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Hi

Finished my new online portfolio/cv.

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I think with each passing site I am achieving a more pollished and professional look and believe this to be my best to date.

So I would love you opinions on this site.

There is one problem I know of and that is in Internet Explorer the style switcher at the top just above the title banner doesn't show up, does anybody know why?

Many Thanks

Jo

PS This site was influenced by two designs.

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I like how you have your bottom navigation set up.

The only criticism I found is your <h1> image's corners are visible when over a color other than white.

Other than that, inspiring. Smile

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For some reason, ur CSS styling file is disabled when I view it in Firefox... Nm, i enabled CSS in the developer toolbar and it shows. Its a nice design. The colors match I think and its pleasing to the eye, congrats! Laughing out loud

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Cheers.

I did notice the h1 background showing the white over the body background but I kind of think it looks good.

I could probably make those bits a transparent colour but the aliasing of the red part will probably screw it up and leave bits of white and that might end up makin it look rough and amateur so I will have to be careful.

Any Gurus know why my style switcher isn't showing in Internet Explorer?

Jo

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Nice site...just a tiny, tiny thing (well, two...)

The right links hover state seems to be "line-through", which makes it look as though you're trying to discourage your eager public.

Also, and this IS tiny, but I think it should be "PICS" rather than "PIC'S" )

Great work!

P.S. It did load in FF without a style sheet, but found it when I hit the Toolbar/CSS.

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Nice site Smile

The main headings in green don't contrast well with the green dots on the background. Its particularly apparent on the contacts page - the only page with a green heading not at the top. The blue minor headings work well.

As someone else mentioned, the right hand links get strike-through style on hover. I would remove that.

You have a "privacy policy" link but no privacy policy. You don't have an accessibility link and you do have a very comprehensive accessibility page. You feature accessibility in your resume, one of the main points of it is to have the accessibility page - and the link to it!

For your privacy policy - you really only need one paragraph - "this site does not maintain any information about you". You may need to modify that if you are keeping server logs and/or cookies.

I am not sure I go with the cyan colouring on the contact forum buttons (on hover). It seems counter to the rest of the site where things go green on hover.

On your art and design page, the "[Click an image for larger pop-up version.]" text, seems a little out of place. I am not sure where else it could be placed, it jarred with me when I saw the page, so I thought I'd mention it Smile

The last line on the popup Laura's Portrait might be inappropriate for this site - it being more professional than personal.

On the web site page, I like your button style site images. You may want to remove the "Get Firefox!" link. Its out of place with the other links and however much you prefer Firefox, you are going to be desiging sites for which IE6 will be the #1 browser used.

On a number of your pages you have "more coming soon". I don't think thats necessary. It sounds defensive - you don't think there is enough. There is plenty there already. The site doesn't feel anything like empty or that things have been dreamt up to fill the space. Sure, add more things when they are ready, do remove the more coming soon.

This last point is going to sound really harsh, but its not meant to be. The site feels like a template site. It reminds me strongly of mozilla's style. Possibly thats just the rounded corners on the banner image and the top menu. I don't get that feeling so much from your JSWebDesign site.

For the style menu disappearing in IE. Have you tried the normal IE problem solvers - ensuring it hasLayout and/or giving it position:relative. Another element is probably being rendered above it.

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Chris..S wrote:
This last point is going to sound really harsh, but its not meant to be. The site feels like a template site. It reminds me strongly of mozilla's style. Possibly thats just the rounded corners on the banner image and the top menu.

It also has a very close similarity to Mike Cherim's site.

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Tyssen wrote:
It also has a very close similarity to Mike Cherim's site.
Joseph Sprint wrote:
PS This site was influenced by two designs.

Green Beast
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:oops: I didn't even read that. My eye just skipped over the links cos I thought it was a signature.

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OK.

Just got back from the pub and well I'm a little drunk.

OK took care of all your suggestions. I'm usually a bit of a rebel like that!

Yes as some people noticed I said I was influenced by two sites but I think my design has enough to be seen as an individual design because the influences were only small. My source is all mine and I only used one or two small design ideas.

I do resent the template remark because I have seen some poor sites come through this forum that have missed that one, and I've never seen a template with neat code like what I do by hand.

I think you like my site but can't be certain now because templaty is the worste thing to be seen as. Maybe I should just start downloading templates and adding my content. Smile

If you want templaty designs look here Crappy design company. My biggest fear is to be considered a designer like that. Gurus will tell me off for ripping the piss now. :oops:

I didn't get the bit about accessibility thing. Will look tomorrow when I'm not so something. I shouldn't be allowed near the computer when I'm drunk.

OK thanks for the tips so far.

Just wish I could see my style switcher in explorer.

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I did say it would sound harsher than I intended. I do like the site. As a general rule I won't comment on a site I don't like.

The similarity with Mozilla was pretty well the first thing that struck me about the site and its not as if I visit Mozilla often. Think about who you are pitching the site at and if they will recognize the similarities. I also recognised the similarities with Green Beast, but with all due respect to Mike Cherim, I think you are on safer ground there - the Green Beast influence is far less likely to be recognised.

Like Tyssen, I missed the ps at the bottom of your post. You've made a deliberate and conscious decision to go the way you have. I made the point not realising that.

Don't be too harsh on templateers. A template may suit a client's budget where a more time consuming design won't.