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rktic says

Hm,

i’m under the impression that unlike common webdesign trends TF follows its own opposite rules – i notice font sizes don’t get bigger but smaller.

The most recent highlight in that direction is this theme over here:

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Well, i like the clean touch – but do you theme developers think that businesses, who have actually something to say and sell would actually do that with 7-10px fonts?

And i know i said it already in another thread about responsiveness and fonts – there’s no chance you can read anything on an iPhone. Nil.

The entire idea about responsiveness is ensuring accessibility on all devices. In that discipline, most themes here would have to do the class again. Plus it happens that some are not even accessible on desktops.

(27” – 2560×1440 px resolution here – i really can’t read the tweet in above theme). Where’s the QA?

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rktic says

Hello Flay,

it has everything in place, the layout is good and clean, the typography sits nicely – i have nothing negative to say. Except i wouldn’t ever remember it.

Atm i’d say it’s the perfect layout for lawyers, given the choice of typography, clarity and imagery. But for creatives? Mhhh. No, sorry.

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rktic says

Imho you don’t need orange borders, the cornered solution is still clear enough.

Hm, striked prices are one simple and very affective way to provoke purchases. Displaying them on product pages only is usually one step too late since lots of users won’t see them.

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rktic says

I like the clean and straight forward approach with a focus on the products without many design distractions. Dig the Zlava badge in the first screen a bit more than the cornered solution in the 2nd image – it works a bit better as highlight and has a more modern touch to it.

The only thing i’m not 100% sure about is the position of the registration link above the logo. Eventhough it sits nicely up there users might suspect these functions in the upper right corner (common practise).

Btw, what do you do you do with reduced, striked prices? There seems to be a little lack of space for this case.

All in all – good first impression!

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rktic says
Oh, and great post rktic – this topic is super relevant; I’m not in full agreement that this needs to be part of the “review standards”... but as we already have a really high bar set for all other design considerations, I suppose this wouldn’t be a terrible idea. It’s a 2 minute fix for most themes, and buyers will benefit from it.

Well, to my understanding a theme that is “fully responsive” is also readable (and hence usuable) on any device. If i’d pay for such a theme and end up with a site impossible to read on an iPhone i may ask myself why it passed the quality assurance.

Don’t get me wrong, i’ve been getting a little bit of insight during the last weeks about your reviewing standards and i know they’re quite high.

Anyway, the outcome might be regarded as hidden fault, with frustrated users and the QA in question. Shouldn’t happen!

PS: might have some stupid questions about your themes or rather framework, Brendon! Be warned :)

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rktic says

There are many solutions and there’s still a battle goin on about which is the best.

Btw, pretty striking HTML template you’ve got there, flashededge! Plus it’s really “fully responsive” :)

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rktic says

Well, for webkit browsers.

But i wonder why the Teamforest quality assurance police doesn’t have it on their radar?

Last not least it’s quite a radical layout change towards mobile devices. Desktop 11px body (bad idea anyway) and preferably 14-16px on mobile devices would need quite some additional tweaks depending on the theme.

Not really a nobrainer hotfix situation.

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rktic says

Dear Themeforest team,

i recently started reading a lot in the forums around here and notice how often themes get rejected for whatever reasons while others make it to the store. Now, there’s something i do not fully understand about your reviewing process.

At least half the themes praised as “fully responsive” lack responsive typography ending up with 10-11px fonts on mobile devices. Shouldn’t your quality control prevent this?

Last not least the entire idea of responsive design is making websites accessible and usuable on all possible devices – and eventhough it’s nice that images, embeds and whatnot are scaling down, what’s the use if i can’t read the text because it doesn’t scale up? That’s quite a factor – text is still the most important content.

Just wondering r

PS: any new info on the advanced filtering system you promised over half a year ago?

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rktic says

Sorry for the delay in reviewing your work – it’s been quite a busy weekend.

Pity to hear about the rejection. Imho the improvements worked well. There are a few image quality problems indeed which could be easily fixed i guess. That’s also demo content you’re working with, right? I think the lack in quality of those placeholder product images drag the entire theme down. Might be a good idea to bypass this by using HQ ones instead.

There’s also an issue with font rendering in Chrome on Windows (bummer as usual). Stupid Google Webfont problem. Guess it’d look much better with a self-hosted on, eventhough the tradeoff with not being able to select one from hundrets is there of course.

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rktic says

You’re probably right. However that’s quite a dangerous way to go. Pop always ate itself and will always eat itself.

And so far i can still spot some exceptions from the mainstream amongst the topsellers. So there’s a chance the truth is somewhere between us ;)

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