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« on: May 09, 2009 09:06:23 PM »

Our website is dreary and not really informational. When I tried to approach the designer about it, he said if I was so smart then I should design the page. Only problem? Not sure how to improve it. I know that it needs to be more exciting, but I'm not sure how to jazz it up without making it look gaudy (I'm a pink & glitter kinda gal most of the time). Tips?

 The site is techshopdurham.com. Would something as simple as pictures be the best way to go? I don't think the site does a good job of actually explaining what we offer or provide, but again, not too sure if that goes on the front page or in a link. All I know is it needs something.

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« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2009 09:34:08 PM »

yea i think you need some pictures.

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« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2009 09:55:27 PM »

Definitely use some photos, and add some more color to the site.  Simple is good, but boring--especially for a craft site--is not.

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« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2009 06:28:28 AM »

I like the gear/logo background, but the ugly white blocks at different height levels makes the site look cheap and a bit diy (in some cases, diy just doesn't cut it!).

I think it would look more organized and even nicer with a level light gray background under the logo part, with a solid logo-blue left sidebar and maybe a dark gear-gray solid right sidebar. Forget the separated blocks - it's just too much to deal with.

I agree a few pictures would brighten up the content. There's never-ending lists of text going on and it's very difficult to focus.

And about the designer "not listening" - as a graphic designer, I'll only meet you half way on that. You said you didn't know what you wanted, and that's what the designer can be hearing. "Make it better" isn't as helpful as it sounds!
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« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2009 10:08:35 PM »

I had a little play with it, and here is my recommendation:

Small version: http://s239.photobucket.com/albums/ff218/mainosouzou/?action=view&current=TechShop_sml.jpg

There is a large resolution image of it here:


Keep in mind this is really rough but it will give you a basic idea of what I thought could be changed.
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