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Posted : Tuesday, 15 March 2011, 05:59
Afr0
I've come up with a website design that works, in HTML and CSS.





This just works. There is enough space, and nothing is out of order. But it looks really quite boring and bland.
I feel like I need something to make the design pop. Should I put up a flash animation of dancing squirrels on meth?
I just feel like I need something to make the design stand out :\

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Posted : Tuesday, 15 March 2011, 06:26
Jayenkai
18 sidebars!!!!!
Posted : Tuesday, 15 March 2011, 06:50
JL235
Here are my initial thoughts...
  • center it (any modern site is centred down the middle)
  • make it wider (way too thin)
  • Remove the bright orange background (are you blind???)
First you need content. What is going to be on each page? What is each page meant to be saying? What are the main points, and what is just information on the side? and make sure what is there is really needed.

Even if you don't have real content, use appropriate placeholders rather then 'test'.

Until you know what each page will display and what messages it should give then you can't really come up with a design.

Designs are there to display the content in the most appropriate way possible. Note not best looking or amazing, but more appropriate. For example Blizzards site looks really ultra-cool, but wouldn't fit for a funeral parlor and all their whitespace isn't practical for lots of utility sites (like a bug-tracker).

Also good designs dont 'pop', they just work. They are intuitive, feel good, are able to grab you by the balls or are just simply nice to look at.

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Posted : Tuesday, 15 March 2011, 08:39
Afr0
The orange was changed to blue, because the client liked it better.
The test images are what I think will be the approximate size of the magasine's frontpages. 'Boligmagasinet' is, as the name suggests, a magazine, and you're supposed to be able to download the issues in *.pdf form.

Also, I'm not sure how to make it wider. I think it is just that the monitors at work are waayy too damn wide.

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Posted : Tuesday, 15 March 2011, 14:14
dizi
Spinal asked me to pop in so hi Afr0

If this is just to show the magazine covers for download then:

  • Work from the logos colour for the design and keep it minimal
  • Instead of having the magazines drop vertical have them in horizontal rows.
  • keep the colour palette limited so that the magazine covers pop off the page instead of fade into a bright background colour

I work better visually so here is what I mean:



The above example is just a quick 2 minute sketch to show my points, and isn't meant as a you should design your site this way. As JL235 has said you should always design for the content and the type of site rather than just trying to make something that looks cool



Posted : Wednesday, 16 March 2011, 03:27
Afr0
Thanks! Looks much better now!



Only problem is I couldn't figure out how to do it with lists and CSS so I ended up using tables. ^^,

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Posted : Wednesday, 16 March 2011, 03:32
Jayenkai
This is a job, you Absolutely MUST do it properly.

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Posted : Wednesday, 16 March 2011, 03:37
JL235
Previous issues can be categorized in a table, list or other type of layout but the current issue is different. The current issue is the most important item on the page, so I'd advise laying it out differently to help express this.

i.e. bigger image and in it's own block above the back-issues with details next to it about what is in the current issue.

Finally wrap _all_ content within a div inside the body (I usually call this the 'wrap'), give it a fixed width in pixels and then set the margin to '0 auto'. That will center it (although there are lots of other ways to center by CSS).

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Posted : Wednesday, 16 March 2011, 10:27
Afr0
This is a job, you Absolutely MUST do it properly.


As long as the site displays well in all browsers including but not limited to Netscape and IE6, that's a job well done as far as I'm concerned.
Chances are that this site won't be actively developed after I've left, so if someone comes in later who doesn't like tables, that's not really my concern. Especially because the guys running the company are focused on just that, so if another webdeveloper comes in later and claims I've done a horrible job, they'll have a hard time proving it (so long as they site looks good and does what it's supposed to).

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Posted : Wednesday, 16 March 2011, 17:51
oscar
"This is a job, you Absolutely MUST do it properly.


As long as the site displays well in all browsers including but not limited to Netscape and IE6, that's a job well done as far as I'm concerned.
Chances are that this site won't be actively developed after I've left, so if someone comes in later who doesn't like tables, that's not really my concern. Especially because the guys running the company are focused on just that, so if another webdeveloper comes in later and claims I've done a horrible job, they'll have a hard time proving it (so long as they site looks good and does what it's supposed to)."

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I sort of agree with you Afr0. As long as it works it is a job well done. But I think it's more helping to devlop skills and stay up with the latest trends that makes me do things the 'right' way. Otherwise I'd still be using blinking text tags and websafe colours.
Posted : Wednesday, 16 March 2011, 18:58
JL235
Unless you expect lots of IE 6 users to be using the site, I would advise against supporting it (and that includes IE 7 too).

Adding IE 6 & 7 support can in some cases double your workload, for what is often just a single percentage of users.

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