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Are you a programmer, but not a designer? Patterns can help.

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It takes a subpar design to new heights and lord knows I can't design for the life of me.

It's something I've always wished I could do, but unfortunately I just don't have the 'eye' for it (my brother does). The best I can do is follow the best practices recommended by gurus, use safe colors and hope for the best. :)

Here's a link that found it's way to my inbox that hopefully you guys find useful. I know I did!

SubtlePatterns is a website that offers FREE patterns for you to use. You can even download the entire pattern collection as a Photoshop pattern file (.pat). Yes, everything. For free.

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So go out there, download a few patterns and turn the mediocre into something people will think you paid a designer to make. Also be sure to share some links you might have with similar offerings.

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Raynes Icon

05 June 2011 - 01:24 AM
I think that is fantastic. I wouldn't be very hot on people just taking those things wholesale, but they would be really, really helpful as inspiration. Just a basic outline can really help a lot.

Ace26 Icon

05 June 2011 - 01:29 AM
This was extremely helpful as I find I equally suck at these graphics things.

Thanks for sharing.

Shane Hudson Icon

05 June 2011 - 05:17 AM
I have used them but when I checked there was not many released and 2 of the 5 I tried did not tile well at all. But a very good resource nonetheless.

Jstall Icon

05 June 2011 - 06:27 AM
Cool, I too suffer from not having "the eye" for such things. Always happy to find another resource, bookmarked, thanks :)

skorned Icon

05 June 2011 - 08:47 AM
Yeah, this topic got me excited too. I love web development, but can't design for the life of me. Now if only there was some resource like this for themes and css help. Artisteer results look too cheesy.

EnvXOwner Icon

05 June 2011 - 09:17 AM
Simply awesome! :^:

DrAcid Icon

07 June 2011 - 12:51 AM
Thanks a lot! This is really helpful! :)

souptoy Icon

08 June 2011 - 10:52 AM
Thanks for the resource.

Here's one I found a while back.


Munawwar Icon

20 June 2011 - 12:33 AM
Thanks Sergio. I am using these for my next website.
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Bienvenidos! I'm a USA ex-pat living in Bolivia for the past 10 years. Web development is my forte with a heavy lean for usability and optimization. I'm fluent in both English and Spanish. I guest write for the popular Python website Python Central. Visit my website.