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olafviking's picture
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Min-T Website

I'm trying to design something for my website.
I'm trying to improve my creativity here, because I don't feel like i'm a designer. My formation is 100% Development.

My firm is about creating website, so mine have to be attractive.

Is it a decent design ? Tell me what you think, even if you think it's bullshit, no problem ;-)

Thank you guys

T.

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Art D. Rector's picture
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Wouldn't say it's "bullshit" - but I see some problems. I don't like the opposing eyebrows at the top and I don't understand the wheat photo.

wgzn's picture
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on the contrary (SURPRISE!) i kinda like the "eyebrow" navigation.
but without seeing the actual site and how it works - its hard to say much beyond that : (

YoungZM's picture
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The only thing with having navigation in corners like that is the layout looks fairly small as is. It might occupy 40% of that aspect ratio, what happens when it's put on a true widescreen monitor that pushes the corners to the outermost edges? Then you have your audience possibly not noticing them, and if they do a long mouse drag to get there. The easier you make a website to use this more someone will want to use it.

The theme's are very conflicting here and it's hard to follow from a design perspective. While it can be done, you typically don't have flat vector and illustrative design right beside dominant photography. It looks odd, I'd push one or the other really.

As an afterthought as well, because the layout occupies so little of the space, is there a reason that you want to separate the contact information rather than possibly incorporate a little contact form at the bottom? Splash pages are a bit 90s, other than your name and a tidbit about your business you run the page isn't serving any other purpose.

mara06's picture
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I see a bland wheat field and a graphic that I thought, at first, was a wooden or plastic spoon with a human face on it. Closer up, I see it's supposed to be a man -- you, I suppose. I can tell you that wearing sunglasses can make you seem like you're hiding, which is not a positive image for you. Perhaps that's a cultural thing, but I've always heard that.

I like that you're trying something different from the usual navigation buttons, but I can see a down side to that as well. Many of the people who might hire you might not like it, for a variety of possible reasons. Do you want to draw so much attention to this unusual feature, or would you rather visitors to the site were struck by how fast and easily they can navigate your site, and how polished it looks?

Wheat field? Why?

Mara

wgzn's picture
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"what happens when it's put on a true widescreen monitor that pushes the corners to the outermost edges?

thats why you design your page with a fixed width and center it - bucking the BS web2.0 trend of making your page horizontally fill the screen.

YoungZM's picture
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Yes/ no. I really think that responsive web design is something that should be taken into consideration to make sure that everyone gets a proper experience. With that said, a well done responsive layout should look the same on every monitor in proportion. Not gigantic and not tiny, it's all about brand continuity. Easier said than done and that requires a lot of extra work. SO! If it's static we have to consider -> will the eyebrow idea still look good floating with sharp edges in the middle of the background? Will the background itself work on all devices and most resolutions?

Many a reason to either love or hate web design. Challenges :)

wgzn's picture
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i think a lot of this is pseudo-intellectual buzz-word logic that marketing people throw around to validate their invoices. which is hard for me to say because historically, i am one of those people.

to a certain degree i agree with the idea of responsive design but too many times what i see is it limiting or changing the intended presentation. for the most part, a well designed page will represent fine on a variety of devices. maybe the user has to zoom or scroll. but if that leaves my design intact as intended, i'm fine with that.

just because i have a 30" monitor on the desk does not mean that the browser window is always maximized or that whatever im viewing has to fill that window.

YoungZM's picture
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I think we should come up with a synonym for responsive so we don't sound so damn trendy over the purpose of it. The problem is the same with some parents looking for electronics for their kid. They hear of this "new thing", have no idea what it does but demand it from their business partners all the same. I do see your point and honestly responsive web design is so rarely done right that I've started to hate it from a design standpoint. I'd rather pinch to zoom on almost all websites with responsive, however I do come across a few usually from designers/ web designers that look really cool under a mobile platform with the same desktop elements thoughtfully organized.

I have a 32" so you could probably relate seeing websites at fullscreen at times that are either less than 50% of screen occupation (sometimes with a horrid background that takes up the rest), and even worse left aligned. Centered layouts (web template itself, not justification) are frankly my favourite because at least I don't need to crane my head and stare at one side of my monitor. It always makes me feel like it's going to tip it.

olafviking's picture
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Okay guyz, I want to thank you all first.
This was very helpful. I take away the wheat field.
The man with his tie is me, that's right. I'm not enough experimented to draw the eyes, it was too difficult so I chosse facility here I have to admit.

The navigation is not very handy.

I'm working on it.
Will post the result soon. Again thank you all !

T.

olafviking's picture
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Here's an update :

2 options included

Again, all criticsare welcome

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T.

wgzn's picture
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both get points for continuing on your path of non-standard navigation paradigm!

qwertyale's picture
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Update WIP

but make all cards same sized

yes I'm brazilian xD

Art D. Rector's picture
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And put that last icon on the side like the rest of them. Looks like a mistake to me.

YoungZM's picture
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My issue with this is my eye is all over the place, there's no focal point or grounding anchor to "start" reading from. French is still read left to right, that's how I personally like my websites. Everything is floating in purgatory rather than neatly gridded. Don't get me wrong, a lot of the elements are very nice looking but the layout is my huge issue here.

qwertyale's picture
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I like the way we discuss these things.

We live at post pc era. Some reading standards are over.

The programmer could detect the orientation of the browser and distribute the cards vertically or horizontally. Avoid "cover flow" style, invent something different.

yes I'm brazilian xD

qwertyale's picture
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Look these samples and their fascinating navigation concepts:

http://www.360langstrasse.sf.tv/

http://www.modoluce.com

yes I'm brazilian xD

Art D. Rector's picture
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Thatnks for that, qwerty!

MikBe's picture
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I like the feel of it overall but I'm not sure what the point of the little icons are. For instance what does a chair have to do with applications and websites? It looks like the little icons are talking and the big text areas are in text bubbles, is that what you were going for?

I think the sunglasses on the guy look OK, kinda 70's retro, and I don't read into it "hiding" at all.

YoungZM's picture
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+1, I didn't actually mention the icons because I was more focused on layout but totally right. Unfortunately for icons we have to use cliche nostalgic items for symbols rather than current items/ trends for wider acceptance. ie. floppy discs for saving- when was the last time one of those fellas was used (mainstream).

olafviking's picture
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I've heard all your comments.

Thank you again, those was very helpful. I'm working on something new and more reliable.

T.

olafviking's picture
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Check the results online : http://www.min-t.fr

Thanks

T.

mara06's picture
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I like the new central focus. Nice. Fun, but not childish -- although it took me a while to realize there were navigation buttons way up at the top of the page. I still hate the sunglasses. The most important thing, though, is that your portfolio section is a nightmare to navigate.

Mara

wgzn's picture
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how is it a "nightmare" to navigate? seems pretty straightforward to me. now i DONT like that the whole thing is linear. i'd rather be able to go to the one i want rather than having to page trough every single entry... but i'd call that more an inconvenience than a nightmare.

i dont generally care at all for animated navigation. but this is well handled (expect for the linear part) and it work on iOS!

mara06's picture
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Forgive the hyperbole! I should have said the setup was -- for me -- counterintuitive.

Mara

Art D. Rector's picture
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Why is your own logo in the portfolio section at all - much less twice? I think people will assume you designed your own logo.

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