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    critic my web layout, thanks

    critic my web layout, thanks

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    please and thank you

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    Why? It's a template. Who cares?
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    to have some advise sir,

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    Stop creating desktop templates and build something useful. That's my advice. I'm not even being sarcastic, either.
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    A layout doesn't mean anything. Any idiot can mock something up in Photoshop. Make something useful.

    That out of the way, if you want a critique, here it is:

    The header image is incredibly, unusably huge. If I don't have my browser window maximized while using only a desktop with a high resolution monitor, I can't see anything but the photo of completely random people.

    The nav (I assume that's what they're for) buttons are chunky, don't match the rest of the design and look generally out of place. Also, what do those words mean? They don't help me locate information I need. I'd simply be clicking randomly hoping to find relevant information. That is, if I don't click the back button first.

    The circles fit better in the design than the nav does, but again with the random words. I mean, I can gather what "Cast Study" means, but that's about it. You also have a weird fish-eye thing going on in those photos. It's a bit off-putting.

    The biggest point, which I have yet to touch on, is who the heck are these guys? I gather that it's just supposed to be a template, so the logo...all the way at the bottom of the page...is my only indicator that it's a brokerage firm. But then, what of it? What kind of broker? What services do they offer? Why would I use them over my competition? What do those people in the photo have to do with brokerage? Why does the call-center girl have a white background behind her headset?

    I'd be willing to bet you have an answer in your head for at least half of those questions, and probably half of the criticisms. The problem is, without something tangible and complete, what's in your head is useless. The answers to all of those questions (and more) should be so readily apparent in your design that I don't even think to ask them. When you create a design, even if it's just a PS mock-up, start by asking yourself this: "Who the heck are they, and why does anyone care?" The answer to the first question should be the first thing you see. The answer to the second should be the second thing you see. The rest is UI, searchable content and calls to action.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronald Roe View Post
    A layout doesn't mean anything. Any idiot can mock something up in Photoshop. Make something useful.

    That out of the way, if you want a critique, here it is:

    The header image is incredibly, unusably huge. If I don't have my browser window maximized while using only a desktop with a high resolution monitor, I can't see anything but the photo of completely random people.

    The nav (I assume that's what they're for) buttons are chunky, don't match the rest of the design and look generally out of place. Also, what do those words mean? They don't help me locate information I need. I'd simply be clicking randomly hoping to find relevant information. That is, if I don't click the back button first.

    The circles fit better in the design than the nav does, but again with the random words. I mean, I can gather what "Cast Study" means, but that's about it. You also have a weird fish-eye thing going on in those photos. It's a bit off-putting.

    The biggest point, which I have yet to touch on, is who the heck are these guys? I gather that it's just supposed to be a template, so the logo...all the way at the bottom of the page...is my only indicator that it's a brokerage firm. But then, what of it? What kind of broker? What services do they offer? Why would I use them over my competition? What do those people in the photo have to do with brokerage? Why does the call-center girl have a white background behind her headset?

    I'd be willing to bet you have an answer in your head for at least half of those questions, and probably half of the criticisms. The problem is, without something tangible and complete, what's in your head is useless. The answers to all of those questions (and more) should be so readily apparent in your design that I don't even think to ask them. When you create a design, even if it's just a PS mock-up, start by asking yourself this: "Who the heck are they, and why does anyone care?" The answer to the first question should be the first thing you see. The answer to the second should be the second thing you see. The rest is UI, searchable content and calls to action.

    thanks for the advise sir, its just a wireframe , thats why i'd askd some criticism on it ,

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    That's the problem...it's a wireframe for a fictional brokerage with no content, which means that you're creating a template that you're either going to give away or sell so that a bunch of idiot designer wannabes will propagate the web with a whole bunch of sites that look pretty much the same.

    Why? Why are you doing that? Makes no sense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGAME1264 View Post
    That's the problem...it's a wireframe for a fictional brokerage with no content, which means that you're creating a template that you're either going to give away or sell so that a bunch of idiot designer wannabes will propagate the web with a whole bunch of sites that look pretty much the same.

    Why? Why are you doing that? Makes no sense.
    Not even really that. It's just a jpg posted on a forum on the interwebs at this point. We're just looking at an image of what a site may or may not eventually look like some day.

    I don't have (though I fully grasp and appreciate your point on it) a problem with building and selling templates, but what we're looking at amounts to drawing a picture of a car and asking the other engineers what they think of it. They're just going to jump in and ask, "So what's it do?" They'll want to know so much more than a simple drawing can portray. That's why they generally build a prototype and show it at the Detroit Auto Show, and on the rare occasion you see a concept sketch, it's generally accompanied by proposed specs.
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    Are you saying that this probably wouldn't be considered sufficient information? Look at this awesome car I drawed! It gots a horn and evyfing!

    my-kar.jpg
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    Game1264,
    Do I have your permission to use your graphic drawing on my website? It's actually kinda cool.


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