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noartistname
08-03-2009, 09:15 PM
Hello!

This is my first website ever made:

noartistname.com (http://www.noartistname.com/)

Would you be so kind to review it? I've been doing it for about 2 weeks. I didn't use any templates - all design was made by me and I was trying to make minimal website. I've only used jQuery for slider effect and Vanilla with Texpattern for forum and blog (that doesn't have to do anything with main website).

I'm also trying to develop easy-series forum, blog and other web stuff, if you're interested to help me with it, I'll appreciate it. I'm also looking forward to make freelancer's community in future. Drop me a line.

Thanks in advance,
Aleks.

Fumigator
08-03-2009, 09:30 PM
The background hover color in the menu overlays the other menu items' text (firefox 3.5). I'm not sure if that's intentional, as it doesn't really hurt anything, but to me it looks like a mistake.

The blog link in the menu should just take you to the blog-- there's no need to tell us on a separate page about why we're not looking at the blog after clicking the blog link.

Also you may want to consider removing the donate page until your website is of notable value (no offense).

bazz
08-03-2009, 11:17 PM
http://validator.w3.org/check?verbose=1&uri=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.noartistname.com%2F

I like the paging effect and (to my surprise) the fact that it works with scripting disabled.

bazz

Apostropartheid
08-03-2009, 11:34 PM
The paging should use arrows instead of blocks: I didn't understand what they were for till I thought it was a mistake. I don't see what you're seeing, Fumi o.O

Fumigator
08-03-2009, 11:45 PM
http://validator.w3.org/check?verbose=1&uri=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.noartistname.com%2F

I like the paging effect and (to my surprise) the fact that it works with scripting disabled.

bazz

The slide effect surely does not work with JS disabled.


I don't see what you're seeing, Fumi o.O

You mean the menu thing? I attached a screenshot of the overlap that's bugging me. The black hover background is overlapping the word "Board".

bazz
08-03-2009, 11:50 PM
The slide effect surely does not work with JS disabled.

correct but, it is still equally easy to see each of the pages in the site. I should have been clear. The paging effect is good (I like it) and even with scripting disabled, the same action is required to access your pages.

The menu thing may be fixed because I don't get the problem in ff 3.5.1
bazz

noartistname
08-04-2009, 11:40 AM
Hi!

Thanks for your feedback! I don't have that problem with menu as well (I've tried using latest FF on both Mac and PC), but that probably can be fixed by adding little margin or padding effect - I'll do that anyway to keep menu more clear. Squares for navigation will be replaced with arrows (I just wanted to use only two images on page) and probably I'll give more space to content. BTW, my main attention was payed to "what if JS will be disabled?", so I used <noscript> tag to make my website work properly even if JS is disabled.

Regards,
Aleks.

mioot
08-04-2009, 06:58 PM
For beginers it is excelent start :)

oracleguy
08-05-2009, 05:31 PM
The paging should use arrows instead of blocks: I didn't understand what they were for till I thought it was a mistake.

I agree, arrows would be a lot more intuitive.

Yay
08-12-2009, 11:44 AM
I agree with Apostropartheid, also. Blocks could be mistaken for decoration (although, Im not sure how blocks could be classed as decor).

Also, your pages 'carousel' doesn't work on Safari 4. It simply just rotates around a lot at the beginning. Occasionally, it will stop at the page, but, in my opinion, it is too slow.

On the actual design, simple is good. On the other hand, I have no idea what that rather large dot in the centre of the page is doing there.

Regards

Aidanb1234
08-12-2009, 02:29 PM
Good attempt for your first site, and Yay is right carousel does work on Safari 4, Good job anyway.

_Aerospace_Eng_
08-13-2009, 09:10 AM
I don't like how your contact form opens a new window saying its submitted or if there any errors. To fit in with the rest of your pages why not make a thank you page that slides into view when the form is submitted. I think you should display any errors on the same part as the form rather than a new window. In your code you have an h4 that simply serves as an anchor but that h4 is above an h1. I don't think it should be that way simply speaking its not semantic. H1 has a greater weight than an h4.

noartistname
08-13-2009, 12:24 PM
Thanks everyone for your constructive critics and comments! I've launched new website - my second work. This one looks better I guess. Here is the link again:

Go here (http://www.noartistname.com)

Thanks!

countyleaf
08-13-2009, 12:30 PM
Your site is amazing and artistic keep it up , you could have little bit better by choosing different color than black. The concept of design is very good.

noartistname
08-13-2009, 12:32 PM
Your site is amazing and artistic keep it up , you could have little bit better by choosing different color than black. The concept of design is very good.

Thanks. Yes, color scheme is a bit weird, I'll work on it for next versions. Few bugs have been fixed with contact form as well, didn't notice them on localhost.

Yay
08-15-2009, 03:03 PM
In my honest opinion, I preferred the last, simplistic design.

Review for your new website:

Navigation
There is much better separators out there rather than the vertical line (|), perhaps you could try a bullet (•)?

Contact Form
I think you should outline the errors when submitted. The asterisks were no help to me, as I couldn't first spot them. They're better off beside the fields names, not the field itself.

I still prefer the older design. You could've tried changing the design around.
The old design was best suited for a portfolio, also.

Apostropartheid
08-15-2009, 06:45 PM
I have to disagree; I much prefer this site. It showcases your artistic ability much more. However, I think the text should be bound within the diagonal boxes, not allowed to overflow. I don't think there's a "better" separator, but the vertical line looks odd here. It's too thick, and you've left too little space between the line and word. I have to agree on the contact form, though, I would have not realized it didn't submit if I weren't explicitly looking for it.

medigerati
08-19-2009, 10:57 PM
I really like the new theme and the way the text isn't restricted to plain rectangles but is overlayed on tilted ones. Also, the code is very clean. Great work for just a second site!

bazz
08-20-2009, 12:37 AM
I like this new design and I agree with Aero, that the text should be within the 'boxes'. I don't know if it is possible but the text would be even better if it too, could be diagonal within the boxes.

Perhaps, there is no need for your email address on the contact form because the form enables submission of a message and also, because the more an email address is in a web page, the more susceptible (sp?) it is to spam.

good effort - I would feel good to have achieved that result.

bazz

Apostropartheid
08-20-2009, 01:30 AM
susceptible is right, bazz. Annoying word. The c is the tricky one.

Also, it wasn't aero who said that ):

bazz
08-20-2009, 01:12 PM
Oops, I just glanced to the left of the screen and I think it must have been the 'A' that gave me the thought it was Aero. :( I'm crap with names anyhoo so , aren't you Cyan behind the scenes?? :)

bazz

noartistname
08-20-2009, 03:08 PM
Hi guys!

Thanks a lot for new comments! I have to agree with almost everything you've said, so I'll take your suggestions into consideration for next update. I've deleted e-mail from that list of contacts. I'm also interested, if somebody want to work on this:

http://codingforums.com/showthread.php?t=174698

Regards,
Aleks.

medigerati
08-22-2009, 02:20 AM
I like this new design and I agree with Aero, that the text should be within the 'boxes'. I don't know if it is possible but the text would be even better if it too, could be diagonal within the boxes.

Perhaps, there is no need for your email address on the contact form because the form enables submission of a message and also, because the more an email address is in a web page, the more susceptible (sp?) it is to spam.

good effort - I would feel good to have achieved that result.

bazz

I really have to disagree on the "text in boxes" issue. Take it only as my opinion, but I like the creativity of having it float out of the boxes. It may not look as neat, but as an artist, I think you're trying to promote your ability to "think outside the box".



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