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New site idea, opinions appreciated

Discussion in 'HTML, Graphics & Programming' started by Flanders, 19 Jan 2006.

  1. Flanders

    Hitman

    Joined: 2 Nov 2004

    Posts: 553

    Location: London, UK

    Over the last few nights Ive had a few spare minutes and I've been playing about re-designing my web site. Im not sure whether or not Im actually going to overhall the whole site and change over to this as yet, but I thought I would test the waters with it atleast.

    You can have a butchers at it here:

    http://www.simplestuff.co.uk/light
    http://www.simplestuff.co.uk/dark (different colour scheme)

    Opinions would be grately appreciated. The one bug I know about is that the navigation only looks how it should at 1289x1024. I fudged the positioning of it to save time :p Obviously if I decided to change it all over, I will have to rectify this. Any thoughts on the best way to posistion it where I want it would also be welcome'd.

    Anyway, thanks for looking :)
     
    Last edited: 20 Jan 2006
  2. vaultingSlinky

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    hmm to be honest i think i prefer the old site.

    I prefer the logo and company name from the old one anyways. the new one has a nice colour scheme/layout...i just dont like the title that much. All this is in my opinion of course hehe :)

    (ps the navigation looks fine to me at 1024x768 on safari)
     
  3. SpicyDuck

    Soldato

    Joined: 10 Dec 2003

    Posts: 6,349

    I prefer the new one, but it'd be cool if you could incorporate both designs into eachother. Maybe the background of the current design could go on the new one in order to contrast the light coloured content? :)

    Phil.
     
  4. Sic

    Capodecina

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    too much white in the new one. it's too pale for me. i was having a pretty hard time reading your text because the massive white background was hurting my eyes.
     
  5. Flanders

    Hitman

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    Location: London, UK

    Cheers guys :) I must admit, looking at it "the morning after" it doesnt have the same impact on me as it did last night. I agree totally with the fact its a bit too light, I think that could be solved, as OvertoneBliss said, by having a darker body background. Incoperating the old design could be a possibility, I'll have a play next time I get some free time.

    vaultingSlinky - Im not sure what you mean about the new name, its the same as the old one :confused:

    Again, thanks for taking a look :)
     
  6. nin9abadga

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Nottingham

    very nice mate!

    it is too light though but i like your code, and i like the look of it and the way it is designed.

    i have a question though, how did you get that "bar" (the one with the nav on) to stretch right across like that? i've looked at the code but i cant work it out. :confused:

    nin9abadga
     
  7. Flanders

    Hitman

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    Location: London, UK

    Thanks :) The #navigation is outside of the #container so isnt constrained by margin: auto which centres everything. By default the width is set to 100%, so it stretches across the whole page.

    I suppose for good measure I should have added width: 100% to my #navigation but it works all the same.
     
  8. vaultingSlinky

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    is what i meant.
     
  9. nin9abadga

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    ah i see it now :)

    good idea that, im gonna have an experiment with something like that myself i think ;)

    nin9abadga
     
  10. Sic

    Capodecina

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    the old logo is much nicer, i agree with vaultingSlinky
     
  11. AndyBorzi

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    I actually prefer the new logo but it needs to stand out more; which has already been pointed out on this thread. The old logo looks very 90's to me :)

    *EDIT* I still prefer the new logo, but can it be made smaller?
     
    Last edited: 19 Jan 2006
  12. Flanders

    Hitman

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    Well, I couldnt leave it alone tonight, so I've tried it with a different colour scheme. Took some inspiration from an old Zen Garden design.

    http://www.simplestuff.co.uk/dark

    Having problems with a logo though, as soon as I make a suitable one, I'll update it.

    EDIT:

    Beginnings of a logo up, not sure if Im happy but it will do for now.
     
    Last edited: 20 Jan 2006
  13. Phate

    Caporegime

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    i think the old one looked better maybe edit the colour scheme slightly so its easier to read the text.

    oh and its simplestuff yeh? that new dark one seems to be too complicated for simplestuff :p
     
  14. Flanders

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    Touché :p
     
  15. Mr_L

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    That's a lot better, I don't get blinded by the white light now.
     
  16. robmiller

    Capodecina

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    Give it some contrast! Darken the text and logo a bit so that people can read it :)
     
  17. Mr_L

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    Are you looking at the wrong one? He's changed it.
     
  18. Flanders

    Hitman

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    Take a look at the "dark" variation. :)

    Still not happy enough to change it over completely, but I think Im going to keep playing with it.

    Mr_L - Thanks for the comments :)
     
  19. hendrix

    Wise Guy

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    I much prefer the dark version. Much more easier on the eyes ;)

    Nice idea about the page icons, although you could add something else with the image perhaps a simple: HOME or ABOUT for appropriate pages?

    Looks pretty sweet overall! Nice work...

    Hendrix
     
  20. Jake 2.0

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    prefer this one :http://www.simplestuff.co.uk/new BUT the text is hard to read, darken it a big! AND i think that you have loads of unused space on the side so i would make the middle part bigger (width wise)