User Input for an old site -- what do you and don't you like?
This is an older site that my company had designed before my time -- currently I am in the stages of redesign. A new site will be XHTML 100%tableless, CSS positioning -- so please don't post about the code, believe me, I know:)
What I would like to know is what you don't like, and what you do like about this older site. Many people strongly dislike it, many love it.
How do you feel about the overall look? The images? The color Scheme? The Navigation (not only look, but functionality)?
What would keep you visiting? Current articles written from our designers? A blog about the industry and techniques? Interactive animation of the processes and walk throughs of the museums?
Feel free to let go -- the more rough and in-depth you are, the better we have to make a site that is not only accessible to all users, but enjoyable to boot.
Please also add any ideas that I have not listed, which you think would be cool to have, or need to be dropped.
Thanks to everyone who posts -- your help won't go unnoticed, and I'll do what I can to promote your ideas, and your talents. You'll get a nice special link and blurb on my home site when I have it completed in the next week or so for this one :thumbsup: :D
I'ld get rid of the silvery bar below the navbar and the photos.
I personally really like it, and I like the shadow underneath the navbar and the photos. What I dont like is the contact information. It looks somewhat out of place. The front page also makes me scroll down a heck of a lot to get to the copyright notice. (im not saying its a long scroll, just a long scroll just to get to the copyright). Its also the same with the client area. I have to scroll down alot to get to the copyright...
The colour scheme is nice. Some of the images take a while to load. I am using Cable and it took about 10 seconds for the new images to load (the top images by the navbar... especially when they change to a different image)
Im not really sure that I would come back. I would probably come back once or twice, then stop.
Those would have been the things that make me come back more than once or twice.
Other than that, its great work!
So I can make sure I design the new one better. That new link is just to prove that the code will be fully accessible:)
However, the input for that was helpful -- a blog and animation, etc. has not been setup; I'm just wondering if you guys would like it.
Oh, lol.. oops...
Well, I really dont like the colour scheme much. I dont really like dark grey and orange mixed... and the red.
I also dont like the marble texture image above the black bar that Academy studios. The layout is very nice, but I also think that the main content should be placed in the center of the screen, instead of on the left, with a gigantic grey block on the right side.
The contact information should be aligned on the left, not the right, IMO.
Maybe you could switch to a green and silver colour scheme, with some orange, or the other way around (silver and orange, with a little green). It would probably blend with the logo a little better.
I think the current colours are a little too dark.
I do like the watermark in the background of the text. It looks reall nice, although it is somewhat distracting. Maybe make it a bit lighter.
As for the blog, etc. That would be really nice. THat would be the thing that would keep me coming. Right now I probably wouldnt keep coming.
Still, its good work!
Can I ask what the general purpose of this site is?My thoughts on the old site:
Overall it is a good site. On the pages that a possible client might see I think there should be more to grab their attention. The layout is ok but it really locks in the size of images you can use to show off their work.
The general purpose is to showcase the company of Academy Studios - what they create, and their corporate culture.
To answer some questions here:
1. I did not design the old site. This was done before my time, so I can't vouche for why they did what they did. I just want to know what doesn't work and what you recommend.
2. The redesign I posted is not meant to be a guide as the final design -- that was purely a sample to show how the code can be improved upon -- where we create the XHTML semantically correct, and use all presentation seamless CSS. Don't use this as a target -- in fact, I think I'll delete the link from the original.
That being said, I agree with you 100% allida77:) I think a new way of thinking needs to develop as to what this site needs to accomplish. It should be less of a basic info of the company, and more a marketing presentation of what they do.
Please, everyone, keep posting and let me know what you like and don't like. Thanks everyone! :thumbsup:
Overall, the design strikes me as rather pleasant; the menu looks pretty good, the colors feel good and the layout is fairly classic, but most fitting.
The home page fails to make clear to me what Academy Studios is all about; a statement like "Experience discovery, wonder and magic" sounds very clever in a TV commercial, but as a tag line it says nothing.
Try to find a clear, meaningful, short (Krug advises 6-8 words max.) statement that describes what AS does; I'm thinking: "Exhibition design and fabrication", and place it as a tag line onder the main header.
I'd like to see a distinction in the menu between "normal" links (that link to a page) and expand-collapse links like "who we are".
It's advisable to have the site logo/header double as "home" link, although the home link in the menu is always present and easy to find.
The large dark strip down the right side is a nice design feature, but it strikes me as a waste of real estate; I'd strongly reduce its width, or get rid of it all together.
The "capabilities" link under "Who we are" links to a page called "services"; it's advisable to name the links in accordance with the page titles. Calling the link "services" may be the better option here.
Some texts are implemented as images, which may not be the best idea for the menu, and certainly isn't for the addresses and phone numbers below it.
The body text on the other hand is rather bland and especially the headers could do with a little adornment. Making those a little catchier assists scanning and visually navigating the text.
Those are some of my impressions; I hope you can benefit from them.
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