Tried a load of different ways but can’t get borders to fade in. I can make then transform different sizes etc, but colour just happens instantly.
Anyway, seeing as it’s still not ready for market, here’s my plan:
- Change services layout so icons don't make text not line up - Add separate pages for each post/project with unique content to make it feel like a proper site - Add a portfolio page (thinking just a grid of images with popover or something) - Make links fade in new colour - Back to top link?
Running out of ideas and at this rate starting to think this design will never be ready, any critique on my plans etc?
Latest version: http://themes.danwalker.com/premiere-html/
After some playing I submitted a new version, hoping that even if it was declined I’d get some good feedback. My reviewer did provide some useful feedback, namely that I have some whitespace issues (after measuring screenshots in Photoshop, I’ve seen where I’m inconsistent) and secondly that it needs polish.
Something that gives me hope is: “increase in the polish of the various aspects of the theme may just swing the decision in your favor. Right now, it doesn’t feel like a premium theme due to the lack of attention to details.”.
I’m writing a list of where my whitespace is inconsistent. I’m going to remove all spacing from everything, then go through each type of object and get the margins and padding right.
After I’ve done that, I’m going to add polish. I’m thinking things such as; more content, better sub pages (my index file is the best looking, the others don’t have as much attention to detail I admit) and some nice little effects.
Question: One thing I tried to achieve the other day but failed, is fade-in’s.http://themes.danwalker.com/premiere-html/
If you mouseover one of the four thumbnails under recent work (or flickr thumbs in footer) you’ll see the border instantly changes. How can I make that gradually happen over say 0.5 seconds? I tried using some CSS properties such as -webkit-transition but I just couldn’t get it working and it kept happening instantly? Am I on the right track?
I’m hoping little extras like that around the site will give it the polish it needs. Please note the hosted version isn’t the latest version as of Feb 9th 1200 GMT .
Hmm thanks Scott, but I’m unsure of how else to really lay that section out?
It looks a little odd vertically but that’s just how it sits. The top row is centered as it’s just a title and description so it has to stay like that.
As for the second row it does look out of place but I want to use icons there and I can’t think of how to fit them in without throwing off the rest of the alignment.
And fine, I’ll lose the orange dots but I love ‘em
I forgot to say logo is on my list as well haha. I’ll make those chances, except I quite like the orange dotted lines under the link but I’ll try without too – it just makes their clickability more obvious.
I’ve been working away since I last posted and now I’ve made it look like this:http://themes.danwalker.com/premiere-html/
I still have to fix the issue where the separator bar and title don’t line up (they work on the latest version of Chrome for me) – so I’m aware of that.
The above isn’t finished as I’m still working on content and minor tweaks, but feedback in any form is appreciated.
Scott – Thanks that’s helpful and you’ve hit the “spacing issues” I want to address, I’ll have a shuffle later.
Virtuti – thanks for pointing that out, they are meant to be inline, I tested in a few different browsers and didn’t see that problem but I’ll use browsershots and see what the problem is.
Thanks all, I’ll update this when I’ve made changes although I’m currently elbow deep in University coursework.
Thanks Ed, I’ll re-do all the content, make some page templates and maybe toy with some spacing.
Sorry for the rant, I’m going through a rough patch at the moment and design is something I find relaxing and enjoyable, to be told it’s still not good enough is annoying.
I wasn’t aware content mattered so much? Dummy images were just borrowed from Dribbble. I suppose I could alter the content but from the response from the reviewer it seems the entire theme is boring?
I’m not great with fancy graphics, buttons, shapes and frills – but I feel the site needs more of all of these. Should I delete the home page content and start again? Or just modify it all and have another go?
Please note: There’s a few small code errors in the preview version which I corrected before submitting (blockquotes not showing on centered version, label padding not there) – I’ll upload a corrected version later – but is it even worth it lol.
=== Why We’ve Declined Your Submission === 1) Your template does not provide a unique enough design with the necessary design quality, features and options to compete in the marketplace at this time. As higher quality templates become available in the marketplace, approval requirements will increase to maintain appropriate marketplace quality.
2) You might consider improving your design with more unique features and graphics in order for it to stand out among other marketplace items. However, a unique design will be a key factor for approval.
3) You might consider improving your design with more unique graphics in order for it to stand out among other marketplace items.
4) This theme falls under “similar themes” and it doesn’t show any uniqueness to make it stand out.
5) I know it’s frustrating to be rejected citing uniqueness but recently, we’ve gotten a large number of template with the same overall features and presentation and we have to draw the line somewhere.