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Web Constructions

Posted 11 August 2009 - 09:39 AM

I am a web designer. Here is the website I just finished designing: http://www.webconstructions.org. Tell me what you think. I would love any input (good or bad).
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Re: Web Constructions

Posted 12 August 2009 - 09:09 AM

Looks ok. The graphics need a little work. First of all - your paperclip has unnecessary artifacts around it. The black text in your nav doesn't have enough contrast to make it EASILY legible to all users.

Most important - currently - your site loads in 9.9 seconds and that is not necessary. You only have 1 image in your flash and yet it is almost half a meg. You need to optimize your graphics and flash immensely. You logo for instance is 4 colors plus the gradient for the shadow - so a top of 15-30 colors (margin for aliasing of text) is needed to produce your logo. Yet it comes in at 75K. I have redone it as a 50% jpg - and now comes in at 23K. You may even be able to go lower with a gif - didn't have time to test too much.

Anyways, look at optimizing the site then I'll look into your layout.

Keep it up - it's looking good.

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Re: Web Constructions

Posted 12 August 2009 - 09:18 AM

The blue logo and black background don't fit together for my eyes. I like the paperclip , it gives a bulliten board feeling. The menu looks alright, again it doesn't fit with the background.

I like the cobweb (don't know why). But if you change the BG, it might have to change.

A good site idea, not bad. B Seem fitting Greg? :P
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Re: Web Constructions

Posted 12 August 2009 - 09:33 AM

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A good site idea, not bad. B Seem fitting Greg?


I think that you should ditch the grading system - mainly because it may inhibit some people to continue working on their site - while others that get an A may think that they shouldn't continue working on their site.

I would say a checklist is more optimum - and I guess you could use that as a grading system - for instance:

- Colors work well together (contrast and comfortability)
- Navigation is easily noticeable
- Navigation is easy to discern
- Overall GUI is intuitive

This could be built upon easily.
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Re: Web Constructions

Posted 12 August 2009 - 10:56 AM

View Postgregwhitworth, on 12 Aug, 2009 - 08:09 AM, said:

Looks ok. The graphics need a little work. First of all - your paperclip has unnecessary artifacts around it. The black text in your nav doesn't have enough contrast to make it EASILY legible to all users.

Most important - currently - your site loads in 9.9 seconds and that is not necessary. You only have 1 image in your flash and yet it is almost half a meg. You need to optimize your graphics and flash immensely. You logo for instance is 4 colors plus the gradient for the shadow - so a top of 15-30 colors (margin for aliasing of text) is needed to produce your logo. Yet it comes in at 75K. I have redone it as a 50% jpg - and now comes in at 23K. You may even be able to go lower with a gif - didn't have time to test too much.

Your right, the paperclip needs to be fixed. Could you suggest a color that would work for the nav? I always thought the low contrast looked cool, but I never thought about it being hard to read. :blink: Maybe your right though.

Do you think the bg should change too? I always thought the color scheme of black and blue looked cool kewlkreator.

The site definetly needs a serious compressing job on all the images. I'll try to work on that and get back to you in a couple days. Thanks! :D
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Re: Web Constructions

Posted 12 August 2009 - 03:16 PM

@kewl -

been here the whole time.

Thanks firebolt.

http://www.dreaminco...topic117912.htm

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Re: Web Constructions

Posted 13 August 2009 - 02:18 PM

'S okay. I like your system (no hard feelings bolt :))
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That was just my suggestion, I'm not an expert in backgrounds but perhaps a dark image background?
http://www.idesktopb...-background.jpg
^ Something like that?
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Re: Web Constructions

Posted 14 August 2009 - 08:01 AM

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That was just my suggestion, I'm not an expert in backgrounds but perhaps a dark image background?
http://www.idesktopb...-background.jpg
^ Something like that?

That bg might work, I'm not sure. Honestly, it is mostly black anyway. What do you think Greg?

I also was able to cut the size of my flash down to less than half of what it was before! And I cut the size of my images down by a lot! Thanks Greg for the suggestion. :) I think that will make the loading time a whole lot faster now.
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Posted 14 August 2009 - 08:36 AM

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I think that will make the loading time a whole lot faster now.


And that is huge. We have done case studies for our agency and we have found that if you DON'T grab your audience withing the first 5-10 seconds, they're gone. So whatever you have on your site - you better have something that engages your user right away. (Also Depends on Demographic)

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What do you think Greg?

WAY to distracting. We want people's eyes to be diverted to the web, which done currently. I personally would take that web, duplicate it and scale it by maybe 300% and fix it in the top right hand corner at about 50% opacity, basically a watermark in the corner. It's subtle, brand specific, and allows the user to maintain focus on what you want them to maintain focus on.
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Posted 14 August 2009 - 08:53 AM

Hmm... I like the idea! Any more suggestions? :D
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Re: Web Constructions

Posted 14 August 2009 - 11:47 AM

Ya for sure, Change up the buttons. Add in some JQuery/ CSS hover effects. Also add some transparency to some of your elements. Try checking out http://bestwebgallery.com/ for current website trends/ etc. I would suggest a grunge background for your type of site, with maybe some very basic buttons. Cheers

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Re: Web Constructions

Posted 15 August 2009 - 08:14 AM

View Postmarkhazlett9, on 14 Aug, 2009 - 10:47 AM, said:

Ya for sure, Change up the buttons. Add in some JQuery/ CSS hover effects. Also add some transparency to some of your elements. Try checking out http://bestwebgallery.com/ for current website trends/ etc. I would suggest a grunge background for your type of site, with maybe some very basic buttons. Cheers

A grunge background? I honestly cannot picture my site with a grunge-type bg. :blink: Did you have a specific one you want to suggest? I am not saying it won't work, but still, I can't picture it for my site.

As for transparency, I don't doubt that my site needs it. But could you give me some suggestions on what to make transparent?

Also, you suggested "basic bottons." First off, a lot of people, I have found, like the fading bottons. Maybe it would look better with more simple bottons; I'm not sure. What do you think Greg? Thanks for your input Mark! :D
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Re: Web Constructions

Posted 18 August 2009 - 08:45 AM

View Postgregwhitworth, on 14 Aug, 2009 - 07:36 AM, said:

WAY to distracting. We want people's eyes to be diverted to the web, which done currently. I personally would take that web, duplicate it and scale it by maybe 300% and fix it in the top right hand corner at about 50% opacity, basically a watermark in the corner. It's subtle, brand specific, and allows the user to maintain focus on what you want them to maintain focus on.

OK, I liked your idea best Greg. :) So, I tried it! Tell me what you think: http://www.webconstructions.org. I think it really looks cool now! :^: Thanks Greg! :D
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Re: Web Constructions

Posted 18 August 2009 - 10:42 PM

The OCR font isn't the best choice and the blue gradient doesn't fit in with the other content. The header is pixelly and that mixed with a dark background doesn't help at all. :)
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Posted 20 August 2009 - 07:14 AM

View Postfirebolt, on 18 Aug, 2009 - 09:42 PM, said:

The OCR font isn't the best choice and the blue gradient doesn't fit in with the other content. The header is pixelly and that mixed with a dark background doesn't help at all. :)

What do you think I should do with the bottons? I kind of like them, but maybe your right. :) Could you explain why you don't like the bg color? And give me a suggestion on a new one? Thanks for all your help! :)
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