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  • # November 8, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Hey all,

    I had a customer sign a deal about 3 years ago and fall off the face of the earth and they finally came back into the scene recently, and as a result, my skills and style of designing changed dramatically since 3 years ago.

    It’s a pretty small client, and they really didn’t care what kind of design I made (one of those clients that would be happy with just about anything). Well, since they didn’t care, I decided to really have some fun with it (beware, extreme cute zone ahead!): :mrgreen:

    http://illuminateddesigns.net/crystalclear/

    I decided to use it to stretch my Illustrator skills, so everything is created by me, no istock or anything (although I used some graphics to be inspired from) and the top left logo/clouds were supplied by the client. Also used some nifty CSS3 tactics and the page does validate on XHTML1.0 Strict and CSS3.

    Anyway, I just wanted to see what you all thought since I value your opinions greatly. Its nothing like what is on my portfolio currently and I’m still deliberting putting it on there or not. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

    Note: Once again, no more IE6 support, especially for this particular client.

    http://illuminateddesigns.net/crystalclear/

    # November 8, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    AWESOME! I love sites that using anchor scrolling.

    You need a link to get to the top and previous option.

    a cool idea may be to have the menu remain static. this would allow the user access to the menu at all times plus allow them to view any area as they link with out using a previous or top option.

    # November 8, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Yup, a fixed menu for a site like this is VERY important.

    # November 8, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    I set your #menu-nav to position: fixed in firebug. worked great. looks cool too.

    # November 9, 2009 at 12:31 am

    Ah, you know what, I actually had that fixed originally, but the menu was cut off on 1024 x 768, so I didn’t do it and added the arrows instead.

    But, I ended up reducing the header image to bring things above the fold and didn’t go back and see if this would work on 1024…I will try it again, as that was my original intent for the design!

    Thanks guys…and glad you like it. Do you think it’s portfolio worthy, or a bit too over the top?

    # November 9, 2009 at 1:34 am

    Yes it is 100% portfolio worthy. Mainly because it displays versatility. It’s a great looking site that just won’t fit most people’s cup of tea. But it clearly illustrates your ability to create.

    # November 13, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Ok, I added the sticky nav on the left and the site is now live!

    http://www.crystalclearpendulums.com/

    Unfortunately I had to switch to XHTML 1.0 Transitional since the PayPal integration was not going to let it be strict. Oh well.

    Thanks for the feedback guys! :mrgreen:

    # November 13, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Looks good, Lars! I just noticed that the page gets brighter as you work closer to the bottom (closer to the sunrise), very cool!

    # November 13, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Looks great man!

    One thing – and other people may not even be having the same reaction – the scroll left/right arrows on Dowsing were confusing when coupled with the down arrows on each section that leads to the next section. Might be a little confusing for a first time visitor.

    What was also throwing me off was that you had down arrows but no up arrows. I might suggest either taking them out of the content area so it doesn’t look like it’s another way the content can scroll. Or maybe even remove the down arrow and change it to a "back to top" arrow instead since that’s kind of the standard for scrolling 1-page websites.

    Just my 2 cents, but I really like it all around.

    # November 13, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    That is good feedback…I think I really wanted the experience of being able to reach the footer without using the scroll bars or mouse wheel…do you feel people will still scroll to see the footer? I think the up arrows would crowd the scene too much so I’d sooner remove them if they really don’t end up working out.

    # November 15, 2009 at 1:37 am
    "xheathen" wrote:
    Yes it is 100% portfolio worthy. Mainly because it displays versatility. It’s a great looking site that just won’t fit most people’s cup of tea. But it clearly illustrates your ability to create.

    Ditto.

    It’s a very feminine site. I always prefer being diverse over specialized – esp in design style.

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