Update: Pretty as a Picture has a smaller collection of templates, most (all?) of which are available on the two larger sites below. Means you don't have to search through the crap to find the good stuff though.
Some of the templates are really good, particularly those by Andreas Viklund. Here are a few samples that caught my eye:
I receive quite a few requests from people looking for a web site or a site redesign and 99% of the time I turn them down, mainly because I don't have enough spare time to take on the extra work.
I'm also aware that these requests largely come from individuals and smaller companies, who don't typically have the budget that I would charge. They have no concept of the amount of work that goes into designing and building a web site, and so are floored when I provide them with a quote that's way above what they expected.
However, if I let them pick a template from one of these sites, which I then customized and built out, I could charge a lot less because the time and effort involved would be greatly reduced. Not having to come up with the initial design and template would make the whole process much simpler and quicker.
I feel there's some sort of ethical dilemma here though, and that I should be designing my sites from scratch rather than building on (stealing?) other people's work. Or am I just being too picky?
If you have any thoughts on this subject I'd be interested to know what you think.
Posted on: February 13, 2006 | 9 Comments