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Can a coder become a decent web/graphic designer?

 
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Hi,
I made the ugliest web pages known to the human kind, I'm a coder any way and I spend my time with code.
Can I be a decent designer? I'm not looking to be a top-notch one (it is not my profession) I'm just looking to do a good job.
I have a Mac so don't hesitate to suggest any software (CSSEdit, Espresso, Coda ...) you might have in you mind -except for Photoshop please-
Thanks for help and time.
 
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Before jumping to a tool, I think "thinking visually" would gain you more. Try looking at some usability/design books. They have pictures of techniques along with what works/doesn't and why.

A recent discussion in MD covered, being an expert. While you don't need to be an expert, EFH clearly indicates almost anyone can learn to draw. And designing web pages seems easier than drawing.
 
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No tool on Earth can help you design. The best that they can do is provide templates that you may be able to use instead.

Jeanne has the best advice -- look around at other sites that you like. Read books. And practice.

But I'll respectfully disagree a bit with EFH... Having worked with many designers over the years, I'll agree that anyone can learn the mechanics of design (or drawing), but without that special *spark* they'll never be truly brilliant at it.
 
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I got "Web Design for Developers" book and started reading it.
I'm a long time admirer for Cultured Code web site:
http://culturedcode.com/
The best design ever to my taste.
What can I learn from it and how?
 
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Bear: I'm not sure if I agree with EFH on this. Hence my citing his advice rather than stating it. I don't have the interest to learn enough about drawing to find out if he is right though so I can't say I disagree. In any case, John is looking to be good rather than an expert and I'm confident he can attain that.

John: What do you like about the site? It's not a hypothetical question. Thinking about what you like makes you more conscious of it.
 
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:
John: What do you like about the site? It's not a hypothetical question. Thinking about what you like makes you more conscious of it.

I like:
* Its clean and simple design, pages aren't crowded.
* The degrees of blue used in the design are well blended and joyful to look at.
* Graphics used in the site are really fun and absolutely simple, I have always wished to draw this way.
 
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