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Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by Kingsly, May 26, 2006.
Im not too thrilled. It seems a little crowded.
I like it to be honest. I saw it a couple of hours ago and though "Wow!", then I realised my safari window wasn't quite wide enough for it (so that p****d me off no end). Since looking at it again I still think it's real nice...except that darn "Mac OS X Tip Of The Week" bar. I mean, really, what were they thinking?!
It's not that bad, but they do abuse the fact that people nowadays have high-res screens. I still feel that narrower web pages are easier to digest.
Very Cool Profile
Wow. I love their simple designs, I'm browsing their shop now, curse you, Gary!
The other three profiles are very good, too. The one from America makes us look like a bunch of artistic pantswads.
It chugs in Safari a bit, but otherwise it's cool. Those profiles make me feel as creative and capable as an anaemic newt stuck between the tread of life's bicycle tyre.
I think thats the main reason I am not thrilled. The more I look at it the more it grows on me... but its still its a little crowded for my liking.
I saw it earlier and I like it. Definately makes you feel like doing something creative..
Wow man, that's not even a one-word response. Nice work.
The top graphic is too large I dont really like the solutions iframe. Looks like it was designed for 1280x1024+ but right now I still think the standard should be 1024x820.
Oh. My. God. *dribble*
Is it me or are Apple gradually increasing the width of their pages with every adjustment they make? Just to be really annoying?
Coinciding with the ever-increasing amount of widescreen displays offered in Macs... Hmm... Maybe I should get rid of this iBook and buy a new MacBook...
I try to do my best.
You know, this is what I think.... I think the next safari will be able to set a default width and height down the pixel so if you want 1200X1200 you can have that. But 800 or so should be the standard...... oh well.
How did they do the embedded quicktime player with these simple controls, or is it just the new version? (pic below to see what I am talking about)
Oh cool, a guy from Lemon Jelly is one of the founders of Airside. That artwork they have at the side (with the sperm/ghosts) is very "Lemon Jelly-ish".
I absolutely love looking at videos like these. To see what people are creating, and see their uber mac studios.
As for the website design, I think it looks nice but I found that a lot of the links I would click on would take me to a page where I was expecting something different. In other words, the links aren't properly explained.
I found it slow to load. I've loaded a few pages so far and nothing was as slow as that, not even the Apple mainsite. As far as the whole site goes, I think it's fairly well put together. No different than the crazy apple online store to be honest.
It's too wide for my screen. Nice bit of design, but too wide.
But wait. it's for pro's who have ACD's. Good then...I guess...
Widescreen page layouts and Quicktime auto-runs
I've been wanting to post a message about this somewhere over the last few months. I think you hit the nail on the head. Apple has always pushed the adoption of newer technologies -- or at least I can remember them doing so ever since they came out with the first bondi blue iMac without a floppie drive and with only USB ports for peripherals.
When I first learned to design Web pages, I was taught to design them so that they would work at any screen resolution. I was also taught not to place a video on my home page that would force people to download something big right away. I still design my pages with that in mind.
Lately, I've noticed Apple making drastic changes to their home page. I used to be able to set my browser at 800x600 by their homepage. Suddenly, they put a widescreen graphic on their that forced a larger, 16:9 ratio. I was a bit surprised, but figured it made sense since they hardly make any screens anymore that are not widescreen (and as of the MacBooks, none of their line has a 4:3 ratio screen anymore). I didn't mind it too much, because I could resize my browser and it would still fit in my 15" iMac screen. I didn't always like how that wide browser window looked on more text-intensive sites, though, as I don't like to have to scan my eyes so far back and forth to read a block of text.
What really amazed me was when they started putting those QuickTime videos of the "I'm a PC / I'm a Mac" ads on their homepage and set them to download upon page load. But again, they are pushing the adoption of newer technologies - in this case, QuickTime 7. I'm sure that Apple win some converts from their QuickTime installed base, because they heavily promote Apple computers through QuickTime ads, etc. (and that is how I first got turned on to the then-upcoming Mac OS X, which is why I switched in 2001).
In a way, I like it, and in a way I don't. I guess they must have found that the widescreen layout and the automatically-loading QuickTime movies were not the best thing to put on their homepage, though, because they have reverted to their previous 800x600 resolution sans video.
What do you all think about it?
These advances should happen at some stage and I believe Apple got the timing right with dropping floppy drives but changing the size ratio of webpages this dramatically is probably a bit soon. Having said that, it's only the Pro site and generally speaking, Pros (especially Mac Pros) are more likely to have the real estate to be able to handle it.
The Mac + PC movies on Apple's home page were a tad obnoxious though.
My browser window was wide enough (PB17") to load in fine. The Airside video is great but I feel like the overall site is a bit crowded. I can see what they're going for though - it feels more like an online 'zine.
its apple subliminally telling all of us to upgrade, cause now that there are no more 12 inch ibooks or powerbooks all of apple's new computers will fit the website perfectly.