10-15-2008, 04:23 PM
I have a site here which is not quite finished, but thought I would ask for some preliminary comments.
All useful advice appreciated.
Overall, it is good. But it utilizes flash.
10-15-2008, 04:53 PM
I'm glad you liked the site and many thanks for your comments: they're much appreciated!
10-15-2008, 05:14 PM
Flash - most machines do not support flash.
That's not true. Although a lot of mobile devices don't support (or run, due to battery life) Flash, most typical browsers have Flash installed and up-to-date.
Having said that, I hate all-Flash websites and this is no exception. Here's how Flash is hurting your website, in my opinion:
takes too long to load
takes too long to transition between pages
doesn't work on some devices
can't bookmark pages or send a link to a specific page
sound is irritating and not appropriate in some settings
text on some pages is badly anti-aliased with no copy/paste availability
On a similar note, it seems odd to me that your portfolio pieces seem like simple HTML sites but your site is all-Flash. I would expect to see similar, all-Flash designs that stress interactive features over accessibility and content delivery.
Also, your portfolio pieces would be better served with descriptions of what you provided, rather than summaries of the site written in the perspective of the site owner. Maybe that's a preliminary thing that's going to change.
10-15-2008, 05:50 PM
Flash - most machines do not support flash.
What?! You've obviously not seen this (http://www.adobe.com/products/player_census/flashplayer/version_penetration.html)
For me, this site comes under the category of 'obnoxious flash site' ie. the flash used does nothing to enhance the the experience of the user and simply gets in the way in an obnoxious fashion - I don't need to see a stupid animation between each page load and I don't need buttons to make silly bleeping noises.
You have things that appear to be links that aren't and things that should be links that don't appear to be.
Nothing on your site needs it to be in flash. If you redid it in html/css it would be much better and more usable.
Flash has its place but this isn't it.
10-16-2008, 03:41 PM
I'm a fan of Flash when used well, and when you have a backup for when Flash is not appropriate. There are some validation errors, http://validator.w3.org/check?verbose=1&uri=http%3A%2F%2Fstevehigham59.7host.com%2F9Test%2Fgraphic9.html which I would look at, but also how you embed the Flash. (see my signature)
Honestly when I see the word Design, I tend to think, ok Flash use sometimes fits the mold. I think you can use it (granted that you make a second HTML version that works for anyone who doesn't like Flash or can't see it, hence a good reason to embed with JS), but the only real feature that couldn't be done with JS is the transition (which I think gets a little repetitive after trying to navigate around). Perhaps utilize the interactivity of Flash a little more, but also reduce its use site-wide? If your portfolio is Flash based, add features that a simple html page couldn't show (video, tours, audio, magazine flipping, etc), but use Flash for the features that it enhances, and not the entire site.
So against what others are saying, use Flash and use it forcefully. But as they are saying, use it sparingly to make big points.
10-20-2008, 11:41 PM
Putting aside the whole Flash debate for a moment; personally I find the site a bit lacking in personality. I dont much like how you have to keep navigating back to 'Main' (once you can actually find the link) in order to get to the other pages either.
Also I'm not quite sure why you have links to W3Schools etc. on your portfolio page, what is the reasoning behind that idea?
The homepage is a bit vague - really the brief for your homepage should be:
1. Who you are (description/statement)
2. What you can do (description/statement)
3. Who you have done it for before (description/statement/testimonials/3-5 thumbnails of previous work linking to the portfolio)
4. How we can contact you
Hope that helps a bit
10-22-2008, 10:19 AM
Very many thanks to all who replied to my request for a site review.
I have seen good all-Flash sites (photographers' galleries, for instance), but yes, as jeremywilken suggests, I think I agree that sometimes they have a cumbersome feel, so my next project will definitely combine HTML and Flash.
I had to put the links, Graft-Creative, on the Portfolio page because I couldn't see where else to put them! The Portfolio is not visible when the user is browsing through the links, but I accept that the links are not signposted as they should be.
rmedek suggests that portfolio pieces would be better served with descriptions of what you provided, rather than summaries of the site written in the perspective of the site owner.
I can't really agree with that at all. If I own a pub or shoe shop and would like a Web site, I probably know more about lager than long integers and would not be too interested in how a Web company built its online MS Access database or optimised its images in Photoshop 7.
I would be more concerned about what that Web company could do for my pub or shoe shop and even then, I would probably be more focused on its final presentation, rather than on the nuts and bolts that went in to build it.
Anyway, I'm grateful for the posts - thanks!