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User currently offlineWietse From Netherlands, joined Oct 2001, 3809 posts, RR: 55
Posted (9 years 10 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1160 times:

Guys,

Could you please have a look at http://www.wietsedegraaf.com/ and tell me what your observations are? How is the speed of it, how is the content, do you like the lay-out and functionality? Any remarks are welcome!

Cheers,
Wietse


Wietse de Graaf
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User currently offlineVSLover From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1897 posts, RR: 23
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1124 times:

wow, some truly fantastic work there!

i dont like the font on the primary page. it is too much serif you know? with such a basic (yet tasteful) home page, the font maybe ought to be a bit more simple/smooth.

i like the home page. on the portfolio page, i dont like how one of the links is "about me" where there really ought to just be a text link at the bottom to "about me" as you already have rather than a linked pic.

oh on the about me section, maybe have a separate link through there that links to your equipment.

all in all a brilliant start!


User currently offlineWietse From Netherlands, joined Oct 2001, 3809 posts, RR: 55
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1114 times:

oh on the about me section, maybe have a separate link through there that links to your equipment.

Thanks, look again  Big grin

About the image that leads to "about me" do you think that an empty space would be better there? I just put it there to have something instead of an empty field.

thanks for your comments



Wietse de Graaf
User currently offlineThecoz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1107 times:

I like it. The first page is very simple. That's how it should be. Most of the time, web sites are so cluttered that people don't bother to explore further.

Since your photography is great, and you have a photography based site, why not incorporate one of your photos into the interface to create a strong focal point. Perhaps even use it to further develop a solid color scheme. You never know what you may discover.  Smile


User currently offlineQb001 From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2053 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1073 times:

I used to be a project director in web site production. I've directed the production of monstrous web sites.

The basic design of the screen should follow the rule of the "inverted L", that is the top part of your main screen is for the main areas of the site, and the left hand side is a sub-menu.

Take a look at this site (yep, one of mine). Click on the "About" and "Help" and look how the left-hand side menu reacts. That's an "inverted L" in action and it has been demonstrated to be the most usable Web site design. Also, Verdana is the best font to use.

Now, you do what you want with this advice.



Never let the facts get in the way of a good theory.
User currently offline737doctor From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1332 posts, RR: 39
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1060 times:

I like it. It has a clean layout, not cluttered. I like the contrast the black background provides. And the photography is excellent.

 Smokin cool



Patrick Bateman is my hero.
User currently offlineF9Widebody From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1604 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1024 times:

One thing I would suggest is using a Title, kinda unprofessional imo to have the title be http://www.wietsedegraaf.com. Other than that, it looks great, never knew your photography was of such a wide array of subjects.


YES URLS in signature!!!
User currently offlineWidget1580 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 345 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1016 times:

Love the site very easy to navigate. Awesome pictures.

-Travis



KLM | Journeys of Inspiration
User currently offlineLHMark From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 47
Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1004 times:

While you guys are critiquing, if you want to throw any suggestions at my site, http://www.beercraft.net, I'd appreciate it


"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
User currently offlineLhmark From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 47
Reply 9, posted (9 years 10 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 951 times:

Personally, Wietse, I like the serif font you've chosen. It makes the site stand out. Is that Bookman or Garamond?


"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
User currently offlineMike777okc From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 10 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 945 times:

great site...cool pics and easy to navigate

User currently offlineWietse From Netherlands, joined Oct 2001, 3809 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (9 years 10 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 940 times:

Mark,

That is Book Antiqua. Thanks


Everybody else, thank you very much for the comments, I apreciate them.

Cheers



Wietse de Graaf
User currently offlineMYT332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 12, posted (9 years 10 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 936 times:

Hey, I like the site.

The layout is good as you can nearly always get back to the homepage using the 'Home' link at the bottom. I like the way you used frames to set out the pages but even more so that you actually bothered making another site that uses tables, very thoughtful!

http://home.student.uva.nl/wietse.degraaf

The design is nice too. The black, grey and whites go nice together and you have your titles at the top in a size and font that stands out to the rest of the page. Looks good, as do your smaller titles.

You have some sort of roll over effect for the links as well which isn't too fancy but it's a nice user friendly addition to the site.

A few small things that could do with changing are that on the portfolio home page, the images are a little bit too large. I know you want to keep the quality there but in total all the images add up to 0.5mb (514kb) which isn't great for people with dial-up connections. I even found it a bit slow to load and I have a from of broadband. Try making the total page size be around 100kb, that's the mean size.

Another minor detail is that when you view your large photo's in the portfolio section, say in the aviation category, they don't actually stay in a web page anymore thus they loose any link back to the site unless you hit 'back' in the browser. This is fine I guess but what you could do is either target the photos to open in a new window, resized slightly larger than the actual photo and then insert a close button. This would also give you room for some type of caption.

Another way would be you could keep the photos in the same window as now but place them in a slideshow with html links, such as the one Dreamweaver can make. It makes it a bit easier to navigate about.

Oh and I would also make the 'large' version of the photo's bigger in size. They look like great photos but are only fairly small. Show them off like they deserve to be!

I've kind of yacked on a bit here but you did ask for it, literally!  Laugh out loud

I'm not really that great at web design myself, I know what you are supposed to do, I'm just too lazy to do it hence why my site is in disarray!

Good job on the meta tags and the site in general.
Alex



One Life, Live it.
User currently offlineAsbg From Israel, joined Feb 2000, 538 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (9 years 10 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 887 times:

Hi Wietse,
You have a really nice website. The photos are great, really professional. The only thing that bothers me is the design itself. It's dull in my taste and a bit gothic, somewhat depressing. You were right using a design that blends in with the photos but I would give the background more life.

Keep up the good work.
Sam.



User currently offlineBREmer From Germany, joined May 2004, 551 posts, RR: 16
Reply 14, posted (9 years 10 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 886 times:

Hey Wietse,
I like the site, and especially the photos.

Here's what I would do differently if were you (which I'm not, so it's all just my personal opinion). I think some of my points have already been mentioned.

1) I'd use a different font, which is basic and thin like Arial Narrow (maybe a little more stretched), it looks more stylish on a black background
Also, fontwise you could distinguish your name a bit from the rest of the site - since you are the brand (the photographer) in that case, just do some experiments with some fonts (depends on how you wanna spell yourself - if you go for 'wietsedegraaf' Haettenschweiler would look cool)

2) If you do Frames on the left, make sure they are always there with the same links. If I click on your photo equipment link for example it changes from 'Home-About Me-Portfolio' to 'Home-Up'. To me that's a bit confusing.

3) If I click on a picture to enlarge, it should be at least 600x450 or 800x600, depending on the resolution your average user has on his/her screen. Another tip: Use a javascript link for the pictures, so you have windows that are the same size as the picture, and don't open in just another IE window with annoying menu bars and a lot of white space around the pictures. Examples can be found on my website www.airlinersite.com such as the Internal / News page and the screenshots in the FS2002 reviews. If you decide to go for that, feel free to copy the javascript commands off the source of these pages, if you have questions I'll be glad to help you.

Keep up the good work  Smile
Lukas


User currently offlineKiwiNanday From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 10 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 884 times:

Very professional appearence! Will bookmark it!

Kiwi


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