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    http://www.hiphopmusic.co.uk/

    nuff said.

    Version 2 is coming in July so I am redesigning. Any tips for that would be cool. I know the HTML is VERY sloppy I designed it a long while back. But any crits will be appreciated.

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    Overall nice site.

    You have for the top of your news section a bar that is white text on gray. Then in your news section headings are a light blue. Then below you have heading bars that are gray on dark blue.

    Then of course all your links are red. And your background is a sapphire blue.

    This seems a little colorful. When I make a site I try to stick with at most 2 colors other than black and white. I also consider dark blue and light blue different colors.


    What I would do is change your news headers from blue text to just plain bold black text. Then get the exact shade of blue from your background and make your links that color. (To get the exact shade of something I use the eye dropper tool in photoshop and then check the color info) Then I would make all of your title bars the white on gray you have at the top.

    This would all make it more uniform in my opinion and contain the colors. Usually sites with alot of colors are either personal homepages or flash porn sites so thats why I try to stay away from it. A uniform color scheme conveys a more professional feel.

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    Like what aspen mentioned, use less colours. Also you should have a little bit more white space in your design. The news is a little hard to read.

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    I didn't mind the colors so much. Your site is supposed to reflect hip-hop culture so you don't need to show the restraint that a corporate site might need to when it comes to color. Also, basic color theory from painting, etc. says that neutrals (white, black and any shades of pure gray) don't count as colors, per say, when deciding a color scheme. Also, different values of a color (made by adding pure black or pure white), don't count as a new color. (Therefore a monochromatic - "1 color" - color scheme may have black, white, gray, dark blue, light blue, etc.) I do think you have to temper this when it comes to web design, but you can use it to an extent to add variation, emphasis, etc. without making things seem to colorful. The problem with the blue in your headings and some of the text is that it is a DIFFERENT color, not just a different value of the blues in the background. The blue in the headings/text seems to lean towards the cyan or greenish-blue. See if you can find a different light blue that is a little less green and try it out. Try something around #99CCFF. I think that's close, but not quite on the money.

    Using some red in the design does not bother me, either. It can add interest and emphasis. But right now it seems like an afterthought, not a deliberate part of the design. Maybe use a LITTLE more of it, use it in images, etc. or maybe make the headings red instead of light blue. Red is energetic. It fits. Use it (but don't overuse it. Just a little more than what you have).

    Aside from that, vary the text a little more. Make the headings in the blocks a little larger and/or bold. Since your site is text-heavy, you'll need to use it to create the visual energy that images usually do. A lot of that can be done by using SOME (limited) variation in text and color. Make sure the different kinds of fonts work well together and are common ones. Make one style the dominant one and then use 1 or 2 others to emphasize of distinguish areas/headings/etc. Make it logical, but from a visual angle, also use it to move the eye around. By using a little red at the top left and then a little farther down at the right and then again at the left or towards center, etc, etc, and doing the same with you different fonts, you create a visual rhythm and movement that will add interest AND "manipulate" the eye into looking at more than just the first few lines of text.

    Make sure that all the linked pages repeat the color/design of your overall site (I noticed that when I hit the "battle" icon, it took me to a page that looked completely different and there the colors did not work together very succesfully.) Also, make sure all links still work.

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    Hi James,

    I'll try not to say what others have already said, as I agree with most of them.
    Your HTML isnt that bad, you dont seem to have any major errors and you have used some nice CSS styles to enhance the overall appearance of text and links which is good.

    As others have touched upon above, I think you should tone down your choice of colors, the blue is a little too bright and in your face, it doesnt compliment the content very well and you loose interest pretty fast.
    the navigation is simple, quick loading [for me] and effective, make it a point to leave them in the new design, the logo could be better, you should have a good logo, I think it is an essential part of a design.

    Try experimenting with the black, try a light grey, I have previosuly learnt that blue/grey go very well.

    As everyone one says content is most important, make sure your design is good so that people are intrigued and they will want to stay and read it, you seem to offer a lot of good content with not too many banners.

    Spelling is good, I couldnt find any mistaked or grammar errors , I may have overlooked a few though.

    You have a dead link under guestbook, http://www.hiphopmusic.co.uk/guest

    I was unable to take a look at the site in Netscape as I deleted it last week, sorry netscape

    Keep up the good work, your site has some good potential, work hard on the content and you obviously have the skill to make a design aswell.

    Best Wishes,

    John

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    Thankyou very much ! Yes I agree, the colours seem a bit gaudy. A preview of the new version can be seen here :
    http://www.hiphopmusic.co.uk/2/index2.html

    Thats the splash page for the new version.

    I appreciate the advice, thanks and keep it coming...!

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    Thanks.

    We are now the biggest UK hip-hop website on the internet. As I said, this was designed a long while ago and I have a graphic designer coming up with a new logo for me so that should be top.

    Peace
    J

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    Looks okay, however the logo is sort of hard to read. I think the colors are okay, also. You might want to increase the font size a little bit.


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