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I've been neurotically making changes to my site and need your opinion again. I've spent hours messing with the colors but am still unsatisfied with the result. Can you give me some input on this? I need your eyes on this one.

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It's classy. Don't mess around with it. Laughing out loud

Well, maybe one thing...the white in the main section is a little bit too bright compared to the darker colors...makes it a bit hard to read.

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It's looking good ,
a couple of points though with the wrapper background you should really declare a color because if images don't load you loose your sidebar links, black text on a black background, generally your meant to declare a background color along with an image.

You have omitted the type attribute on you stylesheet link, although the validator doesn't seem to care.

And just a personal point I'd prefer the title graphic to be slightly larger, it looks a little unbalanced at the moment at that size.

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Generally I like the look-and-feel - as Triumph says, it's classy, although I don't have a problem with the white page background. I'm checking in FF_Mac and Safari_Mac.

I agree with Hugo about the title graphic needing to be larger, but only slightly larger, not a lot!

I don't like the home page title as there are lots of people who code and write; or code and draw; or code and run a business; and who have done so for years Wink

I think the top nav links are a little too small (text size) given how important they are, and I don't like the header with all its special characters - but that's entirely subjective and maybe I'm seeing things differently on a Mac (have you checked?).

All-in-all: it's good Smile

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Oh man - I liked the original site colors - they went with the "Dusty Road" name. You need to think southwest desert - browns and ochres and sage green and blue sky. The colors you are working with now are too monchromatic and cold.

Here is a palette I thought up for my dusty road image. But, hey, its your site.

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Hey,

An orgy of good points, as usual. Not a single VD. Thanks everyone. The biggest points were the missing background color on the wrapper div, the missing type attribute, and the undersized title text.

Roy, I agree, there are many people who do both, code and write, but not as well as I do it. Maybe I was just referring to myself. Where's my competition on the writing side of things? Who can duel me (demonic laughter tainted with semi-truthful flecks)? Still, that part needs to be rewritten. I mean, you're right; my point of these hybrids forming "a new breed" isn't really that original. There are many slobs out there averring proficiency in both skills. Perhaps there are too many losers to call it "a new breed." Usually, the coding is decent and the writing is sh*t. Most people can't write and should sell their ink to impoverished octopi. Then they should eat low-fat muffins and hang themselves.

Dave, The thing about the cold colors is a tough subject. The thing is, I don't intend on sticking with this domain. My ex-girlfriend had purchased it a while ago and never used it. When I felt ready to start a site of my own, I just used the domain. It was free. Now, I'm beginning to hate it. It's too long and contrived (like this post). I'd rather it be my real name, antibland.net or something. That being said, I'm eager to depart from the heavy warmth of the desert and enter something more urban and serious and steel. I don't really feel that warm these days and want to begin reflecting that. I appreciate your palette though.

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It still isn't the essense of 'antibland' to me. Without some strong color contrasts and strong geometries it is, well, a bit bland. Cool-looking, but still bland.

For your background you might consider something like a vertical text logo that has a faint inset (like what I have attached) - it would work with the subtle and cool style you are working toward.

On a different note - you have a fixed height for your logo div which means that if someone (like a visually impaired person) cranks up the font size (providing they are not using IE because you have specified fixed px font sizes) then the logo text can get cut off behind the nav. This flies in the face of the 508 accessibility requirements that you imply you follow by displaying the 508 standards reference at the bottom. A better way would be to do:

#logo { 
  height: auto ; 
  margin: 0; 
  padding: 1.8em 0 1.8em 0; 
  border-bottom: 1px solid #233240; 
  border-top: 3px solid #233240; 
  background: #364C61; 
  color: #fff; 
  font-size: 1.2em; 
  text-align: center; 
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Wow, right when I thought this thread was decomposing. Thanks for the graphic as it will go perfectly with my new domain (antibland.com). All I had to do to fix the #logo section was to add bottom padding. I can't believe I missed that. I hear you on the bland part, too. I may go through yet another redesign when I move to antibland.com. That site might be just for my writing and bulls*hit. Dusty roads will die much faster than my six year relationship did. Thanks again for your time, Dave.

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You could use the logo something like: body#home {background:#1F222C url(http://www.csscreator.com/css-forum/download.php?id=1156) no-repeat fixed right 75%;}

Better still, I would create a column on the right with auto width and no content and then make the logo the background for it and keep it centered in the column. That way it would be equidistant between the right edge of the content area and the right edge of the browser, keeping the vertical position fixed.

Another style that you might consider, although some may feel it is a bit past its prime, is 'grunge'. It can be very effective in that it is very layered and gritty:
http://www.cameronmoll.com/archives/000024.html
http://www.conscience.com/one.html
http://www.alouwebdesign.ca/software/dirty-plates-templates/index.htm
http://www.non-stops.com/

Just a thought - takes a fair bit of photoshop expertise but there are a lot of grunge tutorials and brushes out there.

DE

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