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    circusbred.com - New

    I've been working on revamping my website, but it still seems a bit off. Suggestions would be great:
    http://www.circusbred.com

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    The east asian lettering on the left side annoys me because, with the exception of the "philosophy" page and its Buddha, it is unrelated to anything else going through the entire site, visually. I am not a huge fan of the combination of blues and purples you've chosen. They feel unbalanced, as does the whole header, actually. Your company name feels insignificant, and the main navigation seems to take a backseat to to the header graphic with that oft overused horizontal line effect below it.

    Upon further examination, I would say the main problem with the header comes out on the home page: with that (random) clown pic flush with the header bottom, it conveys that it is a part of the header, which is what I think makes the rest of it seem to insignificant. The other pages feel much more balanced without a graphic like that confusing things.

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    I personally like everything that agnus doesnt like. I think this website looks very nice. I also love that header at the top that says "web design for the real world" on the front page. I think that looks very nice. The part that says:

    simple.
    accessible.reliable.
    unique.
    circusbred.

    Does look a tad bit out of place. It looks like it "should" be a part of the iamge, and its not, which looks a little strange. Maybe make the picture of the clown and that text blend together, by making it an entire image, and add a blending background with it. I dont think there is much other than that to change though, and like I said. Your page looks wonderful!

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    Interestingly enough, I like the words arranged as clean text with CSS, where Levi does not.

    (It's Magnus, by the way.)

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    Clowns?

    Basically a very nice layout, good navigation.

    However, I find the large clown image on the home page rather disturbing... brrr, clowns... *shudders*
    Apart from personal clown issues, I feel it's a tad too overpowering; same goes for the "simple. accessible. ..." bit. As l3vi, I think these texts would look better as an image, because without the miracles of Cleartype and the likes the characters show a rather nasty aliasing. You could try a different font, or a different size (some sizes show up better then others).

    I'm not too sure about the serif body text, either (what font is that, anyway?). If you don't want to go sans serif, perhaps a slightly increased line height would help to open up the text a bit.

    I don't know if it's intended, but on IE5.5/win the footer doesn't span the entire width of the white content section, leaving a block of white running down to the page bottom. I think it looks unfinished, unintended.
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    I feel that your site is lacking a central theme, or link between the styles you have chosen. The header looks corporate, yet the asian lettering clashes with that look, as does the clown.
    The pixelated monkey also doesn't really fit too well, though I like it
    I like the rest of your layout/typography/colour, but the imagery looks like it has been thrown together without a congrusive link.
    Ask yourself, "Why are these images here? What do they represent?"

    I take no responsibility for the above nonsense.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ronaldb66
    I feel it's a tad too overpowering; same goes for the "simple. accessible. ..." bit. As l3vi, I think these texts would look better as an image, because without the miracles of Cleartype and the likes the characters show a rather nasty aliasing
    This is untrue. The "standard" method for smoothing screen fonts applies to those words at the size they are.

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    What method?

    The "standard" method for smoothing screen fonts
    Explain?
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    If you are using Windows XP, go look at your options for smoothing screen fonts. There are two options: Standard or ClearType... then of course the third option is to turn off smoothing altogether. But with it on, and Standard selected as the method, larger font sizes will be smoothed while smaller type, typically body type, most interface items, etc, are not.

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    How 'bout '98, 2000?

    Not the whole world converted to XP yet, you know... I do most of my Internetting on an office box which runs Win 2000: no ClearType! And at home, I cling to '98 until I'm willing to buy a new machine with XP on it, which will probably be a while.
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    I never implied such a thing. Simply that the absence of ClearType does not mean ugly, larger type on Windows machines, which seemed to be your implication. You didn't mention Windows, but it's safe to rule out Mac since you mentioned ClearType.

    At any rate, it's not just XP. I run 2000 at work and have similar smoothing of fonts, and even if you don't, there are plenty of reasons to opt for CSS and plain text over images. Quality of your purty typography is not a chief concern in many cases. Such as here, when the point he's getting across is about accessibility, among other things, it seems like an image, while not hard to make accessible, detracts from the full point he could make by use of pure HTML and CSS.

    But hey, that's just me.

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    P.S. If you are running '98, why not just 'upgrade' to ME, go to sleep, and call it a week.

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    Just got back from (a Far Cry) vacation Thanks for the kind words and suggestions.

    I have no way of testing on IE < 6 right now (the only computer I have that is running Windows, is running XP). IE 5.x is not even available for download any more... So I haven't really put a huge weight on a browser that isnt supported any further. Backwards compatibitly kind of goes out the window when the software isnt actually available.

    The problem I have had with the site is, every change I make, I absolutely hate.
    I've found it to be much more difficult to represent myself, and my own company than anything else. I think I might just be trying too hard.

    The Japanese lettering has significance, but obviously most people don't know what it means, I've been thinking about changing that.

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    You are wrong about IE5's availability: http://www.skyzyx.com/downloads/

    Runs as standalone browser, similar to earlier versions of Firebird/fox, no installation required.

    If you're bored and/or under ridiculous circumstances and requirements, this site might also provide useful resources for testing: http://browsers.evolt.org/

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    Quote Originally Posted by ]|V|[agnus
    You are wrong about IE5's availability: http://www.skyzyx.com/downloads/

    Runs as standalone browser, similar to earlier versions of Firebird/fox, no installation required.
    Great link, thank you very much


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