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themeenergy says

Hi guys,

I have started my new booking template and would really appreciate your feedback. My intention is to get it coded and submit it to Site templates category and maybe even as a WP theme. Just for the curiosity’s sake, I have submitted it to PSD category first and got hard rejected with the following reasons:

Unfortunately your submission Book Your Travel – Online Booking Template isn’t quite ready for ThemeForest.

Additionally, we have some extra feedback for you:

Your template has a good start but, as we have high standards, you will need to make some additional improvements in overall aesthetics and aspects such as graphics, layout, colors, etc.

Overall template typography needs additional refinements and improvements before it will be ready for ThemeForest.

Further, PSD template category required template with higher quality in terms of design and aesthetically. It has to be pixel perfect, details, professional, unique, eye pleasing and balance.

The content area is pretty generic and plain, and it will need more imaginations.

I am concerned that it might not be accepted as a html template as well, so I would like to ask you if you can help me improve the design.

Links: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/43393486/01_home.jpg

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/43393486/02_search_results_grid.jpg

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/43393486/02_search_results_list.jpg

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/43393486/03.1_hotel_details_availability_and_rooms.jpg

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/43393486/03.2_hotel_details_description.jpg

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/43393486/03.3_hotel_details_facilities.jpg

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/43393486/03.4_hotel_details_location.jpg

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/43393486/03.5_hotel_details_reviews.jpg

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/43393486/03.6_hotel_details_things_to_do.jpg

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/43393486/04.1_booking_step1.jpg

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/43393486/04.2_booking_step2.jpg

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/43393486/04.3_booking_step3.jpg

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/43393486/05_contact_page.jpg

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/43393486/06_get_inspired.png.jpg

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/43393486/06_get_inspired_results.jpg

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/43393486/07_error.jpg

Thank you very much.

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themeenergy says

Stupid me didn’t notice that it is actually a soft reject. :) That is comforting. However, I would really appreciate your opinions.

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themeenergy says

I cannot get through soft rejection and I am getting stuck with this theme. I really need all the help I can get. Typography is my weakness and is one of the main issues that causes rejection. Can anyone please help me out?

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themeenergy says

anyone?

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Little-Neko says

Hi, What is the reviewer message?

The menu is quite strange and unclear with that double buttons line. Maybe the headings typeface is a little too bold? Beside that, i dont see major obvious issues there. Good luck.

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themeenergy says

Thank you, Little-Neko. I really appreciate your opinion. I definitely need to work on menu and headings.

The reviewer said:

You still need to work on the typography. How to make a info rich template looks clean and tidy, thats your challenge.

The main menu looks week and failed to draw attention, you may consider to use bold text. Good read – webdesign.tutsplus.com/articles/design-theory/understanding-visual-hierarchy-in-web-design/

font size, opacity, line-heights, color, placements, and the elements/font around it, all make a different.

Anything else I should change? Thanks.

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Blunny says

I think your template looks very pretty and clean. I actually like pretty much everything about it, but…

...it is very safe. Travel booking is a cut throat business and the keyword prices for those are amongst the highest, so you have to make an impression right away. I think your layout is very clear and stylish, and I very much like that, but I agree that the main menu needs to be a bit bolder. IMHO, that will be your biggest challenge: how to make it bold and catch the eye and make the customer feel like they’re getting a good deal on that website for their travel, but not make it look cheap or out of place compared to the rest of the layout.

I can see what’s lacking, but unfortunately I really can’t say how it could be improved. Sorry! :-)

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themeenergy says

Thank you, Blunny! These are valid and very useful points. You gave me quite a lot to think about.

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Blunny says

I think there’s two distinct routes you could take: either stick with that font and the rounded backgrounds in some of the places and add color, or you could change the font to a serif font, add some opacity elements and switch the turquoise to something slightly darker like purple. So cheap getaways or luxury travel :-) Or make both. When you have a specific case in mind, it should be easier to design something without the danger of becoming too generic.

Best of luck! I think that’s a great start.

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themeenergy says

Hi guys,

I just wanted to say thanks A LOT for your help! I got my theme approved. :)

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