Keep at it. I too never had any schooling in this, so it took me longer than others to ramp up my design abilities (and I still have a ways to go). It’s very hard to be the judge of your own work. 5 years ago I remember thinking my stuff was really cool, but if I were to look at it today I would probably puke
As others have mentioned, the best way to learn (not make $) is to try and emulate (not rip off or copy) designs that you really like. For tracking inspirational sites, I created a gallery site of… well… gallery sites: http://gallerygalleria.com/ (again, I thought this site was awesome when I made it 4 years ago). Pick one and scope out some of the designs there.
Hope that helps!
You said it all: “It’s very hard to be the judge of your own work.” But I will not give up and, as you still want to look at my previous projects and “vomit”!
And GalleryGalleria is a good idea, I think I will also build some sites for inspiration in my notebook.
More one question: In your opinion where I can improve the template? Shadow, Gradient, what?
Shadows and gradients are just details that can be applied to a template to make it look good. What you need is to invest some hours in design theory. Things like design hierarchy, fonts, etc.
I think you can count on the fingers from one hand the guys in here who went to a “big guys” design university Most of us are self taught!
Also, it’s no shame to not be a good designer! You can be an awesome coder, those make more money than a designer :)) If this is the case with you, you can pair up with a really good designer and work as a team!
girlscancode, your attention to my case was amazing, and I now realize that graphic designer is not only creativity and have knowledge of codes and programs, goes far beyond!
As you said, there’s a whole theory, and I will work and study these matters, but not forgetting to practice.
Again, your attention really helped me, thanks!
I found some sites that can give me this idea of ??design, fonts and colors.
Know other sites: inspiration, news and new ways to develop?
And, looking over my template, I agree that was not good! Actually stinks, too plain, unscented!
Porticles was good, but not good enough.
When I come here as a buyer I expect the highest quality of work. This is the only reason I come back here, quality.