05-12-2008, 06:53 PM
I designed a new website and I need some very constructive critizism. Please help me out. Any and all comments and suggestions welcome!
05-12-2008, 06:59 PM
The first thing that strikes me is the HUGE gap between the actual top of the web page to the header. You have to scroll down to see the eye catching content which possibly may defeat the point. If I were you I would make the general content higher, towards the top so you can actually see it. It is a basic design and it serves its purpose. Maybe you can add a few background images into it and make it look more gradient-like (if thats a word...).
So my constructive criticism is:
Make the content higher!
Add some more images (but not too many to make it look cheesy)
Here's what I think you need to focus on:
• You need to make your visitors want to resist hitting the back button! Visit similar sites to see what interesting elements they use to keep the visitor's attention, and consider incorporating some of the ideas into your pages.
• Find a nice color scheme to go by. The background color you're using makes me think of a doctors office, carbon copy papers, and even vomit, so I hope you're not set on it! You could visit Adobe Kuler for inspiration.
• Strive harder to look professional if you're serious about it. You could definitely do with a logo, because even a cheap stock pen image would give a better impression than the acronym in that very large type.
• Use CSS to customize the appearance of things. Pick colors for links. Soft gradient background, maybe?
• Be consistent. I noticed one of your pages opened in a new window, but it really didn't make sense. I have another point on consistency - It looks like you're on free hosting that automatically inserts a center aligned ad. You should center align your content table to match that. People are running higher and higher resolutions, too, and a left aligned table on a large monitor looks odd.
• You may like having Bradley Hand ITC as your font, but you should really consider picking a font that is more common. Most people don't have the font, and are going to see it replaced by a system default. You can even make a list in order by your preference and their similarity. Pick standard fonts that are easy to read.
As mentioned before, you also want to bring the page up to where it should be.
05-19-2008, 06:19 AM
Here's some suggestions:
- Center content on the page
- Use a different color scheme
- Reduce huge gaps
- Add some graphics that visually state what the site is about
- Put more content on the home page (add a box with the numbered how to items & another box with the current contests, title, prize amount & date only with a link to the full description)
- Jazz up the submit an essay link - maybe even make it the top item before the description
05-20-2008, 12:26 AM
- Doesn't validate (http://validator.w3.org/check?uri=http://www.syewap.com/), nor does the css (http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/validator?uri=http://www.syewap.com/)
- Bad color-contrast
(http://www.accesskeys.org/tools/color-contrast.html)- Uses tables for layout: bulky and time-consuming for recoding
- Your fonts might not be widely supported*
- I don't like the salmon-ish color-scheme
- I personally lean towards more web 2.0 themes (http://www.webdesignfromscratch.com/current-style.cfm)
- Bradley hand ITC...*
* Check some links on google (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=web+fonts&btnG=Search) regarding web fonts, I personally found them very helpful in choosing a font for my own site