Hot or not?

MatthewDawkins.co.uk designOkay folks, here’s your chance to affect the redesign of my business web site!  I’ve been working on a possible design choice for the web site, which is in need of a bit of TLC.  I would really appreciate your comments on this design, so please do let me know what you think of it, positive or negative.

Part of the motivation for doing this was actually one of my own blog posts, where I reported on how so many web sites were not adequately accessible, and my own business web site fell quite solidly into that category.  The current design uses a fixed background to form the outline of the page, and while it looks fairly tasty it does not take well to being resized – scale the text size and everything goes to pot.  The page does actually conform to HTML and CSS standards, but I have to admit it’s not the best implementation ever!

This new design should be completely flexible, both in terms of text size and width – even on a huge screen it should fill the browser window completely and still look good, and by the same token it should squeeze itself happily into a miniature 800×600 desktop too, possibly less.  The two keys to making this happen are 1) CCS, and 2) the use of transparent PNG images.

By using this JavaScript code, IE6 and below can be fixed so that they display PNG files correctly and handle CSS properly, which gives me a lot more scope for design flexibility.  It’s hard to describe in words, but once the page is actually designed you’ll be able to see what I mean.  For a similar technique, check out the Orchard Baptist Church web site and play around with the width of the browser – you should see the white logo move seamlessly in front of the background image, and even the semi-transparent reflections will work properly (even on IE6).  That’s the same principle I shall be using here, moving the design concept away from boxes and giving things more attractive overlaps, shadows and semi-transparency.

Anyway, do let me know what you think of this initial design.  It’s still in its early stages of design, so there is plenty of room for improvement, so if you think something could be done better then do leave a comment.

2 thoughts on “Hot or not?

  1. Generally I prefer the new design to the old one (which felt a bit ‘bloggy’), and it’s good that it’s now resizeable (although it was the fixed height of the old one that bothered me more than than its fixed width), but there are two things that I think could be improved: the menu box looks rather plain (and perhaps a little too bright), and the font size in the footer is tiny (I presume you’ll use relative units to allow the fonts to be resized, but the difference between the size of the body text and footer text seems too great).

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