SITE REVIEW: ohdesignx.co.za

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Oh, please don't make me trawl through your posts to see if you've posted enough reviews :(
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I have many many reviews ... I promise ... These days not so often though ...
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:lol: i was just joking around.

I believe ya.
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me like very much.... some of your pages jump around a little bit - you know, some are set a few pixels to the right, some a few pixels to the left.... actually only the 'about' page is out of line.

the look is really good, and I love the coffee stains and the scotch tape holding up the portfolio images :D how about making the images clickable too, though? I just naturally imagine they'll lead to the sites as well as the 'see site' button...

one more thing - for me the images - 'photos' - don't really separate well enough from the page. any chance of giving them a slight drop shadow?

otherwise brill! I think it's a lot more exciting visually than the previous one.
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I absolutely love the coffee-stained paper. It speaks so much about our profession, lol

I agree with cel about making the images clickable in your portfolio. It's just intuitive to click on them to view the sites.

@celandine: The pages are actually all lined up correctly, it's just the scrollbars that do that.

The only thing I don't like here is the text. Since it doesn't actually line up with the "paper lines", it's a bit difficult to read. Well, not difficult, but it seems cluttered. I'd consider putting the text in it's own box with a translucent background (~70% opaque) so that the background still shows through, but the box provides enough solid contrast to the text.
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The only thing I don't like here is the text. Since it doesn't actually line up with the "paper lines", it's a bit difficult to read. Well, not difficult, but it seems cluttered. I'd consider putting the text in it's own box with a translucent background (~70% opaque) so that the background still shows through, but the box provides enough solid contrast to the text.


That is what I have been trying to say R_T!

I like the overall design, but the text for me, is making it look weird.

I think it would be awesome to make the banner text seem burnt into the paper or something too. Just like the oblivion case. ;)
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:lol: i was just joking around.

haha nice, I actually thought about finding some first and I was like, "nah, that's just going to be too much trouble."

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me like very much.... some of your pages jump around a little bit - you know, some are set a few pixels to the right, some a few pixels to the left.... actually only the 'about' page is out of line.

Yeah like spork said, it's just the scroll bar on the longer pages.

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how about making the images clickable too, though? I just naturally imagine they'll lead to the sites as well as the 'see site' button...

Done.

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one more thing - for me the images - 'photos' - don't really separate well enough from the page. any chance of giving them a slight drop shadow?

I added a border-right and border-bottom, do you think that's enough, or should I maybe add an actual drop-shadow ...?

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The only thing I don't like here is the text. Since it doesn't actually line up with the "paper lines", it's a bit difficult to read. Well, not difficult, but it seems cluttered.

I hear ya, I realized the same thing yesterday evening late, I don't think I'm going to use the box idea, but I have a few ideas I want to try and I think it's going to sort that little "problem" out ...

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That is what I have been trying to say R_T!

Noted. Thanks.

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I think it would be awesome to make the banner text seem burnt into the paper or something too. Just like the oblivion case. ;)

Wow, not making it easy 'ey? lol, I'll see if I can make something like that happen ...

And then thanks for the positive input so far aswell form everyone, I appreciate it ...
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I REALLY like the whole paper coffee spill look, looks great!
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I REALLY like the whole paper coffee spill look, looks great!

Thanks Tony, is there anything on the site you would change if it were yours though?
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Okay, I changed the font size to try and make it a bit more "neat" ... I think it's already better ... I know what you are saying spork, but I'd really like to keep the paper just as it is with the text on top of it without anything in between ...

Well firstly, does it still seem "cluttered" ?
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The only thing I have is in your portfolio page, the VW cover design link is a dead link. :iconshaking:

But other than that it looks like a winner.
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The only thing I have is in your portfolio page, the VW cover design link is a dead link. :iconshaking:

But other than that it looks like a winner.

Excellent, thanks, I'll fix that as soon as I get to work ...
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ok the images do look a lot better with the right/ bottom border, but I'd separate them out a little more I think... the paper is pretty 'strong' visually and they need to really stand away... I might give them the same border all around, and then add a subtle drop shadow.

also the 'featured site' image should get the same treatment - both standing away from the page and being linked...

your font is currently a 12 times new roman or something, I'm presuming this is a between-phases place holder... cuz it's really hard to read. but damn that site looks sweet :D
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I think the featured site image should be a hyperlink as well, and perhaps the title ("CyclesOnline") too?

I'm not sure you need the "Visit site" links, especially if you make the titles of the sites links.

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LJ Roodt really excels in Graphic Design and coming up with fresh ideas that will make your Website\Banner\Business Card stand out from the crowd.
Caps on the B^

http://www.ohdesignx.co.za/vwcover.png
and http://www.coreretailssystems.co.za/ return 404 - no custom 404 page too :(

Perhaps the header image should link to the homepage?

The text is a bit hard to read, maybe slightly larger/clearer font, or (somehow) getting the text to line up with the background image lines?

Other than the above, excellent site, beautiful simple navigation and design. :)
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NICE.. but may i suggest to make your menu a bit more noticeble:)
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ok the images do look a lot better with the right/ bottom border, but I'd separate them out a little more I think... the paper is pretty 'strong' visually and they need to really stand away... I might give them the same border all around, and then add a subtle drop shadow.

Okay, will do that later ... a little busy right now ...
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also the 'featured site' image should get the same treatment - both standing away from the page and being linked...

cool ...
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your font is currently a 12 times new roman or something, I'm presuming this is a between-phases place holder... cuz it's really hard to read. but damn that site looks sweet :D

Yeah, I don't know which font to use yet ... I'm a bit stuck ... any suggestions ... ?

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I think the featured site image should be a hyperlink as well, and perhaps the title ("CyclesOnline") too?

I think I'm going to make the image a link, but I'll still decide about the header ...
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I'm not sure you need the "Visit site" links, especially if you make the titles of the sites links.

I kinda like it there, but I will try taking it away anyway and see what it looks like ...
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LJ Roodt really excels in Graphic Design and coming up with fresh ideas that will make your Website\Banner\Business Card stand out from the crowd.
Caps on the B^

Thanks.
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http://www.ohdesignx.co.za/vwcover.png
and http://www.coreretailssystems.co.za/ return 404 - no custom 404 page too :(

will find out what's wrong there ...
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Perhaps the header image should link to the homepage?

Brilliant idea ...
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The text is a bit hard to read, maybe slightly larger/clearer font, or (somehow) getting the text to line up with the background image lines? Other than the above, excellent site, beautiful simple navigation and design. :)

Will look into the text as I have said to Celandine aswell ... and thanks.

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NICE.. but may i suggest to make your menu a bit more noticeble:)
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Have you got any suggestions on how I will achieve that ... ?
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fonts... I always tend to default to arial or verdana, they look the cleanest... although maybe too clean for you with your 'natural paper' feel.... still, try it. simplest is usually best....
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I have, does not look good at all ... it looks like I just chose it because it's default ... nothing special at all ... damn I hate having so many choices some days ...
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yeah choosing fonts is one of my toughest tasks with any site... everything looks great till I put in the letters.....

tried century gothic?
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That does look pretty sweet, but I'm unsure of whether it'll work on all browsers/OS's ... because according to this site, it's not supported everywhere ... arghhh ...

//gotta sleep first ... tomorrow seems like a better day to continue my search ...
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I can't believe that I'm actually suggesting this to YOU, but shouldn't you be disabling the link on the menu item of the current page?

Also, umm... yeah. Give this a look.
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lolz, yeah I was till busy with that ... and I did see ... I am just on weekend until tomorrow morning at 8 ... then I'll make the changes ... I take off from friday at 5pm until monday at 8am from any work whatsoever ...

but thanks spork ...
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ok the images do look a lot better with the right/ bottom border, but I'd separate them out a little more I think... the paper is pretty 'strong' visually and they need to really stand away... I might give them the same border all around, and then add a subtle drop shadow.

I still need to implement this ... haven't had time yet ...
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also the 'featured site' image should get the same treatment - both standing away from the page and being linked...

Don't you think that'd defeat the point of the coffee stain on top of it ... ?

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I can't believe that I'm actually suggesting this to YOU, but shouldn't you be disabling the link on the menu item of the current page?

Done.
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Also, umm... yeah. Give this a look.

Fixed.

The featured site image still needs to be a link ... That's not done yet ...
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I don't know, I think it might work... the way I'm imagining it is that someone left a photo on a piece of paper, then put the coffee cup over it... so the photo still needs to have that tiny bit of thickness/ shadow, to show it is a separate polaroid... just a little shadow in there somewhere.

also I just spotted that your coffee stain png is not transparent in IE6... but I presume you don't care :D
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you're absolutely right, I don't ... I am however still going to implement a little script that tells an IE6 user to upgrade (because it really is time) ... And what you say makes sense ... I'll implement the shadows later ... I'm a bit busy right now ...
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I really liked the filling of the old and grungy paper, but you might want to consider a couple of things:

~ First try to make the wax stamp (the one that says "oh") to be more realistic. I mean that the color of the text and that emboss should be more carefully done

~ Another tiny detail is that the tape you use in order to "keep" the thumbnails in place somehow doesn't match with the old feeling... Perhaps if you use something like an old pin it might looked better

The next one I'm not sure if it's my screen's problem or if it was made to be that way, but the background on the left of the paper is lightest that the one on the right.

That's all from me. Keep it up

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