I have been designing web pages since 1994 when the web was still young. I
remember submitting my first web page to Yahoo! when it was still so small that
I got an email that evening from them saying thanks for the submission and then
mentioning something about the web site. It was nice when the web was more
personal and friendly. The growth of the Internet has also led to being more
impersonal, which is too bad.
I've never been particularly inclined graphically, but I've tinkered around
quite a bit with web design and sometimes I've been fairly pleased with what
has turned out. I first used Paint Shop Pro for some photo manipulation and
then I used PhotoShop for a while until the demo ran out. I have since moved
to The GIMP for all of my graphic needs.
As far as finding designs, I have used web sites that I like as templates. I
used ibm.com to help design my
Coin Collecting web site and I kind of
like how it turned out.
I got the original design for the Chesney
Hawkes web site from
Elated Page Kits but I ended
up changing so many things I took off their link from the bottom because none
of the original page kit remained. They have some very nice
looking sites, but a lot of them are fairly graphic intensive so they are
harder to tweak if you want to customize it. If what they make works for
what you want, then you can have a really nice looking site right away, but
rarely is that the case for me. (I like to customize things)
My home page (the one you're looking at right now) has gone through many different
designs. I didn't save all of them but I've compiled
most of them
for your viewing pleasure. The older ones were before browsers could even
support tables, so don't be too harsh in your criticism.
Updated Mar 03, 2009