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A Call for Criticism (18 posts)

  1. Jeremy Boggs
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Not quite as done as I want it (and internet explorer is give me lots of hassle), but I would like some feedback on teh color scheme, graphics (or lack thereof), fonts, and anything else that you feel could be improved.

    http://www.clioweb.org

  2. nmallory
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I like the looks of it. I really like the colors together.

  3. jennmiller
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I like the look of it. My family is from Big Stone Gap, so maybe I'm biased...

  4. Michael Bishop

    Posted 9 years ago #

    FF Mac 1.0.6 doesn't want to load your style sheet. With the web dev plugin, I tried to look at the style sheet, but you have a style sheet for 1024??

  5. Jeremy Boggs
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    oops, sorry about that...I was trying something out and forgot to delete it...it should work now.

  6. Jeremy Boggs
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    thanks for the positive feedback so far. I really am looking to "spice it up" or something...it's too bland I think, but I've been feeling so uninspired lately...

  7. Michael Bishop

    Posted 9 years ago #

    What I like most is the non linear approach to posts. I'm very intrigued by the concept, and as blogs become more, er, mainstream, I think approaches such as yours will be focused on more. Just as a side note, if you haven't seen Theron Parlin's new theme squible you may be interested. I am sincerly rethinking my approach, and may want to explore the concept of tags vs cats, and less "narrative" approach to my postings.

  8. bmccullo
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I really like the layout and the color scheme, especially. All it really needs now is some polish.

  9. Melodiefabrieknl
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    this is fantastic. easy to read, lots of spaces between text and clear and clean to read. superb!

  10. ifelse
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Nice job with the design especially with the lovely colour scheme and layout.

    The only thing is it probably looks a little bit too plain/flat. However, that said, the minimalist styling has a charm of it's own. Well done!

  11. Jeremy Boggs
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    thanks gang...I agree with ifelse that's it's a bit too plain, I'm just not sure what to do about it. I"m an historian but also a web designer, so I wanted something "historical" yet modern. I dunno if I should put some kind of image in the header or what.

    The squble theme that miklb mentioned is really nice...kinda what I was going after, especially by featuring the latest post near the top of the screen. I may play with my layout a bit after seeing it.

  12. Jeremy Boggs
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Oh, and if anyone has suggestions for fixing this site on IE6/Win I would greatly appreciate it. The columns top margins don't line up. I've been messing around with it on and off for weeks now, and have been running around in circles.

  13. Joebar
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    like the interesting design/layout but also agree that it's way too plain.

  14. chrishes
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    A suggestion to add a bit more interest is to add a gradient to to center content areas. Nothing with too much contrast just a slight darker to light (your bg color), sort of like this
    http://www.goldenpridechoir.org/

    The other thing is that because your site logo is fairly small, reduce the height of your header a bit. You may also use a slight top down gradient here as well, just to give it some depth.

    I like the spacious feel though, nice job.

  15. Jeremy Boggs
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Thanks Joebar and chrishes. The golden pride choir site is really nice (and has been featured at Unmatched Style recently). I added a little gradient to the bottom of my content div, and I may play around some more with gradients.

  16. chrishes
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Anytime and it's looking better. Like the color combos, another suggestion might be to play with the typography a bit. Maybe go with "Georgia", serif on you headings and something like "Lucinda Grande", verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif on the body font.

    It's got a bit of an old world style to it, the Georgia font fits nicely with that.

    Just some suggestions, looks like you're on the path to a nice site.

  17. cybrarian
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I'm a big fan of this horizontal approach, which I've now seen done well on quite a few sites, including yours. That said, here's some nit-picking:

    The middle section could do with something more to draw me in - at the moment it is considerably smaller, with just the excerpt, than the header and footer sections.

    Links all behave differently on the front page - in the content, two of the links lose the text-decoration on hover, and one has no change. In the footer, in three places the text-decoration goes, but in the previous posts , there's only a slight, and almost unnoticeable colour change. (I like the method of losing the underline when hovering over a link rather than the other way round, btw)

    In the header, when you hover over a menu tab next to the currently active one, you end up with two large blocks of white with no gap between. Perhaps it's a very personal preference, but a small border to break these up would look better.

    But as I said, mere nit-picks.

  18. Jeremy Boggs
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Thanks chrishes and cybrarian. These are all really helpful. I like using Georgia as the body font instead of a sans-serif font, espeically at this large font size. (I tend to like serif fonts at large sizes than sans-serif fonts).

    I agree that the menubar needs a little work...would probably work better with a different hover color altogether (something between orange and white, perhaps?). I'll give that a try this weekend.

    The link behavior is a good point...there are also different fonts in the different links too...dunno why I've done that. I need to do something to distinguish the :hover, :visited, and :active states of my links.

    One thing that has been bothering me a lot lately is the horrible look of my comments. See here:

    http://www.clioweb.org/archive/2005/09/01/history-carnival-15/#respond

    Any suggestions there too would be appreciated. I want to keep the "two-colum" look that I use throughout my site, but I'm drawing a blank on how to distinguish each comment.

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