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they only teach it to klingons, professional figure skaters, and some very exceptional web designers.

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I'm with the rest on this. Clean and easy to read and no problem with the size - it was a simple scroll down a little to read the rest.

 

One random question though - what does all that gobblebegook mean in the text area mean? I saw it on a myspace layout page earlier today.

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He's probably thinking more 3D stuff, like gradients and drop shadows. Maybe a bit more Web 2.0 asthetic into it, like lines; just break up some solid color here and there and see what he thinks.

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Nice! But I miss the page background and border from the last one-having the color that spanned the page was very cool. One other thing: that quote at the top could be used for the top properties list; just a thought.

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You remember the featured properties bar from the last version? Make that empty space that says "Quote here" have a list of top new properties so that it has some real usefulness.

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Nav 100% better looking than in previous versions. I'm not a big fan of dark backgrounds though.

 

Brown is a good "trusty" colour, but I personally would make the make the body bg white.

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The nav looked better in the mockup... If don't want the text of the nav static, maybe use sIFR? Otherwise, simple transparent gifs would work too. Also, you could try making the bottom compartment 4mm higher to compensate for the hedge showing through. Still an extremely good job, as usual.  :)

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Removed the flash for now unless I make something better, probably not.  Changed the font and not going to use sIFR.

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The new font looks better. Not as good as in the mock, but better.

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Yea, I like it more, but I don't think it is necessary to use the font in the mockup because of the extra work.

 

I put together a couple other pages on the site, about/contact and started the careers page.  Check those out, I think it is coming together nice.  Too bad the client still hasn't answered me about it, but I'm just making assumptions and continuing with it.

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Yes, it's definitely coming together. The first word orange in the headers is working well. I'd make the text of the links at the bottom right of the about page regular black though. IMO, coloured links only look good inline. With a list it quickly becomes a big ball of.. orange, in this case. The bullets I would keep orange as an accent.

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Well, I'm at a loss.  I finally got a reply and they say it lacks the "BAM" they are looking for. Now, these are the sites they referred me to.

 

http://www.fortuneinternationalrealty.com/Fortune/

http://www.majesticproperties.com/pages/mp.htm

http://www.lennar.com/

http://www.butters.com/

http://www.pdghomes.net/

 

Am I to interpret that to mean they want some annoying flash shit moving around even though in our meeting they said they don't want it "flashy".  They say they want an edge but not overboard, I thought I  achieved a nice, modern, professional look, but don't really know where to go next. 

 

Of the sites they sent only 2 look halfway decent to me. 

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I guess they lied then. You've hit modern professional, and that's good; try enhancing that with some darker colors (closer to black) and a minimal amount of flash or AJAX effects sprinkled in, like on buttons or with a top properties list of some kind.

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Has to really bum you out, making such a professional design and having them not like it and refer to sites like those with lesser designs. It looks like they want flashy animations and effects.

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Man, I know how this feels. A while ago I took a shot at my first official freelance design job. The guy was pretty much impossible to work with and kept changing his mind. I did four (!!!) complete redesigns. At one point he wanted me change this:

 

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To this:

 

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Can you believe how quirky that looks? He was even toying with the idea to substitute the head with his own...

 

Not to mention he kept changing his mind on the functionality. Eventually I got so discouraged that I dropped the project.  :(

 

I don't think I'll be freelancing any time soon. Too much work, too little reward.

 

Edit: sorry for the hijack..

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Nice layout.  As someone who has been developing software for home builders for the past year and a half, trust me, don't take anymore as clients.  They're not technologically minded and none of them know what they want.

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