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  • in reply to: I must be close…jQuery bounce(); effect??? #185968

    Steven Watson
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    Yes!

    Thanks @senff

    I cleaned up my HTML a little bit by wrapping it into a div and instead of using .toggle in my JS I used .effect.

    Am I right in thinking that there is a .bounce(); feature in jQuery UI?

    Thanks man

    in reply to: Site review and critique please? #185831

    Steven Watson
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    Hi @daveontrak

    I will give you my own opinion, take from it what you want, as it is your website, remember that everyone has different preferences :)

    #1) Background: I’m not really digging the noise effect on the background, maybe a solid colour would suffice, preferably a bright colour, or even try looking up some background patterns from Subtle Patterns. It’s a great resource that I have used many times in the past for my designs.

    #2) I don’t really ‘get’ the logo, I get the feeling that I am visiting a coffee shop website. The cup of coffee is quite blurry like it has been taken from Clip Art or something similar to which you have added a fancy font to finish it.

    I see you have a black ‘p’ and an orange ‘d’ that overlap in your favicon, it’s usually best to keep these things consistent, maybe you could work from that logo and make something more eye-catching for the end user.

    #3) I like the navigation and also the fact that the website is responsive, I don’t really like how the page links turn bright green once you have visited a page. It doesn’t really go well with the royal blue colour underneath, again, maybe try working with some different colours, some that look similar to your logo colour(s) to keep it consistent.

    #4) Regarding the images on your website, they seem quite out-dated to me, especially this day in age where designers are using font-icons, SVG’s and much more, these produce higher quality designs IMO.

    #5) I notice that you use the zooming effect quite often throughout the website, particularly on the contact page with the mini-map, however once you have hovered over the map, it becomes out of focus.

    #6) Lastly, I notice that your website is static, however I could be wrong, as you have a portfolio page, I would assume that you would be updating the content quite often with your latest projects, it may me best to look into some sort of CMS such as WordPress, Kirby, Joomla etc.

    Overall, I think you have a solid foundation to work from, look around for local freelance web designer/front end developer websites for some inspiration and ideas.

    I hope I have helped man, I wish you all the best.

    in reply to: New logo design (…but it still seems stupid!) #185077

    Steven Watson
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    Ahh, very good point, I have never thought about that.

    So if I was to italicize the text and add font-style: italic would that just skew the letters without really knowing how the font is meant to look?

    in reply to: New logo design (…but it still seems stupid!) #185028

    Steven Watson
    Participant

    Ahh, I see what you mean now, Chris.

    I understand the frustration that must cause, especially when you look at the technical details of fonts, most of the designers, including myself, rarely give a second thought to the fonts we use, however I feel we should.

    I have created the header I wanted for my website now, it’s simple and I am hoping to carry on that trend throughout the whole website.

    I am using this re-design as a new learning experience to try and further my skills, I really hope to land a job at an agency for a few years to pick up some invaluable experience and then hopefully branch out to become a freelancer when the time is right, I need to learn alot before I even consider this option.

    in reply to: New logo design (…but it still seems stupid!) #184935

    Steven Watson
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    Right, I have decided on a logo after all this time, granted, it’s simple but that was my initial aim. I have decided to go with ‘STEVEN’ as opposed to ‘STVN’ and I have also changed the font to Monsterrat from Google (sorry @chrisburton, I know how much you dislike Google Fonts, but I just felt this one fitted with what I personally wanted and I don’t really have the money at the minute to spend on a font pack from websites such as Web Type etc).

    I just wanted to thank you ALL in the thread for your kind help, I feel I have finally found something I like (…for now)

    in reply to: New logo design (…but it still seems stupid!) #184302

    Steven Watson
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    Why would you not want to specify a width and height?

    No idea, I just assumed that applying padding to the li that it could automatically fit around the ‘STVN’. Nevermind, man…

    in reply to: New logo design (…but it still seems stupid!) #183592

    Steven Watson
    Participant

    Thanks Chris, I am trying to make my circular logos with CSS, but I am unsure as to how I would set border-radius without having to set a width and height attribute to the actual logo, I thought there was a more universal way but I think I would need to make a different class for each logo as the circle for STVN is alot smaller than for STEVEN.

    http://stevenwatson.co.uk/wp/

    The capital letters using Shift are growing on me now, I am beginning to like the look of them.

    in reply to: New logo design (…but it still seems stupid!) #183578

    Steven Watson
    Participant

    I did do that @chrisburton but for some reason it needed adding in again, not sure why, the styles are working correctly now. Thanks :)

    in reply to: New logo design (…but it still seems stupid!) #183565

    Steven Watson
    Participant

    I like “STVN” in the circle (also totally do-able in CSS).

    I think I’d like the triangle idea too if it were aligned on the baseline.

    Yep, I’ll do as Chris mentioned, download the CSS file and play around with some live examples :)

    TRUE! You could have a badass little SVG animation if you ever needed it too! This would more be for loading meter or something but it would be sweet. STVN and the circle could complete around it. Snap.svg would be great for this logo.

    Yep, that would look SWEET indeed!

    in reply to: New logo design (…but it still seems stupid!) #183564

    Steven Watson
    Participant

    Shift can be used for 30 days free. I’d sign up, grab the css font file and create live examples.

    Thanks, @chrisburton, what style is that Shift font you posted as there are numerous types, such as Shift Book, Shift Medium, Shift Light etc…

    in reply to: New logo design (…but it still seems stupid!) #183527

    Steven Watson
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    Perhaps your business card could be something like:

    Wow, that looks pretty cool man!

    You’re talking about the serif and you could always use lowercase characters.

    Lowercase looks damn good IMO, I really like the serif on the ‘n’

    in reply to: New logo design (…but it still seems stupid!) #183511

    Steven Watson
    Participant

    If this were me, I’d use Shift. This could easily be created with CSS and you could incorporate many, many typefaces to compliment it. Not to mention, it’s designed for the web.

    You know what, I have never even thought of that, all it would take is some font like you suggested, a bit of padding and a thick border.

    I like the look of Shift, however the letter T when capitalised is bothering me, the flicks that “hang down” of the top of it…not sure what they’re called in terms of Typography so excuse me…

    in reply to: New logo design (…but it still seems stupid!) #183500

    Steven Watson
    Participant

    Do you have your new site already designed?

    Not yet Chris, I find I design a website but because my logo or identity is never how I want it, I end up getting too picky and change it every week, so now I want to try and work with a logo I like to see and go from there…

    The STE on one line and the VEN on the other is really disjointed at first glance. What about incorporating your last name into it? Simplifying with just the initials? S.W ?

    I know it looks like that, that’s the main reason I want to try to come away from stacking the letters but there are ways around that, SW may become an option when I design some more styles.

    in reply to: New logo design (…but it still seems stupid!) #183489

    Steven Watson
    Participant

    Personally, I like the ones that say “STVN” in the circle or I really like the red rectangle that says “STEVEN”. Super simple and clean on both fronts. You might also try “STVN” inside a square rather than a circle.

    I like the STEVEN in red also, the STVN has grown on me quite a bit, it’s unique I feel and easy to recognise. I’m not totally decided so I will definitely be playing around with a few more designs :)

    @watson90 Is that Courier New?

    It’s a font called Pseudo APL, I found it at DaFont:

    http://www.dafont.com/pseudo-apl.font

    I suppose courier new would work quite well in this case…

    in reply to: New logo design (…but it still seems stupid!) #183459

    Steven Watson
    Participant

    I have been doing some quick work in Photoshop to create these images for speed purposes as I am more accustomed to it than Illustrator, however the logo I decide on isn’t had to re-create in Illustrator.

    I have a collection of random logo drafts, using different shapes and as @chrisburton suggested, the use of colour.

    Screen grab of various logos
    http://snag.gy/JShgc.jpg

    I am really liking how ‘STVN’ looks thanks @NIX, and my personal favourite is the top-left logo with the colour applied, let me know what you guys think, and as always, thank you :)

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