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Design Inspiration for Web Developers

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You've mastered the holy trinity: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. You're up-to-date on all of the latest HTML5 and CSS3 standards coming out of the W3C. You have your preferred web framework (such as Django, Rails) and you've mastered the language it's based on (such as Python, Ruby). You're a full-stack web developer, and you could build any website under the sun. Except ...

Your websites don't quite look as good as you'd like them to. There's something missing. You can't quite get the aesthetic you want. You've resigned yourself to the fact that you're a coder, not a designer. But never fear!

I've compiled a list of a few helpful sites that will give you some design inspiration for your next project. If you have any resources you think should be added to this list, please post them in the comments.

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1. SiteInspire

SiteInspire has its fingers on the pulse of some of the latest and greatest web design, and showcases its latest findings on its site. You can browse through its showcase of the latest and greatest, or you can sort by Style (like "cute" or "dark"), Type (like "event" or "magazine"), Subject (like "music" or "photography"), and Platforms (Behance, Shopify, etc.).

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2. Web Creme

 http://www.webcreme.com/

Web Creme updates regularly with some cool examples of cutting-edge web design. It seems to focus on individual designers and design studios, so you're guaranteed to find some great examples. 

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3. Colorgorize

Colorgorize is cool because it lets you sort through thousands of well-designed sites based on color scheme. So if you know that you want a website that makes liberal use of the color red, for instance, you can adjust the color slider to display sites that have red featured prominently. You can also search for a hex code in the search bar, which is neat. 

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4. Very Nice Sites

http://www.verynicesites.com/

Very Nice Sites is a lot like the other blog-style examples, except that anybody can submit a nice-looking site to its curators. This means that the site has a lot of variety from all over the web, the homepage today displays a variety ranging from a Game of Thrones website with liberal use of animation, to a site for women's mountain bikes, to the site for Columbia University Club.

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5. Siiimple

Siiimple is for you minimalists out there. It has collected more than 1,000 sites that make simple, conservative, and minimalist usage of CSS. A lot of the sites featured are graphic-heavy and will appeal to anyone who loves typography and flat design. 

If you'd like to add a site to this list, please share a link in the comments area below.

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