"About a year ago, I compiled a huge list of artistic sites. It seems like the trend has carried
on in 2008 and is growing stronger (thank God the glossy style is gone). So what’s hot now?
Pencil sketches, handwritten notes, card stocks, watercolor effects, collage art, script fonts,
grungy and splatter ink backgrounds (glossy gradients are not "in" this year). Another trend to
be on the lookout for are the vintage and retro styles which I’ve posted earlier this year.
Here is a list of 82 sites picked from Best Web Gallery that show the current design trends."
So for the rest of use, not fortunate enough to afford a designer, there is still a lot of options like
TemplateShaker is WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) xhtml/css template generator.
"Using this tool is pretty simple: just click and customize the look and feel of the template on
the fly, in complete WYSIWYG environment. Save the template and it is done – just open the
template generated with your favorite html editor and use it for your sites. It is free of charge
– both for non-commercial and commercial use. You are free to use the templates on all your
sites and all your client’s sites.
This product is designed to give web designer quick and easy way to modify the look of
predefined template layouts. You can change the images, backgrounds, text colors, page
background etc. This initial release comes with 3 templates predefined but you can produce
hundreds of templates by playing with the different customization settings. The templates
which this tool generates are free to use if you keep the credits link at the bottom.
(However - in case you want to remove the credits, there is commercial version available)"