Sometimes a tricky process during a website design or redesign project is to figure out what kind of a general look and feel the client wants for the new site. Asking a client to “just go find some sites you like and send me the links” is a bit like asking “just go find some stars in the sky you like and point them out to me.”
Introducing an old favorite of mine: CSS Zen Garden. It’s great when a client can visit this site and send back links to two or three designs that feel right for the project we’re working on together. The CSS Zen Garden is also a superb place to demonstrate how form and content can be separated from one another. A properly built website will have the ability to change form at a later date with a minimum penalty, i.e. having to rebuild content.