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  • # November 30, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    Hi everyone!

    I have just launched a new website for people in Spain to sell their own vehicles on.

    http://www.planetautotrader.com

    I’m fairly happy with it, but I think a few things could be improved.

    The only problem is, I have looked at it for that many hours, that I can no longer see what is wrong with it.

    Any constructive criticism would be greatly appreciated. The only thing that can’t be changed is the logo. And the ‘corpoarate colours’ are the blue and black that are in the logo.

    Any suggestions?

    Rob
    # December 1, 2008 at 4:19 am

    Hi :)

    I think you should try lining up the boxes a little. Your design resembles a grid style site, with boxes of information, unfortunatly it kinda looks like the grid broke and your boxes are out of line. I think if you arange the boxes a little so they are more aligned you will get a better "zen" from the whole site.

    # December 1, 2008 at 5:37 am

    It needs a bit of tweaking in IE6. The menu and the search form seem to be all squashed up. From a design point of view, aside from what’s already been said, it could do with a little more of a gap between the menu and the rest of the page, just to break it up a bit, make it less cluttered.

    # December 1, 2008 at 7:13 am

    I see what you mean about IE6, nasty!

    Would different images look better for the menu?

    What about the content box styling? Would that be better done another way?

    Assuming it is all lined up properly, would there be anything else that might improve the overall look and feel?

    Thanks for the advice so far!

    # December 1, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    I’ll offer the best feedback I can, but keep in mind I’m a design guy more than a code guy so any coding issues I would leave to the pros.

    Your boxes are the Web2.0 style glossy boxes, they look sharp though I agree the layout looks like it’s a little sparse or maybe it has too much white space.

    With that said the glossy boxes don’t mix well with the flat plastic look of the buttons. Worse yet the hover color on the buttons really take away from the design.

    The logos are good, the color matches well (other than the tabbed buttons as stated earlier) and even though I hate it (and I know it’s inevitable) the adverts at the bottom and side don’t stand out as well as advertisements should. In my designs I try to make sure that the viewer can easily tell that something is an advertisement by either supplying that section with a darker gray background even if the ad doesn’t take up the whole space or making sure that under each ad it says "Advertisement"… sometimes both.

    Take my feedback with a grain of salt, I have nothing more than personal experiences with graphic and web designs.

    # December 1, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    Malice: I appreciate all criticisms, it’s good of people to even bother looking!
    The problem with the buttons is I can’t really think of what would be better. But now that you have mentioned that my boxes are web2.0(i followed a tutorial somewhere, can’t remember where) I will try googling "Web 2.0 buttons" and see what I come up with.

    Good idea about the adverts too though, I’ll see if I can figure something out there!

    Thanks again though!

    # December 3, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    As has already been said, the alignment of the boxes is a little off in places..

    My main criticism is that there seems to be a bit too much white space.. decreasing the spacing between elements a little bit may help some.. I like the direction it’s heading though. :)

    # December 3, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    I’m going to sort the buttons first, then address the area with the quick search box and the car, then when that is done I’ll do the rest of the page.

    It seems to make sense to do it from the top down.

    Thanks again though!

    I’m looking for inspiration on Web2.0 buttons as we speak, any suggestions?

    # December 4, 2008 at 4:50 am
    "MikeC" wrote:
    I’m looking for inspiration on Web2.0 buttons as we speak, any suggestions?

    http://iris-design.info/photoshop/web-20-style-buttons/
    http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/create-coo … n-for-web/
    http://teamtutorials.com/photoshop-tuto … n-tutorial
    http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/photoshop- … 20-button/

    and lots of good "web 2.0" stuff (buttons and others) here:
    http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/03 … -round-up/

    # December 4, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    Thanks for the link!

    I have sort of followed the hongkiat tut, what do you think?

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