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08/25/2004 03:38:28 PM · #1
When you get the time, please check out my website design and layout. I am looking to change a few things and I need some opinions.

//www.martellophotography.com
08/25/2004 03:46:59 PM · #2
i don't know what to say i really like your site i think it great
08/25/2004 03:47:43 PM · #3
It's nicely produced, but the working area is a little small?
08/25/2004 03:48:26 PM · #4
- im not a big fan of the colors
- when i click any of the links, on the new page that opens there is always a second background splash thingy starting near the bottom of the page but without all the buttons and stuff (My screen resolution is 1600x1200)
- i think in the link bar on the left on the main page the thumbnail pictures should be the clickable as well, not just the words

other than that its looking good :-)


08/25/2004 03:48:47 PM · #5
1st thought - i takes way too long to load

Message edited by author 2004-08-25 15:49:56.
08/25/2004 04:06:03 PM · #6
I like it a lot...the retro colours, very nice and easy to use.

Unfortunately, though...the thumbnails are much too small once I click on the different categories. Also, I would like to be able to click on pictures instead of just the words on the opening page.

Good start!

Edit: I also don't like the empty space on the right and bottom of the pages.

Message edited by author 2004-08-25 16:07:01.
08/25/2004 04:08:53 PM · #7
I agree with cloud on that one, but otherwise it has a GREAT and fun feel to it.
08/25/2004 04:17:49 PM · #8
Center it on the screen. Now it loads in the upper left corner. Make the menu links on the bottom match the colors of your image map. Use style sheets.

Message edited by author 2004-08-25 16:19:31.
08/25/2004 04:37:05 PM · #9
you have your name martello three times on the home page in three different fonts - maybe they should be the same, for name recogntion.
08/25/2004 04:46:40 PM · #10
Please don't take my comments to heart, I will try and be constructive...

The colors conveyed an 'old fashioned' style that suited the re-touching element of your work but contrasted badly with the stock photos.

The home page took a long time to load. (surprising as I have broadband!) This is extremely bad practice.

The text size is generaly too small I found it difficult to read clearly.

The home page is narrower than the rest of the site, causing the impression of a 'jump' as the new page background widens.

On my screen the background is wrapping vertically.

Non of the thumbnails seem to be working currently?

Hope these points are helpful.
08/25/2004 04:49:21 PM · #11
The site wont even come up for me!
08/25/2004 04:51:28 PM · #12
I think you have to many slices which is making it take a while to load. Try combining some of them. Other than that it looks great.
08/25/2004 05:00:24 PM · #13
ok so here is the question, the web designer is a friend of mine so how do I say these points to him? It is weird though it comes up quick on my computer at work and at home, there is a very easy flow etc.
08/25/2004 06:32:43 PM · #14
Originally posted by heather09:

ok so here is the question, the web designer is a friend of mine so how do I say these points to him? It is weird though it comes up quick on my computer at work and at home, there is a very easy flow etc.


Print this thread and show it to him ;-)

Message edited by author 2004-08-25 18:33:13.
08/25/2004 06:35:58 PM · #15
it comes quick for a broadband user - and for you probably because it's stored in your cache from looking it in the past - i imagine that is daily...
08/25/2004 10:32:48 PM · #16
Heather, I kind of like the old time feel of it but here are some UI points... Definitely center the page and maybe bring it down 10 or so pixels for a space at the top. Use Web-safe colors the logo in the top right is not colored the same as the background. I can see the slightly darker brown...USE Style sheets(CSS) to uniformly present text and lose the blue links (CSS again)at the bottom... If you want to stay with gifs in the brown circle <BKGND> use a 1 or 2 pixel black outline and/or drop shadow them for a professional look and feel.
Overall not too bad, but the site does not convey an overall professional look - remember this is you first impression on potential clients - Make it count!!! Just tell your friend that you like it but need to make some improvements. If he is your friend he will understand
Hope this helps...
*Edit* It may load fast because it is in your Cache... try clearing it and then opeining it again...

Originally posted by heather09:

ok so here is the question, the web designer is a friend of mine so how do I say these points to him? It is weird though it comes up quick on my computer at work and at home, there is a very easy flow etc.


Message edited by author 2004-08-25 22:33:41.
08/25/2004 10:46:57 PM · #17
cool
08/25/2004 11:14:01 PM · #18
I like the look. Very unique. Only suggestion is possibly to full up the screen. The right hand side of my screen is empty.
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