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    new look ;) what do you think?

    Hi

    just finished an update of one of my sites - a bit of a mix of resources and student work gallery, as well as some personal bits...

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    I'd be curious to see what you think of it...
    easy to use?
    do you - or don't you - like the new visuals?
    what about the student gallery pages...?
    Just to give you an idea of what the site looked like before:



    I would appreciate any feedback
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    Hi,

    The link does not work...

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    sorry about that - fixed it now

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    I'm looking at it in Firefox.

    It's not supposed to look like this, is it?

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    Your site is unreadable. Seriously. I left immediately because the text was a nightmare to try and read.

    What was wrong with the old design? That one looks pretty slick to me actually....

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    sorry about this..... had uploaded a wrong style sheet......

    the background was entirely wrong...............................

    it should look better now
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    Very Nice indeed. Not much I can say here. I love the scroll and the tribal artwork floats away from the top. Sweeeet...

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    Thanks for checking the post again....

    (not sure where my head was on this on here - again apologies for the double posting, I'd forgotten the delay...)


    Glad someone is now mentioning the little split graphic bit

    Thanks again, Prisca
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    It does look great...the menu on the left has slight over lap with the "t", but overall looks great
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    I LOVE the idea of your navigation (matching navigation and header images), original indeed.

    You have a problem with your paragraphs though. You really need more contrast and less space between words to make reading easier. I didn't even "try" to read because of that.

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    Thanks for the feedback everyone


    mPeror, glad you like the graphics for header and menu

    I am surprised that you find the text hard to read....


    Does anyone else agree...?
    > I spent a lot of time on the font styling.... as I do like small text on a webpage - I increased the letter spacing to allow for clearer text display. I thought I got the balance right...!?


    I have increased the line height - hopefully this makes a difference...?!

    Any more comments on the clarity of text would be much appreciated

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    Increasing spacing between words might make the text look clearer, but it slows down reading speed. Speed readers read in "chunks", they read more than one word in every eye stop, and increasing the space between words makes it only harder for them to read as fast as they were used to. Its not going to be any better for average readers. Just use the default spacing.

    To make the text of paragraphs more readable, you could either use a lighter color for the page's background, or a darker black (the #000000 black). Sure, it looks pretty right now, but readability has a higher priority in my opinion.

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    mPeror, thanks

    and I agree - it's much more important to have clear readability than pretty graphics....
    my main aim is usually to try to find a compromise between what I'd like to do visually with a page layout and a good user-friendly presentation of content..... well, looks like I failed this time around.... :"(

    I also speed - or slim read a lot.... (never enough hours in the day) - and I thought I found my text bits easily and fast to read.... but it is my own text - so I'm not being very objective here obviously.....

    Thanks I'll have a think and a play around with the colours again....
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    A beautiful site... I love how the navigation and header images complement each other! The overall design is gorgeous, but as someone mentioned before, the text needs a little bit of work. The spacing does, to be honest, make it harder to read 'in bulk' and there in my opinion is something that could be bettered there.

    Overall: Gorgeous, just a little more brainstorming for the text display.

    Good Luck.

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    Thanks

    I've now changed the letter-spacing to default and left the line spacing - I hope this works better now?

    Is the text easier to read now?


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    Way Better! It is very clear now, it looks nicer, and yes, it is so much easier to read now. It actually gave it the final touch of a completely professional layout I thought. It now is very beautiful, yet clean and simple, and that I love. Now, what about using capital letters for titles, navigation links, and at the beginning of sentences? Im not a native English speaker, but It in my eyes would look better that way, and the 'shakespeareans' would certainly approve it, if you know what I mean.

    Take care and best of luck!

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    Hey Mate,

    My girlfriend and I just looked and your site and think it's a big improvement (tho' undecided about the colour). I love the menu over on the right-hand-side and the way it meets with the header is cool.

    I don't know when you made the original but you have defiantly improved your skills since.

    Keep up the good work,
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    Thanks so much for checking back

    your time and feedback are very much appreciated


    even though I was pretty convinced of my font settings - I have to admit I agree... it does look better as it is now. I was worried the overall text would be too small and did not want to force my personal taste onto my visitors.... and ended up with the wrong result - THANKS again

    about the the capitals.... yeah, I know... that is something where you are probably right as well... again, a personal choice type of thing.... I love lowercase - and always use it, too much most likely but it's become a habit for my own files. And as this is primarily aimed at my students and friends - I think I can just about stick with it.... they all know me and know that about me.... hope other visitors who are always welcome, of course won't find it too bad....


    Thanks again
    and good luck with your SAF site too
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    Hey Sap

    just posted - and yours must have slipped in before me ... Thanks for the feedback

    glad you guys think the new look is an improvement.... not 100% decided on the colour myself. But wanted to go with it as a constrast to the strong vibrant colours I normally use... It was a step into a different design feel, if you know what I mean

    just had a look at your limevista site..... very nice very fresh and inviting nice friendly feel.... my compliments


    thanks again for the feedback
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    The graphic change is positive.


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