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pixelentity says

Hi mad_dog,

That’s pretty decent, well done. We have all been there (rejection), but don’t fret. I’ll mention a couple of things which come to mind when I visited your link. These are only my reactions to certain things and may not be even close to a reviewer’s opinion on your design.

1. General Typography. – For me, the letter spacing of your titles are too close, while the line height for your body text also seems a little small. I usually work with a 12px/20px font to line-height ratio. In a few spots, like the date of the news article, the font is very difficult to read and almost looks jumbled, perhaps adjust letter spacing or use a font which is not so narrow here.

2. Menu – Your design is a 1 page template and therefore I personally wouldn’t use a current or selected item highlight on the main nav menu. The reason for this is because after clicking on a menu item and scrolling to the section, the user can scroll to another section and still see a confusing highlight on the main menu for a section which they are not currently viewing. So I would use the highlight for hover state only. Or use javascript to make the highlight change as the user scrolls to different sections.

3. Template type – This might just be me, but it was not apparent for quite a while that this template was a one page template. I scrolled until I met what appeared to be a big white space inserted in error. I guess it appeared this way because the sections weren’t broken very well. For example, main sections and sub-sections don’t have any difference in their heading typography and hence hierarchy / page breaks are not so apparent. Because of this it looked to me that the homepage content stopped, had a large white space, and then continued again after the white space, when in fact it was the about section content which started below the whitespace.

So to fix this I would suggest that you label each section, using the titles from the main nav menu, and make them look more important than sub headings. Also perhaps you could break the background (to reveal the patterned bg) between sections, hence strengthening their separation.

4. Simplicity – This point is probably a bit more about my own design tastes but I thought I would mention it anyway. The template seems to be aiming for a simple / minimal look/ design. But then each section (about, services, collections…) is very bitty. What I mean by this is its full of small areas of text with headings. Sidebars swapping sides, lists here and there. The overall feeling this gives of one of busyness and consequently no section really stands out as memorable or much different than the other. (except the collection one). So if you were going for the clean simple look, I would recommend to simplify the breakdown of content, give each section a unique feeling. Most clients / buyers, who would be in the market for this kind of template, don’t have lots of different text to fill 7-8 separate parts in the services section for example. I think once you have simplified the content, then you will find it easier to control and dish out white space, which is a big part of a minimal theme.

5. Alignment – Last one, I promise. You are the designer, you are trying to get buyers (and the reviewer) to be pleased by the look and feel of your template. Therefore you need to control what they see and make it pleasing. This is easy for you to do because your content is dummy content and doesn’t need to make much sense. For example in your footer, each of the 3 columns is a different length and has a different horizontal rhythm. You should aim to control all of the content as much as is possible, at least for your preview, so that things align with each other, have similar rhythms and control the user’s eye. These are the kind of details which can make a huge difference in first impressions of a template.

Sorry this went on so long. I hope you take all of this with a pinch of salt. The template is nearly there. These are mostly small things, and are linked with my own tastes on things, so if they make no sense to you or you disagree with any of then, then ignore. Perhaps you might find some of the info here useful, if so great.

Best of luck with it. Take your time and it will likely pay off. Donagh.

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pixelentity says

Hey,

Maybe there is something in these that might help you, it sounds kinds similar. (snippet, explaination n demo via js fiddle)

Adding & Subtracting form fields dynamically with Jquery

http://pixelentity.com/freebies/form-jquery-clone-live/

Hiding form fields with CSS & jQuery

http://pixelentity.com/freebies/hide-form-fields-with-css-and-jquery/

Regards,

DOK

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pixelentity says

modern javascript engines are utterly fast and unless you’re coding gmail ui, code level optimizations will have low to zero impact on performances.

what really kill cpu are reflows.

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pixelentity says
chrome developer:
We decided to turn off accelerated canvas and revert to the pre-Chrome 15 implementation until we address these performance issues. The switch will happen with the next stable channel update within a week or so. Apologies for the inconvenience this change caused.
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pixelentity says

We just discovered that latest stable chrome (15.0.874.106) has terrible performances when rendering canvas elements, more details here

http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=102284
http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=102165

the issue seems related to hw acceleration, turning it off should fix the problem.
Thought it was worth to share

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pixelentity says

Hey what’s up Nissims, ;)

Indeed today the option is there. Thanks.

Regards,

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pixelentity says

Bump.

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pixelentity says

Hey Nissim,

A while back we asked about the card to card transfer facility on Payoneer and you said that its free and available for use as long as this option has been enabled by the affiliate, which in this case is Envato.

Since then we have been in touch with Envato about this issue, but they don’t seem to be clear on how to enable this option, because we received a reply saying that it was already enabled but they weren’t sure. However we still do not get any such option under the “tools” menu in our account, where you mentioned it would be.

Can you please explain what Envato needs to do exactly, where this option will be in their account and what we will then see in our account options once this has been successfully enabled.

Thanks. DOK

ps. To others reading, we are interested in this option because it offers a convenient way to split the earnings on a joint account, and so would be useful to many authors here.

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pixelentity says
pezflash said
pixelentity said
Its very difficult to find anything minimal and well designed, with good quality base shirts. I can’t understand why. DOK
Because good designers are quite busy making money with web templates. YOU should know. ;)

:)

Speaking of tshirts, did you get your envato elite tshirt yet?

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