First of all, it looks a lot nicer than the original, more immediate eye-appeal, IMO, more inviting for the visitor.
What I like (mostly macro-level stuff):
+ — more generous overall layout
+ — Bigger, catchier header
+ — Slideshow
+ — animated drop downs
What I’m not crazy about:
+ — the very wide text area
+ — the lines are too long IMO for the type size
+ — the excessive space at the bottom of the footer and the fact that it floats up on pages with little content (i.e. need a sticky footer)
+ — the black highlight (an oxymoron) for page name on hover
+ — the page name isn’t centered in the colored rectangle
+ — neither is the upward arrow in the back to text icon
And a general pet peeve: the contact page. For basic messages, wouldn’t linking the “contact” menu item to a basic mailto link be better?
Sorry for the funky formatting! I’m not having much success using markdown here…
I agree with everything with one issue: using a mailto: link is probably not a good idea for a site that may receive a fair bit of exposure…That is a spam attack waiting to happen (unless encoded in some way of course…)…
Id recommend setting the global font size to 16px instead of 14px…and the menu font-size to 14px (you will have to make the search region a hair smaller) but, as far as accessibility you’d gain a few points in my book.
I would also increase the line height…it is often something that is overlooked but increasing it can really improve readability.
edit: one more thing – the scroll up arrow; i think it should be the dark blue, not a black…it doesn’t fit the UI…