Designing a website for Computer Animation class. I was going for a cowboy bebop feel.
and here's the basic template for the content. Every section will have a different sketch/drawing on top of the news articles on the left:
Comments and criticism please!
I think its waay to busy. maybe lower the opacity of all the newsprint stuff to make the links stand out more. also does the area of newsprint stuff(?) on the left have a purpose in the blog type page? would it not be better to have a frame of newsprint around the blog rather than juat a big functionless area over half the page?
I hate to just be negative, but when I link to a website that looks like this the first thing I do is leave.
It's graphically strong in much the same way that graffitti is graphically strong. Very striking, but unreadable. Since websites are a form of communication I feel that this fails at its fundamental goal, which is to communicate.
I can't tell what the page is about.
I cant tell which parts are dynamic: "clickable".
I can't tell what I should be reading and what I should be ignoring.
Instead of serving me and informing me it makes me do all the work.
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Hmm. I was scared of the lack of functionality. I'll try to keep it's striking Bebop feel without sacrificing easy communication. Thanks. Anyone else?
Btw, does the loss of functionality occur only in content pages or in the intro as well. The intro seems fine to me...but I made it, so I'm biased. Also, keep in mind most of the newsprint will be covered with an illustration of some sort, which may help that out...after I finish one of the drawings, I'll throw it on to see if it improves.
It's got a nice textural/color feel, but it makes my brain hurt tryna figure out why I'm there in the first place...
yay, something I'm actually qualified to comment on...
You will still loose funtionality or whatever in the intro pages - If you bombard someone with too much information at once they just wont know what to do with it. I guarantee you people will take quite a while to process that first page, deciding whats relevant and what isnt, before they finally get around to using the menu.
Thats all that front page does right? - give the feel/theme of the site and present that menu. Surely that can be done without making the viewer analyse so much information and download that many images. If you used that newsprint idea to actually present information (news, intro, blog, etc) that would be cool. If you really want to have it, make it come in gradually. And definitely tone it down - reserve high contrast for relevant stuff.
Yeah, that's totally chaotic. I browse foreign artists' websites all the time and can usually figure out how to get to a gallery even when the language makes no sense at all to me, like Korean or Chinese... This, even being in English, looks harder to read.
I like the design, I just don't think it works for a website. On the entrypage, what I assume are the links, the fact that they're white would eventually tip me off. But none of it looks clickable. The fact that they're at all different angles *looks* cool, but it doesn't read like interactive content.
It could be cool but I agree with many of the people above... tone it down! Take out some of those type layers and make some more transparent and it could work.
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I think it's pretty nice, also try lipsum.com for generated text instead of the aaaaaaaaaaaaa's.
The "ART" text looks elongated, i'm sure you stretched it, even it out and it's all pretty cool, got a modern feel to it. I agree with the toning down, try to keep this feel though.
the dirty look is very stylish and pretty cool but i think i agree with the others, its quite too much.
try too put the focus on the really important parts of the site and make them more clear. try too loosen the whole thing.
Alright, I'll start work based on your suggestions. Btw, does anyone have an idea on how I could keep the crazy positions of the intro navigation but have people know what is "clickable" quicky? I rather liked the way the links are positioned crazily...perhaps reducing the opacity of the newsprint defining the news more as background would make the viewer instantly home on to the navigation as it is the only element (other than the logo) to be displayed as...an element <_<