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nfr says

Hello, sorry for posting yet another rejection thread, I just got my new template rejected (second time) and I’m a bit confused not knowing where to improve.

The link: http://nfr.ro/demos/clearity/

The reasons:
Additional improvements in typography, overall graphics and overall aesthetics

I know I’m only using this font stack for typography: “Gill Sans”,Calibri,”Trebuchet MS”,sans-serif, but I like it, could that be a problem?

As for what “overall graphics” and “overall aesthetics” mean, I really haven’t got a clue. So any kind of suggestion is welcome and apreciated.

Thank you.

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ATLChris says

I am not really a big fan of the grey content box on the grey background. That content box would be a great opportunity to add some color. On the headers, the black text-shadow looks weird. I would suggest you play around the the coloring in the shadows. Also, what is the significant of the 2 different (you can hover-over the arrow and the words) hover effects on the “Free Quote” button? I would suggest making the button one click-able entity. On the portolio, I am not a hige fan of the big blue border around the images. I also found the transparency of the navigation drop downs made the sub nav items hard to read.

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luckykind says

Don’t ever be sorry for posting a help thread… you need help… this is the place to ask…. if someone has a hair across their behind because of it… they probably kick kittens too… ;)

That said… I really don’t like the text-shadow on titles…. just doesn’t seem to render nicely…

And the titles seem to be bulkier/wide and don’t match up well with the narrow regular text… IMO

hope that helps… :)

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nfr says

Thanks a lot for the input, now let’s see what I can come up with.

Chris the “Free Quote” button had a bug, I missed placed a :hover pseudo class and forgot to upload the file after fixing it.

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nfr says

I made some changes:

1. Changed the color of the shadow on headings, should be ‘softer’ now, it’s ok now? I like it, but everyone else seem to hate it.

2. I removed the transparency of the drop down *thanks chris

3. Changed the portfolio a bit. Should I let the “expand” button as it is or should I make it a simple link?

4. Is the grey background on the slider really that bad? I always thought a template should be as simple as posible, so that the client can put there whatever he wants.”

Cheers.

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ATLChris says

I still don’t think the shadows work. They just look off. I would add some sort of effect around the the images on the grey background. Also, I am not a huge fan of the drop downs. They grey divider looks weird, and the need more padding and width. Also, I would turn down the gradient on the “Free Quote” button.

You have made progress, but you are not quite there yet.

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nfr says

Ok, I gave up, I just removed the shadow on the headings. I also changed the navigation (I think is better now ) and followed Chris’s advice and turned down the gradiant on the top right button.

I have only one more IE6 bug, the first time I hover the “about” menu it shows all the drop downs, not just the first level. It’s really wierd.

Think it could be ready? http://nfr.ro/demos/clearity/

Thanks.

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ATLChris says

Definatly making progress, but I think it needs a bit more work. I can’t quite put my finger on it. I would keep working on it before you submit it again.

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VisualSharing says

Hi, nfr, the color palette seems a little too timid and a little strange to me, maybe use some more emphasizing colors for the most important parts, combining dark grey with dark blue is not very nice choice too. The same for the buttons hover – I don’t like the grey text.

And – I think it’s vital to keep the navigation bar noticeable enough. :) I always recommend keeping a lot attention to the visual hierarchy. Just my 2 cents, good luck.

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