One of my favorite things to do is get inspiration from other sites and profiles.
Most of what I do revolves around making personal pages which is another ballpark, however I am honing my skills for subtle textures/gradients and other elements to give the page a 3D look.
He is just an amazing graphic artist.
Excellent use of texture and background to direct the eye.
3d elements and touches of "light".
I prefer bold themes but can also tone things down.
My site reflects a site it is meant to tribute.
When designing my site I had a set color scheme to work with.
I also had to choose a fitting mascot along the lines of the site we pay tribute to which is a lizard.
Although I had these preexisting must haves I was still able to put my touches in.
Just remember that you can not please all the people all the time and give it your best shot.
It is still pretty new, so please report any bugs. From the feedback so far, it has worked for whole sites. If you use it and something looks off to you just let me know and I will give you a "Patch". There are some areas of a full ning site that I do not have included in the code that could come in handy. :)
I am hoping this is not too far out of the realm of design tips...
I've just seen the swapmamas network
Fantastic design. Very easy to navigate and very well organized contents.
I really woud like to know how did they put these links in horizontal design - Each circle have his own link. Does anyone know ? Would like to do it in my network. rebal21.ning.com
Everybody knows that an image is worth a thousand words...
...therefore, I'd suggest that NING should create an album -kind like when one searches images in Google- with the frontpage of each network in NING. Then, members of the Creator's network should be allowed to rate them hence giving you a ranking of what designs are more accepted.
I know, it'd be a huge album... but it'd be worth!, don't you think so fellow creators?
O,WOW NOW WE WANT TO HAVE A COMPETITION OF THE NING NETWORKS,.,,LOL WHAT A JOKE....WE ARE ALL NING NETWORK CREATORS,DOING OUR OWN THING....IS THIS SITE ABOUT CREATORS WORKING TOGETHER TO SUPPORT EACH OTHERS EFFORTS AS NETWORK CREATORS? THIS IS NOT AMERICAN IDOL,WE DON'T NEED TO BE CASTING VOTES ON WHO FOLKS I REALLY DON'T GIVE A DAM ABOUT WHAT THEY THINK ABOUT THE DESIGN OF MY NETWORK,GET TOGETHER AND JUDGE OTHER NETWORKS AS IF THAT REALLY WOULD MAKE THAT NETWORK BETTER THAN ANOTHER....LOL THIS CREATORS SITE IS A JOKE.....REALLY....
AND ANOTHER THING,NING IF YOU DID THAT WHICH IS SUGGESTED ABOVE MY POST,YOU WOULD BE VIOLATEING MY NETWORKS PRIVACY......TO THINK OF TAKING MY NETWORK AND POSTING THE FRONT PAGE OF IT ANYWHERE,WOULD BE A GROSS VIOLATION OF MY NETWORKS PRIVACY SETTINGS,WHICH IS SET TO PRIVATE, AND MY NETWORK IS ONLY VISIBLE TO MEMBERS,WHICH I LIKE AND MY MEMBERS LIKE.........SOME OF US LIKE OUR PRIVACY AND DONT CARE TO ADVERTISE WHAT WE DOING ON OUR NETWORK TO THE WHOLE NING FAMILY AND THEY MAMAS.YOU FEEL ME.
I'm in the process of changing all the themes i've created, well over a 100, the early ones now look so 'naff' I went from basic to all the bells and whistles to now just doing what I think looks a little classy, or whatever people ask me to do, even if they want 'the works' so to speak.
Mine are just for sites that people use for leaving comments or doing a little blogging etc. not the ones where people make money or similiar.
I haven't really seen any sites that make me go 'wow'