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    Upstart design company.

    Helpful criticism and pointers are more than welcome.

    Jerks will be ignored. :rambo:

    Thanks everyone.

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    I don't like being harsh, and I do like the simple layout.

    But the glow around the banner is horrible. The navigation uses images?!?!?! WHY?

    It fails validation with 10 errors and 2 warnings.

    The rest isn't too bad, but you should learn some CSS.

    One thing I do like is a proper use of headings which you don't see often anymore.

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    The use of images was something I was trying out.... Wanted to see how it came across.... Originally I had a flash navigation, but I didn't like that. I may go back to it as a test while keeping the text links at the bottom of the pages.

    What validation errors and warnings were there?

    I don't see the glow around the banner.... so I am not sure what you are talking about with that one either.

    Thanks for the feedback.... as I said, startup here.... still learning quite a bit.

    Cheers!


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    Here's the validation:
    [Invalid] Markup Validation of http://www.szyferdesigns.com/ - W3C Markup Validator

    Never use flash for navigations! A simple navigation like that takes 2 seconds to make with CSS and it won't need any loading time whereas your images do.

    I'm on about the white glow around the "SZYFER DESIGNS" text at the top.

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    hi - I would start by

    1. check your DocType
    2. getting rid of the tables in your layout
    3. check the path in your head to the CSS and other linked files (../ instead of./)


    Also, I checked out your blog. I see you are offering a 6-page site with 5 e-mails, two updates, and free hosting for $200. I wish you would read a couple of articles (like this and this) on how underpricing devalues creative work and makes it harder for creative professionals, including yourself, to make a living.
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    1. Red on black needs to go. It's difficult to read, unattractive, and looks amateurish. Pick a lighter link color.

    2. No reason whatsoever to use images for text - ever. There are many resources out there like Google Web Fonts, etc., that give you many font choices for the web with no need for images.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlphaMare View Post
    hi - I would start by

    1. check your DocType
    2. getting rid of the tables in your layout
    3. check the path in your head to the CSS and other linked files (../ instead of./)


    Also, I checked out your blog. I see you are offering a 6-page site with 5 e-mails, two updates, and free hosting for $200. I wish you would read a couple of articles (like this and this) on how underpricing devalues creative work and makes it harder for creative professionals, including yourself, to make a living.
    +1 to this point. Actually, +2. Sites like guru.com and elance.com have made it very difficult for some designers to compete in the market when coders out there are charging $100 for a website.

    Note: Not all designers/coders on those sites charge ridiculously low rates but a lot do and potential clients these days only look at the bottom line.

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    I have looked at the articles given, and I agree.

    My main job is for a golf club fitter who charges through the roof for him to do what he does. (He looks at data on a computer via golfing simulator software). He charges $100 per HOUR. Plus he charges a good amount for what he does to build the golf clubs.

    His whole this is that, "why am I going to charge $20 per hour when I can get $100 per hour. People WILL pay it."

    No clue why I didn't apply that to my own work.... Momentary lapse in judgment I suppose.

    What's a good base to start at? Are there certain services that should have more charged for them? What about artistic graphics and other graphic design? (Logos and such). What would be a good way to start?

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    As mentioned in one of the articles posted by AlphaMare, the market and your abilities dictate what you can charge for those services. When I first started out, I went the low route as well just to pad my portfolio. This did come back to bite me in the butt because when those customers came back for maintenance or to build other sites, they expected the same low rates.

    One thing you can do is observe your local competition. Most companies in the design field do not list their rates on their sites but some do. Look at several companies to determine an average and base your rate on what they charge. If you feel you are less skilled then charge a little less, more skilled...you get the picture. Even if this means filling out a few quote requests to get a price. :devious:

    Other factors to consider are:
    Is this a part time gig?
    Is this a full time gig?
    Do you have other income coming in?

    Based on how you answer these, then you can come to a determination of how much money you need to make in order to survive as a business.

    The main thing to take from this is to value your time. If you don't, then your clients won't either.

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    Szyfer,

    1. Minor: Link Szyfer Web at bottom does not work. (I am in moz 3.6)

    2. The white text on black background is somewhat harsh on my eyes. As the page gains more and more text, using white text on a black background becomes more difficult. I'd recommend that you either reduce the amount of text or consider a redesigned color scheme. Perhaps a slightly grayish background combined with less text.

    3. It has become, more or less, convention to have the logo link back to the home page.

    4. After the user clicks on the writings link, it brings them to a different style site, with no way to use the back button to go back. It could be confusing for people. As a web developer myself, I think it critical that the developers/designer's website function flawlessly. So, look at your site through the eyes of someone who has never seen it before.

    Hope this helps,

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