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    Latest Creation

    My friends band approached me a month or so ago and asked me to make a site for their band. A few designs and a lot of work later, i came up with this:

    http://smithsonianstereo.com

    This is pretty much my first real site, from PS to the Web + content. Please be honest and give me advice, tips, whatever. Just dont make me cry..

    Thanks for taking the time guys

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    Very nice job, I espically like the nav on the right with the rollovers. My only sugestion is on the splash page you should make the image of the band link to the site along with the links on the bottom because my first thought when I saw "<- click to enter" was to click the image, also I would have the links that lead to the site on the splash page not disappear on hover users like to see what they click on becuase most read as they are speeding along and clicking.
    Overall very nice

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    i was having a problem with the mousoever links. what do you mean dissapear, do the links mouseoever to the bg color?

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    on the very first page
    "View With Music . . . : . . . View Without Music"
    when i mouseover them they completely disappeared, but they arent doing that now so I assume either you fixed it or I am insane

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    lol, yeah, i fixed it

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    There are things I like and things I don't. Overall, though, this is a good job, particularly for being the first one you've taken all the way from beginning to end.

    Lose the splash page. I was stuck for a while figuring out what to do there. Most splash pages don't have so much content on them, being that they are just a splash page. Since you have so much content (and because the main element on the page is not the obvious CLICK TO ENTER type), I thought at first that was the whole site and that the other clicks would just take me to a different version of that same content. Once I clicked inside, I saw a whole lot of other stuff.

    Also, the Flash bit on the left side of the splash page was too stinkin' long and there wasn't even much of a payoff. Just put up a picture of the guys, a regular JPEG, instead.

    What I really like is that navigation on the top right. That should be your theme for the entire site, with each of the three different sections of the site emphasizing that particular color. Work on developing that idea, that approach to image treatments and that approach to categorizing information, into a way to organize the site content and design. Right now, those navigation elements don't seem completely connected to the rest of the site.

    I must tell you that I hate frames and that often keeps me away from a site. I'm just picky that way and others are too. And, really, you don't need those frames at all. There's nothing you're doing with frames that can't be done without.

    The fact that a click on the right navigation (not the top, but the horizontal nav elements down the right side) doesn't actually take me anywhere is bothersome. I want to go to a different part of the site when I click. Give me a dropdown menu on rollover. Also, all of those elements should really go away, leaving "the band," "the music," and "the story" as the only navigation. That's much simpler and easier to wrap your brain around. Maybe you'll need some fourth nav element to be a catch-all for things that don't fit logically into those other three areas, but you should focus the design around the way you've established those three links. That's the strongest design element on the site, in my opinion.

    The worn look is ok, but it's been done a lot and you're not that consistent with how it carries out on your site (the edges of the main content area are perfect and only the corners are worn). Also, I don't much care for the stripes along the left side. The green, orange, and red tints on the top right are better. Also, since those images are so clean (and, man, they are clean), it doesn't connect to your worn motif.

    What if people have javascript turned off? It looks to me like they'd miss some major navigational elements. I strongly suggest you to use CSS instead of javascript for those rollovers. It's shockingly easy and doesn't involve all that messy code you have. The same goes for all of your mouseover javascript effects.

    I'll leave my other comments about the code for another time. Suffice to say that your naming of the SPANs and DIVs isn't very intuitive; that's the first thing I saw. Other comments on that later, when it's appropriate.
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    thanks for taking the time to write all that up, im looking into all of that really deeply


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