Standard "out of the box" SharePoint forms aren't very aesthetically pleasing and quite clunky in form. I know that SharePoint designer lets you create custom forms/pages using Asp/aspx. Is there a way to create a custom form from scratch (adding multiple fields, tables, and buttons) and then map those fields to a share point list pro grammatically without the need for creating a web-part with VS or using InfoPath? I'm mostly looking for a straightforward way to insert new items with this type of form. SharePoint has the generic data views for viewing the data which i can use. Thanks!
P.S. I'm using 2010 for SharePoint & Designer