@topdesignmag :) Are You A Web Developer Without Any Graphic Skills? Then Check Out These 25 Gorgeous Website .PSD’s


Writen by Bogdan is the founder of Top Design Magazine.

 

Creating a website is not an easy thing because it requires a lot of steps; from the planning and all the way to functionality testing, the process of designing and developing a website needs people with various skills. You need a good graphic designer, a good web designer, a talented web developer, a great content writer and also a SEO expert is you want your website to be great. Sure, you can skip some of them but this can cost you a lot in terms of success.

For web developers, coding a website can be a piece of cake if they have all the graphic components but this always means that whenever they want to create something, they are dependent to a web designer. For a company, this issue is solved from the start but if you are a web developer and also a freelancer, then you need to come up with solutions if you want to stick to the deadline. Depending on your budget you can either hire someone to create a design from scratch, either use a template. A .psd template is extremely useful in the following cases: you are a beginner and you want to practice your programming skills but you don’t want to spend time creating the visual stuff; you are a web developer and you don’t have a budget for creating the design; you have a budget but the time is so limited that you can’t afford spending it on the graphical part.

Full article and more PSD’s 🙂

Whatever your reasons are, a .psd website template can prove to be extremely useful so it will be a good idea to save them in your toolbox. In this article you can see a collection of 25 gorgeous .PSD’s which are ready to be converted into fully functional websites.

Intent Creative Free PSD Theme

25. website psd template

WordPress blog theme PSD template

24. website psd template

The design process vs. design-as-product

The trouble with the word “template” is that its meaning depends on one’s point of view.

To some, a template is a ticket to an instant website. Many content management systems allow owners to change plug-and-play themes as easily as they change clothes, and inexpensive skins are just a Google search away.

To others, templates are learning tools. Studying samples of real-world code and style is more practical for them than following examples in a book or reviewing lecture notes.

Templates can represent independence. Anyone, even someone without basic design or development skills, can choose from hundreds of templates without fear that a “design expert” will question their decision.

Templates can also mean efficiency. They are generic enough to fit most information, and they are reusable. Fill the space with a dash of content and you’re done.

Many people I’ve worked with-designers, managers and clients alike-equate templates with design. To create a design is to build a chair in which the content will sit. To choose a design is to select a vehicle to carry information.

The noun “design” differs from the verb “design”: one is a product, the other a process. This thought begs the question: is web design skin deep, or are designers more than purveyors of templates?

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Chasing Keyboard Shortcuts

Thinking of the process of designing a website as “producing the best template” is the wrong approach. I know from experience.

Not long ago I was hired to design a law firm’s website. The business’ owners knew what they wanted, more or less, and provided JPG mock-ups. Aware of the tight deadline, the developer and I hammered out a database, a custom CMS and, of course, the HTML template.

Their three-column composition had pale boxes on a paler background. We measured space for ads on the right, worked to fit the search tool on the left, checked spacing in three versions of Explorer and tweaked the drop-shadows under the navigation bar. In short, we fretted over everything except the center column.

As deadline approached, we met to address last-minute problems. One person wasn’t satisfied with the arrangement of certain information. Someone suggested a solution and asked me to try it out. A few HTML changes later, we saw the new page. Everyone settled for this compromise, and the website went ahead.

After the launch, the client complimented my design skills and particularly my knowledge of keyboard shortcuts. At first, I didn’t recognize the unintended insult, but I’d been cast in the role of “button pusher,” and the field of design was button pushing. Worse, it was my fault: by acting on the committee’s whim, I put myself in this position. The job paid well, but the result was uninspired and the experience belittling.

The best way to design, and I mean the verb, is to keep on designing, to seek problems. To insist that “less is more” is the same as saying “Don’t do something unless the project suffers without it.”

template design vs. content design

How Does It Work?
1. Ask questions.

“What do we want to accomplish?” is just the beginning, and “To build a website” is not a sufficient answer.

* “Who are we trying to help, inform or influence?”
* “Why should people come to us instead of the competition?”
* “Who is responsible for what?”
* “What do we need in order to launch, and what can wait for later?”
* “How will we maintain this website? Who will make changes, monitor traffic and troubleshoot problems?”
* “Has this been done before? If so, how can we improve on it? What mistakes can we learn from?”


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The trouble with the wordtemplate is that its meaning depends on one’s point of view.

To some, a template is a ticket to an instant website. Many content management systems allow owners to change plug-and-play themes as easily as they change clothes, and inexpensive skins are just a Google search away.

To others, templates are learning tools. Studying samples of real-world code and style is more practical for them than following examples in a book or reviewing lecture notes.

Templates can represent independence. Anyone, even someone without basic design or development skills, can choose from hundreds of templates without fear that a “design expert” will question their decision.

Templates can also mean efficiency. They are generic enough to fit most information, and they are reusable. Fill the space with a dash of content and you’re done.

Many people I’ve worked with-designers, managers and clients alike-equate templates with design. To create a design is to build a chair in which the content will sit. To choose a design is to select a vehicle to carry information.

The noun “design” differs from the verb “design”: one is a product, the other a process. This thought begs the question: is web design skin deep, or are designers more than purveyors of templates?

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40+ Elegant Free CSS/(X)HTML Templates from 2010


Today we present some useful free CSS/(X)HTML templates which are available for free download and use. You may want to consider using them for your next projects or build upon them, creating more advanced themes from these basic templates.

Free CSS/(X)HTML Templates

Blue Jeans (Demo | Download)
Stand out from the crowd with this cool, free template for a portfolio website based on blue jeans texture.

Blue-jeans in 40+ Elegant Free CSS/(X)HTML Templates from 2010

Portfolio (Demo | Download)
An HTML 5 and CSS based website template suitable for businesses. It has a jQuery slide show in the home page header for displaying your latest work, featured contents or can also be used to tell your visitor what your web site is all about.

Portfolio in 40+ Elegant Free CSS/(X)HTML Templates from 2010

High Five (Demo | Download)
It can be useful if you need to show case your work / portfolio. Most of the style elements are in the CSS including styles for Blog, Comment Template etc.

High-five in 40+ Elegant Free CSS/(X)HTML Templates from 2010

AppCloud (Demo | Download)
It has been designed with tones of blue, white and a bit grey to point out the gadgets and provide more usability that you can obtain information you need faster and more easily. You can display all gadgets you are selling.

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