Here I am taking a quick tea break away from finishing my website graphics... for the umpteenth time. Maybe I should do a section on all the rejected style tryouts that I've come up with over the last 10 months or so! This got me thinking about Amy Allen, a really talented web designer who owns the Amybug's Primitive Attic website. She produced a lovely Ebay Auction Template for me last Christmas and I can't recommend her highly enough.
Her work is what I would call American Gothic and has had a big influence on my (hopefully) final website look as I always knew that I wanted a sort of mad, high camp, whimsical "Victorian British Empire Gothic" look.. as if that makes any sense. Pugin-style High-gothic can look very austere and hard or just TOO MUCH when it comes to any kind of information design, which is what a website basically is.
But I still wanted something rich and textural as well as ornate and before I saw her design everything was a mess, just too busy, an assault on the eyeballs. She is excellent with colour palettes and I realised that I basically had to de-saturate everything I was doing and add more subtle textures. (hhhmmmm subtle... I should get one of those Victorian cross stitch samplers with that word on and hang it over my Mac. Amybug specialises in Ebay stuff and I wish I enjoyed ebay more as I would get more use out of my template. As well as bespoke designs, she also produced of the shelf templates and webgraphics, well worth a look. She is also a really lovely friendly person and great to work with, look for Amybug in my links list. :o)