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Discussion in 'Website Design Critique:' started by NeonThunder, Feb 5, 2015.

  1. NeonThunder

    NeonThunder Active Member

    I was wondering if everyone would look at my site so far and let me know if there's any bugs etc

    I know theres a variation in font size on the pages I'm just not sure which size to go with at the moment and I'm still waiting for testimonials from clients.

    here's the test link


  2. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    I'll just go bullet point :)

    • Finer text in menu and footer is hard to read
    • header - why is the text top right an image?
    • homepage image is cropped off the bottom of my screen... ie I can't see half of it unless I scroll
    • Showcase pages could really do with more content, it's a bit empty of imagery, too much text compared to imagery - we're designers, not copywriters :)
    • Don't like the small text on showcase
    • About page... harsh as this sounds, you need a tidier desk image, it looks messy and in my opinion the stickers look a bit tacky...
    • Contact - needs a contact form in my opinion
    • Needs hyperlinks on some pages sorting out
    • Don't see the point in testimonials or the map personally
    • There are things you could do that would make it 'better' visually, like fading/sliding rather than on/off on hover for example.
    Biggest issue though... it's not responsive, it's a pita to navigate on a phone
  3. scotty

    scotty Well-Known Member

    I've gone for bullet points too.

    • I think it's lovely.
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  4. NeonThunder

    NeonThunder Active Member

    * What's wrong with having to scroll down a page?

    * I like organised chaos so me thinks the image is staying :) lol

    * think it's works pretty well, I never designed it for a phone. The Internet wasn't developed for phones think mobile sites, spoil web design. They're clever and serve a purpose but spoil the initial design and feel for the website.

    Thanks for the comments though Levi :)
  5. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    * What's wrong with having to scroll down a page? - you only see some of the image (which could have been done with normal text by the way), it's just more convenient not to have to scroll for a 'hero image'

    * I like organised chaos so me thinks the image is staying :) lol - but does it look professional?

    * think it's works pretty well, I never designed it for a phone. The Internet wasn't developed for phones think mobile sites, spoil web design. They're clever and serve a purpose but spoil the initial design and feel for the website. - you might want to check the current phone to desktop viewing ratios, phones/tablets are used a LOT now to view the web
  6. NeonThunder

    NeonThunder Active Member

    I think i'll just go straight to the bullet point's
    • Image was easier as the font I'm using isn't always good with different browsers so i went for an image.
    • If you can't scroll then thats just lazy
    • 'hero image' - I was hoping more of an 'anti hero' obviously i didn't achieve that, think i'll try batman next time
    • viewing ratios - I understand that phones / tablets and even phablets are used a lot to the view the web but, i never set out to make it from them and the whole site isn't finished yet

      thanks for the comments Levi ;)
  7. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    Fine, clearly you're going to do it your way anyway, totally ignoring important aspects which GOOGLE consider in it's search algorithms....... just don't say I didn't warn you about the issues.... oh and there's scrolling for info and theres scrolling for no reason like your main image (which loses all seo benefits by being an image) :eek:
  8. Tony Hardy

    Tony Hardy Guest

    Remind you of anyone? ;)

    To the bullets:
    • You can get a Google font called Oswald that looks identical to what you're using. Use that for you header etc. There's no way in this day and age you shouldn't be making that header with HTML and CSS.
    • "If you can't scroll, that's just lazy." - meh, on the fence. Some people are scrollers, others aren't. Do you want to alienate people?
    • Hero image is alright. Doesn't lose any SEO benefit for being an image if you mark it up properly with alt text etc. That said, if you want to pull any organic rank at all, you're going to need some actual written content on your site.
    • You should've started with phones and scaled the site bigger. Needs to be responsive. Not much more to be said.
  9. NeonThunder

    NeonThunder Active Member

    It's that time again............ BULLET POINTS!
    • Of course I'm going to do it my way there's no other way as far as I'm concerned :p
    • There is a reason for scrolling............ It's so you can see the rest of the image ;)
    • SEO............. what's that?????? ;)

    • I shall check out Oswald :)
    • Alienate people................ If they want me to I'll photoshop them but its not using my skills to there best.
    • I understand the responsiveness thing, i shall look into it.

    Anymore comments from anyone else and thanks for your comments tom...........oh yeah and yours levi ;)
  10. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    Hey Tony, he clearly likes my advice more, he got my name right (well apart from the lower case L) :p
  11. NeonThunder

    NeonThunder Active Member

    In all seriousness. I do take onboard what everyone has said.

    It's not the final version of the website, but it's a start :)
  12. NeonThunder

    NeonThunder Active Member

    Get testing people!!! reworked things and before you start moaning levi :p , its not optimised for mobile or tablet yet.

    Im working my hardest to get everything sorted, so there will be glitches etc
  13. Jimlad

    Jimlad Well-Known Member

    I'm no web developer, Neon, so I can't comment on the technical side of things, but I can give you my thoughts as a user finding your site.
    Pew! Pew! Here come the bullets.

    ;) Nice fix on the new header. The first header being an image made it look a tad blurry on my 21.5" iMac screen.
    B) New font you're using is much easier to read!
    :huh: I expected the menu button to be a drop down menu rather than change the whole screen. Jarred me a bit.
    :mellow: I wonder if it's worth folding your Featured page into the Home page? Seems redundant on its own next to the Portfolio.
    :nod: New About photo is much more professional-looking than the organised chaos one.
    :( Busy people (potential clients) WILL try to look at this on their phone. It's totally worth considering mobile users as part of your core audience here.
    :D Contact form, yay!
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  14. Jimlad

    Jimlad Well-Known Member

    One more as it won't let me edit:
    :( On your footer the social/copyright part isn't aligned with the logo/tagline part, it's off-centre.
  15. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    bullet pointed again :)

    Major Issue - Not responsive and the design you have gone for should be made responsive, there's plenty of 'similar' layouts which are responsive. Google are actually emailing people with their webmaster tools about non mobile sites and how it will affect rankings etc (I've had one but I know mine isn't responsive lol). The irony is that you're dealing with retina displays but not the main devices that have 'retina' displays lol

    Menu - bit weird, I've seen the full screen menu before but yours is just random in size, it's half height and on the first page especially looks out of place with the full white text underneath the transparent background with the menu. Why the random yellow/orange hover on links?

    Featured page - what's it for.... it's just a slideshow isn't it

    Logo doesn't link to anywhere and it scrolls up the page while the fixed header stays put... seems a bit random.

    Do you need such a large footer logo etc, seems more prominent than some of your actual work.

    Inconsistent font sizes on body text, some of it's rather small

    Grammar check needed - WRITE US AN EMAIL

    HERE YOU FIND US - You can find us here - would make more sense
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  16. NeonThunder

    NeonThunder Active Member

    Thanks for the comments, Im thinking of getting rid of the featured page. Getting around to the mobile friendly versions of it. Needs a lot of tweaking!

    Yeh I've noticed that myself, will fix it.

    I'd just like to point out in my post that i did say it wasn't ready for mobile devices yet lol and the retina displays is just a pain, I thought working from a template and customising it would be speed things up.

    But I'm finding its slowing me down and causing me problems.

    I've taken everything into consideration and I think to save me stress, Im going to build my site through a template that actually works and presents my work well and clearly and then i will at least have an online presence that i like and is good and simple to maintain, Whilst building the site i want over time. Inbetween client work!!!

    I hate designing for myself!!!1
  17. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    you're finally starting to understand why my website is taking me so long lol

    Retina is easy, that's just 2x, you've got 3x and 4x to consider now to lol. Depending on your design you've also got 'mobile' retina (ie phones) and then there's desktop retina (ie macbook retina)... isn't this new responsive website lark a fun world lol

    PS... I did read it but thought I'd add about it too :p

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