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    hi guys
    i just finished up
    http://www.michaelalexander.com

    can u please let me know what u think?
    comments, suggestions, and also feedback
    about the server please - is it fast?

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    It's nice. It has a clean, brisk feel and look to it. The navigation is simple yet effective. The dark on it works well on this occasion, I normally don't like dark sites.

    So all in all, well done. I think it advertises your business well. It's not amazing, but it's not like REALLY bad either.

    Overall 3.5/5.
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    I'm not a fan of the pixel font. Jewelery is supposed to be elegant, pixels fonts are not. I found the "about" page VERY hard to read, mainly because of the white text/black bg combo.

    You have a lot of different fonts throughout the site. I would rethink your fonts, possibly the color scheme, and try to introduce some more graphics. The about page is a little too simplistic IMO.

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    I dont like how when i go on the about page all the buttons bar one move up
    Whats the matter the CIA got u pushing too many pencils ???

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    The load time was fine...

    The pixel font isn't suitable for the theme/style at all; a classy/stylish serif font would be much more in keeping, just make sure its not too flamboyant such as the page titles becuase it becomes un-readable.

    Red and White on black is a painful combination, too sharp - have you tried reversing the colour of the content area, black on white instead ?

    The blue border around the initial product thumbnails look out of place.

    The navigation tabs are some what small, could they be made to match the height of the 'michael alexander' text, but remain in proportion.

    The text on the 'about' page would look better if the columns were centred relative to the content box.

    Your contact form is mis-aligned when viewed in Opera.

    A few things to consider.
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    thanks a lot guys
    the site was originaly black text on white, and in flash
    however many of this guy's customers are older, and
    he wanted to do none flash.

    as far as the white on black, i originaly did the css with
    white back and black text, but his product pictures all have black borders...the site ended up looking a bit better with the black background

    i will mention to him that some of u found it hard to read,
    but i've always had troule reading when there was a huge white glaring background...what's why the windows high contrast theme has black too, i think its easier to read...
    but we'll see what his customers say. (the ones that had trouble navigating the flash eheheh)
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    as far as the blue border goes i first tried to get the color like that of teh stone in the earrings...any suggestions for color there?
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    ah, the pixel fonts! i had script for the welcome, nice and
    elegant i thought, but he told me his jewelry is modern, and all his postcards use arial so he wants to maintain theme...
    so i changed it to a "modern" font, however, i agree, it
    does not look right...anyone have suggestions for a modern
    font with a hint of elegance? heheh
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    the nav tabs - yes they should be bigger...if they couldn't
    handle the flash site, then i better make these tabs nice and big for them =]
    @ trico - there should be text next to each field, describing its purpose.
    Please reply guys with your thoughts. thanks a lot for
    all your help!

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    For alternative fonts, do you have access to 'Modern no. 20' ? he can't argue with that; 'Onyx', 'Niagara Solid', 'Ariston', even 'Britannic Bold' might go. You could even consider arial/helvetica with the 'tracking' set to a large spacey value.

    I thought the optional windows themes were for sight disabilties/impediments etc, in which case white on black might actualy help. dark grey on light grey can help to eliminate the sharp contrast that can making reading painful over time.

    I see what you mean about the blue; but its only obvious when mentioned. White/red would fit in with the surrounding colours and help maintain consistency. - You could always add an artificial tint to the image if it helps make them blend in with the design more.

    Instead of highlighting the first letter of paragraphs in bold, you could try adding a Drop-Cap effect instead.
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    i'll try to find some of those fonts...
    yeah exactly the optional themes are for
    elderly or ppl with poor vision....which fits the
    bill for most his customers.

    i highlight the first letter in bold? oh on teh about
    page heheh .. thanks for the tutorial, he wanted
    to change the text anyway so depending on how
    much content he gives me i'll see what i can do

    tracking - that's a photshop term i assume?
    i do all grfx in fireworks...no tracking, but there
    might be something similar

    dark gray on light eh? the reason its on black is to have the pictures' borders intergrate into the better.
    not many ppl have said that its hard to read, but i do see
    where u guy are coming from...i think the main part of the site is to showcase the jewelry, so i want that to look the cleanest =]

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    Tracking is just a typography term for the equiverlent of CSS 'letter-spacing'... Flash uses it, Freehand does, so I'm certain Fireworks must have similar control over text.

    The grey was just an example of softer constrast compared to B on W - I wouldn't consider it in this case.

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    heheh in fireworks they call is spacing, the original
    little devils =]

    heheh thanks!


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