I got the idea for StrangeBanana when I read in Wired Magazine about a software program called n_gen which
creates random images. It's a really fascinating program, which unfortunately is no longer free to us.
I was also inspired by the ColorMatch program which
won first prize in the Danish 5K Awards 2002 (which
is a competition on creating the most interesting webpage with only 5 kilobytes). Creating matching
colors was one of the harder parts of creating StrangeBanana (and something which
could definitely be improved in a newer version).
If you also want the content of your website to be random, you can create random fake latin
and use it on your pages (e.g. for a demonstration).
I don't think there exist something exactly like this site (which generates random
graphic webpage designs), but the net contains lots of other sites which creates random
The css Zen Garden also creates different stylesheets for the same page, but those stylesheets are created by people.
I am a strong believer in using standards for webdesign. I used XHTML 1.0 and CSS
for StrangeBanana. This means that the StrangeBanana website and the designs creates
by StrangeBanana can be used on all modern browsers, and can easily be used and modified
by anyone (at least anyone that knows CSS). You can read about web standards,
and how and why to use them at webstandards.org.
If you don't know enough about CSS, read the
complete CSS Guide from StyleMaster. If you already know some CSS but needs to
take the last step and learn how to use CSS instead of HTML tables for layout read A
List Apart's article A CSS Redesign in Five Easy Pages.
If you are creating a new website you are creating, there are several other tools here.
Or go here:
if you want to see other sites which are geographically close to mine!
Oh, just one more thing: ProfilEdit.dk