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    Hi everyone,

    I wanted to have some opinions on this website, with regards to content strukture and design.

    http://www.study-norway.net

    All input greatly appreciated!

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    The design in general, has a lot of white space!
    This is emphasized through the somewhat 'pale' design. Having everything left-adjusted enhances the "white-out" effect by leaving a huge white 'nothing' on the right side.

    The banner is a three part thing. The site logo on the left is quite good. The underlying image and the european map however, fails both in composition and conveying (the image) the breathtaking beauty and immensity of the vertical cliff faces typical of Norwegian fjords. (Antar at bildet er fra Lysefjorden i Rogaland?)

    The image is too cropped (lower level) and faded, too convey the majestic fall from 'highland' to sea level. Right now, it just conveys a flat/colorless stone desert feel!

    The 360 degree unobstructed view, is cut short by the intrusive map on the right side!

    The menu on the left floats "unstructured" in its own ocean of whiteness on the left side.

    The "scholarship opportunities" link, overflows intrusively into the left radiobutton column.

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    Suggestions:

    Either center the whole page, or do something width the "white-paper-covering-the-right-side" effect, that is now stealing attention (Very pronounced on a wide screen like mine).

    How about some pastel color or paper-structure background to frame the (centered?) content.

    If you want to convey the massiveness of a fjord framed by vertical granite walls, then you can't crop out the vertical free fall, leaving an image portraying a desolated stone desert and no sense of depth.
    Enlarge the banner vertically, and give it deeper colors. The faded image just adds flatness to the already cropped image. The three dimentional free-fall effect of the cliffs, are effectivly obliterated.

    Maybe you could enlarge and tone down the European map, and use it as an overall background image?

    Structure the left menu, and separate it more distinctively from the main frame content.

    The content itself is beyond the scope of these forums to critique.

    However, your English translation:

    (The following is in Norwegian, as its scope is linguistically limited):

    Du har en del klare syntaktiske feil i din engelske tekst. Det er mye basalgrammatiske feil, men noe er også typisk "norwenglish" oversettelse.
    Rent bortsett fra det grammatiske, bruker du noen 'klisjéer' som i 'norwenglish' oversatt versjon, vil bli relativt uforståelige for utlendinger. Du bør alltid unngå "ordtak" og "vendinger" når du oversetter til engelsk eller andre språk. Mange slike språkelige finurligheter (finnes i alle språk), bygger på lokal gramatikk og språkforståelse som ikke har paralleller i andre språk. Mange av disse måtene å formidle inntrykk på, er grammatiske konstruksjoner som gjennom årtiers (århundrers) bruk har resultert i sammentrukne setninger og gramatiske hint som intuitivt er forståelige for nordmenn (som kjenner 'billedspråket og gramatikken), men som i oversatt versjon fremstår som språkelig hjelpeløshet (all dypere 'mellom linjene' eleganse/budskap forsvinner komplett, og igjen står en styltete setningskonstruksjon som fremstår som barns tale).

    Jeg håper inderlig at du ikke blir fornærmet av den språklige 'feed-backen', ettersom dette er en luksus jeg kan tillate meg å gi som nordmann og relativt språkkyndig.

    Det primære er det designmessige, og det har jeg latt stå på engelsk

    Alt er uansett personlige betraktninger, og kan selvsagt imøtegåes. Jeg er jo selv bergenser, som jeg skrev til deg i en PM for en tid tilbake, så vi har samme røtter selv om alderen nok skiller oss litt
    S. Rosland

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    Holy.. Nice critique
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    I think Rosland is passionate about the beauty of Norway's fjords.

    Great critique - nice to read something that delves into the composition of an image rather than the way it was made.

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    Thanks!

    This is indeed nice critique!

    Rosland has provided me with excellent feedback and rightfully so deserves credit for that!


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