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blabus says

Was rejected as usual, with the accompanying useless comments:

1. This kind of template will be very hard to sell well. 2. Its aesthetic quality is just not good enough. 3. The typography and overall design will required more works to improve. 4. I think this template more suitable to be a site template, please directly convert this into HTML /CSS after improvements.

I don’t code so #4 is irrelevant. But what I don’t understand is, what is the big deal with trying new things? If it doesn’t sell well, then oh well- is one more 10MB file really that much of a burden on Envato’s servers? If so, then if it hasn’t sold at least 20 copies within a month or two, take it down. But to not even give new concepts a chance is a lose-lose proposition for both the author and Envato.

Or am I completely off here and this design really does look like $#%@? :) I’d love opinions.

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fuelthemes says

I think a few improvements will get you accepted. The gradients are too harsh and they are everywhere.

Also try toning down the shadows as well.

Once you fix those, i think it will get accepted.

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MarkBrodhuber Envato team says

Thread moved to item discussion section.

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fenderboy says

Generally, the design looks too block-like and needs a bit more character.

It also needs a bit more space too, perhaps introduce more white into the design and less blue.

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studiosanne says

It is too strong I think.

When you go to the site, you’re overwhelmed with blue blue blue. That’s not what my eye likes.

Try to introduce some more/softer colors. :)

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