New Mac site for french readers (give me your feedback on the design)

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by Sequence, Jul 11, 2006.

  1. Sequence macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2006
    Hey everyone, I'm about to launch a mac website dedicated to the french mac community (canada and europe). This is a mockup of the design made by a designer I'm paying. What should I tell him to change / redo?

    Any suggestion is welcome! I personally think he's using too much pastel colors...
  2. tobefirst macrumors 68040


    Jan 24, 2005
    St. Louis, MO
    First, I'd suggest that it actually be in French. :)

    I'd change the "logo" to look more like an iMac, drawing a bigger connection to the mac community. Neither the mark nor the name suggest anything mac-ish, so some attention could be paid there.

    The colors are alright. Everyone has different tastes and you as the owner will need to decide if you'd like different colors. They are just "okay" for me.

    I'd like to see more negative space though. The site seems kind of cramped.
  3. Sequence thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2006
    Don't worry, it'll be in french (the designer doesn't know french and it's only a mockup...). This isn't the logo neither, just there to fill the blank).
    And, do you think there's too much news site for Apple, especially in french? Or you think it's a good idea?
  4. Josh macrumors 68000


    Mar 4, 2004
    State College, PA
    I like the colors and the readability of it.

    There are French Mac sites, such as, so I am sure there is an audience for them.
  5. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030


    Jun 15, 2005
    I think it looks great. One thing that strikes me is that the colours are too varied. Keep just a select few colours and perhaps more neutral font colours and it'll look better. :)
  6. Sequence thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2006
    Here's a slight rev. of the first mockup

    Remember that the name isn't final, it might me


    Now he's working on the middle section (black text, increase font size, etc)

    Any comments / suggestions are still very appreciated!
  7. 5683565 Suspended

    Feb 18, 2006
    Hong Kong
    Mouais. On dirait un modèle gratuit pour un hébergeur web ou quelque chose du genre. :p Franchement, pas des couleurs que j'aime. Mais la mise en page est belle.
  8. Palad1 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 24, 2004
    London, UK
    Très sincérement, j'en ai un peu marre des layouts sur plusieurs colonnes.
  9. Sequence thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2006
    Un layout sur une seul colonne ne peut pas vraiment être adapté pour un site d'actualité... As-tu des exemples?
  10. Sequence thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2006
    Here's the final design, which requires some touch ups...

    Any comments / feedback are welcome!
  11. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030


    Jun 15, 2005
  12. Lau Guest

    Le noir fait une grande différence pendant que la couleur plus foncée ajoute le contraste aux pastels. Il regarde moins occupé maintenant aussi.

    Did that make sense? I really fancied giving my dodgy French a dust off. :D Anyway, I think the contrast by the black does make a difference - it wouldn't even have to be black, any darker shade would do. (I didn't know how to say that in French!) It looks stylish and readable though.
  13. supremedesigner macrumors 6502a


    Dec 9, 2005
    Gainesville, Fl
    Bonjour :) That's all I know in French. Oh wait, there's one more: Oui. :D

    Nice site though!
  14. Sequence thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2006
    I guess you also know "Exposé"? Thanks for the feedback everyone.
  15. Lau Guest

    Did my french make any sense at all? :eek: :D I was crap at school, but have tried to brush up a bit on holidays and the like.
  16. Sequence thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2006
    Everything was perfect except the last sentence, pretty good!
  17. Lau Guest

    Cool, I'm glad it wasn't too bad. I imagine "busy" doesn't have the same sort of double meaning, or something. :eek: Anyway, this isn't a French discussion, so I'll go off and learn more, and good luck with your site. Be sure to post a link when it's finished, as I'd like to see the final design, and I'm sure our French speaking readers would like to see it.
  18. Felldownthewell macrumors 65816


    Feb 10, 2006

    j'aime le (or is it la?) finale plus que les autres. Bon travaille. (Yay for schoolboy french!)
  19. steamboat26 macrumors 65816


    May 25, 2006
    Arlington VA
    C'est tres bien (i don't know how to do an e with an accent grave in tres :D )
    I think that it should have more pictures though...
  20. Sequence thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2006
    Site will be released within next week, any chance someone has access to a PC to see if it looks as good in Windows (IE / Firefox)?

    Also, tell me if you like the result...
  21. beatsme macrumors 65816


    Oct 6, 2005
    I like it quite a bit, especially the subtle texturing you threw in the shadow boxes...very nice.
  22. michaelrjohnson macrumors 68020

    Aug 9, 2000
    I think it's good. I'll stop there to keep my own opinion separate from a functional/factual standpoint.

    The biggest issue the site faces is squished content syndrome. SCS is very common these days, and to anyone with a screen resolution greater than 800x600, it's painful. I think that it could at least be a liquid layout to allow for some longer line lengths. The two sidebars are so invasive, that the content is almost lost. Free it up a tad, and it will be much, much more functional (and easier on the eyes).

    As for my personal opinion, I'm a bit surprised at the color choice. Maybe it's a regional thing, and maybe you're intentionally bucking the trend, but most Apple-related sites use a white-silver/grey-black and shade of blue color scheme. The choice to use (a) green as the primary color to me is... well... it just hasn't won me over.
  23. thegreatluke macrumors 6502a


    Dec 29, 2005
    C'est une très bonne conception. L'avez-vous faite?

    La page marche bien dans Firefox.

    (SVP, excusez mon français. J'étudie le français pendant deux ans, alors je ne le parle pas très bien.)

    Alt-~ gives you an accent grave, then type the letter you want accented. :)
  24. 20rogersc macrumors 65816


    Jun 28, 2005
    Brighton, UK
    Qui Qui! Ugh and I only did french a year ago . . .
    Looks fine on IE on Windblows :eek: Back to the iBook . . .

    Tres Bien! Au revoir!

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