View Full Version : Graphic Design Website Help

09-26-2007, 07:41 PM
Hey everybody,
I'd call myself a pretty good coder...but I always seem to have trouble with the graphic design part. I never feel like my designs are *cool* enough and once I do one design, it's really hard for me to change it.

So now that I've prefaced this...haha. I'm making a website for a friend. It's for a music label/management company he created and I created a quick design and coded it the other day:


The problem is I'm not terribly happy with it. I'm more happy with just this:


which is just without anything in it.

My friend agreed that it didn't seem right. He didn't want the logo tilted for one. Two, he thought the colors weren't "edgy" or "risky" enough and they were too dull. I tend to agree with him here.

What's a good way to go about changing the site. Does anyone have any ideas, thoughts, etc? I guess I'd just like more input on what to try and fix.

Also, don't know if there's a better forum out there to post this kind of stuff...it's just I normally come to codingforums for help in coding so decided to try here for design as well. Any other forum suggestions would be appreciated too.

Thanks all, really appreacite any help.


09-27-2007, 12:37 AM
First, I'm not completely sure this is where this thread should be. This sounds more like a website review section.

Second, generally bands go with a 'dirty' or 'grundy' look I think. I work for my college's student radio station. www.valpo.edu/wvur has a completely different style but thats what I've done. Check this tutorial www.photoshopstar.com/web-design/band-website-template and it gives a neat tutorial for that style.

Last, you have a simple design, and I like that - and I wouldn't stray too far away from it. There is a general tendency to overdo graphics, in my opinion, so don't feel too pressured to add lots of graphics. Just add graphics to supplement your design. Thats my opinion.

09-27-2007, 04:22 PM
I think the question is in the right place as the OP isnít asking for a review but for help on how to proceed.

Itís a nice start but yeah, your friend may be right in that itís a little plain yet (and also itís somewhat screwed up in Fx). As to getting a grungy look thereís a great tutorial written by Cameron Moll on how to get that wicked worn look (http://www.cameronmoll.com/archives/000024.html). And as the site is called ďThis side upĒ the theme could have something to do with a much used box that has been thrown around while being shipped from Siberia to New York (i.e. a wicked worn website).

Otherwise, to get some inspiration Iím often browsing the CSS Zen Garden (http://csszengarden.com) and its contributorsí websites and also the vector graphics section on iStockphoto.com (http://istockphoto.com).

A recurring element/ornament could help to get some ďedgeĒ to your site, something that breaks up that square content section.

10-05-2007, 11:33 PM
Thanks for all those suggestions, I went through the grunge ideas and liked them a lot...ended up that my friend (who the site is for) liked one of the older layouts I had done which is just dark with bright text. You can look at it here: www.katherinewagnerdesigns.com/thissideup/ Turned out pretty nice but I will definitely use those grunge tutorials for later things! THanks!