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masterofollies
04-24-2009, 09:34 PM
Hi,

I am making this website for myself for my new business. Can you let me know about the first page? The graphic will be changed, but does it look ok being as small as it is?

http://www.rodgame.org/projects/htediting/

BoldUlysses
04-24-2009, 09:59 PM
I'd say if you're asking us, then you probably already know the answer for yourself. :D

Yes, it does look a bit small for what it is--a picture of a wide open expanse of space. :) Overall, the layout, as it stands, gives me the impression that I'm looking out a small porthole into the Arizona sunset. If that's what you're going for, great, but I would consider opening it up a bit more.

A couple of options would be:

- Simply make the image larger (7-800px wide or so). Res it down, but not too much, so that it won't be a bear to download.
- Move it up to the top of the page and put a faded full-width background behind it, kind of like this (http://www.sufferndesign.com/cm2g/). It's a way to get a fixed-width, centered layout to almost look full-width and fluid. :)
- Make your layout left-justified and fluid, a la Wikipedia, again with a header that stretches across the page. This might be a nice way to create a "horizon" effect, something alluded to by your image.

Good luck! Looks good so far!

Mwnciau
04-25-2009, 01:28 AM
The text on the links seem a bit cramped and have too little contrast to the background image to me. I tried changing the letter spacing to -1px and the color to #320, also removing the ' Us' in two of the links which seemed better (not sure on the color though).

On another note, if you also change the width of the links to 160px they all center out (but the background image need to be widened)

masterofollies
04-25-2009, 03:53 AM
The text on the links seem a bit cramped and have too little contrast to the background image to me. I tried changing the letter spacing to -1px and the color to #320, also removing the ' Us' in two of the links which seemed better (not sure on the color though).

On another note, if you also change the width of the links to 160px they all center out (but the background image need to be widened)

Alright there we go, I think it's improved alot. What do you think? You may have to refresh or clear cache to see the new stuff.

http://www.rodgame.org/projects/htediting/

BoldUlysses
04-25-2009, 04:52 AM
It's getting there, but now it's lacking contrast... It feels like the whole page is lost in a gray fog. What if you kept the content area full contrast (or something close to it) and faded out the background to a degree (give it an image or a gradient or something besides a solid color)? It would be a good way of distinguishing the two at least.

Also, your buttons don't coordinate with the rest of the page at all. You have soft gradients and neat, squared corners around the content area, then we get down the buttons and it's like the page comes to a screeching halt just below the header. The rounded corners and partially black outlines just look really, well, cartoonish on such a page. Consider a gentle, scalloped-out gradient with square corners, something like this (http://www.dynamicdrive.com/style/csslibrary/item/css_indent_menu/).

Sorry to be the bearer of so much criticism, but I hope at least it's constructive. Good luck!

masterofollies
04-25-2009, 03:02 PM
Sometimes it's good to criticism. It helps stop every website from being a pile of mess.

masterofollies
04-25-2009, 03:26 PM
Alright I added some color now, and I think the footer looks perfect. I didn't change the buttons because I am not sure what to do with them now that I have them the perfect size. *sigh*

http://www.rodgame.org/projects/htediting/

masterofollies
04-27-2009, 02:41 AM
Please delete this, I moved it.

vkidv
04-27-2009, 06:31 PM
That house looks like it comes from video footage with a massive lack of pixels it also looks a little artificially brightened.

You could make the corners less sharp and more curved?

masterofollies
04-28-2009, 06:29 PM
It's not the picture I am keeping, I threw it on there to help design the layout.



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