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    I'd like an honest review

    Give me your hoest opinion advice or impressions if you would.
    At least all the pages validate

    www.isaanimports.com

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    u need a little more work

    i would have white as your background color, Then add some sharper looking graphics!, I do think you need to work on the typography alot!

    Overall: everythings where its meant to be!, and it does validate!
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    You could make the main background colour the same colour as the hills in your header pic. This would create a nice horizon effect near the top of the page. I'd be tempted to use a more welcoming picture though. Nice layout

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    I'm not an expert, but I like your page just the way it is.

    The only thing that I would change would have the menu bar at the top also center like the title at the top. I quess I just like balance.

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    Thanks all for the kind words I appreciate it.
    Quote Originally Posted by little_toaster
    i would have white as your background color, Then add some sharper looking graphics!, I do think you need to work on the typography alot!

    Overall: everythings where its meant to be!, and it does validate!
    I wrote this thing to be self standig and coded every word. gettnig valid output frmthe php code was a snap but the overall feel of the page lacks something to my eye.
    I'm an engineer, not a graphics designer. I appreciate your advice. Would you be able to be more specific about the typography? I look at the site and it is clean, yet I keep missing something and I think you may be on to what it is that's been eluding me.
    Thanks

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    I'll try;

    I'll Try to help; I understand what your saying about the engineer perception, I also class myself as one of these.

    I think you could visit here, just a little on typography, so you can get into that mindset.

    Your headers for instance are quite unusually laid out; they are placed left aligned to the main paragraph, I dont think this look works unless a large amout of text is being used.

    Whitespace;
    You have odd amounts of white space, this and inconsistant page breaks have made the layout a little awkward.

    I actually think it will look better with the header photo enlarged. add some height ot this, i think it will balance the page out a little.

    and i still think the background color should be white;

    Hope I helped a little, anthony
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    Quote Originally Posted by little_toaster
    I'll Try to help; I understand what your saying about the engineer perception, I also class myself as one of these.

    I think you could visit here, just a little on typography, so you can get into that mindset.

    Your headers for instance are quite unusually laid out; they are placed left aligned to the main paragraph, I dont think this look works unless a large amout of text is being used.

    Whitespace;
    You have odd amounts of white space, this and inconsistant page breaks have made the layout a little awkward.

    I actually think it will look better with the header photo enlarged. add some height ot this, i think it will balance the page out a little.

    and i still think the background color should be white;

    Hope I helped a little, anthony
    Quite frankly, i've been lookig at the same things you mentioned. You may have noticed I changed the menu bar last night. The indent ofthe text bothered me. I want the page to load quick so I've kept grphics to a minimum. I also want some space for a cpersistent cart display that doesn;t look empty when it's not there ie. not selected anything for purchase.
    Coincendently, I had the header image at 130px to begin. I think It's 110 tall now so I can just lower the menu. I keep givng it less space. Dropping the menu to 110 costs nothing in overhead.
    I have made some changes to the layout according to your ideas and couple fo my own.
    I've also fooled with the thought of a White background. This would involve rethinking font colors, the backgrounds on all my text boxes and recoloring the front images. Maybe an hour to fine tune. css is great stuff ain't it?
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    better

    It looks alot better already, gotta dash late for work!
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    The header iamgery

    The heading Isaan Imports has this Silver style, the image quality is poor since you have not applied any anti-aliasing technique, it looks to carved. Possible the easiest fix I see here, blend the Text Isaan Imports with the background in one image, preferable a jpeg. perhaps some shiny beams in a circular motion would be nice - could then make the text appear like a sunrise ... The background shows a dull gray day in the mountains, not that cloudy mountains cannot make a beautiful picture but it needs some editing
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    font is too plain for what should a sophisticated page, you're offering something special after all

    yeah to a white background, or at least a white box for the pictures, you want those pics to look good and the background colour effects the perception of the jewellery, pictures of jewellery, spec for sale, have to be top class, well lit and pin sharp, clean and crisp

    get the menu text centered vertically, it look plain sloppy to me to me at present

    and what the last fella said about the picture and the text for the header

    a nicer sharper font

    sort out the runaround/margin on the first picture, text running onto a picture always looks hammy

    general smarteining up really and apologies for repeating what others have already said

    good luck

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    It is best you use one header image since you wont have any advantage of a better looking silvery company text, I made this header.jpg which has both text centered and background in one image. This seems the best way to achieve a attractive header. You can use the attached header image for the background of <div class="header">. What you did to center the text when stretching the window has no benfit what so ever since one will make the window big enough to see your entire nav.

    For further info about anti-aliasing: <http://www.phong.com/tutorials/anti-alias/>
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails I'd like an honest review-header.jpg  
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    Getting that margin was easy. I noticed it after the last upload. Fonts? trying to get the best for all browsers and OS's. Not sure There's a happy medium. maybe veranda for wndows? helvetica for linux and what for Mac? Right now I'm getting almost 75% traffic from Win users, about 18% from Linux very few macs. about 45% hit me with Firefox. Figure as the site gets a higher percentage of non-tech users i'm going to see more like 85% IE and windows. I develop on linux and check and tweak in Windows. So choosing a font can be a pain. right now the style sheet lists; arial, helvetica and sans-serif;
    Recommendations?
    I've heard this term anti-alias bandied about for the last 12 years or so, being an engineer I usually went deaf when these things were discussed. I mean, I was thinking, what is it? Where you want it? and is it a risk? Does it integrate? Now, I haven't a clue as to what it can do and how i appy it, buy it or d/l it.
    I like the misty mountains Took that from my desk, well outside on the balcony. had a sunset but I prefered the moodiness of the impending rain. I liked the simple approach of a name butwanted it to look like silver.
    BTW - I really do buy silver up in those hills.

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    antialiasing is a graphics function that softens the edge of images where they join somethig else graphic, it prevents a hrd jagged edge, works very well as long as the values used are correct, any vaguely decent graphics programme will let you do that

    hear what you say re font but arial is so over exposed, default font basically

    appreciate you love that pic but it what it conveys to joe scmoe customer that counts init, if it makes them feel moody, negative, downbeat then thats not good

    fwiw, 'silver' effect lettering is going to be tricky, the variation in monitirs alone is going to mean a lot of people seeing steel, lead, iron and plain gray, I'd be minded to leave it alone and go for some simple reliable colours, let the jewellery do the silvering

    and again, make those jewellery picture the best they can be, sharp sharp sharp and bright bright bright, see what the other commercial jewellery sites are doing, if I was buying soome I'd want a bigger picture when I clicked on it so I could really squint at the detail of it

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    antialiasing is a graphics function that softens the edge of images where they join somethig else graphic, it prevents a hrd jagged edge, works very well as long as the values used are correct, any vaguely decent graphics programme will let you do that
    a transparent gif with a shadow applied to it will always be jagged , one can use matting to set a sort of
    outer color that matches tha background but in the lay-out as is, the transparent gif shifts when stretching the windows thus the transparent gif will reveal its boundaries

    hear what you say re font but arial is so over exposed, default font basically
    This style applied works well accross win,mac and linux since the Lucida font is sort of default on their machines:

    Code:
    body {		
    	font: 76%  "Lucida Grande", "Lucida Sans Unicode", "Verdana", Sans-Serif;
    	line-height:1.3;
    	}
    Quote Originally Posted by Tynan
    fwiw, 'silver' effect lettering is going to be tricky, the variation in monitirs alone is going to mean a lot of people seeing steel, lead, iron and plain gray, I'd be minded to leave it alone and go for some simple reliable colours, let the jewellery do the silvering
    See this reworked image:
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails I'd like an honest review-header.jpg  
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    Like the look of the title. I liked the title centered when resizing I'll figure out how to keep the backround centered.
    The photos are an issue. Had real sharp pics at 1280X960 wanted to conserve bandwidth. Here in Thailand I'm having a tough time locating pure white bulbs many of hte photos have a gold cast. The ability to view a larger closeup of the items is on the list of to-dos totaly agree this inlut just fores me to "get on it". this stuff has such fantastic detail i think that would be major selling point. I am finding I overestimated the bandwidth my site would use. I've really kept everything lean as possible and now will implement the higher res photos as links. Want to retake everything with whiter bulbs in my floods 'though.

    I tried the fonts you listed, thanks! not sure how I like it but seems to render better in Opera than the other fonts did. In FF it's not such a big improvement coping the stuff to my windows parition now gotta see how IE digests this stuff.
    ot sure when the font change will be up.
    You folks are helping imensely and actually giving me alot of confidence in what I've done. with the input everyone is giving I begin to think I am on the right track and with some more tweaking by me and peeking by the community I'll have zip-zam fine lookin' web site!


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