SITE REVIEW: Before-Reality.net [updated 2/2/04 22:15]

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Name: Before-Reality.net
Site: http://bro.acgcny.com //old and outdated
Site 2: http://triad.acgcny.com //depricated and redirected
Site 3: http://before-reality.net //NEWEST THUS FAR.
I know it is not much right now, I have a lot of content insertion, but the major setup is now complete, so I feel its ready for some look and feel critique. Please be as constructive as possible :-)
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ok...lets seee, i like the header, thats tight, the mouse over effects, im diggin it, the headers such as "home" maybe make them a picture or spiff them up some. The colors are good and i like that little info bar that tells you about the links at the bottom. I also like the color of the scroll bar. and i like the framish effect. also if you are adding more links to your "links" section, could you add my site? http://insmas.cjb.net thank you! I also have a lil pic thing if you want that to link to my site, it's under the "links" section in my site. ill aslo add you to my links section.
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You have a descent start to your website. I do not care for iframes/frames, and I think you should get rid of them because they are not really necessary. However, its up to you, but that is my opiniion :)

I like your font on your menu.
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I'm not so sure about your LOGO up top. I think it needs a bit of work.
All your links work OK though, as far as i can tell.
I've also just signed your guestbook, just to make sure that works and it looks great. It's one of the better guestbooks i've signed.
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Keep up the good work.
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Thanks for the comments guys. Sorry it took so long to respond but I have been out of the house since sunday.

CasTiger, what do you mean by my LOGO needing work? I also made that guestbook by myself so thanks for the comments :-D

IMadmin, I will add your link when I get home. Thanks for your run down.

BWM, I used them because it was something new I learned ;) I might change it later, not sure yet, thanks for the comments though.
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Content update:

I would like you all to please check out the content added under 'fun' and tell me what you think!!! Thanks in advance.
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Not bad, I did one of the madlibs, seems to work fine. You might do the first one again though, I think you forgot to put a space between one of the words towards the last paragraph.

I still do not like the iframe as it forces me to scroll when normally I wouldn't have to on that page :wink:

How does the Arabian name script work? Are there a bunch of names already in the script and it randomly puts them together?
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ahahahaa i did your name convertor - you are such a geek - I love it!!!! :D
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ps: frames aghhhhh
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BWM - Yea the arabian name script has just an array of names, it chooses a random for the first, a random for the second, and a random for the conjunction inbetween the two.

Musik & BWM - I'll be figuring out a new layout without the frames, hopefully before school gets back in.
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I was wondering what you all would think about this color scheme/style of graphics:
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its very big & a bit bland

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yea I know...how about the colors?
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im no expert but i know what i like - it just seems a bit bland.

a different font would dress it up a bit more i think
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my problem is I want to keep the font consistant throught the page and images, so I have to use a pretty basic font
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its hard to form an opinion without seeing it in context of the whole page. :wink:
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i know I know
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hang on while I put my sunglasses on to see the image...

ok whew....well, they are certainly COLORS! ;) I think they're a bit bright
and too bold, but if the concept figures in with the colors and meshes
well, then I would have no probs with it. Just on first impression I would
say that they're too loud.
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yea they are quite loud. I was just rummaging through a variety of colorscheme/text combos in my head. I still have to come up with a new layout, and that colorscheme probably wont even exist in it. Does anyone know if wingdings/webdings are a default font for other OS's? And what about symbol?
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Ahh scratch all of that! Thanks to my oh so powerful 600 DPI scanner I managed to make a concept sketch I did a bit bigger for your viewing pleasure! Let me know what you think (sorry for the handwriting!).

http://bheyer.acgcny.com/bro_concept.jpg
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Lol, the sketch was slightly hard to read, but I love it! The alarm thing seems to be a pretty original idea and it fits well with your theme. Good luck with making it come to life! :D
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Yes, those are some great ideas on sketch!

Post it if you ever get something to the effect running... I was never much good at blending in images to match page borders or menus...
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would anyone be turned away from my page if you need to go through something like this (the 'you made it' page is just for example, the main thin I am worried about is the 'reload' when the x_res variable gets passed.)

http://dev.acgcny.com/test.php
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I do not know if I would be turned away from the page, but if I was designing a site I would avoid that for sure. That's just my preference.
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yeah I am just battling the whole multi resolution problem...it was a possible solution, do you know of any better ways?
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The best way is to just design the site to be able to look right in multiple resolutions. With Ozzu I did use some JavaScript on the page to adjust which Ozzu logo gets displayed depending on the resolution however, but normally I would not do that.
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my only worry is the top bar not spanning the whole page, now that its my 'good thinking time' (past 12:30) I realize that that was a pretty rediculous way to just make sure that the top bar spanned a good distance. So basically I'll do some thinking (maybe another morning tho, pretty tired right now, darn state fair!) but until then what would your approach be? just let it cut off ?
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What you could do is make a background for the bar that repeats itself. Then on top of this background you put in your image or whatever which eventually blends into the background, so no matter what resolution you have your site at it will look right. Like with the current Ozzu logo design, there is basically two parts to it. There is a background that repeats itself and then the actual logo text itself "Ozzu Webmaster Forum" which sits on top of it but blends right into the surrounding background which makes it so you cannot tell that its not just one huge image.

Now like with yours, you could keep it still centered like you do, but then the background would span the whole page out from both sides making it take up the full screen.

I hope I understood correctly what you were talking about.
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yep you understoond it great! I'll have to see if there is a way I can do it with div tags. Thanks for the help, I'll get some sample images of how the layout is going pretty soon!
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Here are some images of the progress so far, not quite sure what color I want to make those bars tho...

http://bro.acgcny.com/concept/clock.jpg
http://bro.acgcny.com/concept/clock2.jpg
http://bro.acgcny.com/concept/clock3.jpg
http://bro.acgcny.com/concept/clock4.jpg
http://bro.acgcny.com/concept/clock5.jpg
http://bro.acgcny.com/concept/clock6.jpg
http://bro.acgcny.com/concept/clock7.png <---transperancy isn't working...bah

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