New Architectural Website (feedback appreciated!)

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  1. ChrisWB macrumors 6502

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  2. dornoforpyros macrumors 68040

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    *yawn*

    there is a difference between clean/minimalist and just plain boring
     
  3. ChrisWB thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the feedback. :)

    The purpose is to focus on his pictures rather than cloud the page with extraneous fluff.

    What do you think I can improve on?
     
  4. stridey macrumors 65816

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    I think It looks really nice. My only worry is just how apple-esque it is. You didn't steal any apple.com code, did you? 'Cause you might get a call from apple legal if you did... ;)
     
  5. dornoforpyros macrumors 68040

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    oh maybe a dash of colour & texture.

    I'm not trying to bust balls here, but the apple/OS X thing has been done to death, and to be quite frank, it was never that great of a theme anyways (in terms of use on the web). It's a very nice OS, but I think it's pretty weak to copy it as much as people do.

    just fyi: One my personal favourite architecture sites: Philip Koether

    I'm not saying you need to use flash, but notice how it's got some nice colours & textures?
     

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    Yeah I was just pointing it out to bring up the fact that a site can be colourful without taking away from the photos & content.
     
  8. xelterran macrumors 6502

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    Use some different fonts especially for the headings. Try altering font-weight, letter-spacing, word-spacing, line-height and text-transform too.
     
  9. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    I like it, but I agree with some of the other posters that the buttons at the top look too much like apple.com and OS X.
     
  10. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Well, here it is and I am not at all trying to be a bitch. When you work in a field that looks for your creativity just as much as it looks for your ability to be functional you're always being looked at for just that. If your site is a complete ripoff of a very established design, then what will your architecture look like? Sure, most of anything an average person can think about for a website has been done over and over, but there are still options to use similar functionality without looking like apple's site. I think you should be aware of how your father is being represented. His work is important, but I'll be honest, with 13 years of coursework under my belt in architectural design, i opted not to look at his work because i was very focused on the design being so similar to apple's. I hope that helps and makes sense.
     
  11. ChrisWB thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Jessica, it does and I think I'll change the design of the navigation. Thanks for your comments.
     
  12. backslash macrumors newbie

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    I find the navigation on the photo galleries to be quite annoying (using Firefox). The way the scroll buttons disappear every time the mouse goes near them makes browsing the photos into a very annoying game. I also couldn't quite figure out whether I needed to click on the buttons to change photo or just mouseOver them - sometimes it seemed to need clicks but not at others.
    The navigation div does look nice (and again, sort of Appley) but it you need to either improve on its behaviour or just make it constantly visible.
     
  13. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030

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    1) as others have said.....the "Apple Look" is a distraction

    2) also, many of the photos are too dark and hard to see

    3) it's strange that "multifamily housing" is grouped under "commercial" instead of "residential" which is how most architects would group apartments.
     
  14. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030

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    I'm going to disagree about the Philip Koether site....I thought the site design does indeed distract from the photos and the content.

    The architect's work is more elegant than the web site's design which I found to be overly busy, and not especially attractive graphically......and the music! a most unfortunate choice I thought.....also, the brushed metal look of the home page is not a good choice given the nature of the architect's own work.

    If the Bayley site is too simple, then the Koether site is a good expample of a site that's "too much"
     
  15. Lau Guest

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    Just to chip in - when I clicked on the link the top tab graphics didn't load straight away, so it just had the text without the tabs around them. I was thinking "What's Appley about this? This is nice and simple." and then the tabs loaded. So a quick solution might be to change (or even remove) the tab graphics. They looked fine as text in my opinion (see image below).
     

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  16. The Past macrumors 6502

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    It is not easy to design a static website that is simple and elegant. I think on that front you have done a really, really nice job. You should be very proud of this.

    :)
     
  17. dornoforpyros macrumors 68040

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    doh, than I guess I'll never be building a website for you cuz we have very different opinions on what works and what doesn't!
    To each their own I suppose
     
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    Just out of interest, what did you do this in?
    Because I really like the navigation in the images.

    ::20ROGERSC::
     
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    I agree with what Lau said. I think the tabs are really cluttered compared to the rest of the site's clean lines and whitespace. Attached is an idea I came up with in photoshop real quick. You can mess around with it if you want.
     

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