I've read a lot of old questions on web design. (1
) And I've discovered a lot of good resources on HTML, CSS, and UX. These are useful, but I'm having trouble coming up with designs and knowing what's good about a design.
I've created web sites before, but they're not very polished. I'll sketch out something basic (navigation and content). I understand the HTML and CSS necessary to create it. But it'll end up looking boring and plain.
What makes a design good? What makes a web site look polished? Fonts? Colors? Images? Other stuff?
I guess my question is like this
, except that I have no background or history or theory or experience, and that's what I'm looking for.
What are some good resources to help me learn? Books are nice. Class recommendations are okay, too. (I'm in NYC.)