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Phil C
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I think this is a lot better than the previous one.
Keep up the work Smile
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Much better! I don't have to scroll and can quickly get to what I want to look at. I miss the black background a bit. The white is rather stark but it's not a big issue. Much simpler / better.

Jamie - Do you like it?
Dave V
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The orange rectangles on the "rollover" buttons is a bit distracting. Did you mean to do it that way, or did you forget to make the background transparent?
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Thanx for the help everyone!

The question now is:

Blue Spade, or

Red Diamond?

On the first page I have a blue spade above the 'i' and on the About page I have a rough diamond...

Any thoughts?

jdg
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I prefer the diamond. Also, I notice that your mouseovers on your buttons aren't precached, check out this link to preload the images and eliminate the little wait it takes for the button backgrounds to appear.

http://www.pageresource.com/jscript/jpreload.htm
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That's a good tip, thanx!

I also changed the spade to white for better visibility for now...

Anyone else? Spade or diamond? I just think the diamond might be a bit too much like a candle...

Or maybe the whole thing's a bad idea, lol.

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Will you throw a card at my face if I say I think some of the colour choices at jarring? Smile

For instance, on this page:

http://www.jamiedgrant.com/Services.html

You have 3 different colours of text, white, orange, and black. The white isn't so much an issue, as it's the title. However, I'd probably reconsider the orange on white text. I know you want it to stand out, but to my eye it's almost harder to read. Alternatively, I've get rid of the white background all together and choose a colour that contrasted less with your black background.

It's your text that you want to jump out at the reader, but currently the first thing I notice is the large white box in the mostly black page burning a whole in my brain.

I should say that I *do* like the overall colour scheme, though. It's just the white boxes that I think could be improved upon.
-Larry
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Jamie, I like the clean look of your web page, very user friendly. This makes it easy to read and to navigate.

The testimonial by Andrea Nelson-Lee is golden, keep that one where it is at the top! The testimonials by Shannon Huish and Adrienne are also good. With these three you really don’t need any more.

Below are a few layout tips that I picked up years ago that may be worth considering.

Photos: The photo on the home page and the about page are not as engaging as they could be because you are looking at your hands. Consider replacing these with photos where you are looking directly at the camera with a warm smile. When you look into the camera, you're engaging the viewer by making eye contact with them, which makes for a much more powerful impression.

The performance photos of the smiling spectators are great! As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words and these speak volume.

Layout: Pay attention to how your eye moves around the page. A good layout will not direct the eye off of the side of the page. When looking at a photo, the eye will move in the direction that the subject is facing. So when selecting and placing a photo on the page try to arrange it so that the subject of the photo is facing in towards the middle of the page and not off to the side. i.e. photos on the left side of the page should face to the right and photos on the right side of the page should be facing left. Flip through any magazine and you’ll notice that most of the photos are arrange this way.

Red: Red is a powerful color and will draw the most attention. The use of the red diamond helps to liven up the page. An alternative use for the red diamond would be to using it as bullet point next to your text so as to attract the viewer’s attention to your selling points. Play around and see what works best for you.

That’s about all I could think of, hope this may be of some benefit to you. Good luck with you career and do your best!

Cheers
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On 2006-10-03 21:43, Trestkon wrote:
Will you throw a card at my face if I say I think some of the colour choices at jarring? Smile

For instance, on this page:

http://www.jamiedgrant.com/Services.html

You have 3 different colours of text, white, orange, and black. The white isn't so much an issue, as it's the title. However, I'd probably reconsider the orange on white text. I know you want it to stand out, but to my eye it's almost harder to read. Alternatively, I've get rid of the white background all together and choose a colour that contrasted less with your black background.

It's your text that you want to jump out at the reader, but currently the first thing I notice is the large white box in the mostly black page burning a whole in my brain.

I should say that I *do* like the overall colour scheme, though. It's just the white boxes that I think could be improved upon.


Valid point. As an alternative, how about dropping the white background on this page and cutting the text down to just the core bullet points and a simple line below that reads "all customized to your needs". Orange on black this way would probably look okay.
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It looks great. It's simple and clean. Good job!

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Hey Chris-maybe you can send me one of your illusions for Magic Friday Smile...

Everyone, I just want to say a word of 'Thanx' to all who have given their time and advice on this whole frustrating escapade. I think, fingers crossed, that I'm now happy with how it all looks and feels.

Yours,

jamie
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Trestkon
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Much better! I like the shade of red your used for the diamond, and everything looks much better without those white backgrounds Smile
-Larry
Edith
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Yeah I like it, too.
The first thing on the first page that I did was to click on the pictures but nothing happend. Maybe you want to change that.

Edith
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Okay,

More changes have been made!

New opinions?

Thanx for your time!

jamie
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Jamie D. Grant
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Well, more than a few changes have been made since October...Any thoughts on the current version?

Thanks for your time,

jamie

http://www.jamiedgrant.com
TRICK OF THE YEAR: Industrial Revelation, BOOK OF THE YEAR: The Approach, The AIP Bottle, and my new book Scenic 52, can all be found over here: SendWonder.com
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