New website design - opinions needed please :)

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by glossywhite, Nov 27, 2010.

  1. glossywhite macrumors 65816

    glossywhite

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    Hi folks. Okay, my friend has just re-designed the website for his shop, and is looking for opinions on the layout and design. The reason I am asking @ MR, is because this site is full of respected and paid designers, from whom he would very much appreciate feedback.

    Is the layout aesthetically appealing, too brash, too busy? Any aspects of the design which you deem as in need of review or change, he'd like your opinion.

    Okay, the site is: http://www.easy2pc.co.uk/home.html

    Thank you for your time :)

    Have a great weekend!
     
  2. elppa macrumors 68040

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    What was the reasoning behind the choice of Comic Sans typeface?
     
  3. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    No. Frankly, it's terrible. Web designers still need to be informed by graphic designers. Just because something is viewed through a browser doesn't mean that the fundamentals of design can be thrown out the window.

    Before you even look at hierarchy and navigation, the first impression is one of utter amateurism. I count over five different typefaces on there over different sizes and weights including Comic Sans used in the body copy, a font completely unsuitable for business communications... the copy also includes typos, the whole thing completely undermining the message of competence and professionalism.

    The static banner with the logo, phone number and the graphics looks awful. I wouldn't even know where to start in improving the whole thing, because if you pull at one thread, the whole lot would unravel... except to say the orange/dark teal combo, the curved frames and the black background are extremely ugly.

    To me, this is a design that potentially damages a brand. I'd click away from it pretty damned quickly.

    Sorry. You asked. :eek:
     
  4. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    I would have to agree
    Needs to go back to the drawing board in my opinion
    And like BV said, I wouldn't even know where to start
    With that in mind, I think I would start from scratch with a blank slate

    You did ask...
     
  5. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    All of it. Seriously.
     
  6. Apple OC macrumors 68040

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    BV has nailed it down perfect ... The site does not come across as professional.

    It needs "Graphic Design" work ... this is a common problem for many websites, this one included.

    As BV stated ... where to begin? as you stated this is a redesign.

    I am also sorry about my critique ... he should start from scratch with some design help.

    good luck
     
  7. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    And there's way too much copy with the wrong things said in the wrong places... nobody reads all that stuff. Some quick subbing:



     
  8. glossywhite thread starter macrumors 65816

    glossywhite

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    Honest opinions are extremely valuable, thank you guys. Keep 'em coming... within socially acceptable limits :D
     
  9. Hermes Monster macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not sure why there is navigation options across the top and left hand side, I would usually expect one or the other.

    As well as the things mentioned above, the main text box has some, what I assume, are margin grid lines on, which are odd and in the "coverage" text it's all underlined, it may just be my browser but cross browser compliant code is a must.

    Also the images fir the company logo and general pc help image leave a lot to be desired

    Sorry!
     
  10. besler3035 macrumors 6502a

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    Comic Sans, really?!?

    There's absolutely nothing appealing about that site, sorry to say. No consistent styles, ugly color scheme, and way too much text in the wrong places, especially on the homepage.

    There's also nothing that sets the homepage apart from the other pages. BORING.
     
  11. miknos, Nov 28, 2010
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    miknos macrumors 6502a

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    Like they said, you need a complete redesign.

    When I entered the website I didn't knew what it was about it. I had to read all the Welcome statement before I saw the "One stop PC and laptop repair" to realize it was a repair shop.

    Why you need a website? To promote a service (repair). People will look the website to:
    - See if you can fix their problem (repair). Explain what yo do (fix).
    - Contact you (call). Make it easy for them to contact you.
    - Ask prices (I liked the "quality service with sensible prices". Clients will think you're not a ripper.).
    - Ask to pick up (or bring) the computer. Job done.

    My advice: Make it simple. You can put ALL the information in a single page.

    I made a sketch for you. Any criticism is okay.
     

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