As you can see, I'm in the VERY early stages, but what are your opinions on what I have so far? Is there anything else I can do to improve it?
Then I have a couple of stumbling blocks. Firstly, I am thinking of putting a background image, perhaps a fixed one in there somewhere but I'm really struggling for ideas on this one? Does it really need one or would getting it right make a vast improvement?
Then there's the navigation system. Now, you see on the left of the header image where the image dips a little? I wanted to integrate the navigation with that, but I'm yet to come up with anything that looks half decent. Does anyone know of any good examples which might help me along the way?
Anyway, that's all for now. Some honest opinions on my design so far would be greatly appreciated,
Thanks a lot mate, glad you like my initial design. I'll have to draw up some ideas again for the navigation, some of my earlier plans weren't too impressive so I didn't bother saving them.
One idea I had was to use the pattern of small squares that I have running down the far right of the screen for the background, with either image or text links with some kind of rollover effect.
Another idea I had was to (Apologies for my botched terminoligy, the technical phrase evades me) have a rollover effect designated elsewhere if you understand what I mean, e.g you rollover image 1 and image 2 further up the page changes.
One effect I though was very impressive was at http://www.lohnetwork.com/, where the lantern lights up when hovering over a link. This however wouldn't really work with my site.
Hehe, you liked that eh? While I'm not exactly a Thatcherite, I do have a lot of respect for her....obviously not enough to stop me from taking the p!ss out of her genitalia, but none the less, respect.
(please be patient if the page loads slow because it is on a free server. I hope by looking at the layout you'll understand what I was talking about. It wouldn't look tacky. If you want to make the layout into reality, let me know and I'll do everything for you including the football etc. I will also add in a few more colours. If you want to use the concept and do it yourself, by all means go ahead. I don't charge for concept. )
That looks really nice. I think the curvy lines at the top look quality. The problem with the rest of the idea, although admitedly looks brilliant, is that it doesn't allow for the amount of space I am going to require on the site. A great deal of that space down the centre needs to be taken up by the main content, and putting that ball in there would take up some of that much important room.
Those curves at the top have certainly given me some food for though, and have just about solves my background problem. Thanks for all your help.
If you use photoshop, look for the path tools. If you don't like paths, you can also make a new layer, paint it roughly, adjust the levels to two distinct colours, select the layer, smooth the selection and fill it on a new layer.
If you're not using photoshop there would probably be something similar too.
sorry mate no idea about Fireworks, but if I remember correctly, Fireworks have much more powerful path tools than Photoshop so you'll just need to find out how to do it. It can certainly be done in Fireworks though.
Hey Mate, In FIreworks you can make curved things in a couple of ways:
1) Do you know how to use the pen tool?
This is the easiest method. Just click points you want and you can then easily drag out curved shapes. If they look rough, goto Stroke, and make sure you select 1-pixel soft.
2) You draw a shape, and then you can make a cutout of that shape with another shape (eg:circle), leaving behind a nice curve.
: Draw your initial shape
: Then place another shape over it, a circle if you want a curve
: THen press shift and select both shapes. Goto Modify -> COmbine ->punch.
Play with either of those methods and you will get curves.
Thanks lads, I seem to be getting somewhere with that. Any other ideas on the whole navigation system? I don't really want it pertruding any further than the constraints of the lowered header image (Does that actually make sense??) if possible.