Reuse a design
OK, I admit it. I have zero artistic skills. I can’t draw. There’s no way I could draw that offbeat dog on the right.
When I make a site from scratch, it ends up looking, well, not so good. My talents are in the geekery of the Web. Not in the art of it.
But some people are great at the visual side. Some of them share their work. Yay!
When I can, I use one of their designs. I prefer free designs, but will pay for one that does something I really need.
This chapter is about reusing designs. Usually, designs other people make don’t do exactly what you want. You need to change the graphics, colors, fonts, etc. I’ll show you how to do that.
Isn’t that cheating?
It sounds like stealing.
And why did we bother learning all that stuff in the other chapters? We’re just going to use an existing design.
Only use designs you have the right to. The people who made them gave us permission to use the designs. There are plenty of good, free designs out there. Plus lots of low-cost paid designs.
Professional Web developers often reuse designs. This isn’t cheating. It’s good business. It saves time and money.
Now, about the learning. You can’t reuse designs unless you can make them do what you want. You need to know about images, links, nav bars, tables, layout… stuff we’ve already talked about.
Do you reuse designs from other people?
Yes! I didn’t make the CoreDogs theme from scratch. I based it on the design Nonzero.
Let’s start by looking at the goal. At the end of the reuse process, what do we want to have?