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Design improvements, and oh hai!

Postby Zomgbie on Mon Feb 08, 2010 11:44 am

Ohai people! First post on this forum, wish me luck.

Lately i've been working on improving my company's current website. I'd like some feedback on what you like/don't like, and what could be improved even more. All i have done right now is only a layout, a single picture.

Current one: http://www.datasnillen.com
Concept one: http://www.datasnillen.com/conceptOne/

Any feedback would be utterly awesome! :)

Edit: I don't like the colors in my logo, the blue ones. What'd you think?
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Re: Design improvements, and oh hai!

Postby zombie@computer on Mon Feb 08, 2010 12:30 pm

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Re: Design improvements, and oh hai!

Postby zombie@computer on Mon Feb 08, 2010 1:23 pm

liking it overall. Perhaps tone down the background image a bit ?
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Re: Design improvements, and oh hai!

Postby Zomgbie on Mon Feb 08, 2010 1:56 pm

Yes, i could do that. I can see that it's taking the attention away to much from other content.

Edit: It's been dimmed down a bit, also added some minor tweeks here and there. Still don't like to blue text color in the logo :(
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Re: Design improvements, and oh hai!

Postby magoc on Mon Feb 08, 2010 3:32 pm

+ More contrast than the previous version
+ Not so much inner glow
+ Not that many 'in-your-face- strokes around everything
+ Better menu layout. One place to navigate is more than enough when you don't have a lot of content

= I suggest having uniform menu titles. Or go with the usual Home/Work/Contact/About Us or do everything in the other style: Where to start/What we've done/Who we are/How to reach us
= I don't know how much content you will have but if there's not that many I'd merge About Us and Contact

- "Logo" on the first page was better (no stroke and bolder text)
- I would lose or decrease the blur around your menu. It makes your menu look like a part of the background image and doesn't really look interactive
- I would make the text in the buttons a bit smaller and make the bodytext a bit larger.
- What's the deal with the images. Why is only one active. They look like thumbs but there isn't a proper size image.
- I'd split the body into two columns or make the whole site a bit less wide. One line has too many words with this font size.
- Why the background and borders around the titles on the right? It looks clunky.
- More vertical whitespace would do wonders for scanning your site. Also make more use of color and size (already did that on certain places) to differentiate in importance.
- I'd make the date stamp to left align with the text.

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Re: Design improvements, and oh hai!

Postby Zomgbie on Tue Feb 09, 2010 10:45 am

Thanks for that awesome input, and that well done example : )

I'll probally keep the menu as it is, since my supervisor said he loved it :p
But i'll certainly look into the other stuff you mentioned, thanks again!

* The deal with the images? Ah! Just to show both the active/non-active state :p
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Re: Design improvements, and oh hai!

Postby TicTac on Tue Feb 09, 2010 2:09 pm

Personally I'm a fan of minimalism, and love your current site. The new one looks nice, but the logo at the top keeps distracting me :P (and I can't think of anything to link the hard spotlights to your servers hehe). I don't think you need a background image for your header, unless of course your company also specializes in concrete and lighting ;)

@Magoc, I really like that design. It's simple, clean, and looks like it would function pretty good
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