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post Jan 25 2006, 06:33 PM
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I've changed the look of my site to hopefully not put casual browsers off too much for being too 'dark'. Sadly, I need to attract the general public to this site because there are more people out there who will enjoy my stuff than those who are a little weird (like us).

What do you think?

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post Jan 25 2006, 07:47 PM
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I like it. You haven't changed that much but it's given the page a fresh new look, whilst not being totally different. And it is a bit less 'dark'.


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post Jan 25 2006, 09:48 PM
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The background was the most fun bit: I selected the whole thing and inverted the colours then doodled a little bit on it. You could fairly accurately say that it's completely the opposite from what it was before!


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post Jan 25 2006, 10:11 PM
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im not totaly convinced... but hey.

Im liking the logo, but the background is kinda making me sad... but change is good... so well done smile.gif


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post Jan 25 2006, 10:40 PM
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I still see the old background...

nevermind, it was loading from the cache. The blobs on the background aren't very visible, It might be better if they were more prominent, it'd look less...white.


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post Jan 25 2006, 11:47 PM
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It seems a bit too white for me too.. I think I prefer the blue background.

I really like the logo though. smile.gif


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post Jan 26 2006, 12:24 AM
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Ooh, that's nice, and the background is cute. Well done. smile.gif


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post Jan 26 2006, 12:38 AM
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It's amazing what you can make with some old photos, trick cards from crackers, and the ripped up back of your cheque book.

I've added occasional aged-wood textures to the background and put the link fonts in bold to make them easier to read. Hopefully that will help reduce the feeling of whiteness. It probably only seems so bright in comparison to the layouts that have gone before it. I'm sure you'll get used to it!


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post Jan 26 2006, 12:44 AM
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I'll be a tad nostalgic for the old black look, but I love the textures and pictures of the new background. It's far less dark and more friendly, but still related to the old background. Good work! smile.gif


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post Jan 26 2006, 12:45 AM
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Thanks. I'm going to be very interested to see if I get an increase in hits because of it.


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post Jan 26 2006, 12:37 PM
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Didn't someone figure out that people prefer to read light text on a dark background as opposed to the other way around?


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post Jan 26 2006, 04:39 PM
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I was seeing the old background without noticing, but i forced it to totally refresh and yeah, it looks good.

QUOTE (Sir_Psycho_Sexy @ Jan 26 2006, 12:37 PM)
Didn't someone figure out that people prefer to read light text on a dark background as opposed to the other way around?
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Yeah, that is the only problem, I now have to highlight all the text to get it light on dark but hey, what can you do?


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post Jan 27 2006, 12:24 AM
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Weirdly, I've been having exactly the opposite problem lately. I've been finding light on dark tiring on the eyes to read.

I freely admit that I've made this change for the simple reason that light colours make my site look more approachable to a wider range of visitors. I really am sorry if this makes things harder to read... Would some sort of dark background behind the central box help?

EDIT: Oh, and to my knowledge, recent studies have shown that different people respond to different colour combinations of reading. There might have been a general preference result that I didn't see, but it changes between people. Personally I find it easiest to read black text on a light blue background, which is the way that I've set up Windows now, but I think that's just me.


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post Jan 27 2006, 04:13 PM
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QUOTE (Mata @ Jan 27 2006, 12:24 AM)
I really am sorry if this makes things harder to read... Would some sort of dark background behind the central box help?
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Don't feel you need to change it on my account, I don't really visit the main page very much. I go straight to the forums or your blog, and if I want to see the animations I can go to them easily enough. It's fine.


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post Jan 27 2006, 09:08 PM
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i don't like it and i want it back, also in other news, i have become a very demanding person in the last 5 minuites.

can't there be a choice on the colour?
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edit: i like it now, it took some getting used to.

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post Jan 27 2006, 10:52 PM
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Please ease up on the smilies, especially when they all contradict each other. Your points will be clearer without huge clumps of twitching little faces. smile.gif


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post Jan 31 2006, 11:47 PM
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I like it I suppose. I love the doodles in the background. It certainly is creative, though. *thumbs up*


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post Feb 1 2006, 01:27 AM
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Cheers Blakrose, nice to see you finally made it onto my forums!

People might be interested to know that in the last few days I've been getting around two thousand hits more per day than I was a week ago. I'm guessing that this means that more people are staying on the site for longer. Hurrah! It worked!


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post Feb 2 2006, 03:12 AM
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I was having the same problem as CheeseMoose, I was seeing the old background. Well! I see the new one now and its.... well I like it, but its different and thats weird. I miss your old old old layout! That was the coolest. And it explained how the animations was The Otherside too. Now its only a legend =(


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post Feb 2 2006, 01:23 PM
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I like it. It was a bit of a shock at first (AGH! Too bright!) but it looks good. I like the background doodles, hehe.


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post Feb 2 2006, 01:28 PM
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In time all things shall pass, including my site layouts.


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post Feb 9 2006, 12:13 AM
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Inspired me to doodle all over one of my AP Euro tests! *cough*


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post Feb 9 2006, 01:06 PM
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And you still didn't pass? Astonishing! wink.gif


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post Feb 9 2006, 08:25 PM
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Hehe. I got 26 right out of 90 or something like that.... Ouch.

But there were cute little kitties! How can someone resist bumping my grade when there's little KITTIES?!


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post Feb 9 2006, 08:30 PM
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QUOTE (Kitty @ Feb 9 2006, 08:25 PM)
Hehe. I got 26 right out of 90 or something like that.... Ouch.

But there were cute little kitties! How can someone resist bumping my grade when there's little KITTIES?!
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