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      CommentAuthorJon Wake
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2009
    So I'm in a bit of a pickle-- Krista and I have been producing pages for an upcoming comic, and as anyone who has seen her work knows, she can take my blithering random ramblings and turn them into art. Most my scripts are riddled with errors, the occasional accusation of theft, and sometimes I decide that I can speak Etruscan.
    That's not the point. The point is, we need a website, and me, being the lesser creature in this arrangement, has decided to design the site. The problem is actually quite simple--I have the design sense of a marmoset with Parkinson's. So in the finest tradition of me, I'm asking you fine people (and Warren) to point out the best designed websites you've seen.
    I'm looking for coherence of design, a strong theme, and ease of navigation. I will digest these factors and steal the formulas for them.

    I pretty much know that anything Nadya touches is gold
    Coilhouse is required viewing for blog design, so is her work for Finn Von Claret.

    Bring me more, you kings and queens of men, you lords and ladies of women, and everyone in between!
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    Well for designing websites knowing about and applying Gestalt Principles is a good start.

    I'm assuming that this is for a web comic so I'll suggest that you steal from the Questionable Content, Bunny, and Octopus Pie.
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2009
    I'd go (in fact I AM going) with Word Press/ Comic Press.

    There are millions of themes to get you going, and then you can tweak later to suit.
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2009 edited
    I second comic press if you're in a rush to get things started and don't know what you're gonna do.

    I used it when I first started my webcomic, then eventually switched over to a stand alone PHP code to host in my own custom-made site. I made the switch just because I'm stubborn and didn't like how much control I felt WP took away from me. has always been my website porn. Also Six Revisions has a tendency to put out a "30 best of" entry once a week or so, detailing one kind or another of themes - from use of gradiants, grunge, shiny web 2.0-ness to utilizing illustrated banners and whatnot. And they tend to be from different sources - news, blogs, business, etc - so you can see a lot of different sorts of stuff.
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    I've never really spent much time poking around there, but I did know of it so I thought I'd share: CommandShift3, basically hotornot for web design, or something.
      CommentAuthorJon Wake
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2009

    Oh, we've got a pretty good idea where we're headed. It's just that I'd rather see some really great sites show me what to do before I finalize it and then play catchup--backgrounds, color palette, etc.

    Oooh, CSSzengarden. Now that's what I'm talking about.
    • CommentAuthorFan
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2009
    If you want more sites like CSSzengarden, here's a Q&A site for software developers which includes "CSSzengarden" in the question and/or in an answer:

    For example, there are the following topics (among many others):
    • CommentTimeJul 19th 2009
    I used to go idea farming at It doesn't look like they've updated in a while, though. Typically, whatever genre or business I'm designing a website for, I always check out the competition and see how they're running things, what works well, what doesn't. Like Ginja mentioned, see what you like (or hate) about webcomic sites around right now.

    For a webcomic I might recommend focusing on ease of use with the user interface. Make it as easy as possible (fewest mouse clicks, scrolling, so on) for a visitor to get invested in the site. Also don't be afraid to do show people test pages, make sure it works as well to someone who hasn't stared at it for hours on end (my friends always pick out something I miss on my websites).
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    I was going to put up funneldesigngroup... but they recently redid their site and I can't stand it. It used to have a sorta steam/antique theme. It was cute and neat and I just liked LOOKING at it.