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mbudm says

I suspect it’s the same issue mentioned in this thread: http://activeden.net/forums/thread/smoothimageloader-and-latest-flash-plugin/79833

The MovieClipLoader onLoadInit event just doesn’t fire occasionally.

Best I have come up with so far is to patch it up with an interval hack that I set up onLoadComplete

eugh!

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mbudm says

Hi All,

I haven’t been around here for a while (since 2009) but an old customer has emailed me about an image loading issue, basically every now and then an image just doesn’t load. It’s with an as2 template of mine.

I’m sure it’s not a big deal and I’ll be able to sort it out, but I won’t be able to debug this til mid next week when I get back to my computer with my code and dev environment on it.

So, just thought I’d check to see if anyone else had any legacy code that has suddenly stopped working recently.

Cheers,

Steve

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mbudm says

In one word – I’d say ‘crowded’.

I think a busy packed information site is well suited to the market you are trying to hit, so I don’t think it needs to be in the minimal light massively spaced out archetype, but You could probably go for at least 10px padding on your boxes and maybe 15px – 20px between boxes.

I like to have a hierarchical logic to my spacing – just like headings, so major elements might be 20px aprt, down to 5px between micro elements.

That will also give an overall consistency which I think is also what this design lacks – and leads me to say ‘crowded’.

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mbudm says

Hi there,

I’m also grappling with what works and doesn’t work on TF so by all means feel free to ignore this, but what I immediately thought about was a TF buyer impression….

Use your imagined TF buyer voice,

“Content driven – wahh? So this theme relies on good content? Then what does this theme add?”

;-)

Seriously though – I like it. I often push for simple layouts and letting the message do the work but from the little I’ve read and sussed out around here – simple doesn’t sell.

My theory is that a lot of TF buyer are small web shops that are creating sites for their clients and bells and whistles and heavy feature sets seem to resonate. Also a lot of these clients are small business – so no time or budget for crafting awesome copy.

Sites that are driven by a solid marketing and comms plan (ie a bigger budget and as part of a multifaceted strategy) – are imho well suited to simple implementations. And those sorts of sites/projects/campaigns would more often than not be able to produce their own simple implementation.

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mbudm says

I would advise you to review your typography, font color, size and white spaces :-)

Thanks, been a bit busy but definitely looking into a font change and the vertical spacing/sizing

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mbudm says

I’m new at this too but I’m guessing that you may be in the same boat as me.

I also prefer simple uncluttered layouts and clean UI elements, like plain colored squares for next and previous buttons.

Unfortunately I think that what I call ‘worked’ UI elements seem to be preferred by the buyers on TF. By ‘worked’ I mean lots of detail, edging, shading, embossing – but not in a photoshop filters kind of way, more in a zoom into 1600% and shift those pixels around to create a signature 3D style element that is unique to you.

Personally I think this is a bit of a problem down the line. I imagine that a ThemeForest buyer is probably buying a template for a web design client of their own (that seems to be what a lot of small web design services do nowadays). For these guys, it’s great to have very impressive details when selling the idea of a theme to a potential client, but I see an awful lot of sites around the intertubes that I can see were built from a template and they look awful – mostly because the intensively perfect UI work couldn’t be replicated by the client when they wanted to add in a few customisations.

Now I could be completely wrong about all this, as I said I’m new to TF. But this seems to me to be a good explanation of why a certain type of style sells here on TF. I wish it weren’t the case and buyers (and their clients) preferred templates with good bones/structure and useful features and less flair.

So what I’m trying to do with my approach is – do my usual thing of focussing on the user experience/information architecture and doing one of my usual simple designs. Then when I’m happy with it I’m taking a deep breath and revisiting the design to make it more … envatoesque?

S (oops that was a ramble ay?)

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mbudm says

Bueller?

Thumbs up/Thumbs down responses welcomed ;-)

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mbudm says

Hey everyone,

I recently had a crack at a WP theme, but I reckon i got way to much into developer mode and so neglected design (See thread here).

So I’ve taken a step back and jumped onto a different project – a professional artist site – to freshen up and get my design hat fitting again. I’ll submit this one as a PSD template before I go into WP.

Anyway I’m almost there – just a few more minor page templates to do, so it would be really great to get feedback now, before I submit and while I’m still fairly fresh and flexible about the design.

So far it’s a home page with 2 banner variations, an index page and a detail page. http://themes.mbudm.com/art/

A couple of other admin Q’s:

- would you change all the text to be lorem ipsum/about the template or do you think pseudo realistic copy helps buyers get it more?

- hover states, I’m using the hand cursor, do you think it’s necessary to show all potential hover states or does that just confuse buyers?

Thanks,

Steve

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mbudm says

Probably, yes. But the high-flying authors provide both in their themes, they aren’t mutually exclusive.

Sweet! That means I’m halfway there ;-) Back to photoshop now I think.

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mbudm says

Thanks OE!

I’ve been having a think about it this afternoon and I reckon I have definitely focussed a lot on functionality and probably put design second.

Do you think it’s fair to say that in TF, the emphasis is more on design than functionality?

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