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    Oh man, another website up for review!

    I originally posted this last week in the lounge, and got no responses, so forgive me for reposting here.

    I've changed my website from the minimalist white background to a neutral gray background (to better suit low-key photographs), and would like to get your opinion on the matter. I've also added buttons on the header, instead of plain text links.

    the site is www.avillez.com and all comments are welcome.

    thanks in advance

    André

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    The buttons are very large. They don't fit across a 1024px display, wrapping and causing vertical scrolling of the navigation frame.

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    I saw what you mean about the buttons wrapping, but I only had that problem with the last button, the "Contact" button. I didn't find the design objectionable. However, it would be nice to have only two frames total, so that when you click on a subject link, the thumbnails and the first image in the group load simultaneously. Otherwise, you're left with the last image viewed in the main frame, even when it doesn't belong to the group selected for the thumbnail frame. I'd also suggest making the entire background light neutral gray, to contrast with the buttons and provide a softer background for your images.

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    Cool, so I'll work on making the buttons a tad smaller (I think they're 90x90 pixels right now). My monitor is 1280x1024, so I did worry about the page not being "small monitor" friendly. If 1024x768 can't handle it, I'll have to fix something. I'm not worried about 800x600 monitors, however. Pages that conform to that end up being too small to be of any use, in my opinion.

    Flying Camera, just to make sure I understand you correctly, you're suggesting a lighter gray background than what I currently have? I'll try it out and see what it looks like.

    thanks,

    André

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    Ok, made the buttons smaller. They seem to have lost sharpness in the downsizing, so I'll probably make new buttons from scratch tomorrow.

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    Actually, I'm suggesting a consistent gray background- everything but the Motorcycle pages show with a white background. But yes, I might go with something a bit lighter than what you currently have.

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    Frames: if done well they're tolerable. In general, though, I hate 'em.

    My display is 1024 x 768. My first problem was that I had to drag a scroll bar down on the left to see all the thumbnails.

    My second problem (the one which sprang the trap door) is that I have to drag a scroll bar down on the right to see an image in its entirety.

    I clicked out of this website after about 3 pictures.

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    I agree with Scott...consistent color throughout would feel a little cleaner. I didn't have any trouble with the buttons, but I had to scroll down to view the images in their entirety. I have a small screen.

    And as someone mentioned, when you change portfolios you still have the last photo up from the previous portfolio. It should probably just load up the first thumbnail. No?

    I've always admired your work, Andre, and it's great to see it all together.

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    Another thing to think about- the vast majority of your portfolio is environmental portraiture/natural light landscape type work. Then you have the motorcycles, which are excellent, but a 90 degree right-hand turn from everything else you have on the site. I don't know if I'd lead off with them, like you are currently doing. I don't know if I'd even keep them on the same website. They feel so very commercial and stylized in comparison to the rest of your work, which is much more organic and free. Perhaps what would be better is to split the site up into categories, such as "Commercial","Portraiture","Travel","Personal Work", etc.
    Then, the motorcycles in the studio wouldn't seem in quite such a contrast to the rest of your work.

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    I'll see if I can find a way to make the first image load when a new series of thumbnails is clicked... This would indeed make much more sense, but just haven't figured out how to do that (I'm not a programmer or web designer...).

    I decided to go with frames because I did not want to go with flash or anything like that (I don't have the software to do it, for starters. I'm not sure how else to include the vast amount of images I have in the documentary portfolios without having to include a software gimmick of some sort. Breaking up the thumbnails into groups, and separating them by pages doesn't make much sense to me (clicking arrows is much more aggravating than simply scrolling down a page, I think).

    And Flying Camera,

    My website was originally all white, to blend with the white background of the scanned prints (since I used filed out carriers). I decided to give it a darker background so that the recent lowkey photographs (motorcycles, mostly) would not drown in all that white. If I make the background gray on the more recent B&W series, I will get a goofy gray/white divide between the scanned images and the webpage.

    I think you are right, though. Breaking up the website into different pages would solve that problem. The B&W could go back to an all white page, while the new low key stuff could have a dark background to stand against.

    And BTW, is it just me or is building websites a pain is the @*%? A necessary evil, but so freakin boring!

    thanks, all

    André

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