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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...

    www.graphiceyedea.info

    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


    PS: in case this post shows up twice - I do apologise... it did not show up when I was using Shiira - so I'm back in Firefox, trying again....
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    I get a could not locate remote server error on the link above.

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    Correct url is: http://www.graphiceyedea.info/

    I like the design, but it seems a little dull to me - maybe adding an effect into the black cutout areas would make it look a little better. Just my opinion though.

    Also, you'll want to fix the right navigation so that it works for all common resolutions.

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    Sorry about the wrong link, just edited it

    Valmont, shame you find it dull - I was hoping to go for a more subtle and elegant look for a change..... :"(

    Thanks for looking - does anyone have any suggestions on how to fix positioning of the menu for IE7....?!

    I've put some hacks in place for IE - due to the fixed positioning of the main menu - tested it on IE6 and everything is fine.... then someone pointed out that the menu in IE7 sits instead of the left hand side - on top of the right side column...
    Not quite sure how to get around that yet - will do some research... but just thought I'd ask if anyone has any thoughts / tips

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    The top background should repeat...

    Im on high-def windscreen and it doesnt tile (its not a big deal, i realize that im part of the x% that will ever see it..)

    But your design is pretty, and the ends are close to matching, a tiny bit of editing and chanigng the backgroud-repeat to repeat-y would do it

    I like the site, its clean and walks the link between elegance and modern-youth...and some of the elements of the header background are cool and make me think not only of tribal tattoos, but aztek and egyptian art...well done.

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    Thanks rjm

    just changed that .... I wasn't sure how wide some of the monitors are out there..... or whether it will tile ok now....?


    Glad you like the look....

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    Nice design.

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    resizing in ie6 to a thin window drops the right side bar below the content...you should check into that

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    I love how this looks

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    Thanks for your feedback everyone

    I will look into the dropping of the right hand side menu.... I've set it up for a medium sized monitor as most people using it will have that sort of setup.

    I've used percentages for width specs - allowing the resizing - not sure why IE (despite the hacks) does not conform....


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    Looks great at the moment. Was thinking, maybe you should raise the title of the website a little so its not touching the design, otherwise it sort of blends in a bit too much (my opinion anyway) or maybe change the colour of it to white?

    Good luck with the website. Matt

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    Thanks, Matt

    about the website title - yes, you are right - it is not very clear up there in the graphics...

    as the site's purpose is to be platform for my courses (as well as the little personal seciton) - the title is there to merely remind my students that they are not looking at my own portfolio site (www.graphiceyedea.co.uk) - but the resource and gallery site. So it's not that vital - I feel...

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    I like the look! Overall design, Really like the moving menu, nice touch on those long pages. Unfortunately I was unable to force myself to read any of the text, even though i really really wanted to. This is the first time i've felt like that.

    It might have to do with all the letters being in small case, not sure why that is done, artistic merit before readability? not a good call. Maybe the font is too small? I cant tell you I just know I really wanted to read it but I couldnt force myself to do so. I like the site though.

    maybe bigger headers? I just realized I have no idea what that site is about. (maybe cause I didnt read anything.)

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    nice vector work, I really like the header and colors used!

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    Thanks

    rosem, so glad someone does like the colours..... initially, I wasn't 100% decided myself yet - but as it's been up for a while - I decided to go with the colour scheme as I like it. It seemed for a while no one agreed.... so thanks

    chriswest, glad you liked the site overall - bad news though if you didn't read the text.... well, a few people have mentioned that - I'll work on that....

    I normally always use Verdana which I do like - for a change I used Lucida instead...hmmm..... well, I'll experiment around a bit....

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    Really like the colour scheme you've got going its eye attracting without being glaring... nice

    Love the little squiggle on the left above the nav that sticks with it... nice effect.

    Only thing I think you could think about is on you gallery page, I think you could do more with the thumbnails you've got with each section. I get where you're coming from but I think they are a little over spinny and need to exemplify what the content is about.

    Cool site though, keep on rocking!?!

    Cheers
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    very nice!
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    Thanks everyone

    glad a few more positive remarks are coming through about my colour scheme

    angell554, thanks
    about the spinny swirls.... yes, I know that are bit too similar really - and the icon itself could be a bit more informative. But I wanted to go for a completely graphic look - each swirl shows at random an image from the content, ie a snapshot of someone's work. As the site's gallery has been set up purely for my students - I wanted to show off their work as much as possible - rather than focusing on the techniques used.
    If I set this up as a promotional tool - I'd agree... would have to change that....

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    I really like this. I love how the menu fits with the banner and then when you scroll it follows yet still looks in place. However, I feel you should add one more color to the scheme (an orange would look good).
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    Thanks, Chris

    well.... the colour issue.....

    I wanted to get away from my usually strong colours with rich and layererd graphics - that's why the subdues colour scheme....

    It looked like this before:
    http://www.graphiceyedea.info/0506/index.html
    (be aware that some of the links won't work as it's only archived for now)

    Glad you like the menu feature

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