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  • # September 22, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Hi, I’m selling my art prints and vinyl decals on my website. I’ve had my website up for a couple of months. Please critique it. All opinions are welcomed. Thanks.
    http://www.artbyleonard.com

    # September 23, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Hi Leonard,

    A couple thoughts. First, I think the gray color scheme gives the site too washed-out a feel and somehow makes it feel dated (not sure what combo of elements is doing it, but the design feels very dated to me). Second, I would recommend getting rid of the hit counter at the bottom — again, a very dated touch. Finally, at the very least you need to give the menu items on the left, vertical menu some padding or margin so the first letters aren’t hidden by the list image: at first I couldn’t figure out what A.Q. would be, since the F was virtually invisible. :)

    Chris

    # September 24, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    @artbyia87

    I have to agree with @ccc630. The overall design is very dated. The images just look thrown together. Plus why did you prevent the user from right clicking so they can view the source? That’s just bad practice. I see your using a theme based on someone’s else design. Based on the overall design it’s hard to take the site serious. Sorry to be harsh, but it needs some work. Hope this helps.

    # September 24, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    I agree with the points mentioned above.

    A few other observations:

    Why call it “Home Page” in the nav bar? Simply “Home” seems better to me.

    Your page named “Links” has just one link and it’s not clear how it relates to your site or what one will find there, so there’s nothing to make me want to visit it. Definitely need more links (or no link page at all until you have more), and maybe some indication (could be actual text on your links page, or windows that appear when the links are hovered) of what the linked sites are all about.

    The image at top right looks like it’s had the aspect ration skewed. If this was done intentionally to fit into a specific space, I think a better solution would be to crop the photo to the needed width & height proportions.

    Your artwork is rather impressive. But your site doesn’t do it justice. A little work bringing the quality of your site up so it’s closer to the quality of your art sounds like it’d be worth the effort.

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