I just took a look at the template. I did notice a couple minor things and that may be due to the browser (Firefox 7.0.1).
The rotating scroller at the top has some alignment issues between the image shown and the container.
The drop down navigation could use some improvement. Couple items there. The titles aren’t centered in the cells they appear to be floating up a bit. Also you have a black flat background and when you scroll-over it goes green, with drop shadow text and the green is a gradient. just IMO I ’d have left the background flat, go with the green and drop the drop shadow. It’s a bit jarring.
I really think those are all I see.
Nice to see the market being supported. Have all the files been selected?
I just really want the marketplace to be consistent on what they approve and don’t approve. I hate the need to have to prove that a file fits the marketplace.
With the large influx of bulk files from some authors recently the market appears to be supporting stock images.
I a bit confused as to how this marketplace selects some files to include and what not to include. I could fill a post with tons of link to files that appear to be stock oriented and not really have a value for use in creating other projects for clients.
I recently had a file rejected which has no different from any other files of its type. And I was told that it was stock imagery.
I’ve had to send links to reviewers to get items accepted by showing that what I have is the same as other items approved. With no changes they then get excepted which takes forever to get items on the marketplace.
I’m one who voted for a separate vector marketplace. Can someone explain how items (like tattoos or holiday items) aren’t stock images.
I’m very disappointed by the inconsistent message that the marketplace seems to be sending and how reviewers seem to have very different ideas on what the marketplace is or is not.
I think we need clarification.
I raised the same question a few months back. We really do need an authors only area so potential customers don’t see complaints and issues raised by authors it lowers a buyers opinion.
Not sure what you guys consider spec work, but at my last job (3 months ago) we would create spec work all the time for new business pitches and quarterly advertising plans for our clients (over 500 automotive dealerships).
It never hurt out business, it helped the company keep the clients that they had and when we did pitches we would always have the best creative out of the other competition.Spec work is king when it comes to running a successful advertising business.
My last company we did spec work as well in order to sell the concepts to client leads. We increased sales well over 1 million doing it. We never left specs with clients.
The key is the purpose for spec. is it because a client asks for it? Or are you using it to increase business?
1. If a client asks for spec work, that’s fine if there is payment and documentation showing whom owns the work, limitations and the like.
2. Client who wants spec to see if they will give you the work and you’ve never worked with them before… Forget it.
3. Spec work to gain new business… Absolutely
I trust the reviewers and the support system. I submitted a item to the marketplaces and it was rejected on what I felt was personal opinion not quality or over abundance of similar items.
The reviewer pointed to several examples of what changes they felt I should make. I reviewed recent excepted items and re-posted the exact same files (WITH NO CHANGES ) and in the comments field I pointed to other files which used a similar flat style that were excepted to the marketplace and the item was approved.
I do believe that there is a bit of confusion in this marketplace that you don’t find in others. Items uploaded initially focused on designer-to-designer/developer thus had to have a purpose behind being excepted. Over time the marketplace has grown to a mixture of static images similar to other stock markets and the design-to variety. I believe depending on which reviewer you get depends on if a file makes the marketplace or not as I also believe that the reviewers no longer have a clear definition of this marketplace.
I’m a proponent of separating out static vector and other stock image type elements into their own marketplace and returning this one to a pure design-to marketplace IMO .
I found an old comic strip I created 13 years ago and have been posting them on DeviantArt with the idea of bringing back the original characters in all new adventures.
Same username there that I use here.