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billybob
Hey I have just about finesed my new site www.wunkunk.com and am just wanting some opions on the design and layout of the site as well as any suggestions for improvements.

Thanks alot
Ryan
noexes89
Nice, clean site, and a good idea, but I found a few problems:

    Make the content position seem less random, like making take up all of the space between the menu and the edge of the header. For some reason your send link page has it right, but the other pages do not.

    I just don't find the menu design appealing, sorry.

    Consolidate "About Us," "The Genii," "Contact Us" and possibly "FAQ." At least move FAQ from the footer, as no one is going to look for that there.

    Speaking of footer, why is there a contact link there and in the main menu? Just choose one.

    Black links? Oh come on.

    Perma-links to individual links would be nice

    The header is functional, but really just meh. Put a bit more effort into it, or just don't use one. I think you could get away with just some big text.


Good luck.
romaop
In favour:
Putting the webpage at the center of the screen
The dices and the cat are original
You use many images
The idea is to make a funny site

Against:
The text of the header can be worked out to stand out from the rest.
The header might become smaller (less height).
The link names are too large: why not just "Award", "Send", "Week fact", "WUNKUNK"?

Do you agree with these suggestions?
billybob
noexes89 wrote:

    Make the content position seem less random, like making take up all of the space between the menu and the edge of the header. For some reason your send link page has it right, but the other pages do not.

I agree, I didn’t notice this before I will sort it today, thanks for pointing it out.
noexes89 wrote:

    I just don't find the menu design appealing, sorry.

    Consolidate "About Us," "The Genii," "Contact Us" and possibly "FAQ." At least move FAQ from the footer, as no one is going to look for that there.

    Speaking of footer, why is there a contact link there and in the main menu? Just choose one.

Do you have a suggestion on making the menu more appealing?
How do you mean consolidate? (Does consolidate not mean merge? If so could you explain how?)
noexes89 wrote:

    Black links? Oh come on.

    Perma-links to individual links would be nice


What is wrong with black links? What colour do you suggest?
Perma-links = ?
noexes89 wrote:

    The header is functional, but really just meh. Put a bit more effort into it, or just don't use one. I think you could get away with just some big text.

Confused
romaop wrote:

In favour:
Putting the webpage at the center of the screen
The dices and the cat are original
You use many images
The idea is to make a funny site

Thanks
romaop wrote:

Against:
The text of the header can be worked out to stand out from the rest.
The header might become smaller (less height).
The link names are too large: why not just "Award", "Send", "Week fact", "WUNKUNK"?

Do you agree with these suggestions?

1) Now you mention it, it does seem to blend in slightly. I will have a go at making it stand out better.
2) I'm not sure about this one but I will make a smaller one and compare to see which I prefer.
3) Yes they are slightly large. I had problems deciding on what to write to make them smaller and still understandable to visitors. I will be making another menu soon as one of the "dots" isn’t in line but I'm not sure if I should change it to something different due to noexes89 comment about it not been appealing, what do you think?

Thanks to both of you for your suggestions I would still like some others
Ryan
fireydeviant
the menu seems rather large in comparison to everything else. as others have said, shrink the font abit. While simple designs are great, i think you need a little more color in the page, maybe tint all the white towards gray a bit. The header seems to need more continuity. Some kind of unifier to relate all of the images. The way that they are now, it dosen't seem to focus attention in any one place.

Additionally, with colors make sure you dont use too much, when you do use them. you need accent colors for yours. Take a look at how the colors are matched on my site for some ideas on relating colors: http://www.ritzydesign.com/
noexes89
billybob wrote:
Do you have a suggestion on making the menu more appealing?


I'm sorry for being vague. Here's something concrete: steal a list style from listamatic. You'll notice that they include horizontal lists, I think that would be a good idea as well.

billybob wrote:
How do you mean consolidate? (Does consolidate not mean merge? If so could you explain how?)


Yes, by consolidate I mean merge. I think all of the things I mentioned ("About Us," "The Genii," "Contact Us" and possibly "FAQ.") all tell information about the site beyond the main content of the site, so to simplfy your menu it they would be best together.

billybob wrote:
What is wrong with black links? What colour do you suggest?


Well, blue is the standard. Just choose something other than black, as the rest of the text is black and you need to make links look different than normal text. Look at the links page, how am I supposed to tell what text is a link?

billybob wrote:
Perma-links = ?


You know, sometimes I use blog terminology without realising that no one understands what the heck I'm talking about. I was talking about being able to link to an individual "wunkunk" from another site, instead of just the page that it is on. This might be kind of hard to implement, so you probably don't have to do this, but it would make your site seem more professional.

billybob wrote:
noexes89 wrote:
The header is functional, but really just meh. Put a bit more effort into it, or just don't use one. I think you could get away with just some big text.


[squigally face]


Oh, um, sorry if I insulted you about the header, rereading it now I realise that I definitely sounded like a jerk. I deserve a punch in the face. Anyway, I wasn't just being rude with the suggestion for big text. That's essentially what I use on my site.
bgbg
http://www.knapmanswebservices.frih.net/ http://validator.w3.org/check?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wunkunk.com%2F

see my post here http://www.frihost.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=351261&highlight=#351261
billybob
fireydeviant wrote:
the menu seems rather large in comparison to everything else. as others have said, shrink the font abit. While simple designs are great, i think you need a little more color in the page, maybe tint all the white towards gray a bit. The header seems to need more continuity. Some kind of unifier to relate all of the images. The way that they are now, it dosen't seem to focus attention in any one place.

Additionally, with colors make sure you dont use too much, when you do use them. you need accent colors for yours. Take a look at how the colors are matched on my site for some ideas on relating colors: http://www.ritzydesign.com/


Yes I think I agree now that the menu is a bit big and I have taken the advice of noexes89 to look at listamatic which I have and I found a menu that I kind of like and edited it to suit my site better, I have tested it here: www.ryan.ashst.com/wunkunk/

noexes89 wrote:
I'm sorry for being vague. Here's something concrete: steal a list style from listamatic. You'll notice that they include horizontal lists, I think that would be a good idea as well.

same as above ^

noexes89 wrote:
Yes, by consolidate I mean merge. I think all of the things I mentioned ("About Us," "The Genii," "Contact Us" and possibly "FAQ.") all tell information about the site beyond the main content of the site, so to simplfy your menu it they would be best together.

I have also taken this into consideration in the test page: www.ryan.ashst.com/wunkunk/ is this what you mean?

noexes89 wrote:
Well, blue is the standard. Just choose something other than black, as the rest of the text is black and you need to make links look different than normal text. Look at the links page, how am I supposed to tell what text is a link?

Ok I see what you mean, they do already have grey rollovers but I think they do need something to make them stand out as links but I wanted to stay away from the standard blue so I will have a play around with a few colours but I may still end up going with the blue.


noexes89 wrote:
You know, sometimes I use blog terminology without realising that no one understands what the heck I'm talking about. I was talking about being able to link to an individual "wunkunk" from another site, instead of just the page that it is on. This might be kind of hard to implement, so you probably don't have to do this, but it would make your site seem more professional.

This does seem like a nice idea but as you say it might be hard to implement! But I will certainly look into it.


noexes89 wrote:
Oh, um, sorry if I insulted you about the header, rereading it now I realise that I definitely sounded like a jerk. I deserve a punch in the face. Anyway, I wasn't just being rude with the suggestion for big text. That's essentially what I use on my site.

It's ok no worries, but I'm a fan of images in banners even though I'm not the best at creating them .Crying or Very sad


bgbg wrote:
http://www.knapmanswebservices.frih.net/ http://validator.w3.org/check?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wunkunk.com%2F

see my post here http://www.frihost.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=351261&highlight=#351261

Yes when I get the design sorted I will go through the code.
ivanegues
I like it, its simple, light, goes to the point. I give it an 8.5

Maybe you can improve your overall composition. Think of it as a picture or painting.
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