SITE REVIEW: Bizarro Productions

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Post 3+ Months Ago

Using rtm223's website's CSS tuts, I redid my new site layout. Im currently still trying to get some things to validate, so that's why none of the Valid links go anywhere, but I hope to eventally get it. please review :D

Site: http://www.bizarroproductions.com
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Wow..that's very yellow :)

I like the yellow tape for the header--it's cool. The nintendo character however, isn't that copyrighted?

Good for you trying CSS. You won't regret that.
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Post 3+ Months Ago

cool header you got there. quite unique.
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Thanks alot

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The nintendo character however, isn't that copyrighted?

yeah, but it doesnt matter in this case, becuase Im using it to make any sort of profit, and im not claiming it as my own
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Good for you trying CSS. You won't regret that.

Yeah tables were getting quite tedious :lol:
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quite unique

Thanks, i wanted to do something....different :D
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Image Pretty cool site.. One problem, I dont know if it's just me, but when I first looked at your site I didnt know there where links to other sections of the site :oops: Maybe some rollOver effects to expose those links better...(but it could be just me :? ) Good work overall! It'll definitly attract gammers (including me) :) to the page.. I like the yellow on the page even on the forums, one thing you should add is a link back to your home page from it...

Good stuff 8-10

Later
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Bobbo171 wrote:
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The nintendo character however, isn't that copyrighted?

yeah, but it doesnt matter in this case, becuase Im using it to make any sort of profit, and im not claiming it as my own


You might want to read this :wink:
http://www.nintendo.com/corp/faq.jsp#graphics
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Post 3+ Months Ago

I know I am new here but.

This looks nice as far as for a new site.

I would agree with SycomCOmp on looking at some sort of Roll over type effect on your header. I too did not realise that the one strip of caution tape were links till I looked closer.

I too just started using CSS files for one of my sites and find that they do make life SOOOOO much easier.

I looked at the nintendo release and I would say that since they dont endorse usage of there images and so forth that I would put a disclaimer on my site if I were you just to attempt to cover my butt. It seams to me though that there not to teribly worried about it though cause how many site are out there that use images from Nintendo....... Image MILLIONS! anyway like I said I would highly recommend putting a disclaimer.



Good work ![/img]
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Love the site. Great job, keep up the good work. Also you may want to consult on joeberts messege.
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Post 3+ Months Ago

http://validator.w3.org/check?uri=http% ... ons.com%2F :D

SycomCOmp wrote:
One problem, I dont know if it's just me, but when I first looked at your site I didnt know there where links to other sections
Not just you, I think it's the links looking like the caution tape above them, some hover effects would really help. In terms of image maps, you may want to try messing with the first two search results from this page, some nice fancy CSS and helps for accessibility.

Although I think the yellow/black works well on the front page, the forum kinda hurts my eyes after a while.

back onto code:
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<div id="left">
  <img src="http://www.bizarroproductions.com/divtest/left.gif" alt="" />
</div>
  1. <div id="left">
  2.   <img src="http://www.bizarroproductions.com/divtest/left.gif" alt="" />
  3. </div>


It's worth noting that for layout graphics you might as well use a background image on the div, and save yourself the img tag. It makes little difference on this site because you are using frames, but is worth bearing in mind for sites where every page has to reload the html. Check out what I've done on my site as an eg.

What might be nice, is finding a way to get the page (iframe) contents to scroll behind the slanted banner, rather than just dissapearing.

Overall nice, now write out 100 times "frames are evil, I will never use frames again" :lol:
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Post 3+ Months Ago

whoa... i really like this. very different. good idea on the layout. I like your story on the about page. quite interesting. makes me wanna go learn flash.
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Yes, I like your site too. Only one thing: make color schema for the forums not so bright.

Best of luck with your site, really nice :)
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Very unique. Don't forget to type some text in the img alt's. This is an excellent place to add search engine keywords to give your site added visibility.

Frames are bad. Very, very bad. Keep up the good work.
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I agree with the site's concept being very unique, I love the idea of using the CAUTION TAPE like the way you did. Great stuff. Originality is a great thing.

Color palette is very well established and yes, once again, a comment on the frames.....remove them!

Interesting point about the Nintendo character in terms of copyright...it would seem as though (after reading that article posted) that Nintendo forbids it....
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Bobbo171 wrote:
yeah, but it doesnt matter in this case, becuase Im using it to make any sort of profit, and im not claiming it as my own


Copyright isn't just applicable when you are trying to make a profit or say it's yours. Even copying a copyrighted image and not using it for anything is technically copyright infringement.

Now, if you change 10% of the work, it is not copyright infringement, but how do you manipulate an image/logo/character/likeness/etc without copying it in some way first? My advice would be to avoid using the imagery that you have, but I know you won't listen. Good luck man 8)
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Thanks for all the feedback about my site. A lot of you have been saying how I sould have someway to indicate that the links are there, so I read the tutorials that rtm223 left and came up with this:
http://www.bizarroproductions.com/tests/hoverbar.html
which I will add to my layout soon.

For all of you that have been telling me that frames are evil....i know i regreted using them so much, but it was the quickest way I knew of allowing the page not to reload everytime a link was clicked, because if it was reloaded (when using PHP includes) it messed up some aspects of the site.

As for the copyright stuff, I dont think im going to worry about it (like jlknauff had said i would do) becuase I dont think nintendo really enforces that too much when it comes to small portfolio-ish type sites like mine, and because I like them there :D

Thank you all again for your feedback
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Oh sweet, pure css image maps in a nested list, it brings a tear to my eye :D

One last thing to suggest, alter:
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<ul id="navbar">
  <li id="section1b"><a href="#1"></a></li>
  <li id="section2b"><a href="#2"></a></li>
  <li id="section3b"><a href="#3"></a></li>
  <li id="section4b"><a href="#4"></a></li>
  <li id="section5b"><a href="#5"></a></li>
  <li id="section6b"><a href="#6"></a></li>
  <li id="section7b"><a href="#7"></a></li>
  <li id="section8b"><a href="#8"></a></li>
</ul>
  1. <ul id="navbar">
  2.   <li id="section1b"><a href="#1"></a></li>
  3.   <li id="section2b"><a href="#2"></a></li>
  4.   <li id="section3b"><a href="#3"></a></li>
  5.   <li id="section4b"><a href="#4"></a></li>
  6.   <li id="section5b"><a href="#5"></a></li>
  7.   <li id="section6b"><a href="#6"></a></li>
  8.   <li id="section7b"><a href="#7"></a></li>
  9.   <li id="section8b"><a href="#8"></a></li>
  10. </ul>

To
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<ul id="navbar">
  <li id="section1b"><a href="#1">Bizarro Productions</a></li>
  <li id="section2b"><a href="#2">Forum</a></li>
  <li id="section3b"><a href="#3">Flash</a></li>
  <li id="section4b"><a href="#4">Song Of the Day</a></li>
  <li id="section5b"><a href="#5">Image Gallery</a></li>
  <li id="section6b"><a href="#6">Tutorials</a></li>
  <li id="section7b"><a href="#7">About</a></li>
  <li id="section8b"><a href="#8">Links</a></li>
</ul>
  1. <ul id="navbar">
  2.   <li id="section1b"><a href="#1">Bizarro Productions</a></li>
  3.   <li id="section2b"><a href="#2">Forum</a></li>
  4.   <li id="section3b"><a href="#3">Flash</a></li>
  5.   <li id="section4b"><a href="#4">Song Of the Day</a></li>
  6.   <li id="section5b"><a href="#5">Image Gallery</a></li>
  7.   <li id="section6b"><a href="#6">Tutorials</a></li>
  8.   <li id="section7b"><a href="#7">About</a></li>
  9.   <li id="section8b"><a href="#8">Links</a></li>
  10. </ul>

Then use the image replacement I talked about on this thread
http://www.ozzu.com/website-design-forum/using-images-links-t28065.html

It gives some anchor text which is really important for SEO and accessibility. Once you've done that try viewing it on lynx (a text browser)


Oh, important note, put a 1px black border on the main container div, you are getting the annoying mozilla bug where the left edge dissappears off the left side of the screen. Plus I've PM'd you a question ;)

//edit: Ok scrap that Idea about the 1px border, I've been being so dumb with that, it's such a dirty hack. Instead add a min-width to the body of the document. That will overcome the mozilla error without affecting IE. Is a much better solution to the problem, don't know why I didn't think of it before.
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Post 3+ Months Ago

http://www.bizarroproductions.com/

I fixed the mozilla bug with the witdh. I also added the text to the image map part, and the words dont show up in IE but the show up in Firefox :(
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Bizarro, I do intensive work with copyrights and if Nintendo comes across your site, you could quite possibly be shut down by your ISP if they contact them or it could go to a legal issue...please be very careful, I know loads on this stuff...

PS- WICKED SITE!! LOVE the nav bar, great work!!
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Miss_Bee wrote:
...please be very careful, I know loads on this stuff...

...danger just so happens to be my middle name =P , im probably going to work up some effort and get a disclamer up there, so at least there is something there, but honestly I dont think that Nintendo is too feed up destroying peoples site, namely mine out of the thousands thats are up there with nintendo pics....but thank you for the concern
Miss_Bee wrote:
PS- WICKED SITE!! LOVE the nav bar, great work!!
Thank you very much :D :D
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Post 3+ Months Ago

It looks good except for that iframe you have. I think it will add to your site if you get rid of it, and have it become bigger-vertical wise. Then if the content becomes too much, you could cut it off and link to archives.
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I like the hazardous look. And as far as the Wario pic, I thought that it wouldn't be copyrighting if you incorporated that pic into a pic of your own? I hope that's right......Anyways everything looks great on the site, it really stands out with that black background.
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Post 3+ Months Ago

its a real nice site tho you might want to highlight the bottom bar on the yellow lines because the links do not jump out at you.
but real nice site

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