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Hi there,

I’m not familiar with moodle, but I do think I can give you some tips on the design.

First of all, since you’re asking for help and opinions, then I presume you are ready for your design to be criticized. If not, then that’s the one thing you need to work on the most. I can say, from personal experience as well, you are going to get rejected. A lot! That shouldn’t bring you down though, but you should use it as an inspiration to force yourself to get better and try again.

So, to be honest, the design isn’t good, at all. There are just too many issues to begin with, but let me go through just some of them, so you could at least get an idea on what to focus for your next submission attempt.

I’ll be listing all the things that bother me while looking at the design from top to bottom and I’ll leave the creative parts up to you.

The header

- The logo isn’t centered and although logos aren’t that important, they do contribute to the overall aesthetics, so perhaps try to make a better one?

- The header is way too small in height

- The colors are quite boring, perhaps stick to a palette like Google’s material design: https://www.google.com/design/spec/style/color.html or maybe flat colors: https://flatuicolors.com

- The search box is ok, but still quite boring

- The dropdown menu is outdated, maybe focus on the color combinations and avoid using too much shadows

- The login button is not correctly aligned vertically

The hero / slider

- Just a background image (not a good one as well) is really boring, maybe take a look at some of the sliders or background plugins sold on codecanyon.net?

- The components inside the hero are really disproportionate to one another, I’d just trash it all-together

The content

- Typography really needs a lot of work (I emphasize on A LOT), here’s an article series that has really helped me: http://webdesign.tutsplus.com/articles/the-anatomy-of-web-typography--webdesign-10533 I know it’s really huge, but if you do indeed sit down, read and digest all of it, you will look at all that you do a whole new way, it’s worth your time, I promise

- Again, work on your colors, don’t make too big contrasts, it drives visitors away and looks unprofessional, strive to subtler nuances

- You have too much text, emphasize on info-graphics and other elements

- Leave lots and lots of empty space between elements

- Keep everything flowing vertically as people like to scroll down while they read, no one likes too wide content, especially on mobile devices

- Look for better backgrounds, images and graphics, here’s a really good source for free stock photos: http://splitshire.com

- Make sure your images are resized correctly – that is, they keep their original aspect ratio

- Invest in big bold call-to-action buttons and avoid simple links, the bigger the focus should be on a certain element, the bigger the element should ideally be (again with lots of space around it)

The footer

- The footer looks ok, it has a corporate feel to it, but it is really boring. Try browsing some of the new themes here on the marketplace or even research the internet for fresh and creative ideas

- Again, colors :)

- I’d make the social icons smaller and leave like 5 more pixels between them

- The copyright text on the left isn’t aligned correctly.

Conclusion

Ok, I know it’s been said over and over again it gets a bit repetitive and without meaning, but it remains the best advice: constantly browse and research other themes and products for inspiration.

And here’s a little advice I found works for me personally, try to master web development as much as you can, once there you can start drawing your inspiration for products not intended for web, like magazines, posters etc. That’s really helpful, because as you know web has certain rules and not everything you can image in photoshop is actually possible in the browser, but this is exactly why such products look so good and creative, because they have the benefit of not being constricted to certain bounds enforced by web. So, draw your inspiration from there and try to implement a “web-compatible” version, I promise you it will look really good and really creative / unique.

I hope I was helpful, cya!

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Hello everybody!

Recently I’ve finished a personal portfolio WordPress theme: http://celice-wp.tonybogdanov.com and submitted it to the Creative / Portfolio category.

It got rejected, so I redesigned most of it, added a bunch of new sections and features and a second version – corporate portfolio, but it got hard rejected again.

Two of the things I’m considering for my next attempt are to add an app showcase version and to maybe try a different category as Creative / Portfolio is so extremely over-saturated.

Could you take a look and give me your honest opinion and perhaps some ideas on how to improve the current state of the design?

Thank you very much!

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Yey, just got my 1000th sale and also finished my first WordPress theme, so fingers crossed!

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Hm..

Now that I think of it, it might have been a forum post about the first author ever to have items on all marketplaces, not a badge.

Still.. don’t you think it’s a nice idea anyway?

:)

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Well, the title says it all. I remember until recently there was such a badge, but I can’t seem to find it anymore.

Has it been removed during the badges redesign?

Thanks!

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Is it just me or Envato servers are having a bad time right now?

Everything is really slow.. Even the FTP service is constantly disconnecting.

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Hello everyone!

I’ve recently finished an exciting new jQuery plugin I’ve been working on. It’s a lightweight little script, that allows you to create various types of background effects like a solid color, properly centered full screen image, video, iframe, google maps etc. It also supports parallax effects, mobile devices and any background can consist of unlimited number of layers of different types!

I haven’t really searched a lot for other plugins which could do this, but if you know any please share them, so I can use them for inspiration.

I’ve called it MultiBackground and it’s available for free in here: [link removed]

You can use it as you like, it’s totally free! You can include it in any projects you sell on the marketplaces. Just don’t try to sell it on it’s own :)

I’ve also prepared a nice little github repo for anyone who’d like to collaborate.

P.S. I hope you find it useful and I’d very much like to hear your thoughts!

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The balkans are pretty old area so quakes are nothing like in Japan :)

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Did you feel this: http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=379935 ?

I’m in Varna, Bulgaria about 200-250 km from the epicenter, there weren’t any noise, just a noticeable swinging for about 15 seconds. No damage, nothing fell or broke, but the water in my aquarium would almost splash a little out of it :)

I felt quakes like this before, but never actually “felt” them, more like, noticed lamps swinging etc. This time the whole building was swinging (I’m on the 8th floor) and it was kind of cool and scary at the same time.

Now I know why I felt (and still feel) dizzy the last couple of days :(

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Thank you very much for sharing, guys :)

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