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Discussion in 'Website Design Critique:' started by chris1791, Jun 25, 2009.

  1. chris1791

    chris1791 Member

    Hi, can you give this a quick review please. Still need to add some content, in terms of descriptions about some of my work, the blog is another page that I have been working on, it's my first wordpress site, so I know there are still parts that can be better :cool:.

    Chris Borrowdale - Freelance Website & Graphic Designer

  2. Krey20

    Krey20 Senior Member

    Hi Chris,
    A few thoughts:
    I found the diagonal background a little distracting, might be better to have a solid colour behind the content. Just makes the content wrestle with the background too much for me.
    It's all a little neutral as well, maybe it needs a little colour to liven it up a bit.
    I think you're going to have to be careful how you lay out the content as well, I know it's early days but the mock up you have is a little blocky.
    Also I almost got knocked out by your blog header, it's massive and felt like a blow to the head when it loaded.
    There is no message to your front page either, just a short description and straight to the content. What do you want/need to tell people as a first impression

    On the plus side the logo is simple and strong, most of the site colours are complimentary to it (still think you need a highlight colour though to breathe a bit of excitement into it). Using a serif font for the main header, so close to your modern looking logo is confusing too, sends a mixed style message.

    Sorry if this is too much, hope some of it helps.
  3. TomStutt

    TomStutt Senior Member

    hey chris

    IMO i like the background but i agree with what krey20 is saying about the content being abit blocky.

    i like the overall design of the site but one thing i dont like too much is the line when you hover over the navigation.

    overall though it looks good. (i guess you know that the navigation doesnt work)

  4. chris1791

    chris1791 Member

    Thanks for the comments :), Do you think it would be better if, instead of the featured site, I had an about me section?

    Here's the changes, I haven't been able to do a lot, I'm off on a bike ride, need to enjoy this time before Uni :p
  5. TomStutt

    TomStutt Senior Member


    looking better. im just not sure about the contact details in the top right. they look a little out of place. it does look better though with out the stripe background (even though i liked it before aswell)
  6. h_freezy

    h_freezy Senior Member

    more changes needed.
  7. Krey20

    Krey20 Senior Member

    Just to clarify one of my first points, I liked the stripes, just not with them working behind the content, might have been nice to have them at the sides of the content area.
  8. tim

    tim Senior Member

    ahh you're kidding me.

    like 5 elements of that site were straight off what i was planning for my new portfolio site. obviously a little different, but now i'll look like a copycat. :|
  9. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    I've got to go with Ken's (Krey20) post up top too, I thought the strips needed to be reduced where the text is, a simple flat colour box (maybe with border) behind the text area should solve that nicely.
    The blog header was a bit of a shock compared with the smaller sizes upto that point too.

    On the homepage I kept getting drawn to the green in the bottom right corner, the colour was far more powerful than any other aspect of the page and draws the eyes in. You either need to tone it down if you want to go for the neutral look you have for the rest of the site, add in the accent colour like mentioned or even both.
  10. Anon.

    Anon. Senior Member

    I'd try Krey20s suggestion too. Have the stripes on either side as a boarder with a solid block behind the content.

    I like the stripes and it would be a shame to loose them completely because I think they compliment your colour scheme, but having them full screen will be a bit much when you start adding more content.

    I'd also suggest you move your contact details down in line with your logo, they seem a bit lost up there in the corner.
  11. TomStutt

    TomStutt Senior Member

    hi chris

    can i ask what font you used for your logo. i think it wicked.

    cheers dude
  12. chris1791

    chris1791 Member

    Sure, you're the second person to ask that :p, it's Rezland.

    Also, thanks for the comments, all of you.

    I've made some changes to the layout, I will add the navigation tomorrow, can't really concentrate, need something to eat :D


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