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In the midst of a redesign for a Christian School site...
First redesign: http://www.tcsnd.org/fred/tcs1/

Second redesign: http://www.tcsnd.org/fred/tcs2/test.html

Would like any/all comments regarding design, color, graphics, etc..

Second desgin links do not work...
FWIW... am leaning towards the 2nd design (unless I hear too many negative comments) because of the wider aspect of the page... I am going to be implementing a 3rd party calendar app that looks better in a full page design than it does in the first redesign... it works in the first redesign but obviously is going to be "scrunched" at bit

Look forward to your critiques

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Hello rmfred,
I have to agree with you. The second design is much more open and versatile. I always like a site that devotes the screen real estate to the information you are trying to convey.

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Second version looks definitely more like 21th century design: Very usable and clear sections. However I might reduce padding in headings and left side links since they do take a lot of screen space vertically at the moment.

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Well, just to throw a fly in the soup, I like version 1 MUCH more. The colors are a little less pastel (which is good for my taste) and I think the whole design from the banner to the pull-quote-like sections down the right hand side make it more visually interesting.

If your biggest concern is real estate then why can't you adopt a more fluid design just as you have with the 2nd but use the elements from the first. From looking at the first design it appears that by virtue of the way it is already designed that it lends itself to being turned liquid if you want to. You already terminate the banner on the right with a solid color that will be easy to continue out in fluid design and the same with the nav and footer elements.

With a little tweaking I think #1 can look outstanding and meet your needs for the calendar you mentioned.

Just my 2 cents.

Aaron

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In the second design, i would say make those navigation links on the left span the width of the box itself. I found it weird when i was trying to use them.

I would say incorporate the real estate usage in the second design with the look and feel of the first design.

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In the second design, i would say make those navigation links on the left span the width of the box itself. I found it weird when i was trying to use them.

Not sure what you mean???
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I have to agree with Aaron, the first design is far more professional looking whilst the second is just a tad weak on colour scheme and layout. It looks as though it's trying to fill a space thats too large for it
and I am one who normaly favours liquid layouts and maximum use of the viewport .

There was one problem I found: in firefox 1024 res, when I pulled up a left sidebar the last words in the title ( Christian school) were pushed down by the righthand address line; might be a problem in a 800/600 screen with sidebar?

Go with first design I like it IMHO.

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Hi there. I vote for the 2nd design but with a little extra work. As previously stated it is much more modern design.

Firstly I would add some padding to the very top of the page to space the text from the edge of the browser. Secondly, I would define a minimum width for the main content and for the header to avoid the text wrapping problem. Obviously that would be need to be around 760px to cater for 800x600 users. Also, the main nav isn't centralled vertically which spoils the look. Finally, have you tried an alternative for where you have used Times New Roman as thats just a nasty font for the web.

I hope thats of some use Smile

good work