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  • # May 19, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    Now, this isn’t finished. Been working on it the last couple of weeks. This is seriously my 4th website. I am looking for feedback on my design and how I can improve as a designer. Please give me any tips or hints you wish to give!

    http://www.drewolsendesign.com/homecopy.php

    Thank you very much for anything you can give me!!

    # May 19, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    I dig it, a lot. The multiple testimonials on the homepage with the big quotation marks feels odd. Also feels like the homepage could use some more aligning…feels a bit awkward as it is now, especially proportion wise. I would also ease up on the drop shadow just a tad, make it a bit more subtle.

    # May 20, 2009 at 1:20 am

    Yea, it’s really not half bad.

    I would simplify your home page (above the fold) as it hits you in the face like a brick: so much attracting your attention at once.
    I like your Drew Quote. I think having two quotes right next to each other in different layouts is too much.
    Also, It took me 10 seconds to find your navigation as I expected to be in the top right, but those words weren’t clickable.

    I do like the imagery on the sub pages, and the overall style is very classy.

    # May 20, 2009 at 10:25 am

    I agree about the multiple quotes. I will be removing the testimonial. I would rather a potential client find out about my principles immediately than read a testimonial. If they are interested they can find it on a subsequent page.

    About the main content. Should I do two wider columns, and spread my quote along the bottom of the page? or end up with 3 columns? I am think the first of the two.

    Ashton: If i removed the letters at the top, in your opinion would that eliminate the distraction and make the navigation easier to find? or should I just completely move it?

    Thanks a lot for your suggestions!

    # May 20, 2009 at 1:50 pm
    "DrewOlsen" wrote:
    Ashton: If i removed the letters at the top, in your opinion would that eliminate the distraction and make the navigation easier to find? or should I just completely move it?

    Tough question. I really like those words being there… okay, this is what I would do:

    I would make those words "simple. elegant. effective design" under your logo and make it smaller. I’d make that into your tag line for your site. Then I’d put your navigation bar in the top right.

    I’m assuming some of your clientele will not be internet enthusiasts, and may get lost trying to find the navigation if it’s in the middle of the page like that.

    my $.02

    # May 20, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Take a look at it now. I moved some things around, eliminated others, and changed the navigation just slightly in hopes that it will distinguish it as navigation a bit more.

    Again, thank you for the feedback! :mrgreen:

    # May 20, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    I like it man.

    My parting comment is that I think if you had 6 differently-colored websites in that little sidebar thing, it would be way tooo much color. I would keep it simple and make that whole main box about 1 website design.

    # May 21, 2009 at 5:14 am

    Pretty decent.

    I like the feel to the site, not too bad at all.

    Maybe also just a jump back from the blog back to the site might be a good idea. But other than that, well done.

    # May 21, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Yeah, that is in the works. I want to get the main site up and running, then I am going to style the blog to something similar, and add the appropriate links

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