I've recently been charged with my first professional gig as a web designer. I've made a few pages before, very basic pages, that were for student groups or nonprofit organizations. Those were free and the client were more than satisfied with a product based off of a template or very simple markup.
I'd like to go above and beyond for this, my first professional job. My client wants to set up a website to market his skills so he can consult while also working full-time. Since he is an architect he has an eye for design that I haven't built up yet. Also he has no images to share for the website.
I would like to make a breathtaking design, or at least an eyecatching one. I've searched sites for templates but everything is so photbased, a privelege that I do not own.
Do you have any advice on designing for a non-photocentric site? Or any examples that show it done beautifully while also being eyecatching? Any tips or tricks on how to have my cake and eat it too?