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    Is my website too dark?

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    Is the website too dark? Constructive criticism please.
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    Loads OK for me, doesnt seem to dark.

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    yea, man its too dark . personally I dont like it.
    you can put some glow in it or make it active give some life to this design

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    I agree it is way too dark. I am not sure what is in your picture. I see 3 lights with some other objects that I have no idea what they are. Your text needs to be a bright white. It is difficult to read.

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    You have an awful amount of dead space in the header IMO.

    Personally I don't care for the dark header.

    On a more positive note. The site renders well in every browser I tried with your site.


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    Quote Originally Posted by J-Rad14 View Post
    http://jaredswebdesign.com/

    Is the website too dark? Constructive criticism please.
    It can depend alot on quality of the visitors monitor and the resoultion.

    using web safe colours can help cure 50% of colour issues. following colour theory can help alot too. e.g. what our eyes see and all that jazz, do your research.

    It looks ok on my monitor the header..its abit big though in all honestly...im only using 1024 x 768 res.

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    If you mean the header, yup, my monitor is fairly calibrated with a huey usb adapter also.

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    I can see why people may feel its dark. With my monitor resolution it doesn't appear to be 'that' dark. You did (or whoever designed it) did a great job. Best of luck!
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    I see you redid your header and I think it is an improvement.

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    Not too dark - the design is good. However, the logo doesn't stand out too well, blue on black isn't the best. How about white on black, or red?
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    Thanks for all the comments guys! Yes, I designed the new look, and I must say it is 100x better than the last.

    My res. is 1280x800 and I have another monitor with the 1024x768 and it looked fine, if not better to eliminate the dead space on either side, IMO.

    I was going for a more creative side, since the website is more geared towards design, and the hosting is on the side.

    I wanted to add a few other things to the header, like a mic. or something. Maybe add some more lighting effects to the wall, and somehow bring some more color into the header.

    I think the main thing I can point out is, if you can't make out the speaker racks on both sides of the header, it's too dark for that individual and I somehow need to compensate for it. Problem is, it looks perfect on some of our monitors that are calibrated, but the average user without a high-end monitor isn't going to get that experience.

    Feel free to keep the constructive criticism coming!

    Oh, and some of you mentioned dead space; are you referring to the space within the header or on either sides? I'm aware of the "emptiness" within the header and see that something needs to be changed. But on either sides, I personally think it looks fine.
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    My suggestion is to make the body white with the sidebar coloured. You can make the sidebar grey if you like but make the main content area white. It will improve contrast and make the page look less dark. Also be sure to style the headings in the body.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Website themes View Post
    My suggestion is to make the body white with the sidebar coloured. You can make the sidebar grey if you like but make the main content area white. It will improve contrast and make the page look less dark. Also be sure to style the headings in the body.
    Body headings are styled, body is white with gray/silver gradient on top and bottom, and there is no sidebar.
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    Nice simple website, does the job, I like it!!
    But i think the logo should be abit bolder, and the J should be on the same level as the other 2 letters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J-Rad14 View Post
    Body headings are styled, body is white with gray/silver gradient on top and bottom, and there is no sidebar.
    ?? That is not what I am seeing in firefox 3 on xp. The body is grey and heading are not styled.

    http://img44.imageshack.us/img44/193...swebdesign.png

    I am not seeing a sidebar but I think you should add one given the width of the design.

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    Its loading fine at my end. But it seems little bit dark.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Website themes View Post
    ?? That is not what I am seeing in firefox 3 on xp. The body is grey and heading are not styled.

    http://img44.imageshack.us/img44/193...swebdesign.png

    I am not seeing a sidebar but I think you should add one given the width of the design.
    Yikes, and I was just talking with another designer about fonts....

    You don't have the font I'm using, I wonder if anyone else does...

    http://i38.tinypic.com/242ztc2.jpg

    Is that what you meant about styling? I mean, the headings are bold and bigger so...
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    Quote Originally Posted by J-Rad14 View Post
    Yikes, and I was just talking with another designer about fonts....

    You don't have the font I'm using, I wonder if anyone else does...

    http://i38.tinypic.com/242ztc2.jpg

    Is that what you meant about styling? I mean, the headings are bold and bigger so...
    From your stylesheet it looks like calibri is the font your using. Refer to this page for lists of common fonts :

    http://www.ampsoft.net/webdesign-l/WindowsMacFonts.html

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    I have to admit im not a fan of the choice of fonts, the heading vs light base i think contrasts well.

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    Just a small suggestion but have more information on your footer. If you choose to not add more information perhaps center what you have now instead of right align it. Great job!
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    Not too dark at all!
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    I like the web site. Seems like a pretty good design to me.

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    I think it looks fine... simple and to the point.
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    Your header colour should make the tone bit obvious... kinda dark.. cant really see the image on both left and right side
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    Are you running a photography site? Or a movie studio? That was my impression of what customers would think.

    And yes, too dark in my opinion as well.
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    The issue for me is not that it is too dark, it is that the header is taking too much above the fold space without adding any value to your site.

    For example as a visitor with laptop which has widescreen but not too much height screen wise, i have to scroll down for every page to get any info and idea of what information is there.

    Your above the fold space on your site is the most valuable i would recommend you use it wisely, and redesign the header to be shorter, or remove it completely.

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    Yes
    I think the header image a little dark.

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    I am not a fan of the banner, too empty and confusing.


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    header is dark. maybe choose #fff for background-color of page.

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    it's not too dark, but I suggest you to reduce a little the header avoiding scroll the page to read the text

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    It is too dark for your industry. Anything tech related needs a boost of energy. Look at your competitors, vibrant reds, blues, etc. I would transform what you already have and incorporate a more vibrant color scheme. Font is OK. Always think in terms of your industry and what currently attracts customers. Image is key.

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    I think you need to ask a person in high school who where black all day. But I don't think its bad.
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    not dark at all, but your menu hover bg looks not match with the menu bg and text.
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    I like it. Not too dark but the blues in your header could be spearated a bit more from one another imo. Nice site

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    What's making it so dark is the grey background for the page. Try fading the grey you're using to a pure white (#FFFFFF) and you can get away with your other dark elements on a white background.

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    Thanks for all the feedback guys! As some of you have noticed, I've decreased the header by 50px and created a new one that has more life.

    Now I just need to fancy what I'll put in the header. The "main" driving force of the website is webdesign and creativity, and keeping with a professional look.
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    I hate to say this, but I wouldn't have known those were speakers if I hadn't read this entire thread first. For me, it's professionally designed, but lacks dimension and contrast. Definitely has potential.
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    The header is too big and it does look dark for me.

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    Looks nice and different. The fonts in the navbar could be a bit small.

    The pages are like a Small Orange, a big web host! You have installed some blog theme it seems. Portfolio page is not ready and says lorem ipsum etc.

    Overall looks positive! All the best!

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