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    Feedback on design concept

    I'd welcome feedback on the design of this site - just a concept really at this stage, intended to advertise the hire of a band rehearsal space.
    This site is likely to be fairly sparse on content, just a 'we're here' sort of site, 3-4 pages.

    I'm not interested at this point in whether it scales nicely to a small browser (it doesn't, before you tell me...) more the general style.
    I was aiming for a slightly retro feel, and trying to keep it nice and clean.

    Feel free to comment on fonts, colours, spacing etc.
    I spent a lot of time yesterday wondering if the right hand side of the page is too blank, and whether it needs any colour, possibly to match the selected page, and if so, what....

    Thanks in advance for all comments.

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    I think it’s almost perfect the way it is. Just some indicator which page is currently selected might be a good idea. But it could be as simple as a narrow vertical line from top to bottom in the color of the current link between the navigation and the content or something like that. And by the way: You forgot to specify a body background color. I have a different default browser background and your site looks weird that way. You should specify (override) everything that can be set in the browser (font family, font size, color, link styles, page background) because you can’t assume that everybody has the same default settings as you.

    And as a little gimmick I could imagine the left column/navigation to be fixed. But you have to watch out for viewport height then so that it isn’t cut off and unaccessible at the bottom for people with small height viewports.

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    Thanks Stephan, that's very welcome feedback.

    Background-color, yes, mea culpa, never intended this to be publicised really, but I spent so long looking at it that I couldn't see anything any more....

    I'd actually had a similar thought on applying some colour to link the page displayed to the menu item, good to know you had a similar thought. I was thinking about a 10px line down the right hand side.Fixed left column, I had this thought as well, but rejected it due to the precise reason you state, in that in small viewports content becomes inaccessible. I think it unlikely that this site will have very long pages anyway, so it's probably unnecessary.

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    Well, a fixed position vertical navigation isn’t a bad idea per se. Thanks to CSS media queries you could make it not fixed in small viewports so that it stays at the top (as it is currently). Something like on this website (although that’s a little more fancy and therefore done with JS – resize the viewport and scroll up and down and you’ll see).

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    I recommend preloading the onmousehover images with javascript, check out what happens the first time you hover as it is.
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    Thanks yes, I spotted that.
    Still interested in comments on the design.
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