As the title say, I'm a developer(programmer) I'm looking to make some cash on the side from templates, but my designs always look old and dated, stuff you could design with html tables. I want to modernize my design skills without actually copying other designs. I can draw, but I can only draw others ppls work. I have trouble coming up with original art, and the same seems to be happening with my designs.
So What I'm asking is do you guys know any sites, books, articles, anything to help me improve my design skills and become a better designer.