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    Designing for yourself

    Hey.

    Am i the only one who finds it so damn hard to design their own site?

    I create loads of designs but im never happy with the final result.

    Cheers

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    Sometimes you can analyze your own designs too much, and never be happy with the outcome. It's always good to get others views. You can post it in the "website reviews" here at SP.
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    First up all if you have good designing skill then just take a template and edit it.Then show it for the review at SP>

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    thanks for the replies.
    I made one the other week and i thought id made one id stick with bt the more i see it the more i dislike it.

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    I'm the same way. I'm never satisfied with my design. As for posting in the reviews, that can be a double-eged sword as you'll never satisfy 100% of the viewers

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    aye thats true. Jst bugs me alot. The coding is practically done i jst need a design and to do the css lol

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    Well I also get the same problem, but then I compare it with what else I have designed so far, and try to improve it again and again, till I have got what I'm looking for. You can try that too.
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    Many designers have this problem. I'd err on the side of putting something out rather than nothing, but there is a threshold of quality below which you will be damaging your own reputation.

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    I've got a half dozen old designs in my scrap pile. My problem is that I grow weary of my design because I see it too much.

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    I have to agree that it is hard to satisfy yourself than a client. But in the end you will get to a design which you will say ....wow....this is it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L4DD13 View Post
    Am i the only one who finds it so damn hard to design their own site?

    I create loads of designs but im never happy with the final result.
    You're not the only one. It's tough designing for yourself, because you're your own toughest critic.
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    That's true. I got my first site design outsourced whereas for the second site I did it on my own. Let the design be simple but at the same time attractive and not loaded with too many features because it takes too long to load...

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    I usually get it the other way around.
    I design something I think is amazing looking, and other people go "meh".

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatratstew View Post
    I usually get it the other way around.
    I design something I think is amazing looking, and other people go "meh".
    Haha. Yeah. That happens too.
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    Many of us are hipercritical to the thing we do.
    Its important to show your job and ask other ppl opiniones.

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    Nice post keep it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spencer F. View Post
    You're not the only one. It's tough designing for yourself, because you're your own toughest critic.
    I heard that! I am always designing new layouts and designs for my site but end up binning them because im not happy.... probably chucked five designs in the last 3 weeks!
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    I'm always my own toughest client! It's the same with most people I know.

    I find the important thing is to remember trust in your skills and get something out there. I used to spend months (literally!) coming up with a great design, then developing and tweaking it for ages. Then comes the boredom of looking at the same design over and over again, so I'd end up twisting it into something radically different and the whole process would start again. All the while my old site would stay online gathering dust.

    I fond that most of the time that first design was perfectly good enough, and could have been online while I was twisting into the newer design - If you understand what I mean. This means you'll get to put a new design up quite regularly. Many designers do this and change their site a few times a year. I often look forward to what's going to be there when I visit next.
    "Everything should be as simple as possible,
    but no simpler" - Albert Einstein


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