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    Making a website for a client but I can't give it that last "touch" to make it look professional. Do you have and suggestions on how I can make this website better?
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    The only two things I can come up with are the greeny-blue color (it doesn't go well with the peach...I'd try to darken the peach shade myself and see where that went) and that the phone number/heading text is a bit big.

    That's about it from an aesthetic point of view on my part, since I suspect you can't darken the logo.
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    I'd like to see the background image (bluebg.png) for the <div id="slider-heading" in the same colour as the h1 text (#778B71 and more transparent - like about 50% transparency. Like this:



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    i have read on other forums that gradients are out of style so maybe you should check out some template sites to see what the latest styles are. how about replacing ">" with a triangle or arrow graphic? the semantic web is here to stay, so you should move all css out of the html file and have only one css file, no matter how long it might be. how about thin shadow behind each image too. cheers!

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    I'm not a designer by nature, but I have a problem with that statement. Who makes these determinations of "in style" and "out of style", and based on what? Some girl or guy shows up and says, "I'm sick of looking at these...gradients are out of style"? Chances are it's based on absolutely nothing at all, and no one's tested to see if a solid color converts as opposed to a gradient.

    I'm not mad at you or anything, Peter. I'm just trying to figure out how a lot of design statements are made by designers. It's like fashion...the "summer color" is mint this year, and I know people that are pissed off because they don't look good in it. Well who says you have to wear it? Wear what looks good on you. Statements like that are far too generalist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGAME1264, post: 250949, member: 428
    ...Who makes these determinations of "in style" and "out of style", and based on what? ...It's like fashion...the "summer color" is mint this year, and I know people that are pissed off because they don't look good in it. Well who says you have to wear it? Wear what looks good on you. Statements like that are far too generalist.
    Yeah - "everyone" (many design blogs and such) seems to think lately that "flat design" is the next best thing to sliced bread - but I think it's boring and really just a very imitative spin-off from the Windows8 tabs or tiles or whatever they're called. The fact is, people blindly following the fads is often what makes every site look the same. So if you're blogging about "the latest web design trends" maybe you should be using it, but otherwise use some common sense and suit the site to its purpose.
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    Whether you're designing a flat site, or one with gradients and depth, you have to maintain consistency for certain elements or it simply doesn't flow. This particular site suffers from lack of personality. It looks like a template with some images and text. Go for more visualization. The customer needs to provide more imagery. Also, you may want to consider using a different font for your H1-H6 tags and for the body copy... It has no personality. Maybe a simple mix of Serif and Sans-Serif fonts and colors/sizes will help fill in the space that lacks HD imagery?

    Did the client tell you what they want the site to evoke? Did they give you any examples?
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    Sorry for the late responese, and thanks for the feedback!
    I've made some minor changes to the site, but now I will look into what you said.
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    All the given suggestions were good and go on with them...!
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    Mr Teapot,

    You sound like me when I'm making websites. Although I enjoy doing some artsy-fartsy stuff once in a while, the truth is that I'm not very good at being creative - I often find myself looking at a design I built that I'm not satisfied with, but don't know how I can improve it. With that said, you need inspiration aka look at other websites and copy their designs. Just kidding, don't copy, but you need to analyze their techniques, understand them, and then keep them in a mental library and call upon it in the future. Seriously, just look at construction company websites. Don't just stare at your design.


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