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  • # March 29, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Hello,

    Here is my latest project http://marcosrobles.com/.

    I could use some reviews and critiques… It isn’t entirely finished, mainly the top section will have a different background per section, and there will be a graphic of the section name where the intro call-out is on the Home page. (waiting on resources from the client to implement that. Also, the spanish pages need the content to be translated (also by the client.)

    Some details that I personally enjoyed about building this.

    All Javascript is progressive. Javascript is used for the lightbox on the pictures page, the magic line navigation (Thanks Chris :D )
    form validation on the client-side, inclusion of the music player, form section highlighting.

    If JavaScript is disabled,
    -the pictures just take you to the raw image (no lightbox)
    -Hovers/current page highlighting still work in the nav but no magic line
    -php validates the form, music player diaplays a "having difficulties" message
    -and the form still works without section highlighting.

    Also, with images disabled,
    -The logo reverts to a properly sized regular text link.
    -The social media and translate links, in the footer, revert to text.
    - The image on the bio page reverts to an appropriate background color, and shows the alt text.
    - page still functions and looks pretty nice (albeit basic)

    Text selection colors modified in browsers that support it.

    translation link, switches between English / Spanish language but keeps you on the same page (all links keep you on the proper language until you click the translation link to switch back) NOTE: content is not in spanish yet, the client will be translating this in the CMS. (surreal CMS)

    Any critiques or reviews?

    Thanks for your time,
    Brendan

    # March 30, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    I like it. The color scheme seems to work pretty well, and the job you did making it functional even without Javascript was nice. The only design "problem", as it were, that I saw, was the fact that the right side of the picture of the musician overhangs the central content column by just a bit. It’s a minor thing, but I found it a touch distracting. I wouldn’t think either expanding the column a bit, or moving over the picture in Photoshop a bit, would be too terribly difficult, and I think that it would make it look nicer.

    Another thought I had looking over the site was that maybe you could style the send button on your contact form to better match the look of the site. It’s not too hard to do, and I think it would give the site a bit more polish. Just a thought.

    Hope that helps!

    # March 30, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    thanks for the comments! I will fix the overhang when we create the new top sections… (the width of the content used to be 960, so it worked then…)

    As for the send button, The client wants to entriely rework the form, so I will definitely add styling the submit button to the to do list.

    Thanks again…
    Anyone else?

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