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    Hi all. I am trying to get into web design as a career. I am sick of winding up in jobs I don't enjoy so I am really trying to focus my energy & resources to find a job in this field (yeah, i know! Good timing! I waited for the recession/depression ).
    my site is www.verdijistudios.com
    I site i am designing for one of my part time jobs is
    www.overlookvet.com
    Any feedback on either would be very VERY welcome as right now I am kinda working in a vacuum. Which is also one of the reasons why i joined this community.
    Thank you all
    Daniela

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    OK Daniela, nobody is responding to your post and I have a feeling it's because they don't know where to start. Your first site is almost blank except for a few words that are out of align, so I'm not sure what you want us to comment on that.
    The vet site needs some main navigation that is in every page, at the top or at least on the side, not just the footer. The pages need to have an even flow to them. I feel like I'm going to a different sit with every page I hit. The address text on the home page is not very visible over the picture. Your contact us and directions should be on one page. Constain the text a little, long lines of text do not look professional. Learn about padding (the text next to the pic of the doctor).
    If you have tooled around this forum,then I'm sure you have read about css and the importance of learning it. It is preached for a reason. Someday when the html coding standards go to xhtml strict, you are going to be lost if you do not learn css and div layout from the get go. Especially if someone wants a site that is more than 6 or 8 pages and you need to make changes sitewide. That is part of the reason your vet site does not have flow to it.

    Get away from tables for layout. Read through this forum and you will discover why.

    Start with the basics. I picked up a book called "Learning Web Design" by Jennifer Niederst Robbins. Google it and buy it. Although after I got it I realized that I was already beyond it, but I wish I would have had it when I started. A great book for beginners.

    Don't take this as a bad review, learn, learn, learn.

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    Thank you for taking the time to review the sites actually. Especially the vet one. Is there a really good link that can give me good info on CSS?
    Again thanks, I will follow up on the advice.
    Daniela

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    thanks again. I am researching tutorials online and this css looks like it would be very helpfull.

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    Like I said, I would seriously buy the book I mentioned. $26 from Amazon. Having a bare bones book is so helpful as you can use it for reference on the fly instead of breaking away and using google to figure something out. Ask some of the designers in this forum how many books they have and I'll bet you it is plenty.

    First learn your html tags, then figure out how to style them through css, then work on div layout. Learn those three things first, then branch off.

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    thanks again. will try to get that book. also tried to go trough my old library to see if I and any info (& posted in the css section here.) wish they had talked more about css in school
    thanks again
    Daniela


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