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06/30/2006 07:32:02 PM · #1
Hey all!
I FINALLY finished my website! Whoohooo! After some hardships and nearly throwing my laptop out the window, I've still managed to retain some of my sanity :P

I've worked VERY hard on it, and went and taught myself Dreamweaver and basic Flash in about a week. Everything is from scratch.

So yeah, basically, this is sort of a project I've taken on to make some money over the summer and stuff. The site is purely business oriented and offers services in photography, traditional art, digital art, and graphic design. It's produced some decent business and I'm hoping for a steady cash flow as we are so broke it's not even funny :P

It would mean a lot to hear some opinions and to make sure everything is working okay. I edited it on a widescreen so I had to go and format it for a regular screen, there might be pages I missed. The fonts also tend to look different sometimes. Any opinions would be awsome! THANKS!

//adobosarts.com
-Anna
06/30/2006 07:35:08 PM · #2
I love the color scheme!!

I would make the stuff on the front page links though--
what I mean is the text that says photographic art, traditional art, etc, isnt clickable..
06/30/2006 07:35:21 PM · #3
Annah...it looks good but there are a couple of things straight up.

I have a repeating front page probably because of my monitor size...but others will have the same too.

Also I immmediately went to click on the words below the image but they are unclickable...it might be an idea to link them later to there appropriate galleries.

The colours are great and you are certianly on your way to something.

Congratulations and keep up the great work.
06/30/2006 07:38:02 PM · #4
I will also add the the site doesnt fit on my browser window, I dont run my browser full screen, I can stretch it fit, but for some reason there is no scrool on the bottom, I have to manually do it. (that make sense?)
06/30/2006 07:38:05 PM · #5
Yes, I thought about the making them links. The way I originally did it makes this kind of a frustrating thing to do, but I will definatly get on that. It's still kind of in a rough stage at this point, so your opinions are really helpful, thank you!
06/30/2006 07:41:13 PM · #6
Very nice Anna. The fonts and the red & black color scheme looks great.

You should consider making the text across the bottom of the main page (Photography Traditional Art, etc) into links.

Good work! Want to redo mine for me? :D

06/30/2006 07:42:35 PM · #7
$50 per final logo? - Sounds like you're underselling yourself. Judging by your artwork, that example logo on your website, and some logo stuff I saw you do here....

Graphic designers are charging up to $50 an HOUR for that kind of work! Have a think about whether you want to charge by project or by the hour for design work. A logo design job can go backwards and forwards to the client for weeks.

Oh, almost forgot - the website looks very clear, effective use of colour, and nice logical navigation. Haven't finished looking at it yet, I'll come back to you if I spot anything.

edit: "Just spotted the $15 per advertisement" page... hey at these rates I might throw a few ad design jobs your direction! :)

Message edited by author 2006-06-30 19:44:31.
06/30/2006 07:42:51 PM · #8
Your site looks great, I sent you a PM.
06/30/2006 07:45:50 PM · #9
I have to say, you are an incredible artist, your Art (both traditional & Digital) is amazing..
You got skills girlfriend!! ;)
06/30/2006 07:49:47 PM · #10
Wow, thank you everyone! :D
I'll make the front page text into links. I'm still working on the pricing things. I really have no idea at this point what to charge. It's hard, because I want to keep it affordable but it needs to be worth my time, especially when school starts. Again, thanks everybody! Means a lot :)
06/30/2006 07:55:52 PM · #11
awesome job! you've inspired me to look into making a page for myself! right on! PS: I love love love your turtle boy candid picture... it's my desktop on my computer :)
06/30/2006 07:57:52 PM · #12
I would reconsider using flash for the left-hand links. This is most usually done with HTML and CSS for the rollover colour, or, if you really want everyone to see the font you have there, images that rollover with Javascript.

Additionally, those of us that use Explorer 6 fully patched (and we are the majority), see the "rubber band" around those flash links that needs to be clicked before we can actually use the link to click through. This is explained here.

I believe you can fix this however using Javascript as explained here.
06/30/2006 08:03:53 PM · #13
Annah - Looks great! You've helped inspire me to get off my rump and finish mine. ;-) A few minor things that other people have already mentioned, but I love the design and ease of use. Nice work!
06/30/2006 08:04:18 PM · #14
Freaking love it!!

Saw a typo on the Web Layouts page at the bottom of the text

Originally posted by yoursite:

Prices start at $15 per abckground design


Might want to fix that.
06/30/2006 08:18:21 PM · #15
Originally posted by annah:

Wow, thank you everyone! :D
I'll make the front page text into links. I'm still working on the pricing things. I really have no idea at this point what to charge. It's hard, because I want to keep it affordable but it needs to be worth my time, especially when school starts. Again, thanks everybody! Means a lot :)


I personally think most of your prices are insanely cheap. This may be okay for now, just to get yourself some more experience and get your name out. But I'd plan on doubling your prices by next year. Especially for the graphic design, and other original artwork.

Lets use the example of making a business logo. You have time meeting with the customer. Time designing a rough idea. Time meeting again, redraw, and over again until they are happy with it. How many hours can you see putting into that? Or, if you spend about 10 hours total on one customer, you just made less than minimum wage. Not to mention Vector art is a pretty profitable medium right now if you're good at it I think. You're probably underselling yourself.

If you're charging higher royalties for large runs of the prints, your pricing model starts to make more sense though.
06/30/2006 08:18:38 PM · #16
Originally posted by Louis:

I would reconsider using flash for the left-hand links. This is most usually done with HTML and CSS for the rollover colour, or, if you really want everyone to see the font you have there, images that rollover with Javascript.

Additionally, those of us that use Explorer 6 fully patched (and we are the majority), see the "rubber band" around those flash links that needs to be clicked before we can actually use the link to click through. This is explained here.

I believe you can fix this however using Javascript as explained here.


I've checked it in FireFox and Opera and have only now checked it with Internet Explorer. Hmm, your right. That's odd :P But thanks for the links! I'll definately get on that as soon as I have some more time.
06/30/2006 08:20:33 PM · #17
Originally posted by shannylee13:

awesome job! you've inspired me to look into making a page for myself! right on! PS: I love love love your turtle boy candid picture... it's my desktop on my computer :)


Wow, thanks! :D And good luck with your page.
06/30/2006 09:22:28 PM · #18
Congrats on a beautiful website! I very much enjoyed it. You are a very talented young lady!
06/30/2006 09:35:07 PM · #19
I was just renewing a domain name over at Network Solutions, and came across this page;

' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/42198/thumb/355837.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/42198/thumb/355837.jpg', '/') + 1) . '

... to give you some idea of the prices that companies charge

edit: url might help (I thought you had to be logged in, but it appears not) //www.networksolutions.com/custom-logo-design/index.jsp

Message edited by author 2006-06-30 21:43:50.
06/30/2006 09:37:38 PM · #20
Very nice, I was amazed to find out how young you are, this is a very mature site. Two things, 1 - the About link off the home page needs to be renamed from About.htm to 1About.htm. 2 - you might consider using a different font type, maybe a verdana and taking it to a 10pt. I kind of felt like you were screaming at me. Other than that you have an amazing talent. Again, very nice.

Message edited by author 2006-06-30 21:39:27.
06/30/2006 09:42:38 PM · #21
As a second thought, please remember everyone on this thread that gave you encouragement and praise when you're making millions as a designer. We will only demand 5%.
06/30/2006 09:50:09 PM · #22
very nice but let's see here....

- Some pages say Untitled Document in the title
- In portfolio title images shows up twice on 1600x1200 resolution
- Menu bar on the left responds only when you click on link twice (I don't mean double click)
- You have some images that take too long to load even on cable. Their size is too large (//adobosarts.com/AdobosArts/Net%20Pics/Photography/People/Resized/3.png)

I like the contact section. Don't call me or email me just send me checks. Gotta fix that on my site.

It seems you almost there. Just few little things needs to be fixed.

Nick
06/30/2006 09:56:54 PM · #23
Originally posted by landcamera:

As a second thought, please remember everyone on this thread that gave you encouragement and praise when you're making millions as a designer. We will only demand 5%.


lol, thanks ;)
06/30/2006 10:12:17 PM · #24
There are a few glitches, as people pointed out above...

Although there are many types of site out there...I'd say your site falls into the category of 'a few layout things could be improved, but the photos speak for themselves' -- I definately enjoyed my visit...you have a bright future in the field if you so desire Anna.
06/30/2006 10:39:06 PM · #25
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Message edited by author 2006-06-30 22:39:38.
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