PHP Developers Network

A community of PHP developers offering assistance, advice, discussion, and friendship.
 
Loading
It is currently Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:48 am

All times are UTC - 5 hours




Post new topic This topic is locked, you cannot edit posts or make further replies.  [ 17 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next
Author Message
PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 2:30 am 
Offline
DevNet Resident
User avatar

Joined: Thu Feb 09, 2006 5:52 pm
Posts: 1925
got any ideas on how to spruce it up a little a bit? i've had a good response from friends though ive been told it looks dated.

opinions?

http://img442.imageshack.us/i/design2.jpg/

ive already put the markup together but i dont have web hosting atm.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 11:11 am 
Offline
Briney Mod
User avatar

Joined: Mon Jan 19, 2004 7:11 pm
Posts: 6444
Location: 53.01N x 112.48W
- Make it narrower. Wide text like that is hard to read - about 2/3 that is the idea width for reading.
- Paragraphs are too long.
- The header & footer graphics - while they do look cool, are difficult to read.
- I'm not sure what the background graphic is, but it seems really out of place. Almost like you used a screenshot of your computer with a media player in the background.

_________________
Real programmers don't comment their code. If it was hard to write, it should be hard to understand.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 2:50 pm 
Offline
DevNet Resident
User avatar

Joined: Thu Feb 09, 2006 5:52 pm
Posts: 1925
it's bamboo. :) so it doesnt feel cohesive huh?


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 6:58 pm 
Offline
DevNet Master
User avatar

Joined: Mon Feb 24, 2003 11:12 am
Posts: 2572
Location: The Republic of Texas
No, but it hurts my eyes!

Seriously, I don't like the large script text. It would be OK except for the splotchy effect that makes it hard to read. Also, something like verdana for the main text. Not times new roman (what it looks like).

_________________
mysql_function(): WARNING: This extension is deprecated as of PHP 5.5.0, and will be removed in the future. Instead, the MySQLi or PDO_MySQLextension should be used. See also MySQL: choosing an API guide and related FAQ for more information.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 3:36 am 
Offline
Forum Commoner

Joined: Tue Dec 15, 2009 4:24 am
Posts: 78
1. change your background
2. change the fone to verdana...
3. if you would want people to keep reading your site i suggest u get some better content...hehehe....jus jokin....yeh change the colour combination...its too striking for eyes.....


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 5:20 pm 
Offline
DevNet Resident
User avatar

Joined: Thu Feb 09, 2006 5:52 pm
Posts: 1925
i wasw thinking about adding more contrast to the colors


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 12:57 am 
Offline
DevNet Evangelist

Joined: Tue Dec 21, 2004 6:00 pm
Posts: 6267
Location: Winnipeg
Light text on a dark background will always strain users eyes. Go with the opposite for anything that requires extensive reading.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Dec 28, 2009 3:47 pm 
Offline
DevNet Master

Joined: Wed Feb 11, 2004 4:23 pm
Posts: 4872
Location: Palm beach, Florida
It's nice, maybe tone down the opacity of the backround and layer it ontop of a blank what bg so it is almost a watermarked background. And shell out like $50 on istockphoto for some cheesy photos, will help the text not be so wide and people are stupid and buy based on presentation and not based on what they are getting. Its a weird psychology thing.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Dec 28, 2009 8:12 pm 
Offline
DevNet Resident
User avatar

Joined: Thu Feb 09, 2006 5:52 pm
Posts: 1925
josh wrote:
...and people are stupid and buy based on presentation and not based on what they are getting. Its a weird psychology thing.


yeah i noticed that. a lot of pretty websites with terrible content get more traffic then websites rich in content but lacking in design.

its ridiculous

i might be going with another design until i have that one working the way i want it to. i need to integrate an audio player, hack together an ajax request handler, and use some mod rewrite to prevent people from downloading the mp3s. it would really drive me nuts to have my music stolen, it happens to a lot of people.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 12:05 am 
Offline
DevNet Resident
User avatar

Joined: Thu Feb 09, 2006 5:52 pm
Posts: 1925
oh yeah but watch this page for likek 22.5 seconds

and tell me how you feel at the end of it.

http://redaedal.us/404.html


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 4:39 am 
Offline
Forum Regular
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jul 15, 2008 10:50 pm
Posts: 738
Location: Carolina, USA
Well, first daedalus, I have to appreciate your sense of humor. That 404 gave me a pretty good laugh.

Now, on to the design. Of course, you have to choose a design that matches the kind of work you usually do. People will expect that if they hire you, and your design has a certain look and feel to it, theirs will too. Personally, these are just some observations, but take them with a grain of salt. Or pepper. Or cumin...

When designing for the web, stick with your standard three font families: Serif, Sans-serif, monospace. You'd be surprised what a difference it makes to let the browser choose the idea font, since it takes much more into account than you can (screen resolution, hinting and smoothing settings, variation availability, etc.)

Avoid background images behind text aside from the most gentle of textures.

With a font that fancy, avoid other effects like shadows, at least any as obvious as that. Honestly, I'd find a more reserved font for your headlines.

Main navigation should always be on the left side or top.

Let the design be fluid. We now live in a world of netbooks, smartphones, and other odd screen sizes. If you can allow it to adapt, you increase your audience. Along the same lines, be sure you can scale vertically to fit your content.

Always play media through Flash. I hate that one, but it's the only way to reach 95% of people, unless you want to put a .wma for IE, a .mov/.mp3 for Safari, and a .ogg for Firefox.

I don't mind the light text on the dark background, but it is too busy right now.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 5:15 pm 
Offline
Forum Newbie

Joined: Thu Dec 31, 2009 4:31 pm
Posts: 4
Right. I'm speaking from a view which does not have an eye for design and I pretty much suck at design myself (that's why I started coding),

BUT

I really hate the font which you used for your title and at the bottom. I personally would never use it anywhere in my work and wouldn't even keep it on my computer, because I hate those splodgy-dripping-paint type fonts. Also, it really isn't easy to read.

So far is pretty much what was said before but..

I think you put too much stuff in a small space - it looks really cramped to me. That's why people say it hurts their eyes. You need to space things out more.

this comes from a design novice. wow I've overdone myself :mrgreen:


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 7:33 pm 
Offline
DevNet Resident
User avatar

Joined: Thu Feb 09, 2006 5:52 pm
Posts: 1925
yeah im working on something different now.

http://thats.redaedal.us
http://thats.redaedal.us
http://thats.redaedal.us
http://thats.redaedal.us
http://thats.redaedal.us

its dark still. but clearer.

terrible colors at the moment. i have to go picking through some design sites.

it has problems rendering on certain browsers and os.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 8:29 am 
Offline
Forum Newbie

Joined: Sat Jan 09, 2010 7:24 am
Posts: 9
I agree that the lines of text are too long. Because you've used a serif font (it's got spiky bits) the letters dance around the page especially for tired eyes, and people with dyslexia would find this particularly hard.

As well as changing to a san serif font I'd also expand your kerning a little; kerning means the distance between the letters. Basically expand the text a bit. A slight nudge can really help readability.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2010 11:42 pm 
Offline
Forum Newbie

Joined: Mon Jan 11, 2010 11:36 pm
Posts: 1
good idea, but very very "heavy" for my eyes:)


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic This topic is locked, you cannot edit posts or make further replies.  [ 17 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next

All times are UTC - 5 hours


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group