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Et cetera Online Magazine (11 posts)

  1. chenz
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Check out this cool magazine! It's completely powered by WordPress. We designed our own template and everything runs on the web.

    Et cetera is an online student-run magazine. We started in 2006.

    Check us out at nshsetcetera.com

    Give us comment and suggestions, please!

  2. chenz
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Does anyone want to critic it?

    Any suggestions, comments and/or questions would be a great help!

    Thanks

  3. drewactual
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I think you are somewhere between a 'minimalist' and a 'toss it at em' in a hurry' type situation... Neither is bad, depending, but in the middle like you are is new ground... I don't think you will get any trust from readers by breaking out of the norm...

    as far as design: It looks like I am reading it on a PDA. The page seems too simple for something that actually has content. I am not bashing it, just maybe instead of badge images for your content, make the image a little smaller and display some content of the article adjacent to the image....

    You have some skill though!

  4. chenz
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    so you think that there should be less image, and more content?

    how do you think we can make it less "pda-like" other than displaying some content.

    And also, what do you mean by "you will [not] get any trust from readers by breaking out of the norm"?

  5. drewactual
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    less pda like: more white space, margins on sides, menu features like hover effects, maybe a nice logo...ect

    what I mean by trust is this: people expect certain things from a webpage... one being straight forward navigation, the other being something which has instant familiarity, or enough design appeal to draw a double take...

    surfers are familiar with the most successful designs the first time they look at them....

    matter of fact I would go as far as to say this:

    if a design doesn't conform to a familiar format, doesn't have the instant charm to strike curiosity, or doesn't have a good balance of both, it needs overhaul... or something to draw those surfers 'in' for a closer look....

    I like your page- I like the way your posts appear, and I like the way your categories are set-up, but being straight up honest with you my interests derive from the fact I too am a wordpress designer, and I see in your work inspiration for my own... If I stumbled upon your page as a result of a search for content- I wouldn't find much use for it because it lacks a feel of authenticity.. for the reasons I explained....

    no offense intended, just straight forward constructive criticism.

  6. CognitiveCombine
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I like the idea behind your design, but you are wasting a huge amount of space.

    I don't like how I have to scroll down to view most of the content on my laptop screen, viewers want to get most info compacted into their viewing area.

  7. chenz
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    hey CognitiveCombine and drewactual, thanks for the comments and suggestions.

    how's this now? is it too flashy?

    anyone else want to tell me what they think about it?

  8. chenz
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    here's the link again: nshsetcetera.com

  9. moshu
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    100KB for a small image like this:
    http://nshsetcetera.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/sophomore-speeches.png
    is way too much! And you have several of them on that main page. That's a big NO-NO!
    Images of that size shouldn't be more than 10-15KB max!

  10. drewactual
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    right on dude! looking good!

    I like how you have included at the footer post content..... that will give you credit as a real source now instead of making folks wonder what your page is all about.

    I am going to study your design a little more, as I said, it lends me some ideas of my own!

  11. workonline
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Looks good but a little crowdy. You can re arrange things a bit.

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