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    New design.

    Last edited by Ranger56; 06-10-2005 at 04:58 AM.

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    Could use a footer? It looks sort of top-heavy.

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    looks good i think the navagation roll overs are pointless they look as if there should be sub menus outher than that simple clean and tidy design!
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    to plain and lacklustre for me...


    fall asleep looking at it it's good that it's basic design but don't make it to basic
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    I hate complicated stuff, and my site has NO NEED to be complicated. AT ALL.

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    Did you want feedback on your design, or just a bunch of people saying how much they love it?

    I agree that complicated sites are almost always unneccessary. I don't think anyone is asking you to make it complicated. It looks top heavy because there is a big graphic at the top, but nothing at the bottom to balance it out. It's a bit plain because other than that top graphic, there are no others.

    It's a good start. Just needs a little bit more to finish it up.

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    I Agree, the site is obvioulsy influenced by the current fashion of plain sites but to create a site which is clean, as i call it you still need a site which has some kind of visual flow to it. This can be created by even the simplest thing such as headers and as mentioned previously a footer to contain the content within the site.

    I always find that it is good policy to always look at a site from the view point of, 'does it sell either product or does it get the message over clearly'. You only have a very short time to get your message across to people so you have to make it count.

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    I don't think this style of site does a band justice... looks more like a blog page or something. Its not that theres anything WRONG with it... but the "flavour" of the site should in a sense match the musical style.

    E.G. death metal band - morbid, dark site
    pop-punk band - cartoony, bright site

    Also you make the classic band mistake (take this from me as a music promoter) of missing out some important info...

    I wont even look at a band (in terms of booking) if theres not a clear bio, and mention of location etc. You should have the following links, as top level menu items

    Home/News
    Bio/Info/The Band (have sub links for members - there should be a general bio first)
    Shows/Gigs
    Music/Media
    Images/Pics
    Contact

    Plus extras like shop, video, forum etc. But the above I'd say are mandatory.
    Keep going with it guys and you'll get there, remember tho, as a band, you're website is peoples first impression, and a band with a plain white centered site don't grab my attention! Just food for thought

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    You guys are retarded...you obviously don't realize that this isn't a completly serious band.

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    *Begin Rant*
    Regardless of whether the band is serious or not, it's a form of publicity, and it's always better to have a website that does you a benefit rather than some tacky thing that makes the band look tacky, and because of that it should be taken seriously.

    I fear that your comments are a little harsh and probably politically incorrect, but that's neither here nor there. You asked us to give you a review of your site, and we have, they have been constructive criticisms.
    *End Rant*

    With regards to the site, I like it. It's simple and very well laid out, but as dysfunctionGazz said, it looks more like the blogging page of some artist (painter).

    When I go to bands sites I want to have something that looks really cool and really stylish. To be fair I'm not at all bothered about the code that goes into making them or anything other than the fact it looks good. Take Jon Bon Jovi's website (fan or official – I’m not sure), it's visually cool and great. This is what band's sites should be like.

    From your album cover art I'd say that you've got a 'bad-***' kind of feel to your band, and that's what you should try and convey in your website. It's going to be a lot better for you if you can tell people about your website and then can go there and be amazed by your site and think "Wow! These guys must be great!" and then ask you to do gigs, as that's what you want in the end - well that's how I remember it anyway.

    Try and make it alot more personal and more about the band, what you stand for and how you feel, and less like some corporate website.

    Sorry to be harsh, but oh well
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    Nobody's overlooked that fact. The point they're trying to get across to you is that the design doesn't suit the content. I don't think this design would suit any content, really. You've got an ice-blue header with forest-green buttons. Your inline links don't have any style to them at all, and everything else just sits on the left side of the content block. Example: http://www.spiderseatbabies.com/albums.php - There's a whole wack of whitespace on the right side of those album covers.

    The design doesn't suggest that you're some kind of parody of a band, or that you aren't. The design is just a design that seems to have nothing to do with music or anything at all. That's why it looks like a blog. Blogs tend to lack style or just have little graphics here and there to spice them up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger56
    You guys are retarded...
    How to win friends and influence people...eh?

    Gary

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    I didn't know it was a band site. I didn't look hard enough at it to even read the links. Like the others said there's nothing to show that it's a music site. Most of them have a little "pop" to it.

    graphiclly i have a few suggestions:

    1) since you got the drop down buttons working, style them some so they match the site better. at least smooth bevel them and overlay the banner colors over them so they appear to "fit" in.

    2) in the banner. where the serif of the d in spiders meets the swirl thing in the background. not good. move it over some. looking at it it will cause the serif at the bottom of the B in Babies to tough the swirl. not good. flow wise the title looks like it's literally hanging on the swirl thing. maybe heavily offset the title and drop it down some. maybe half size and closer to bottom left or right. You really shouldn't have edges meet. it causes a break to the "flow" of things.

    [edit] i do like that font though. whats it called?
    Last edited by harbingerOTV; 06-13-2005 at 12:03 AM.

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    Im.

    Not.

    Graphicallly.

    Oriented.

    If you want you can design something fancy, but if I try that it always turns out as crap.

    Also, the little dropdown menus have NO GRAPHICS IN THEM WHATSOEVER.
    Last edited by Ranger56; 06-18-2005 at 03:13 AM.


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