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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!

http://subtlepatterns.com/

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.
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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.
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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.
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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 :)
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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.
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EnvXOwner Icon

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

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

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

Here's one I found a while back.

Patterns
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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.

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