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Nervous Wreck (II) Inmate

Insane since: Feb 2004

IP logged posted posted 02-07-2004 16:48 Edit Quote

hi guys what do u think

Paranoid (IV) Mad Scientist

From: KC, KS
Insane since: Nov 2002

IP logged posted posted 02-09-2004 01:42 Edit Quote

Photoshop is one word.


Bipolar (III) Inmate

From: Out on the Sea of Madness...
Insane since: Dec 2003

IP logged posted posted 02-09-2004 02:24 Edit Quote

A few things :

1 : What is the purpose of the splash page? It's really short, almost too short to merit being off by itself like that. If you're going to have it, perhaps a redirect at the end to automatically go to your index page.

2 : The title bar on top doesn't match the rest of the color scheme of the site. It almost seems an afterthought to everything else. Your site name is hard to see/read as well. I had to look hard to find it in the lower left corner. Not sure if you can change the overall color scheme of the flash (it has the look of a template to me), but you might want to either go with the colors in the top section, or something besides grey gradients, blue and black.

3 : The overall impression I have is cramped. Granted, I run at a fairly high resolution (1280x1024), but there is a ton of blank black space around everything. The text boxes you have are very small and cramped as well, making them hard to read. I have to squint to see the italic text very well.

le coeur du feu

Nervous Wreck (II) Inmate

Insane since: Feb 2004

IP logged posted posted 02-13-2004 15:15 Edit Quote

thnx guys for reply i'll take this in mind next update

Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From: Rochester, New York, USA
Insane since: May 2000

IP logged posted posted 02-13-2004 16:47 Edit Quote

Flash is bad!

Ok thats a lie, but flash is bad to use like this. Flash's power is in its animation features for minor elements in conjunction with a well designed HTML page. To use flash to design your entire page you are limiting your user. The inherit limitations of flash show up when I have to go click on your 88x31, and have it take me to a new page so I can actually save the link. Flash doesn't allow me to easily copy and paste the text from a website.

Keep your content as flat HTML, and make your neat-o-kean design elements in flash. You header is a good canditate for use with flash, the other good think to use with flash would be your system (I think it does music for the site? I don't have my sound on). The content could all be done with HTML, your menu could even be done in HTML mixed with some good css work. Your menu's might find themselves liking to be flash more than they want to be HTML, but that is a judgement call.

Flash is not bad when use appropriately but you have missed that. It is not good to design an entire site using flash.

The appropriate backlash to my lambasting of flash is normally, "but cool site x uses flash for their entire design" and my response is that this doesn't mean that their site is good either. Being a good designer means using your entire toolset to create a great user experience, and not limiting their experience in any way. There have been many studies in which flash was compared to HTML for the web, and HTML tends to win out on the user experience side of things (this is for complete sites mind you).

Flash does offer a whole lot of additional eye candy, but you have to realize that the eye candy isn't what the web is about. The web is really about getting your content out to the users. The eye candy is secondary to that. A good example of this is a site like where the flash is a major focus to the site, but HTML is still used for the major design elements, which leads the site to be a beautiful site and at the same time have some nice eye candy which is flash, without taking away from the user's ease of using the site. is another great example of this. They are the flash people and they make good use of it, in conjunction with standard HTML and CSS. They have a nice flash menu at the top and a little flash comercial, which is eye catching, will putting their content as HTML. It works, and I don't have a problem moving around their site.

Think about it.


Maniac (V) Inmate

From: California
Insane since: Jul 2003

IP logged posted posted 02-16-2004 05:57 Edit Quote

Lose the pointless animations. And the potentially seizure-inducing flashes. Oh, and the splash page.

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