Well, my old website is gone since I hadn't paid anything for it and it was kinda garbage, really messy and amateur.
So, I'm working on redesigning it from scratch and just want to make it really simple. The first page is the gallery and the other page would be a contact page with a short Bio, resume and email.
The gallery is the entrance page and I'm getting kinda happy with it. But, it still needs alot of touching up and tweaks. Right now though, I'm having trouble picking through these 2 versions.
The white square would hold all the thumbnails.
Images are pretty big to show how it would look completed and online.
And this is the roll-over effect for the links, I'm probably going to liven it up though.
I need as many opinions on this as possible, any changes i can make, does it suck, should i take it in a different direction? Anything at all. All help is appreciated.
is this going to be an html site or flash? You might be able to get away with the buttons on the side but I didn't see them as buttons when I first saw the image. In fact, the buttons probably won't be seen at all on a standard 1024x768 resolution. If you are designing a website you need to plan for the "fold" as we call it in graphic design. Web design has a fold as well but it is in reference to the part of the screen you will not see in the browser (usually the content that you have to scroll to see). I've included your image with what the user would see when they first view your page. You need to plan for a 955 width by 600 height or smaller viewing area. Also, if your nav bar is not in the 955x600 viewable area you are not giving the user an easy way to navigate your site. Look professionally done websites. This is a common thread.
As for the image its self. It's not bad but a bit constricting. Borders like this are good for giving someone a claustrophobic feeling. If that's what you are aiming for then fantastic. Your type gets confused with everything around it. Legibility is an issue and could carry over into the rest of your work in the site. I get confused when looking at the back leg of your character. It is nowhere to be found. There isn't a distinction between a rock or piece of debris, just a void. To make this more successful I would recommend putting more thought into the surroundings instead of placing black for black sake.
If this is to showcase your best work, think about putting more of a finished work as an emphasis on your site. The image you have now looks more like a doodle.
Hope this helps.
do it in flash, its the future man, its the future.
dont make the text so big either, it looks crappy and its too "in your face viewer!"
theres a thread around here called " How not to display your art on the internet" or something rather, search it and read it thouroughly...helped me out quite a bit- goodluck!
"Be who you are and say what you feel,because those that mind don't matter and those that matter don't mind."-Dr. Seuss
Use Flash, when you know how to use it. If you really want to create your own homepage from scratch, then use tools you know how to use. it's your portfolio after all.
The Text is too big, it cramps the whole webpage. How about placing your website content between the bullet and the soldier? You can stretch the white space between the bullet and the soldier to make room for text, thumbnails and whatever you like. People get to see your design as a whole and you keep them interested. Nobody wants to search for info on a website, especially not if their attention is distrated by a big header.
You could try to make up your own logo and place it on the bullet or behind the soldier. The links should be obvious, don't make people search your page for them. I've had problems with my homepage too - people don't want to look, not even some guy who worked for a design agency specialising in webdesign, somebody who should know where to click to open the next page. (and pigs can fly)
Thanks for the good help so far.
I took a screenshot of firefox and tried to see how it would fit in finished, and everything was too big looked terrible. Engelszorn was right on the money.
So I've just been rearranging with the firefox screenshot as a template. I tried fitting the text between the bullet and soldier in a few other versions, but i ended up scrapping it since it looked strange. Now, i have to make it work since it seems like the best choice.
I'm going to be using dreamweaver and basic HTML and slices. I just want to keep as simple as i can for now so i don't get in over my head.
JL- Yeah, I read the article. I just hope i can stay true to it.
Here's the latest version crammed into a browser window.
I still need to fix some issues with the header... like how to not make my name so obnoxiously huge but have it fit in. And a few other things I want to take care of.
The font you're using looks great down the side but not so much as a header. I know you're still working on it, but don't be afraid to use a more decorative font (or even hand-write it) so that it matches more with the art.
Last edited by Xazy; June 13th, 2007 at 07:13 PM. Reason: typo