Desdenova wrote:Why not something relevant to what the image is supposed to represent, like what narq brought up?
Any suggestion from me is guaranteed to produce the opposite result, trust me on that.
Pietje15 wrote:Better then all different kinds of images and stuff....
And yet that is what you already have, a random assortment of completely unrelated images that match in no way at all nor visually represent the content they link to.
Mr. Bond wrote:I really don't see a point in the images at the top. Sure, they are nice works of art (kudos to Vlad) but what purpose do they serve since all of their links are accessible via the menu bar? Not only that, the images generally have nothing to do with the links that they are associated with.
Does anyone else hear an echo?
Marshalrusty wrote:Desdenova and anyone else: if you are capable and willing to help with design aspects of the site, I welcome your assistance. Contact me via PM or any of the methods listed in my profile and we can discuss further.
Isn't that what we were doing by providing honest feedback from real users (us)? We listed several key flaws with the new design including oversized images that displaced actual text content you wanted visitors to see, images that have no visual clue to the content they represent or each other, image maps that create duplicate navigation menu paths and clutter up the UI for no good reason. All these issues negatively impact usability and first impressions with respect to visual appeal.
Tip #1: You need to be ruthless when it comes to what gets included on any given page, being "cool" or "liking it" are not good enough reasons to throw something up there.
Tip #2: Understand color theory and how to apply it to web design. Pick a minimal palette of colors (I typically use 3-5) as part of your design and use them consistently throughout your pages to create a cohesive experience from page to page. Using too many colors creates the Vegas Strip effect that is jarring to the senses and visually tiring. Take a look at how many individual colors can be extracted from your new home page, from both the images and text, there is so much going on color wise the eye doesn't know where to go first. It is just way too distracting.