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#1 joer80


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Posted 21 June 2010 - 03:58 PM




(Mainly look at the background, colors, and navigation. Ads will come over.)


Edited by joer80, 21 June 2010 - 04:14 PM.

#2 cre8pc


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Posted 21 June 2010 - 06:36 PM

The first one looks more "newsy" and the left sidebar is more usable there. I like that layout :)

#3 Walter


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Posted 21 June 2010 - 07:04 PM

Hello Joe,

I also like the first one better. I would take a look at how you work with captions though, the caption under your photo isn't seperated enough from the main content flow. Its a little visual confusing.

I'd also take a look at an article on A List Apart:


I think your site could benefit from a nice grid system for the type, (At least a consitent vertical rythm in each main div area), and maybe a little tweaking of the leading.

Nice Site,


P.S. Sometimes Using a Serif Font in the H tags when you use a san-serif font in the body copy looks nice. You might want to give that some thought too.

Edited by Walter, 21 June 2010 - 07:16 PM.

#4 jonbey


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Posted 21 June 2010 - 07:05 PM

Yeah, I agree. You want that extra sidebar. Narrow content means longer articles, means more ad space shown to the reader. Looks better too I think, keeps the content from falling sideways.

#5 carlos gallardo

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Posted 21 June 2010 - 07:07 PM

Definitely the first one, i agree with cre8pc, the first page looks more attractive for people and the sidebar gives more usability

#6 RisaBB


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Posted 22 June 2010 - 12:06 AM

I like the second one better. I think the gray gradient background is wishy-washy. I DO like the content area of the first one better with the 3 columns, but I do not like the black/gray gradient of the horizontal search bar area of the first one. I'm not crazy about the 2nd background, but what I do like is the contrast. Maybe if you took design one and gave it the black bar of design 2, plus a black or dark gray solid background, that might work.

In design 1, I like that background of the logo, but I'd try less opacity so that building scene is not so faded.


#7 AbleReach


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Posted 23 June 2010 - 03:11 PM

Judging from previous comments, I was ready to see a more interesting look in #2 and a better user interface in #1, but #2 returns a 404. Am I missing something, or is it gone?

#8 cre8pc


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Posted 23 June 2010 - 04:05 PM

Looks #2 was pulled from view :)

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