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    review: http://cathyrivers.com/preview

    Hello all,

    Here's a site for everyone to pick apart... but before you do, here's what I already know:
    • on the "news" page, not all the articles are ready yet, and I still need to scan pdfs
    • the mp3 preview still has to be tweaked for IE win
    • some pages don't validate as strict XHTML because of the "target" attribute... soon to be fixed
    • css is a little convoluted and bloaty, although valid; when I get time I'm going to clean that up
    • need to pick different photos for each page (although I need opinions on the "sketch" effect, I like it but not sure if it's too "artsy."


    Most of these changes are being made before the site takes over for the old design...

    All right, everything else is up for grabs. Please let me know thoughts on code, design, usabilty, etc...

    Thanks,

    -Rich

    cathyrivers.com/preview

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    Some observations

    Okay, here are some random things that caught my eye:
    • Header graphic on the home page is a bit overpowering. I like the sketch effect, but that size graphic is in my opinion wasting a bit much real estate.
    • The overall color effect is a bit bland and grey. I'd either get rid of that grey altogether, or introduce some splashes of color, or dividing elements, to brake the monotony a bit.
    • Maybe related to the former issue, but: the pages in general look empty. Whitespace is good, but with this much one feels desolate.
    • "Welcome..." and "... to the new site", etc. are misaligned; this makes it not very obvious at first sight that these fragments form one sentence. I'd bring the "Welcome..." up to the same level, or even slightly higher, then the rest of the sentence.
    • The "home" button on the subsequent pages is the last one in the menu. Although this seems appropriate given the alignment, the general convention is to have it as the first (leftmost) button, and deviating from this convention may throw people off (I missed it the first couple of times). By the way: it is always good practice to have the site title/logo double as a home link.
    • There's very little difference between normal and hover link colors (those graphic buttons can easily be done using CSS as well, you know...); a bit more distinction won't hurt.
    • Coding: straightforward, appropriate and tidy: nothing wrong there, really.


    Hope it helps.
    Regards,
    Ronald.
    ronaldvanderwijden.com

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    hi Ronald, thanks for the advice...

    As far as the homepage goes, there's not much info there (overall the site is pretty text-free, no blogs or heavy news, etc) which is why the homepage is nothing more than a big picture, and why the "home" link in the menus is last. The "welcome" img actually should be aligned at the top... for some reason I cannot get it to do just that in IE Win. Still trying to figure that one out.

    I agree about the extra whitespace and overall gray look... anyone have any ideas about color?

    Keep the suggestions coming! It's nice to get feedback...

    -Rich

    <edit>ok, fixed a few things, working on the others... pardon the mess while I redesign!</edit>
    Last edited by rmedek; 07-27-2004 at 09:13 AM.


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