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Discussion in 'Photography, Art & Design' started by will., 13 Feb 2008.

  1. will.

    will. A motorbike of jealousy!

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    This is a site I've made for my sister, Lucy's birthday. She's really getting into her painting now and wanted somewhere to show them off and perhaps sell a few. It was meant to be a really simple blog but she kept changing her mind so as a result I kinda gave up on those two buttons and just bodged them in for now as they will be changing (a proper about and contact page, tag cloud/category list and some other bit's n pieces.)

    I think the overall style turned out good though, so I'm happy and she loves it because "it's all pretty and flowery and pink".

    Yes I know it's borked in ie6, I've only got around to testing in FF and IE7. I'm presuming that opera and safari are okay for now. Actually... I'm not sure I can be bothered to update it so it works... Anyone using IE6 still should be taught a lesson. It's not like this is a high class website for millions of users :p
     
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  2. Krikkit

    Krikkit All glory to the hypnotoad! Super Moderator

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    Happy Birthday to your sister.

    That website looks damn good - her mario painting/drawing is good too, well suited to a "nerd"... :p
     
  3. kempez

    kempez modding again!

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    Aww bless

    Like the site design, nice and approachable, although slightly slow on first view.

    EDIT: Happy Birthday to her :)
     
  4. mulberrycrush

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    Happy Birthday - and wow, cool Mario
     
  5. will.

    will. A motorbike of jealousy!

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    Aye, it's got a whacking great big 114KB image in there (among others). I will properly optimise them when I get around to sorting out the navigation.

    She painted me a classic mini last year which is ****ing awesome! I'll get her to post that up.
     
  6. AlexB

    AlexB Web Nerd and WC Addict

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    Looks cracking, Will. Good job.
     
  7. dragon2309

    dragon2309 techie

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    will, out of interest, are you a professional designer or is this a hobby still?
     
  8. will.

    will. A motorbike of jealousy!

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    Tis a living. Was a hobby though. I was going to be a games computer! But then I realised I couldn't really be bothered with the maths.
     
  9. TekMonkey

    TekMonkey I enjoy cheese.

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    Very cool. The only thing I would change is the appearance of the links under the Categories menu.
     
  10. Firehed

    Firehed Why not? I own a domain to match.

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    Great work. Design has always been a killer for me when I'm working on websites... I can do magical things with CSS, but never know what magic needs working :(
     
  11. will.

    will. A motorbike of jealousy!

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    Aye. All that is going to change to a more artsy look. I'm going to draw some icons for each category that she makes. Those buttons were a very last minute change so I've not bothered yet.

    I find desiging much harder too. Mr last job got me out of practice though so with this new one I should get better as time goes on. I think the hardest part is the content layout - making it look interesting but still functional.
     
  12. Jamie

    Jamie ex-Bit-Tech code junkie

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    Really like that design will. good work as usual.
     
  13. will.

    will. A motorbike of jealousy!

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    Cheers :)
     
  14. Da Dego

    Da Dego Brett Thomas

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    Awesome job, will. I quite like it! As mentioned, the contacts need updating. But the rest of it is awesome.
     
  15. will.

    will. A motorbike of jealousy!

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    Thanks :D

    I've updated it a bit now. Lucy has also been adding a load more posts so the site looks much fuller now.

    http://www.lucyblackmore.co.uk/index.php

    Jamie helped me out with some javascript on the categories tab. Much better now.
     
  16. kempez

    kempez modding again!

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    OK now it looks better, not that it looked bad of course

    great work Will :D
     
  17. hughwi

    hughwi Well-Known Member

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    that is one nice looking site there will, just a quick note, it seems to take a while to load, what is the optimization like?
     
  18. seebul

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    Really nice looking site! Where did u get the background image?
     
  19. will.

    will. A motorbike of jealousy!

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    Pretty much nothing at the moment. Those JPG's are hoooge! It's next on my list though. :p (I've actually noticed that other sites I have on the same hosting are slow as well though so I'm wondering if it's not just the sites fault.)

    Various different assets came from www.sxc.hu and a couple from www.istockphoto.com. Everything else I drew my self. The wooden background though was actually a google image search that brought up a guy with a small texture website with some really good textures which makes me annoyed that I haven't bookmarked it. :(
     
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    Really lovely.
    U are great!
    There's an improvement suggestion:
    Can you set bg wood board against nature scenery? I mean, the wood board can actually be viewed as a wall, and you can see the green plants (blurred, 'cos out of focus) outside just thru the wood-made wall... that would be fantastic...
    (Hope i explained it clearly.)
     
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