-not a critique, but I'd fix the spelling of "comfortable" on the Illustration page!
edit to add, on the mirrors page, I'd prefer to say 'backlit' rather than 'backlighted'.
also on your 'about me' page, the apostrophe in a few places comes up as a little number 1, (I'd & wasn't in the 2nd paragraph, & I'm in the paragraph about pulling a u-haul trailer, & I've in the next paragraph) and the quotation marks on either side of "mirrors" appear as a little 2 & 3, but the quotes around "facts of life" are fine. Maybe your font had a different setting for curly quotes which fouls up with Firefox? I don't know.
Also, there's no need to use an apostrophe in defining years eg 1980s. At least that is a standard over here, though people do it from habit, you're not abbreviating anything nor indicating posession. I'd make workmate one word, not two (JMHO there)
[ April 06, 2005, 10:34 PM: Message edited by: Ian Stewart-Koster ]
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It could be my (home) computer, but reading the 'about me' & 'My Resume' page; the writing is wall to wall, a bit difficult to read, without edge borders. The other pages read well.
Where you've included links within paragraphs, they are showing up in red, and are difficult to read against the black backbround. If red is your gig, maybe larger print...?
It would be helpful and a nice touch, if you had a heading on each page, stating which page we're looking at; Illustration, Logo's, Clipart, etc. This does show up on the bar above the page, but 'my' eye doesn't take me 'there' to look for it.
On the 'Links' page, you mention a 'Contact Button', same as 'email'?? (I know, picky, picky) Also, 'email' in lower case red, is difficult to read.
Hope all is well in your neck of the woods!
Take Care, Cher.
PS: Finally got a new roof, last week!
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Thanks for the look. Took some of your suggestions. I agree about labeling the top of the pages. Just have to figure out how to do it without completely redoing the header, etc from scratch. Might be something that I do "eventually" and not worry about for now.
Glad to hear about the new roof! Were you able to get Morgan to do it?
On your "Links" page, I'd recommend coding the links so they open in a new window when someone clicks on them. This way, your site remains in the background and all the user has to do is close the window to return to your site.
The way you have it now, the user leaves your site and would have to use the "Back" navigation button to return.
quote: On your "Links" page, I'd recommend coding the links so they open in a new window
I couldn't figure out how to do that with a text link. No problem with getting images to open in a new window (in "behaviors" java script), but when I tried the same with text, that option was grayed out.
I'm using Dreamweaver 3.
I've looked at source code in other people's pages to see how it's done, but guess this stuff is over my head. I'm learning, though.
The way I figure it, I've got a decent shell, and now can add features and improvements as I learn how.
Hopefully, I'll be employed soon and can delete the resume page to make room for "misc".
Photoshop has an automatic feature for making web albums.
File>Automate>Web Photo Gallery
You just prepare all your photos, then put them into their own folder. When you choose web photo gallery, a window pops up when you navigate to first the source folder (where the large pics are) and then an empty folder you've created, which is where the finished album ends up. Click OK and it does everything autmatically.
Steve could use this for putting up meet photo albums in a matter of minutes.
I didn't want to use their html format, so deleted that stuff. But all of the thumbnails were in a separate folder, ready to move to the site. I didn't have to mess with resizing, file size or anything with the thumbnails. They were ready to go.
Nice feature. May have something in PhotoPaint, too. Worth checking out for anybody that doesn't have Photoshop.
Bottom line, these thumbnails open quick.
I'm starting a new topic with the micromeet of last October, done entirely with photoshop...no web design program other than "fetch" to ftp the pics up to my webspace. I'll put a step by step there.
[ April 07, 2005, 03:34 PM: Message edited by: Don Coplen ]
Great job Don! All looks very good! Very nice portfolio.
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Don, I think the website is great. It is very easy to navigate and the work you present is very well done.
However, I think the thumbnails are compressed too much. They tend to look "mushy". For example, the thumbnails look like this:
But they could look sharper, like this:
There is the downside of increased file size, but not much. If it were me I would use less compression, and just a bit of unsharp masking.
I think the banner at the top would look better as a GIF, or with a lot less JPEG compression. A GIF would be smaller, and it would keep the letters from having a blotchy effect, and the fuzzy edges.
Finally, if it were me, I would register a unique domain name. If you are going to have a web page, you might as well make the URL easy to remember. It's like $10 a year, and hosting is pretty cheap these days as well. You could even host it yourself if you have enough bandwidth.
Russ, I enlarged the thumnails a little, then sharpened them. Probably still too much compression. But, I've got dialup here at about a 48k connection, and the home page opens in about 23 seconds.
Also, I changed the banner to a gif. You were right, it IS sharper, and down to less than 10k in size to boot.
I had one complaint about links descriptions. Rather than put up with people telling me what I can or can't say on my website, I just left the links with no descriptions at all. I'm learning first hand how Steve must have felt when everybody was tryin to tell him how to run HIS site. Too bad, cause I thought it was a good idea to describe them in my own words to give it a personal touch.
Oh, and I got rid of the mouseover images that changed the gold buttons at the bottom of the page to white when you moved your mouse over them. They were slow to load on dial up and didn't really add anything to the look of the site.
Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm learning slow but sure.
[ April 09, 2005, 01:01 AM: Message edited by: Don Coplen ]
I don't like the shade of black you've used and I think you could have exercised a more creative use of the word Coplen. Apart from that I think you'll go a long way as an aspiring designer provided you stick with Times and Ariel.
[ April 13, 2005, 10:01 AM: Message edited by: David Fisher ]
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