Question

Advice on website

Hey everyone my name is Ryan!

While in the process of studying graphic design in university i felt it was appropriate to make a website. So that's what i have done, however there are a couple problems.
i want the homepage to stand out, look impressive and professional.
However i am not too sure it pulls off the look i want, any opinions? How could i improve?

Thank you!

****//thestartforart.com/

Link removed by moderator.

Post was last edited on November 15, 2015 2:57 AM PST

Discussion is locked
Follow
Reply to: Advice on website
PLEASE NOTE: Do not post advertisements, offensive materials, profanity, or personal attacks. Please remember to be considerate of other members. If you are new to the CNET Forums, please read our CNET Forums FAQ. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Reporting: Advice on website
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Comments
- Collapse -
Answer
Re: website

Commonly, laymen ask a professional designer for advice. Now it seems the other way around.

I had a look at page, and didn't like it. If you don't learn how to design an impressive and professionally looking site, and test the user experience, it seems a rather bad study you're doing.

Kees

- Collapse -
Re: website

Its just a quick draft i have made, it is far from finished.
+There is no need to be rude about it, i was asking for an external opinion about the home page, not to be told my studies are bad.

- Collapse -
Answer
I agree with Kees and add this.
- Collapse -
Answer
remember, you asked for opinions

the site does not show any type of graphic ability. - and that is what you are wanting to sell.

You have too much information on the home page, IMO, the home page should be just what fits on a screen. You need to limit the scrolling.

The home page look amateurish. You need to place the page inside of borders instead of using the visitors screens as borders. People use different size screens and you really want the look to stay the same no matter the screen size, browser, or resolution. If you want some ideas, do a search for wordpress templates. Take a look as to how they arrange things on a page.

most of your graphics is oversized - especially the banners. some are under sized to the point you cannot read what it says or is blurred. - one example is your 5 reasons to chose... Remember, text in graphic is easier for you to read because you already know what it says.

your drop down menu should show the whole link title. for example, under more it says Illustration pac... Why should I click on it if I dont know where it is taking me???

overall the site needs a lot of work.

- Collapse -
Answer
I think something you can do

to improve your website quite a bit is to use a CSS framework like Foundation or Bootstrap. They are generally used to make websites responsive, so they look good on desktops, tablets and mobile phones, however, a framework like this also provides very nice building blocks to create layouts. What your page needs is some kind of layout so you can center your information, build columns and rows, include some imagery, and different font styles.

Take a look at these examples here.

Hope this helps!

~Sovereign

CNET Forums