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Crit my homepage prototype for my Dad's roofing business...

Discussion in 'Website Design Critique:' started by thomashodgson, Mar 5, 2009.

  1. thomashodgson

    thomashodgson Senior Member

    My Dad is a self employed roofing contractor and he has asked me to put a site together to promote his business. He has been quite vague about the content/purpose/function of the site, just saying he wants some sort of web presence, and the site should be simple with "nothing too fancy...".

    Here's what I've come up with so far...

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    Any comments/advice/criticism is more than welcome. I am finding this a touch project as I'm struggling to gauge what exactly he wants, and this is one client I can't afford to upset! :p
     
  2. Harry

    Harry Senior Member

    I don't think the heading typeface works too well. I think plain browser text would suffice. Also, don't use 'Click here' for link text ;)
     
  3. thomashodgson

    thomashodgson Senior Member

  4. I assume that the text won't be that big? Just seems to be enormous to me...
     
  5. thomashodgson

    thomashodgson Senior Member

    The basic text or the headers? Basic is 14pt currently, perhaps I should try 12pt?
     
  6. thomashodgson

    thomashodgson Senior Member

    [​IMG]
    Basic text now 12pt and headers now 24pt.
     
  7. jHouse

    jHouse Senior Member

    Better! I probably would have tabs for the nav, as the pin stripe conflicts with the nav there. Maybe also lose that pin stripe on the white house logo??

    Its definitely NOT bad. It just needs a kick.
     
  8. Adam

    Adam Senior Member

    Dropping the menu size will make it look better too, take the menu font size down a few points!
     
  9. jHouse

    jHouse Senior Member

    I just realised. You need to put in the header what Alyn does. Simply.
     
  10. Adam

    Adam Senior Member

    Good point jHouse!

    I think the bottom half of the page isn't too bad, but the top banner/nav needs re-doing, could you not work on a proper logo design for your dad, that way he can use it on anything else he needs later on? And it also means you can use it on the site etc
     
  11. thomashodgson

    thomashodgson Senior Member

    Yeah it is now going to say 'Alyn Hodgson Roofing Designer' when I figure out how to make the text fit!

    Cheers for all the pointers guys! Very helpful.
     
  12. thomashodgson

    thomashodgson Senior Member

    That little roof image in the header is going to be his logo, hopefully it is going to be in the same place on his stationary and business cards etc. We just need to decide on the font as he has decided he doesn't like 'Duepuntzero' now!
     
  13. Harry

    Harry Senior Member

    Tip: When making PSD mockups turn off anti aliasing on body copy ;)
     
  14. thomashodgson

    thomashodgson Senior Member

    But then it looks nasty! Is it so it is more akin to what it would look like when rendered by a browser?
     
  15. Adam

    Adam Senior Member

    You got it in one
     
  16. Harry

    Harry Senior Member

    Yup. That's exactly why :)
     
  17. thomashodgson

    thomashodgson Senior Member

    Well you learn something new every day!

    Cheers boyyyyyyys.
     
  18. Panix Media

    Panix Media Junior Member

    Is it a large roofing company or is it small and family ran?

    Only reason I ask is because it kind of gives of a corporte feel. I'm not sure if i'd click deeper if all I wanted was a roof put on my shed
     
  19. jHouse

    jHouse Senior Member

    Browsers dont anti-alias the text. It's the operating system. If you're running crappy Windows it will look shoddy.

    Mac OS X renders the copy properly so its fine.
     
  20. blueocto

    blueocto Senior Member

    Unless your using that ClearType? (on windows.... i think....)
     

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