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http://www.freewebs.com/darcyafarris/I'm working on this a little at a time adding content and styling it as I go. For those experienced professional designers, how is the coding? I know it is not fully to standard, but it is good & clean as it ought to be? For everyone, is the design good as far as aesthetics and composition? I went for simple, but effective. Have I accomplished that? What might it lack?All critique is welcome.Kind Regardsps - I'm considering adding either a beige or dark khaki background color to the pulldown menus to add more color. Thoughts?
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* Err... perhaps spice it up a bit more than what it is like currently - it just feels "blank" at the moment (more content on the home page might also help). Some more graphic elements, perhaps. Also a whole-page border might work.* Make the drop-down menus have cursor:pointer, at the moment I didn't know they were links until I read your post carefully. Remember, people most associate the colour blue with links.* As aforementioned, more information upfront (on the home page). Who you are, what you do in more detail, case studies, images, news, vision statements, anything to hold the visitor's attention.* Make your resume and samples in HTML format (with PDF still as an option), PDFs take longer to load.

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Gotcha. I'm sort of at a stand-still right now. Not sure what direction to take with it as far as design/graphics go.What do you think of adding the beige or dark khaki to the menus as background color?Should I add a blog directly to the page or make it separate?Use photo's as graphics, develop my own graphics, or use a hybrid?This has always been one of my biggest problems every time I've tried to design a page: indecision.

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What do you think of adding the beige or dark khaki to the menus as background color?
Why not? As long as it still fits in with the page in general.
Should I add a blog directly to the page or make it separate?
Depends in what the blog contains. If it is a personal blog, no, but if it contains things relevant to your website then that should be alright.
Use photo's as graphics, develop my own graphics, or use a hybrid?
Use both - perhaps photos of your work, and graphics of CADD... based on what you do exactly I suppose.
This has always been one of my biggest problems every time I've tried to design a page: indecision.
Well, if you have an idea, try it! Just save a backup copy so that if you severely mess up your pages, you can revert back and try something else.
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Found a few examples of the type of business I'm involved in, except these are more "businessy" whereas I'm just independent. I like the first one and I had actually thought of doing something like this (dark blue with glowing white linework) prior to finding this page. Guess I'll do something different. I have an idea if I can pull it off with the help of the GIMP. Over the next week I shall work on it and I shall give an update when I've got it. :)http://cadspecialist.com/http://www.cadd-connection.com/http://www.vtcdesign.com/index.shtml

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OK I have updated to a new concept. Please have a look and tell me about it. I'm having a hard time understanding the float and clear properties. I want my content and right sidebar to stay in between the header and footer, but the way I have it right now isn't right. HELP!

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Probably need to add a clear:float; just before the footer.Now I too am a CAD Designer turn web designer and I am not sure if your layout is going to work to well unless I am missing something. First, you have a list on the left that looks like one column and a column to the right and whole bunch of white space in the middle. I think it would help out a whole lot if you fill it in with some generic contents so you (and we) can get a better look and feel visually.As for the top menu, I know you worked hard on that based on another post that I read but it really doesn't fit well for this layout. Now what happens if I click on 'Samples' and then 'Portfolio' thereafter? Both drop-downs will appear and will not disappear until a link is click. What if the user does not want to click on any of those sub-links? With the drop-down staying fixed, it will hide any content under them. IMHO, I would ditch it. If you set on using it, then at the very least change the font and coloring to match your site's theme.That's my tw-bits worth! :)

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I re-structured the code some so the footer will move as more content is added. I changed the header background. Is the blue to dark for the black logo? I know it looks different on different monitors. I might try a royal blue or another shade that isn't as dark. Not sure as black on blue may not look so good no matter the shade of blue.I'm considering changing the menu as suggested, however, the color and font does match the rest of the site doesn't it?

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I changed the header background. Is the blue to dark for the black logo?
Yes. You might try an off-white color just like the background menu color for your logo.
I know it looks different on different monitors. I might try a royal blue or another shade that isn't as dark. Not sure as black on blue may not look so good no matter the shade of blue.
Agreed. Might try a light soft blue?.
I'm considering changing the menu as suggested, however, the color and font does match the rest of the site doesn't it?
Use a hover drop-down menu. As for the font, somethings not quite right with the font for the menu. Maybe it's because the root link (Resume, Samples, Portfolio) font is bold?
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Having the links in the banner just plain looks weird. I think the banner would look more professional with them under the banner.The logo looks great! Don't change it. :) I highly recommend moving all your CSS from inline, to imbeded in the <head> section of your page, though an external style sheet would be even better.Your unordered list on the left could stand to have more space between it's top and the bottom of the banner.You could add some --- ⇓ (just copy and paste) ⇓Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum. ----- text to the page to help visualize the way you want your home page content layed out.My monitor is set for 1024 X 768 resolution. Your page is all on the left side of my viewport. I think it would look nicer if it was centered. You can do that with CSS and equal left and right percentage margins applied to the <body> element. Sorry about Ron Paul! :)

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