Working on a new look for my vintage-blog and I'd love to get som feedback on it. What do you like, what could be done better and so on... :)
(a temporary URL, I'm trying out http://wpwebhost.com)
get rid of the background
(You could use some work on your forum retorics.)
Nope, keeping the background for now. Like the mismatched look it gives. :p
i cant read it and it kind of looks fruity no offense
What is it you're having problem reading?
And fruity...haha..well, I suppose that's a compliment since it's supposed to be a kind of "cute" or "sweet" look... lol
i cant read it.
I like it, the background works well, niceley designed. I particularly like the RSS and Email link. The only problem with it is that its a little slow to load at first so you dont see the white behind the writing, hence why people are saying they cant read it. Your background files need compressing to reduca the file size and it will be a lot better, do you have photoshop? Other than the slow start-up I think it looks great.
Ah! Now I understand, thanks for the clarification... =)
Being swedish I'm spoiled rotten with broadband-connection and sometimes forget about loading times... I'll get right on optimizing that. Again, thanks for the heads up carlowens.
And thank you for the compliments... ;)
No problem, you just have to remember that people on the net have no patience when it comes to pages downloading.
Yeah, it's good to be reminded of that sometimes so that the graphics and creativity don't get in the way of the usability.
Made some changes now, hopefully the page won't be as slow to load now?
The proper URL is in use now, http://www.annathewebdesigner.com (snazzy, isn't it? lol)
Much faster. Is it me or does the background seem a little more faded than last time I looked?
It probably seem that way because I've made some changes to the highlight-colors in the content. F.e. "vintage maniac" is bright pink instead of yellow/orange and also I heightened the contrasts on the content backgrounds in Photoshop, to make the colors less dull.
I'll give the main background the same treatment.. ;)
I'm sorry but the Graphics and colors Seem terrible to me. Almost unbearable.
I think you need to come up with a new, unique concept, and then design around that. Vintage can be done so much better. Maybe Browse some css galleries, find some inspiration, and then think up a unique Interface.
I like your sans-serif headers, but you need to focus more on spacing and whitespace.
You only have a few graphics made up, so personally, I think you should really look at the re-design before you invest too much time into this theme. The niche is hit or miss, and sorry, but this just misses completely for me. I would not spend much time on this site, had I landed here.
Just trying to be honest. Please don't take my criticism the wrong way. Of course, in the end it is your site (personal blog I assume), so do what makes you happy.
I can not read it normaly
The colors kind of run together making it look very flat. I like the email and RSS buttons on the side though.
@JoMilla: Ouch! ;-) No seriously - I asked for an opinion, so I can deal with getting one.
I'm well aware that the design isn't very unique, but that wasn't my intent with it either so I'm pleased with the results anyway. You can clearly see that I was looking a lot at sites like http://www.freepeople.com and http://www.webdesignerwall.com when I came up with it.
I've been getting a pretty much 50/50 response on it; 50% feels like you and simply hates it, and the other 50% adores it and thinks it looks great. That's opinions for you - everyone has one! :-)
And even if I don't agree with you I thank you for the input. It's a good lesson in not taking things sooo personal! ;-)
@uulele: It might be that you're experiencing problems with loading all of the graphics that makes it hard for you to read the text. (Although since the blog I've done this design for is in Swedish and the majority of my readers have broadband-connection I'm not to concerned about page loading times.)
@cneetz: You're not the first one who says that and now that I've stopped sulking (hehe) I can see where you're coming from actually. Altough I do want to keep that kind of faded feel to the design I will try some things out and see if I can't find a golden middle. =)
Yeah the colors run together quite a bit (not a big fan of them), but otherwise it's a cool concept and definitely can tell you took inspiration from the WALL :)
To get some other color ides have you ever used:
At least would help get you started in the right direction I think or at the very least it's a fun website to view!
I mostly use ColorLovers.
I've read about Kuler like a hundred times but never gotten around to try it out. will do! =)
Hey, Vintage! Or is it Anna?
I think some of this may be a clash of cultures. We lived in Europe for a number of years and the decorative arts there (particularly Germany, Switzerland & Scandinavia) are very much different than what I typically see in suburban USA. I trust you're happy with the look and suspect that you'll get many compliments on your page.
After all, your forum "handle" here, vintagemaniac, also speaks to the "vibe" you're working to convey.
I particularly like the look of your RSS and E-mail links, and the fibers in the paper background. Go with your own best instincts -- you know your audience better than we do. And the mechanics seem to be working fine.
I have a hard time reading your blog - not that I can read Swedish, but it is very hard to even keep my eyes on the content as I find the vertical lines very visual strong and distracting. The background is much more interesting to look at than the blog content itself.
But maybe that's just me.
this is what the "end product" turned out like: http://vintagemaniac.net/
And about the design being distracting from the content, I think you have a valid point there and I wouldn't use this design for a professional project. But that's sort of the nice thing with having a small, personal blog which you can design...you can go a bit heywire when you feel like it! haha
I Visit Your Blog. Your Blog's Look is Nice but It takes so much Loading time Because Lots of Images in your blog and Please Change Your Lining Background.
Thanks & Regards
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