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I think it’s a really strong design, good work! All the tweaks I would suggest are typographic. The font in the blurbs in the slider-thingy are bitmappy and jagged, I’d play with some different options there. I general I could see bumping down all of the body copy a smidge and increasing the line-height.
I think maybe you should try going with a transparent black instead of a transparent white, just to make the text in those sections jump out more. The grid is pretty solid though, I dig it. I’m starting to be in the "screw IE 6" mindset. How many people visiting your site will really be using IE 6? Probably almost none at this point. And if you really really care, just make a conditional stylesheet and make those transparent areas a solid black and nobody will be the wiser.
One thing I’m seeing is this bizzare effect where all the text become slightly bolder at random times when you mouse around, then it reverts back to non-bold. I’ve seen this around before, but have never been able to put my finger on what it is exactly.
You could maybe use browsershots.org to capture all the versions of FF and see which one is acting up, and then use a conditional stylesheet to target it and fix it. Otherwise, you can still use "sprites" for each individual menu item. That’s what I usually use, not quite as efficient as it could be, but it still saves some load time and works well:
I am in agreement with several others that the colors are just a little too "intense", perhaps for a simple change you could darken up the background and the feel of those colors might settle down.
I am also in agreement with Dustin that 960px is a good target to shoot for these days. The real key is to analyze your analytics after you get the site launched and if you are seeing a large percentage of people with 1280px or larger monitors, you might be able to bump that up. If you see any significant percentage of people with 800px monitors, you should consider dropping it back down (to maybe 760px, gotta watch those vertical scrollbars taking up space!).
In all fairness, this is pretty much just an "out-of-the-box" phpBB install, so much credit goes to that team for kicking butt and making such an awesome forum system. All I did was remove the default header to replace my own and place it inside the "skin" I already use elsewhere on the site. But it sure does look nice!
Mac FF 18.104.22.168 the rollovers look fine to me. They shift downward but it looks like that was the intended effect. Also looks fine in Safari and IE 6. Maybe it’s FF 1.5? Can you get a screenshot of the problem somehow?
I think I fixed it. Sorry about that! If you could peak in there and see if you see the button to post a new topic, that would be awesome. Thanks!