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[web] Some Help With Aesthetics

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I'm just looking for opinions on my design. I have two single-paged tests: one here, and the other here. The only difference between the two is that one has a black background and the other has a blue background. I'm trying to design a page with a lighter background since I always make pages with black backgrounds but I left a sample with the black for comparison. Are there improvements to the color scheme I can make? How about for the design overall?

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The buttons on the left seem like their text is "faded" because there isn't much contrast between the text color and the background color of the button. Also, this is probably just me being stupid but an overabundance of USA flag paraphernalia has made averse to red white and blue color schemes.

EDIT: I also like the blue background better than the back. Also, the design is pretty simplistic but it's laid out fine. Simplicity is fine anyway.

All this is in my opinion, of course.

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Three people told me that the blue one was too much 'Go America!' which was not even in my mind when I made it [sad] Last night I asked my friend what she though and working with her I came up with this. I like the blue background with the teal inset but something bothers me with the green and light blue headers.

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Three people told me that the blue one was too much 'Go America!' which was not even in my mind when I made it [sad] Last night I asked my friend what she though and working with her I came up with this. I like the blue background with the teal inset but something bothers me with the green and light blue headers.


I think that color scheme is nicer than the other two you linked before. You might want to take a look at the color wheel, I think the art teacher in grade school mentioned something about using opposite ends in order for contrast and to avoid picking colors that were right next to each other something something something..

This link seems to have a bit of general color scheme suggestions.

I am not an artist, however. [smile]

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You want contrast between the text and its background in this case, not between the backgrounds of the menu, the paragraphs, and the page.

Try making the background colors of everything closer... don't jump so much.

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I can only offer two things: firstly, the text boxes leak out of the bar on the left in IE; secondly, I have a deeply ingrained hatred of Times New Roman [wink]

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I can only offer two things: firstly, the text boxes leak out of the bar on the left in IE; secondly, I have a deeply ingrained hatred of Times New Roman [wink]

Yeah, I know about the form leakage in IE. IE doesnt support the max-width style it seems. It also indents all of the entries like it's not supposed to. My plan was to first get a good look for the site then work out the bugs in IE [smile]

As for your hate for Times New Roman, change your user stylesheet!

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