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I've seen a lot of people design great websites here on DR. Since I'm being dragged into quite a bit of front end, I've decided to quit complaining and up my design game. Suggestions and advice on good design considerations?

Our creative lead sent me a few reference websites that had a lot of "wow factor". It had stuff like trailing text animations, slow motion menus and what not. For some reason, I found all of it to be annoying and pointlessly bloated. I'm more into minimalist design and simple transitions but idk if this is just my taste or lack of competence in making such fancy ass design that makes me not appreciate such sites. I need advice and I'm not sure on what. You'd probably know what if you've been in a similar situation before.

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  • 3
    i can recommend http://css-tricks.com
    they have a facebook page as well and enlighten my feed every day.
    it's not only limited to css.
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    If you like it clean try this http://getskeleton.com/
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    @JackToolsNet See that genuinely made me go wow. It's so refreshing.
    Thanks btw. :)
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    I'm no website designer or front-end developer, but God in Heaven, if I have to deal with another animated tile-based design monstrosity of a web site, I will reach through the very Internet itself and throttle the person who made it.

    Er, no pressure.
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    @erroronline1 Ah will check it out. I'm not on Facebook but maybe I'll quickly make a TG bot to use the RSS to send me articles now and then. ;)
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    @halfflat *nervous laughing*
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    Okay, getskeleton.com is now my new best friend. It's superb in its simplicity and legibility. It doesn't require Javascript. The HTML is actually readable.
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    scotch.io is a good frontend site.
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    @JackToolsNet Amazing! Thanks for that, was looking for some inspiration and getting my 'mojo' back. :)
  • 2
    https://uxplanet.org every now and again have some nice "inspirational" posts from time to time.
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    Dont do the wow its not wow its how to fuck off your users.
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    Good design is as little as possible, but no less.

    Delayed transitions rarely serve any purpose, in which case they are just frontend wankery. The exception is maybe something like a skip link that blends in without delay, but fades with delayed transition.

    Or if an object is animated and shall move from A to B, representing an actual displacement and not a state change.
  • 4
    Skeleton, Bootstrap, all fine and dandy, "easy to use"

    Though if you want to get used to the actual css properties, I'd advice working with an utility based framework like Basscss or maybe even more popular: Tailwind

    Be sure to look up @js_tut or Twitter for free Node, Javascript and CSS ebooks ;)
  • 2
    Less is more.

    Related link:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
  • 3
    you guys might want to to pull up a skeleton page on safari before you commit. The original hasnt been updated since 2014 and none of the spinoffs that are listed in issue #311 seem to work with it any better.

    I've been looking for a bootstrap replacement all week, ended up settling on just using flexboxgrid and building my on library on top of it.
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    Thanks everyone. I think I'm not quite yet ready for front end. Should bail out from any other projects coming my way till then.
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