CSS, CSS and CSS, that’s what you should know well to even judge some designs. I’m basically a programmer but I think i can do some kick ass designs too. From the very beginning of web development, i learned both Web programming and designing. There used be a tool called "Top Style Lite". It’s still there btw. I used to use that to do tests with CSS properties of HTML elements. It’s long ago may be around 2000-2001. But in recent years, especially from 2006, we see a boom in web trends. The Web 2.0 thing where css is extensively used to make appealing pages. It doesn’t get better on your concept if you don’t keep browsing better styled sites. From last year, smashingmagazine.com has been a really cool site to bring up the state of the art collection of tools for web developers. Things are pretty available these days. Wish it was there 5-6 years back!!
Anyways, using a good header will completely change the looks of your page especially some pages like your blog. And choosing cool headers is always a dilemma, at least to me. So i keep playing the css properties and look how they can be improved. Of course i get inspired from many sites. But i have my own style gallery of headers which i normally use. Take a look at this.
This is one of the gallery of headers i most commonly use in web apps. Although i’m not in charge of designs in the company i work, i try to influence when i see it can look better. These headers use most common fonts which are generally available in operating systems. You can take the file if you like. Hope it helps some people :)
I’ll write a post about my favorite picks on content text styles later.