Totally revamped, tell me what you think

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development (archive)' started by rekoob, Jan 27, 2004.

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    www.joshferrin.com

    It's totally graphic based. But for the purpose, I think that it's simple cartoonish look fits perfectly. I had considered doing some flash but.... do I really need to? Tell me what you think.

    Warning! Those people who don't have a sense of humor (nationalistic republicans) will not enjoy my site.
     
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    mnkeybsness

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    i think the site would benefit from being horizontally centered on the page. also, i did not even notice that the top graphics where links... a nice touch, but very unnoticeable...

    when viewing images, i click the next link and it goes back to the index of images... wouldn't it make more sense to link to the next image?

    nice overall design, keeping with that cartoonish look and very simple design.
     
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    the cartoons are chronologically ordered. Thus if you hit 'next' and it's the last one, it takes you to the main page. If you would have hit previous it would have shown you the next older one. I thought it made sense when I designed it......
     
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    I agree with mnkeybsness on the next/previous thing. It's not intuitive since you're not distinguishing anywhere (that I can see) the chronological order.

    Maybe change the text to older/newer and have dates next to the text in the initial list so people know what the order is?
     
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    Will do. I agree, it is a little counter intuitive.
     
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    Mr. Anderson

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    Nice stuff - but it definitely needs to be centered and the navigation on the images is off.

    It works fine in the archives :D

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    okay centered it. Mr. Anderson, what do you mean the navigation is off? Are you talking about the next previous thing?
     
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    Mr. Anderson

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    Yeah, I was talking about the next/previous issue. It seems to be fixed now, yet its still not centered - here's a screen shot

    move the image stack to the center, it might require reworking some of the nav items - since the one pic is cut off at the top left.

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    Sorry, I hadn't 'put' the new pages on my server. It's centered now.
     
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    Mr. Anderson

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    Much nicer!

    So have you tried any flash animation with your cartoons?

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    You know, I have thought about it but it takes so long. Furthermore, I get paid to do the ones I do now. If I did it in flash, it would be for my own personal enrichment, not enough motivation for me right now. I will hope to dabble with it after I graduate and have more time. You know what good a degree does you these days, I may have a lot of time to dabble in flash.
     
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    Mr. Anderson

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    Well, even if you don't do a flash cartoon movie, making it interactive but having the user mouse clicking for the next thing said or going on to the next frame, etc. would be something. And that's not all that much extra time.

    Also, in a still image, a simple background animation - Bush Lightyear's rocket flames blasting away and a star background moving across the screen allow for some fun things if the art went to a more internet oriented venue.

    Just a thought, you know, the stuffs great.

    D
     
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    The first thing I noticed was that using Internet Explorer 6 on Win 2k Pro, there was a thin white space between each of the images. More likely IE's fault than yours, but thought you'd like to know. :)

    It took a bit of clicking around to figure out how to get to the cartoons....I kept clicking on the center image expecting it to take me to them. It's not immediately obvious that you have to go to the top nav items to find this, especially if you're used to webcomics that display the last entry with a "prev" link but no "next".

    The "previous/next" is self explanatory, but it's counter-intuitive to click the first item in the list, hit "Next", and be taken back to the list UNLESS you know that the first item is also the oldest. You may want to reverse the list order and put a "NEW! as of <date>" on the most recent entry so that people can a) instantly tell the list order, and b) see whether there's something they haven't read yet.

    Otherwise...I like the nice, simple layout, and the little animated Post-Its for navigation links are great. I also like the cartoons themselves (scary though it was to see a cross atop the White House)....keep 'em coming! :)
     
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    The IE6 thing is probably the whitespace bug. IE displays whitespace that exists in the code when it renders the pages, especially between images and lists.

    It's stupid, but easy to fix.

    [edit - Actually, it looks like IE6 butchers your page pretty badly.]

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    oh man that is horrible! What can I do to fix that? Whitespaces?
     
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    That monkey switch ad is HILARIOUS!
     
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    Mr. Anderson

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    that was done by another MacRumors member, teabgs .... he won the MacRumors Switch Ad Contest with that one and actually got noticed nationally...:D

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    Like D said, that was someone else...but I did help them with their site. ;)

    As far as fixing it goes...that's a toughie. Try getting rid of whitespace in the code (within td tags, between img tags especially). Run the W3C validator and see if it catches anything.
     
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    I hate microsoft

    Well, I couldn't get rid of the wierd bug that was appearing in msie (I even got rid of all the whitespaces and did the wc3 validator with no results). So, I just redid my whole dang site. Should work beautifully now (except for that horrible picture of myself.)

    And, woo-hoo! I won an award!

    molodyets ya
     
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    mnkeybsness

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    i love what you've done!

    the rollovers (or should i call them pop-outs?) are awesome... one suggestion... make a "home" link that takes to the main page...

    awesome... i really really like it.
     
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    i really like the site, very innovative, and I like the unusual concept of objects :) I made a site like this once, and now i am back to standard crap, but really nice to see ppl breaking out of the standard stuff :)
     
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    Check it out! They are feauturing me on Slate.com
    (not kidding)!

    Josh Ferrin
     
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    congrats man!


    good stuff.


    your images had me crackin up.
     
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    way to go josh!
     

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