Sites a Web Designer Should Know (or ‘I wish I had thought of this first’) Part 2

They say patience is a virtue and absence makes the heart grow fonder, but you just want your links, right? So here goes:


  • Intensivstation – XHTML and CSS 2 templates that start you off in pretty much any basic design you would want to use.
  • Mollio – another set of basic templates that you can download and play around with. A good learning tool if you’re new to CSS and XHTML.
  • Layout Gala – the best of the three, especially if you have a grasp of CSS. Takes the same markup and applies different CSS similar to the CSS Zen Garden. Excellent for setting up how you want content and links to appear for SEO purposes.


  • CSS Beauty – excellent design of the site itself, lists of CSS sites, CSS jobs and news as well.
  • Stylegala – similar to CSS beauty.
  • CSS Vault
  • CSS Tux – labeled as the “best dressed” sites on the web, some nice designs – including the site itself
  • W3C Sites – sites that conform to the W3C standards – beauty and standards compliance hand in hand.


  • Ten CSS Tricks You May Not Know – some cool stuff that I hadn’t heard of at the time for simply didn’t use enough.
  • CSS Navigation Techniques – besides allowing users to navigate your site and improving your SEO, navigation can be a strong aesthetic part of your site.
  • Max Design – list of resources, including Listamatic.
  • Learn CSS Positioning in Ten Steps – everything you need to know about positioning
  • Position is Everything – for when everything you know about positioning doesn’t work. Hopefully, IE7 will make this site obsolete.
  • CSS Tools – another list of CSS tools, much longer then mine. Some redundancy but some really cool stuff I didn’t list.
  • css/edge – Eric Meyer doing CSS. Do I need to say more?
  • Stu Nicholls | CSS Play – I have mentioned I have a love/hate relationship with this site. It has dozens of cool ideas that I borrow (steal) and that cause me to expand my understanding and abilities with CSS. I hate it though because everytime I think I’ve come up with a new idea in CSS… I find he’s already thought of it and 3 offshoots. Highly recommended

I hope you found something you didn’t know before and something that inspires you to make the web a more beautiful, CSS enabled, standards compliant and semantically correct place. Comments, constructive criticisms and flames welcome. Spam can be directed here.

Random Tidbit: WordPress does not like Opera at all. Something in the Ajax or Javascript just hates it. I’ve tried identifying and masking as Firefox and even Explorer, still no go. Someone should work on that since it’s rather annoying. I like Firefox and it’s not that hard to switch over I guess, but I would think that it wouldn’t be that hard to get it to work in Opera compared to say Explorer. But it could be I’m just not that smart.

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