Im just about to start building a site for a friends compay. But before I started coding it i just wandered if you would mind taking a quick look and see what you think of the layout first.
Dont want to spend time coding it for it to look rubbish anyway lol
Well here is the link if you want to take a look.
07-04-2007, 03:49 PM
That looks pretty nice - the colors fit together and the menu seems easy-to-use. However I think that the color of the "Driveways", "patios" etc should be changed to a more "bright" color, as they can be a little hard to read. Anyways, nice.
07-04-2007, 05:27 PM
I like it a lot, good colors and combination. "Landscape and Driveways" is hard to read since it's too bright (not enough contrast to the white background). The part I like best is probably the navigation.
07-05-2007, 02:06 PM
Didn't even see the driveways navigation. How about putting a white stroke around the text in the horizontal to nav?
All in all looks nice. Will the vertical nav be in the same place for each page?
07-05-2007, 02:17 PM
That looks really nice. Now get coding! :D
Thanks for the comments there much appreciated.
I have taken them on board and changed a few things.
I have also now coded the page fully so was hoping you wouldnt mind checking it out for me again and letting me have your opinions once again !!
Well here is the link for the coded page
07-12-2007, 06:00 PM
It looks good. I think that flash would have made a nice little touch for the navigation menu to the right as you can do a little more with it than just a rollover, and it really is begging! But if you don't like flash, then it's fine as it is.
I don't like the 'Emerald' in the header. I'm not sure why but it looks a little too blocky and not as good quality as it could be. Because it's at the top of the page, and the first thing you read it gives the whole site an impression of 'amateurishness' (made up a word there!).
Also the yellow is quite hard to read in the same bit and the text below it reading 'Driveways - Patios.... etc.' looks like it should be links? not sure if you are planning to make it into links? But if not I'd change it to make it looks more textual and informative than somewhere my mouse was drawn to from the start.
EDIT: I've just noticed that those links ARE flash! So forget what I said up there and consider making them a little nicer... more smooth, and less 'flickery' as if you don't hover in the middle of the words they shrink again!
Oh, and you're using the <h1> tag for all of the text on that home page. This is semantically incorrect as the <h1> tags refers to the one, and only, header for the page. This page would be 'welcome', so I'd suggest changing that 'Welcome' image to text, or at least putting it in as an <h1> with an alt tag. You should be using <p> for the paragraphs.
thanks for your comments there my friend. Much appreciated. I took what you said on board and have now changed a few things which has hopefully improved it again.
If you would like to have a look and comment again feel free ? I know i would appreciate it.
07-16-2007, 10:10 AM
I like the page. I am no design expert but I was a bit confused about which was the menu the horizontal list below the banner image or the circle on the right.
The text on the front page is on the right track but could do with some copywriting.
07-16-2007, 10:43 AM
Don't forget to use your alt tags for your images. I turned off images in FF and just got the main content, no alt text for your title graphics etc.
Are you planning on making the red horizontal text become navigable?
Overall, tho, nice layout.
07-16-2007, 03:21 PM
I'm going to be picky here again! Firstly... that header text still needs changing if at all possible. The word Emerald just doesn't look right because it's not graphically as high quality as the other images on the site, so I think it could still do with a revamp and a little more quality without the 'blocky' feel.
Also the yellow text is still... yellow. I'd suggest either putting a background under it or changing the colour to a darker yellow/orange or you could try keeping the theme with either a purple or a green? Don't know which would look best but anything other than that very bright yellow!
Also, the flash. You've animated the buttons very nicely, but one thing I would add is a rollout function that would reverse the movieclip (if that is the method you have used) making things look a little smoother still. There is a nice tutorial here (http://toxiclab.org/tutorial.asp?ID=69) that may be of some assistance if you did not know how to do this...
07-16-2007, 04:53 PM
As for the yellow text, you could put a subtle (low opacity) drop shadow to add more contrast, or even a 1px stroke using a harmonious, darker color.
07-27-2007, 04:41 PM
For some reason I can't get the site to load properly, so I'm unable to go through what you've done so far.
The first impression is very good, so good in fact, that I'd like you to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, when the site is complete. It gives a feeling of confidence in Emerald landscapes.
I would suggest changing Emerald Landscapes and Driveways in the header as they don't seem to fit with the rest of the page.
07-27-2007, 04:54 PM
Just one more comment - I don't think the sentence "Established since 1987" makes sense. Shouldn't it be "Established 1987" or "Since 1987", but not both?