Design matters a lot now. Well designed products (assuming they're useful) play a huge role in establishing credibility and trust with the user.
How do you design better products? I'm an indie developer and can't really afford a designer. Plus many freelance designers will just do cookie cutter work. The truly good ones are either out of reach or busy.
For eg, I love how well designed Indie Hacker the site is, and from what I've seen csallen is a dev but has a great eye for design. For the rest of us, are there any good books/articles that share good pointers? I've read Refactoring UI from the TailwindCSS guys and that has helped. But I generally struggle with "placing things on the page" and making the page look fuller or lending it some gravity. For eg drop shadows, colors, placement/layout, borders etc do add a lot to making a product look more real. In general, my screens look like things are just sort of floating randomly.
For context, what I'm building is a very simple tool so I get the feeling "there just isn't much here to see". Does that make sense?