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Posted 17 December 2006 - 01:26 PM
The site (in its current state) is the first one in my signature. Ugly, I know... the previous version was pretty awful too, but I don't pretend to be a designer. I'm just hoping the new version, which can be seen here, is a bit more attractive.
I used an Adobe tool called Kuler to generate a palette for the site (which I've attached below), and I think it works for the most part, but I'm not crazy about the background color for the blockquote, which matches the background color at the bottom of the page, below the gradient background image. I played with using the same color that I've got for the background of the nav buttons that comes up on mouseover (which is the color of the text on the buttons when you're not hovering on them) for the background of the blockquote, but that didn't work either. In any case, I don't use a lot of blockquotes, so this will be pretty rare.
The navigation buttons in the right column won't appear on every page -- just pages that are part of sections, such as Services or Articles, so they're only on the test page as an example.
Once I decide whether or not I'm going to go with this palette, I'll get in touch with a designer I work with and see if she can come up with a logo for me, so I've currently just got a placeholder there.
Posted 17 December 2006 - 02:19 PM
The new design is definitely an improvement. Maybe a little bit too much blue for my liking there... Of course, there are always ways to improve - consider doing a design contest on one of the many sites for this kind of thing... Just my $.02
Posted 17 December 2006 - 02:48 PM
Posted 17 December 2006 - 03:56 PM
And actually, I just noticed that in IE7, the background color and the gradient image don't mesh properly. You can clearly see where one ends and the other begins. In FF2, I think that looks pretty good.
Posted 17 December 2006 - 04:50 PM
Interesting color combination.
Posted 17 December 2006 - 05:53 PM
As far as the blueness goes, I think it's just that you're using blue everywhere. Isn't the font even blue? If not, it seems to be fading into the blue.
It's just a bit overwhelming, in my opinion.
Posted 17 December 2006 - 06:39 PM
The page layout isn't bad. You might want to change the fonts, line spacing and letter spacing for readability, but really, don't ask me. My site has a plain white background, and boring black text.
If you get a good logo, you can sample the colors and use them for accents and decoration. That's how I usually do it for clients who don't have much budget for graphic design. The ink dropper is your very best friend.
Hover menus are great, but since you have a small number of primary items, see if you can arrange them horizontally. I find horizontal menus are a bit easier to use.
Posted 17 December 2006 - 07:32 PM
Increased line height and bottom margin for paragraphs and list items.
Changed background of blockquote to a shade of grey.
Changed body font color to black (it was a very dark shade of blue -- good eye there, Michael).
Thanks for all the advice so far. Back to the work I get paid for.
Posted 17 December 2006 - 08:38 PM
looks good though, i like the navigation especially.
Posted 18 December 2006 - 04:53 AM
The Color Wizard feature allows you to enter any colour and will then returns matching colors for the one you selected, this includes contrast colours that for example will allow you to select the best colour for text based on your background colour.
Posted 18 December 2006 - 08:29 AM
Before any change please add your logo (I mean you have to pay for a logo designer or make a new one in Photoshop, I can help you with that for free, I'm not a logo designer but I can make something better that the one that u have).
1. The NavBar and background couldn't be the same, try to use a darker color at background.
2. For rollover use a strong color.
3. Try to let people choose the font size in the body
4. Why your address is in the header? I mean you can add only the phone number and your address at the footer to have a little more space for the Slogan.
5. Why you don't try to use something like Joomla, is a CMS that you can customize like this.
I don't know to much about SEO, but i know that SEO Guys don't like to work to much with graphics, I think that u need to get people from web with your SEO acknowledge but also you have to convince that people about your business so try to use a little more of graphics.
Posted 18 December 2006 - 11:03 AM
Posted 07 April 2007 - 06:45 AM
very few graphics
font need wrks..
Posted 07 April 2007 - 11:19 PM
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