SITE REVIEW: Lamia Designs

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http://www.lamia-designs.co.uk

i would like you all too let me know what you think of the design of my site "Lamia Designs" it's not yet complete this is the third layout i have created since it began february this year, however all constructive critisism is welcome.
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Post 3+ Months Ago

review please :)
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I find it a little difficult to read the font in the logo as well as under the navigation menu. I'd definitely change that up.
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Agreed. I found the menu impossible to decipher. Also, the size of your content container changes. I'm running at 1600x1200, a maximised browser window (Firefox 1.5/XP), and while the content area takes up the width of the screen (to the left of the menu) on the about pages, the other pages are sort of all over the place.

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yeah i've been working on that and can't seem to find the problem :s, i may jsut have to make them all the same size and use a div scroll box
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In all honesty your design looks like it is 10 years old... that style of webpage isn't really seen much anymore nowadays. I'd go with something a little more contemporary.
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its almost identical to your other site.. try making something that is more eye catching something brighter. overall it needs alot of work. try making the navigation more readable. also, the content box is overlapping what appears to be a "frame" for the content to go in. overall 4/10 alot of open space.
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looks pretty good. Like whats been said before, I would definatly change the font on the nav. It is VERY hard to read. I would flip-flop the postion of the Nav bar and the main page content. But a little difference from the norm is always good. Nice site though :lol:
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i am in the process of changing it however i'm not one for "word links" and the color scheme will be changed also i was just wondering about the tables and the overall design unfourtunately everything i cna think of has been done before :( this saddens me because i have to think of new things before they get taken by others
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Hello there, first of all nice and helpfull forum, thanks to creators!

So, about web site, little bit to heavy, and better to test web on different platforms.
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My suggestion is :

1. Move your navigation (on your left side of your webpage) a little bit up (valign=top).
If your have longer text, your navigation won't be seen by your visitors unless they scroll down.

2. Add more color to your webpages to make it more attractive.
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Too scary ! I think this is a community that needs plenty of blood !
The design : take in mind that 40% of visitors use a 800x740 escreen resolution and take your main in the entrance page from the right to the top , better to see when entering the site ! Colors fits good the idea " vanpires " . Centralize your page <>^ ! There is others metatags you can put there to improve search engines researches ! Change almost the letters in the menu !
What program did you use to do that ? !
Reply here !
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I don't think there is any way I can possibly say this without coming off as a complete dick, so I'll just say it as blatantly as possible and apologize afterwords.

Your site wrote:
best graphical work and web design


I feel that your site is not demonstrative of the 'product' you're boasting, as both the graphics and the web design are subpar.

Now to apologize. I don't mean to say that you can't create a graphics and web design site, but advertise appropriately. So you're not the best in either field—that's all right. Everyone starts somewhere. To be fair, the graphics aren't terrible; in fact, compared to a good number of sites, they're practically professional. Creating a highly graphical site is a difficult thing to do, as the GUI often comes out notably fake. I suffer the same fate. I've always wanted to design a site like Blizzard's World of Warcraft site, but I've yet to come even close to that point, and it's highly unlikely that I, a hobbyist web designer at best, could ever do so.

Don't take my intitial statement too seriously. Just keep plugging away at it.
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i don't i take it as constructive critism be as critical as you like, the program i use to create my graphics is photoshop but now and again i use flash 8 also the font used in the nav system is that of the Abduction saga available for free over the internet i am in the process of changing them to Terminal and making them towards the top and the sizes to percentages to fit most screen resolutions. keep it coming guys i appreciate the feedback :)
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i agree they aren't the best but they are compared to the price people have been charging for basictext sites it's rediculous. however i will be changing that i jsut needed to get something up to look for and i know not of any other metta tags that would help with results for search engines.
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The logo is way to far away and the navigation bar is strangely placed. Move it to the top or left of the page. The logo and nav bar(if you put it on top) do not have to be in the same table as the main content. Also height="100%" does absolutely nothing.

Change the text so it's more readable if you can.

If you're doing web design and graphical work, you have to have a perfect site.

Home should be top on the navigation list.

Contact section could be expanded.

Do you mention your price anywhere?

Why do you use a Registered Trademark symbol at the bottom of the page? Usually that goes beside whatever is trademarked, perhaps your logo. And trademarking is not usually used unless it has been legally done.
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currently working on a different design for it anyway what's up is well what i did in about 5 mins because i needed to get something up. the site had been down for a month before hand
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is this design any better i added some color to it this time it doesn't look so cold. ignore the state of the images i compressed them to much and they are being changed to shaper images later it the design is better
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Post 3+ Months Ago

To start your own web design website. You need to show what you can do.
1- Re-deign you website, make it look good. Put all of your efforts in it. Use stunning images and layout for eye catch.
2- Don't leave any dead links on your page
3- provide an estimate form
4- you portfolio is a dead link. You don't have to wait to do work for clients, so you can post their websites on yours. You can design some extra stuff to post on your site.
5- Use Flash content (not for the whole website) Just to show that you know how to work on Flash.
6- Provide a list of the programming languages and softwares that you know how to use.
7- Where is your META TAGE ???? Keywords/description/robot/...
8- Don't use any script for your main Menu ... most of the search robot can't read your links within script
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you need to add some eye catching colors, I mean is this not some type of designing CO.? you need to be a little more bold, or maybe not so much color being bold but the use of the color more grabbing. The layout needs a little cleaning up.
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finally got a layout i acctually like. unfourtunately it's not one of mine.

but untill i can sort my own out and like it this is what i will use.
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It's certainly better than you're previous design but its hard to take a specialist 'web design' company seriously when they use tables, not pure CSS :? :?: We all use them but try to keep them to a minimum for tabuluar data retrieved from a file/database - in an ideal world. You shouldn't be using them to outline your whole website.

Personal taste but i think your domain would look 50 times better if you swopped the black background for a white one. It's not very corporate but then i dont know what your target audience is ... :?:


Good luck though.

Cheers, Prime ...
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keep it up! it looks a lot better since the last time i had seen it!
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Hi! Honestly, I think it looks like you bought a template and inserted your text into it. I am not saying you did, that is just what it looks like. The body text just doesn't match the 3d feel of the site. The body headings are too big. Scale them down and maybe make them a 3d image to tie in the rest of the site. Use background div colors to break up and organize the body text.
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This is not really needed but I think you can improve on the menu by adding rollover links :)
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i like the design a lot i think its good really good.
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Very sorry to say this but it looks kind of cheap for me... Looks like you don't know what you are doing... I am not trying to be a smart ass here... but is very hard/impossible to design for yourself... like a doctor cannot consult himself, a designer cannot design for himself... I think the better thing is to ask a designer friend to make a layout for you... you know... you can see a lot better the others than yourself... better to ask others about yourself :)
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cyfarian wrote:
Hi! Honestly, I think it looks like you bought a template and inserted your text into it. I am not saying you did, that is just what it looks like. The body text just doesn't match the 3d feel of the site. The body headings are too big. Scale them down and maybe make them a 3d image to tie in the rest of the site. Use background div colors to break up and organize the body text.


it was stated that the layout was a template and was used until i got my layout done.

which it now is, just working on a new menu for it and waiting for a friend to get her stuff over to me to add to it.

also working on a Flash style portfolio which hopefully my friend can help with because she uses Flash alot, where as i prefer Photoshop or Gimp.

an order form is also being created for it so as to give people their options and us some idea of their requirements.

This layout i am using i did create, but by following a tutorial. this is not a permanent layout but it's certainly better than what i had.

as for the CSS remark, yeah i understand, but i've found it (for me personally) to use tables instead of CSS to be slightly easier for me to edit / change etc...

Seriously guys thanks for the Critique.
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Hi Lamia,

Your site has certainly improved alot since I last saw it :D however ...

Lamia_Poi wrote:
as for the CSS remark, yeah i understand, but i've found it (for me personally) to use tables instead of CSS to be slightly easier for me to edit / change etc...


... everybody finds tables easier than CSS, but pure CSS is 10 times more powerful. You can combine the two as part of your learning curve but using CSS differeniates between the pro's and the amatuers. You need to tackle the learning curve if you want to be taken seriously and pursue in this field ... Don't be disappointed, just remember that computers are a continuous learning curve, you must keep improving and CSS is your next logical step :D

Good luck.

Cheers, Prime ... :shock: :D
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the banner looks good. however, it doesnt flow with the rest of the website. The colors you used for text dont really go good either. add some kid of roll over effect to the text. maybe make it a little bigger and more like a navigation. if you went with a lighter blue you would be amazed at how much better it would look. I would go with the color of the banner to replace the dark blue lines. maybe something like this?

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just seems to look better to me.

it could use a little more work to actually look "professional". however, you do have a good start. keep workin at it!
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I think your site should better reflect your work, your sig logo looks like you have talent, but the coordination of bg colors and fonts is really hard on my eyes. Now im not the greatest by any means, but it seems like the modules are just too plain to represent your talent. Like i was saying, i think that if your site used the colors like your logo, it would look much better. that blueish white looks like it would work well.
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i find the colors 'clash' for me.
i like ur logo though. for what ur trying to achieve i would put an image example on the home page.
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I have to agree about the fonts, having 2 different sized fonts on one website, clashes, and then to add different colours on top of that is just to much.

I like the design, but to be honest, I think the news section you have in the top half of the page, should be moved down to the "Menu" section you have, it really takes alot of focus off the header, which I happen to really like, BUT that white font just sticks right out at me, and the header gets a slight second glance.

With the menu links, I really feel the site would benefit from some graphic buttons, with a roll over. I mean you are trying to sell your web designs, and the only graphical design you have on that page really, IS the header.

Now I am by no means any kind of programmer, but I am a graphic designer in my own right, and your site needs abit of work, before you can proclaim yourself as a professional web designer. But thus far, it is "good".
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i wish i had that design for my website!( its a gaming website)But for you, i dun't really think it suit's you, what webhost u using anywayz?
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Benat wrote:
I like the design, but to be honest, I think the news section you have in the top half of the page, should be moved down to the "Menu" section you have, it really takes alot of focus off the header, which I happen to really like, BUT that white font just sticks right out at me, and the header gets a slight second glance.


yeah i'm working on different color schemes, maybe red, green anything really... but as for the section under the header, i was going to change that color to a slightly greyish color, as black wouldn't work because like the white it would be to "outstanding".

Benat wrote:
With the menu links, I really feel the site would benefit from some graphic buttons, with a roll over. I mean you are trying to sell your web designs, and the only graphical design you have on that page really, IS the header.


yeah as i stated on the site and on the re-post, i'm working on a proper navigational system with buttons and rollover effects...

as for the different sized fonts, i completely agree, but if i make them all 1, it's too small, or 2 it's too large, i'm trying to find a happy medium with the CSS version of it, but as i'm not really "expert" i have run into a few minor problems, so have those to overcome before anything else changes.

as for the colors, thanks i'll go with a lighter color or maybe a different coor completely...
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mafiaboy3 understandable with what your saying... but i like the design itself, it's a different to what the "corporate" sites look like, which is why i like it so much...

as for my webhost. i use [link]http://www.streamline.net[/link] they are a UK based webhosting company. and offer reasonable rates etc... just make sure you get something above the the first one because that ones *plum*. (excuse the bad language please :) )
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Good to see your taking your time in the development process although i think you've still got a bit of a way to go yet.

For starters, Design. The site looks like an amature gaiming clan type site. It feels far too dark and not enough variation in colours. Think about the clients your aiming at, is this the kind of thing they'd be into?

Drop the links to the external sites on the left. What on earth are they doing there? you have a link to some seedy 18+ adult webcam site with fat women and wierd goth bdsm fetish creeps. Is this the kind of image you want to put across to possible clients?! might aswell get rid of the google link as well, isn't much need for it.

Code wise, did you even code your site or just use some design view tool? if you want to build websites for people for money you need to know code. Your using tables which are not even designed to be used for layouts. Your sites code is not valid, it has 15 errors on the main page and you haven't even specified the DOCTYPE.

Get rid of the "web form" page. Theres no need for it, just stick the form on the contact page. Another thing, someone goes to the contact page, there faced with "contact us" then below it 5 email addresses. Which one are they meant to use?
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"wierd goth bdsm fetish creeps"

I resent that but linking it isn't the best thing probably so point taken though you could have worded it differently.

i don't usually specify the doctype, as for the errors, they are the depricated codes.

the web form page stays because i'm creating a flash form for it so you can make selections etc...

whichever email they wish to use, and there is several emails if you want to be specific.

Yes i coded my site, i hate WYSIWYG programs i never use them if i can help it. very rarely will i use it and it's usually only viewing something if my net isn't working or to use it for PHP as i am still learning the coding and how MySQL works and how to implement all of it.


but i will make any corrections to the code if they are likely to interfere with the rest of it.
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A couple of typos. On http://www.lamia-designs.co.uk/about/

...site is being sold alongside it in which [CASE] you need to give us the contact details....

... decided to get a friend of mine, who is also extremely interested in web design, involved and spends a lot of time at home as i do.....

the sentence is dijointed after the word 'involved'.

On the same page, two images failed to load.

Anyway, the font is clear enough and the layout as a whole uncluttered. Don't forget that EVERYTHING on your website says something about you. Even the stuff you might find relatively insignificant may be saying to others "I don't really care about this", which is a right turn-off to many. You gotta be meticulous to anorak-level, and then still be lucky after that. Good luck.
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thnanks, i'll sort the typos out and the dijointed sentence. i did the typing around 4am though so ahwell shoulda left it till i'd checked it over, thanks for spotting that :)

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