Using Stock Layouts to Break a Creative Block

Using Stock Layouts to Break a Creative Block

No matter how creative of a web designer you are, there are times when absolutely nothing comes to mind for a client. It’s the dreaded creative block that we all face at various points in our careers. Over the years, one of the best techniques that I have found to break out of this block is to browse other designers’ work or to even start on a new site using a stock template. There are a lot of excellent designers out there who post templates for others to use either personally or commercially for free. Here are some resources to get your creative juices flowing again!

Remember to be sure to read the licensing files carefully. Designers provide information about their licensing requirements somewhere within the downloaded files if it is not clearly explained on the website itself. You can learn more about the various kind of Creative Commons licenses by visiting their website.

Free CSS | Free CSS Templates, Open Source CSS Templates and CC CSS Templates
Free CSS has over 1000 free CSS templates; all templates are free CSS templates, open source or creative commons templates. No table templates here!
http://www.free-css.com/

Styleshout.com | Free CSS Website Templates, Webdesign & CSS Resources
Offers a collection of quality free CSS templates, Website Templates, Webdesign resources, CSS resources
http://www.styleshout.com/

Open Source Web Design – Download free web design templates.
Download and upload free web designs.
http://www.oswd.org/

Open Design Community – Download Free Web Design Templates – OpenDesigns.org
The Open Design Community (TODC) is a group of Open Source Website Designers providing free web design templates helping to make the global internet a prettier place.
http://www.opendesigns.org/

Download free CSS templates – Free CSS Templates
Download free standards compliant CSS templates.
http://www.freecsstemplates.org/

Free Website Templates – Instant Download
Freetemplatesonline.com is a resource created by professional web designers to let the website be a matter of a wish but not money. Their free templates are also great educational supplies you can use while getting acquainted with a great form of a digital art – web design. They add a free website template every Wednesday and are open to any requests concerning the topics for free layouts.
http://www.freetemplatesonline.com/templates/

Free HTML Website Templates – TemplateYes.com
TemplateYes.com – Find free and premium website templates.
http://www.templateyes.com/html-templates.htm

Smashing Magazine-100 Free High-Quality XHTML/CSS Templates
In this post, they showcase 100 free high-quality templates. Hopefully some of them will save you some time in your design and development. While they are generally free for personal or commercial use, always remember to check the license first for any restrictions or guidelines.
http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/12/01/100-free-high-quality-xhtmlcss-templates/

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Karie Barrett

Creative Development Director at QAT Global
is the Creative Development Director at QAT Global. She has over 20 years diverse marketing, design, and business experience. Karie is responsible for driving creative strategy and execution to develop and produce quality creative web and marketing solutions that meet internal and external client's business objectives and goals. @KarieBarrett