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Hello all.

I'm curious about any feedback you would have. One particular point I'm looking for is how the site looks on IE/Mac. I believe my layout should be consistant across the more modern browsers, but sadly, I don't have a Mac to test and iCapture is down at the moment.

http://cranknet.com

Please be honest. I can take it. Smile

Many thanks. cb

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Awww....c'mon. no feedback at all???

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Well, I think you may have been short on the replies due to your subject line. It needs to mention the word "review" in it somewhere. Otherwise, people have a tendency to meander.

So, I like the shape and position of your site (thin and long, left-weighted. Not that I can really talk, but I feel the logo needs some work. The gear is effective at starting my mind in the right direction but the text lacks punch. Punch seems to be what your site is about and the text should reflect that somehow. I'll suggest a technique that I've suggested before: Dynamic Text Replacement. It lets you upload ANY font to your server and use it to replace any tag (h1. h2, ..., hn). You can see that tutorial in action here:

http://www.alistapart.com/articles/dynatext/

If you have any questions about getting it working, just post and someone should help you out. Nice people are all about. They even managed to salvage my site from the design wreckage.

Andrew

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Looks OK in FF 1.0;
Not too crazy about the red on pink and yellow on yellow.
Since your page is sooooooo long it might be nice to have a link to back to top

Other than that... nice job

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Some feedback. Many thanks! (I'll make sure the subject line is a little more intuitive next time.)

I'll respond tonight to what you, antibland and rmfred, have said. Have to get back to work now Smile

Thx.
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the colors make me want some cotton candy, not my style.
maybe the crank was an acutal picture it would be nicer, or at least wireframe or something! with so much text does it have to be that thin? seems like its really tight.

since ur a web standards company im not even gonna look at ur code. i have faith.

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How your site looks on IE5.2.3/Mac:

edit: tried to attach too big an image. And your site looks good in Safari and Firefox.

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antibland wrote:
Well, I think you may have been short on the replies due to your subject line. It needs to mention the word "review" in it somewhere. Otherwise, people have a tendency to meander.

So, I like the shape and position of your site (thin and long, left-weighted. Not that I can really talk, but I feel the logo needs some work. The gear is effective at starting my mind in the right direction but the text lacks punch. Punch seems to be what your site is about and the text should reflect that somehow. I'll suggest a technique that I've suggested before: Dynamic Text Replacement. It lets you upload ANY font to your server and use it to replace any tag (h1. h2, ..., hn). You can see that tutorial in action here:

http://www.alistapart.com/articles/dynatext/

If you have any questions about getting it working, just post and someone should help you out. Nice people are all about. They even managed to salvage my site from the design wreckage.

Andrew

Hey Andrew

Thanks for the suggestions. I know that Standards wise, I'm quite happy about it.

With the design elements, I knew that I wanted to use the cog. As for other design items, I have honestly been designing based on what I feel at the time. 'Guerilla designing' as I like to put it.

I am usually quite structured with what I design, so this is kind of a departure for me. I thought it would be nice to get feedback though.

As for your suggestion of Dynamic Text Replacement; I am aware of the technique. And it is a good idea. The issue I have with this is that you cannot resize the text (I'm big on the accessibility standards). Hence, that's why the text banner.

But you do make a good point about 'punch'. This site being my own personal site, I like to give my own opinions on whatever I wish. At the same time, I didn't want my design to override my content. Hence, the passive colours and slight suggestions of images. I wanted the content to stand out.

I hope that makes sense. But, I will play around with what you suggested though and see how it looks.

Thanks Andrew.
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rmfred wrote:
Looks OK in FF 1.0;
Not too crazy about the red on pink and yellow on yellow.
Since your page is sooooooo long it might be nice to have a link to back to top

Other than that... nice job

Hey rmfred.

Yes, the colors. Kind of foo foo. But like I just told Andrew, I wanted the content to stand out. The design is just an accent. However, you make an excellent point about the 'back to top' links. The pages were designed to be long and narrow.

It would be nice for people to get back to the top in a convenient fashion, wouldn't it? I will do that.

Thanks for the feedback rmfred.
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redipixel wrote:
the colors make me want some cotton candy, not my style.
maybe the crank was an acutal picture it would be nicer, or at least wireframe or something! with so much text does it have to be that thin? seems like its really tight.

since ur a web standards company im not even gonna look at ur code. i have faith.

Cotton candy? Nice. Smile

Actually, my original inspiration was that of Golden Delicious Apples and Strawberries. I was going to do this whole bowl of apples and strawberries theme. I kind of nixed that whole idea, but kept the colours for the reasons described in my previous posts.

I'm not big on actual pictures of items. I tried it and it's not my thing. I like the icon look. As for the thin and tight look, well I just wanted to be different. What can I say?

Thanks redipixel.
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imladris wrote:
How your site looks on IE5.2.3/Mac:

edit: tried to attach too big an image. And your site looks good in Safari and Firefox.

Hey imladris.

Holy smokes, the background is messed up. It looks like it's picking up my background colour from the html and body selector.

Aside from the toolbar at the top, the layout seems okay. It wasn't as bad as I thought.

I'm not big on using IE Mac hacks, but at least that gives me a good idea on what I could add to the CSS. Perhaps I'll revisit how my background colours are set on the elements that have a grey background.

Thanks for the screenshot!
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Re:

Great work

why did you use an xml prolog and xml stylesheet declarations? The prolog afaik causes IE to switch to quirks mode

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jasondark wrote:
Great work

why did you use an xml prolog and xml stylesheet declarations? The prolog afaik causes IE to switch to quirks mode


Hi jasondark. Thanks for the compliment.

Yeah, I'm painfully aware of IE's quirky behaviour. That's why I'm using content negotiation with PHP.

So, basically if the user agent prefers 'application/xhtml+xml' then you will see the xml prologue and you will get an xhtml 1.1 document. If the user agent prefers 'text/html', then you will see HTML 4.01 Strict.

Open the site up in IE and you'll see what I'm talking about.

Thanks!
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