tutorials, as well as printed books that Elliot references in his book. Those are more relevant for learning about good design, and I’ll post those first.

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Website Creation: STEP 2 – Code

JekkilekkiStep 2 – Code

This is the 3rd part of a 4-part look at my website creation process. Here I will present a list of the Code steps I generally take as I progress through any website creation effort. Hope you enjoy my list!

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Website Creation: STEP 1 – Design

JekkilekkiStep 1 – Design

This is the 2nd part of a 4-part look at my website creation process. Here I will present a list of the Design steps I generally take as I progress through any website creation effort. Hope you enjoy my list!

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Website Creation: Why a “Simple” Website Doesn’t Cost $100

JekkilekkiOver the course of my designing and developing of websites, I’ve done a fair amount of work in all the various aspects of putting together a site. I’m no expert by any means, but a good website requires a great deal more time and effort than many people think it does.

This is the 1st part of a 4-part look at my website creation process.

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Monetizing a Web Site (off the top of my head)

I’ve been researching websites, web design and best practices for a while now.  As such, I’ve also studied a bit about monetizing a website.  I’m no expert by any means, but I am familiar with a few different possibilities when thinking about getting a website to make money.  The following is a list of options that I know of and could remember off the top of my head.

To think seriously about getting your site to make money, a good plan is imperative, and a good plan will best result from good research.  Therefore, the following are only starting points for further investigation into those things that seem most promising for your website.

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New Website Theme Design! Underwater

I recently posted a few images of the design I’ve been working on for my website.  The first that I posted had a “space” theme.  I was inspired the other day by the partial transpancy on the sidebars of those images to create an “underwater” scene.  I figured underwater would be another great place for partially transparent sidebars.  Check out the initial first image of the homepage.  I have yet to modify the logo, and add more interesting background elements (such as bubbles and fish) but I like the look of it so far and the color scheme.  My ultimate goal is to have a number of these “themes” and alternate style sheets that users will be able to flip through.  Enjoy!

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New Website! Online Portfolio and Work

aaron1Check it out.  I’ve been drawing on this site for about 2 weeks now, and I’m finally (almost) satisfied with the look and feel of my *NEW* portfolio/blog/contact site.

I really liked the purple color I’m currently using on this blog, so I wanted to incorporate that.  I also liked the text style here, Verdana and a little extra line spacing.  I also wanted to match a cool color (purple here) with a warm color for links and highlights, so I chose red-orange (#ff6600) after quite a bit of thinking.  The starry sky background was inspired by my name/logo/signature which kind of resembles a star.  And finally, I wanted to keep things in the center rather simple with big heading fonts, lots of white color (so no differently colored sidebar), and gray boxes for the “important” content.  I think this gives it a rather nice, professional, Web 2.0 feel.  What do you think?  I also included some “dummy” purple squares just under the menubar that will contain different images and link to different CSS styles (at some point in the future).

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