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New layout and design up for review

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I've just created a new design for my business site. I'm happy with the layout, but the color scheme - I'm not so sure.

I wanted a minimalistic design that stands a bit out - Something different than these A4 standard sites you find all over the place.

I've coded the site by my selv.
Using jQuery and jQuery Tools for the overlays.

 

What do you guys think?

The site is in Norwegian btw.

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Thanks gristol. I think it'll do for now - while I'm working on the portfolio and gallery pages...

Although I really like the color tones of the backgrounds, I'm still a bit worried about the contrast.
- Is the text readable enought? Will a colorblind person have any problems perhaps?

- What about a person with impaired vision? Is the text OK to read? (font/size/letter spacing/line height)

Any thoughts regarding that?

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Not using a responsive web design is a mistake. Don't you want to have a nice website for small screen devices?

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It's a good point, and I've thought about it though. I have a layout which stacks the "bricks" horisontaly for mobile devices. But decided not to use it - because I didn't want to re-build the grid, and break the overlay thing, at that point. I was just finished with my layout - which used 960 grid with fixed width values.

 

I would say "no" to your question - when I started.
I really didn't care much about mobile users of this particular site. I'm not going to call up businesses and have them have a look at my site - on their mobile phone. And I didn't thought a business would use their phone looking for a webdesigner, or for some marketing materials either, when they sat at their office. That was my thought when I started. But I could be wrong about this, and of course - there's exceptions.

 

I might reconcider not having a mobile version of my site. But just out of curiosity; Does every site has to be prepared for mobile device?

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I really didn't care much about mobile users of this particular site. I'm not going to call up businesses and have them have a look at my site - on their mobile phone. And I didn't thought a business would use their phone looking for a webdesigner, or for some marketing materials either, when they sat at their office. That was my thought when I started. But I could be wrong about this, and of course - there's exceptions.

 

I might reconcider not having a mobile version of my site. But just out of curiosity; Does every site has to be prepared for mobile device?

I would disagree. If you're promoting yourself as a designer, then your own website should be a decent example of what you can do, no cut corners. Plus any potential employers looking for say, mobile developers will of course check the site on their own phone. I also wouldn't rule out employers just using their phone to look into you anyway, not in this day and age.

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... your own website should be a decent example of what you can do...

You're absolutely right Adam.

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Copyright/contact in white over white graphic isn't quite readable. Perhaps right-alighment? Or a contrasting color text.

 

I suppose I'd second the thoughts on a responsive design IF you're a designer. I'm finding out I'm not much of one ;-)

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