Recommendations wanted for my current effort

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  • #26707

    salohcin
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    http://salohcin.wordpress.com/

    How d’ya like my design so far? It probably doesn’t help that I’m a tad colourblind. I usually code up other people’s designs rather attempt them myself. I picked the text colours from the main image. Possibly they’re too bright?

    #26915

    timethief
    Member

    Let me preface my response by saying, “I’m no geek” so I don’t get accused of thread jacking by the techno set.
    I can read your blog without getting eyestrain and it’s attractive too. I have a vision problem but I can see your blog clear as a bell on my firefox 1.5 browser. The contrast is excellent and the colours sparkle. I am also able to read the font size you have used without glasses (alleluia!). Moreover it’s sans serif so it’s easier to read.
    The one suggestion I would make is that you might consider having 1/2 inch margins on both sides of the template. This is because I found myself shifting my head from side to side to take the whole width in on a 17 inch monitor. Thumbs up ^^.

    #26916

    Only thing I dont like is that it’s to dark.

    #26918

    babbler
    Member

    I like it. However, consider making your banner smaller, allowing people to see, without scrolling, more of the latest post.

    #26937

    drmike
    Member

    I gotta admit that I would like to see an actual description of the David Brent video instead of “Watch it now before it gets taken down.” Please remember that some of us can’t play those videos because of teh enviroment we’re sitting in. :)

    #26939

    salohcin
    Member

    Thanks for your feedback.

    babbler – I’ve reduced the header size by about 80 pixels. Thanks for the tip.

    drmike – I was looking for feedback on the styling. I’m always looking to improve the content of my blog though. I was just being lazy with this post.

    timethief – do you mean a left and right border going from top to bottom? If so, I’m hoping to do that sometime this weekend. Thanks for the kind remarks re: the design.

    patriotsfan- I agree. I see the black as the base colour. Overtime, I’ll introduce bits of colour to the elements that make up the blog. It’s all about experimentation. I feel I’m limited though because of the header image I chose and thusly photoshopped.

    #26940

    timethief
    Member

    @salochin – yes! a 1/2 inch border on either side is exactly what I meant.
    [hmmm – boredom that leads to contemplation of cost cutting measures and thrifty ideas – and you’re a Scot aren’t you? Pardon this canuck who is *lol* ;)]

    #26942

    salohcin
    Member

    timethief – i’ve added the border. i think it works okay. Makes everything easier on the eye and lifts the page up from the background.

    [sorry to disappoint. I’m not a Scot. Been living and working in Edinburgh for a year now though. I’m tight for money right now and would prefer not to give it away to greedy corporations ;-)]

    #26943

    andy
    Member

    Beautiful! Nice graphics and colors.

    I don’t like the font but there are no other complaints from me. Nice work!

    #26945

    timethief
    Member

    I’m puzzled because I’m not seeing borders of any kind with my firefox browser.
    I’m on a tight budget too and like you I’ll be damned if I give corporations a cent more than I have to. ;) Also re: RSS subscriptions – check this out http://pimpmyblog.wordpress.com

    #27073

    salohcin
    Member

    timethief – possibly your browser window isn’t wide enough?

    I’ve made some updates taking into consideration the tips from you guys. Thanks for the heads up on the RSS subscriptions timethief. I’ve changed the font too.

    I wondering if there’s a nifty way to style the flickr feed. It’s served up with <br /> so don’t know if there’s a way escape this. Any hints?

    take a peep

    #27081

    vivianpaige
    Member

    I have a hard time with white text on dark backgrounds.

    #27082

    risenphoenix
    Member

    See if this tool can be of help. It can be of help to all you guys developing your own templates. It also gives details on how people with vision problems will see the color schemes you generate.

    http://wellstyled.com/tools/colorscheme2/index-en.html

    #27086

    timethief
    Member

    @risenphoenix
    kewl beans – tx

    #27089

    salohcin
    Member

    Thanks for your feedback. It’s turning out to be a valuable to cycle ;-)

    The contrast between the white and black was too much. I’ve now reduced the contrast by changing the white as I quite like the black background.

    I’ve also outdented each blog post slightly to make it more obvious where a post begins and ends.

    And beforehand the date was too prominent on its blue background. Now it’s the same colour as the other text with a bold typeface.

    Any thoughts?

    #27093

    timethief
    Member

    Although the white font had a glare to it, the rust coloured font is harder to see because it’s not IMO enough contrast against the black background (BTW I like black backgrounds too).

    The cream coloured font you have in the main blog headings is not glaring and it is easy to read. But perhaps reversing the use of the rust and cream colours might produce a more easily readble result in the main blog. If not then perhaps choosing the main blog font colour to be cream and the headings to be lavendar as they are in the sidebar might be okay.

    I do like the dates better without the blue background.

    #27133

    salohcin
    Member

    @timethief

    I took your advice and switched colours of the headings and body text. The main blog headings didn’t look quite right so I switched it for the lavendar. It looks a lot better now and easier to read. Thanks!

    #27135

    timethief
    Member

    thumbs up ^^

    #27139

    engtech
    Member

    I have no advice to give other than to say that I really like the look of it.

    Oh, and the Geo Vistors Map link is black text on black background.

    And the more photos link on the flickr widget is blue instead of purple.

    #27140

    vivianpaige
    Member

    much better!

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