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    New Website: CheeB.co.uk

    K, it's not BRAND NEW as the new design/layout and domain name hatched about a month ago. Any crits and comments would be much appreciated (think asking them to be constructive would be asking too much from the Lounge? )

    www.cheeb.co.uk

    Incase anyone's wondering, CherryBlossom is my main online alias, which eventually turned into CheeB. Dunno why I registered here as Quicksilver but there we go.

    There's a webcounter on the bottom right, hence the separate area for the copyright talk next to it. Think I'll switch the last two pics in the Trad. Media section to Sketches instead too to make room for a pic I forgot to put up.

    Thanks for reading ^_^

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    Nice stuff, Naomi.
    I like how the main page goes straight to the art - I'm a big advocate of that.

    One critique I would put forward, is that your navigation text (the buttons that come out on lines from the tree on the left) is too small and not obvious enough - it's usually a good idea to have a kind of heirarchy system whereby the page title is the largest font, navigation is next largest, and body text is smallest.
    At the moment your body text is bigger than the links so it's diminishing their importance.
    Probably a minor point, but it'd be an easy fix if you felt like it

    Keep it up!

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    Yeah, I read about the 'gallery on the front page = good' thing in an artical called "Your Portfolio Repels Jobs" which was posted here a lil while ago. It also made me get rid of the ol' splash page. It makes sense: The sooner people can see your work, the better. Grab 'em as soon as you can!

    Good point, cheers. Was working on a 1028x768 screen at the time so the sizes didn't differ that much, but I can see what you mean now that I'm back to my old monitors. I'll resize them once the vector for the tree is done.

    Here's where I am so far:


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    Ah, yeah, Jon's article was pretty good, I used a lot of his tips on my site when I redesigned it.
    If you really wanna get hardcore, either buy/get out of the library Steve Krug's "Don't Make Me Think" ... crammed full of really useful info, a lot of which is common sense that just somehow everyone overlooks

    After taking another quick look, I'd even maybe consider ditching the white background for something a tad more neutral, like the lightest grey you have on the final shadow ring outside the tree. Just makes it a bit less stressful on the eyes, and means the images and thumbnails themselves will appear to be more contrasted and vibrant.

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    It'd be nice to have some "Next" and "Previous" links at the top and/or bottom of every page that displays art. That way, if a potential employer is looking at your work, they don't have to hit to keep going back to the gallery to see more work. That is actually covered in the "Your Portfolio Repels Jobs" article:

    Poor navigation - Every page should offer buttons to go to the next image, to the previous image, and to return to the main page.
    I'm not saying your navigation is poor, just needs some work

    On a personal note, I don't think your tree on the left hand side needs to be so big. I'm guilty of having an ancient monitor with 1024x768 resolution and when I open my bookmarks on my browser's left-hand side while viewing your side, your text is seriously squished on the right side. Not saying you have to change the size of your tree, but it might be something worth considering maybe?

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    MoP: Sounds good, I'll look up that book. I'm into reads like that. It's the really obvious books like that which make you more aware of your steps. The bg is actually a really light grey, though it could be darker. I'll have a lil mess around with different shades again tomorrow after work (almost 1am here).

    Taco: Defo! I've been a little dizzy with the order of the pictures. Once I get the mixed media piece up I'll do those Prev/Next links. Thanks for the reminder.
    Not too sure what to do about the size of the tree, soz. It looks fine on 1028x768, but as you said, it does get squished if the window is narrowed down. Eerrr, will have to think about that one.

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    thought you might want to know it looks like this on a 1680x1050 screen. there're some minor issues with the right side, depending on how you see things.
    just curious, what does cheeb mean?
    it's actually a swear word in 1 of the local dialects over here, though i don't think you meant that.



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    the only thing I would comment is the background ,the real background, the seamless one, it really giving me an headache by looking at it! so please tune it down alittle! I mean, make it just alittle more discreet

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    Quote Originally Posted by ah.heng
    ...just curious, what does cheeb mean?
    it's actually a swear word in 1 of the local dialects over here, though i don't think you meant that.
    ........Crap What does it mean? If you read my first post, you'd see that my nickname is CheeB (capital 'b', so it sounds like 'chibi' in Japanese, since I'm short as well, but I don't think the pun was intended at the time). It was shortened from CherryBlossom (my fav type of tree~ So pretty...)

    I'm aware of the big gap when viewed on a larger screen as my monitors are set to 1600x1200. Is it annoying?

    Dile: Done I've done a mock up version with a warm colour for the bg as it would look too cold and boring if the whole site were set in greys, imo. I've also enlarged the option buttons - might need to make them darker though.

    Let me know what you think:


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    cheeb** means cunt.

    i think the format in that pic you just posted looks much neater than if you just let it spread out like how it does now.

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    Naomi! Who knew you were so blasphemious?!


    I'm not sure having the profile and contact in the same line is the best idea, it makes the viewer have to carefully click it. Sounds silly but if you put it on a seperate branch it will be a lot more user friendly.
    I really like how you don't have to load the whole page when you click the link (the frame), good site!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ah.heng
    cheeb** means cunt.

    i think the format in that pic you just posted looks much neater than if you just let it spread out like how it does now.
    Gyaaaaaahh! And I was hoping it wouldn't be something that offensve! BUT WAIT! That's pronounced "chee bye/bai", right? Mine's "chee-bee". Man, it's just that the spelling's similar. Guess I just gotta hope Chinese people catch on to the capitalised 'B'. Maybe change the font or make the 'hee' bit smaller so it looks like it's in lower case.
    Cheers.

    Asoir: Hahaha, tell me about it. xD
    About the contact option, that was added later after being reminded about it by Eriboss. But yeah, didn't think to make a branch for it last night (or morning. 4am ). Thanks~

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    and then you can have bees in it too. Bees are ace

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    Har har Damnnit, heng made me paranoid so I actually asked a couple of Chinese friends and they had no idea about it. It's a different pronounciation anyway.

    Anyhoo, here's a wee update: www.cheeb.co.uk

    Changed the bg colour and added some texture to it, changed the font size of the buttons and added a couple more brances (the For Sale part was an idea of a friend's....he's caught up on me selling my stuff even though I don't think I'm at that stage yet). Forgot to do the Prev./Next links though. Aaand I'm perfectly aware the links on the top right when viewing images are of a slightly different colour. It was more of a quick fix. Must learn html so I don't have to spend forever doing this sorta thing....

    Also chucked in some attempts at photography. I haven't had any lessons/training though, so if they're crap, that'll be why, bwahah.

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    I'll admit, my first reaction to the domain name was the same as ah.heng's, but then again, I have a potty mouth.

    I like the navigation (and the slightly askew thumbs), but I'll second the need for "next" and "previous" buttons, since you lose the thumbnails once you view the images. Watch out for the white matting around the header text and circle. I'm not sure if the textured background is working that well, since it's very uniform throughout. Color choices are working nicely, though.

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    Hey Naomi!

    Nice page. But as Dile wrote, I'm not sure about background texture (it remainds me "note paper" filter in Photoshop). I think that simple warm colour looks better. The second thought (an the last one) is about turned pictures (i know that they give your web more life but...In my opinion without turn - site will be look more professional )...Unless your idea was to make your stuff look like a falling leafs...


    PS. maybey you could animate your tree!?

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    portfolios should grab the prospective buyers' attention almost immediately, and make them think "HEY! This person really knows what they're doing, everything meshes and all the graphics look good and it's clear!"

    unfortunately I don't think yours is very strong in that respect. The links seem to be placed rather erratically around the tree with no order to them, and for me, the sans serif fonts used for the pages on the right, with the sans serif font used for the tree, and the older looking serif fonts {Copperplate Gothic Light if i remember correctly} don't really go together. what makes it even harder, is the slight hint of technology with the futuristic font you used for "NAOMI HOANG'S ONLINE PORTFOLIO" and the lines which go from the links to the tree which only turn at right angles... so there you have contemporary, old-ish, and futuristic in the same space and it really doesn't look too appetizing. the tree looks good, but the sun/moon thing above is pointless and not very good looking.

    maybe i'm being overanalytical, and people looking for an artist won't necessarily mind it as much as i do.. i come from a gfx design background so i probably go a bit too in depth when it comes to websites and things..

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    LoTekK: Hahaha, you guys...._;
    Cheers.

    Moreha: Eew, filter Yeah, the thumbs were meant to look a bit like falling leaves. I've been getting mixed opinions about them but so far more have favoured to the slantiness. Maybe I should make a poll...
    And yeah, I'd so animate the tree if I knew how to! Any suggestions? Was thinking of having a leaf or two falling off the tree, or would that be a bit cheesy?

    Sean: Lmao, omg that's so true about the fonts! Wow, I didn't even realise....k, will change that soon then. xD No no, being analytical about these sorta things is good. Cheers for pointing out some major factors.

    About the background: Think I should try out different texture or leave it flat?

    About the tree: Sean suggested so have the links on the tree itself as larger (maybe different coloured) leaves. Think this would work better than having separate branches sprouting out? It'd be more space effecient, but maybe harder to take in with the other CheeB () leaves present, unless it's of a totally different colour.

    I won't work on it tonight 'cause l have work again tomorrow (woke up late this morning; whoops Managed to get in on time though).

    Thanks for your feedback - it's very much appreciated.

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    i took the liberty of cooking this up in ps.. don't mean to sound all rude and intrusive.. just see what you think of it



    you get the idea. the text stuff is placeholder.. this is just an idea to work with. i greatly suggest reducing the amount of links you've got there, some of them are a bit unnecessary. move the forum link to the links page, 'about me' and 'contacting me' can easily be merged.. 'art for sale' could be linked to from the gallery, as could your ca sb.. to be honest the 'links' section is wholly unnecessary as its like saying to your prospective employer "you can hire these people instead".. but this is all down to what you want. people surfing your site dont want 10 options when four will do.

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    poll (hmmmm) - just stay with your first idea For animation I'd suggest Flash. You got your tree in vectors right?...so the best thing is divide the parts-Which will be animated-and establish groups. I'm not realy sure what kind of program you used but Flash reads "gruops" objects from other vectors based programs...so there will be now problem with moving (rotate etc.) your stuff (and make animation using timeline )...I think that Branches moved by wind will look cool (without falling leafs).

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