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JohnCarter
04-18-2007, 01:09 PM
I am designing my a site for a double glazing repair company.

Do you think it is appropriate to incorporate a Web 2.0 style to the site?

FYI: My definition of Web 2.0 basically comes down to bright, bold colours, varying size fonts, stickers and a lot of gradients.

ronaldb66
04-18-2007, 01:40 PM
Well... do a Google for "double glazing" and see what the competition is doing; then chose to go along or try something different.
I'm not a designer, but I wouldn't get too hung up by all the "Web 2.Duh" hype; try to come up with a design that fits the subject, fits the client and works appealing rather than distracting.

JohnCarter
04-18-2007, 03:28 PM
Hi Ronald

Thanks for your input. I have actually checked google previous to starting the project and most of the sites for these company are poor quality templates the companies have clearly brought and added their own info. Therefore I'm kind of on my own on this I think.

I have uploaded the one page site to http://jhctest.awardspace.com/sites/glazing/index.html

It's not strictly Web 2.0 but hasn't got a very "double glazing" feel to it in my eyes.

Does anyone have any opinions they could share with me? Bare in mind there is a header that is missing because the image isnt ready yet but will fill the white space in the top of the section.


Thanks again Ronald.



John.

Beams
04-22-2007, 07:39 AM
John,

On the resource page of my website, http://web2.0bump.com, theres a page full of web2.0 design and style features commonly featured on "Web2.0" sites. Simple things like icons and horizontal navigation bars, and a gradient banner will look sharp and be easy to navigate, and have a Web2.0 appearance.

Keep in mind tho, that the content is the most important feature of any website. Ive always told my clients that if their products are right, they will buy from the website regardless of what it looks. Be sure not to take the attention from what the website is meant to be about. Im sure you already know this, but there are some brillant looking Web2.0 websites that are too bright and flashy for the type of business its promoting.

Cheers

JohnCarter
04-23-2007, 10:34 AM
Hi Beams

Thanks for your thoughts on this. I've had a quick look at your site, very nice for future references - thanks.

Your point "...there are some brillant looking Web2.0 websites that are too bright and flashy for the type of business its promoting." is really what I'm getting at. Anyone with any opinions about the site I have linked would be great.

The site isn't strickly Web 2.0 styling just influenced by it.

ronaldb66
04-23-2007, 02:41 PM
John,

Again, I'm not a designer, but: I like it! The transparent-looking gradients look very glassy, so most appropriate for a glazing site if you ask me, and I like the use of the main logo in icon form. I'm not too sure about the hard blue sections though; these might be a bit too overpowering for the function they fulfill.
I'm looking forward to the version with imagery!



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