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Old 09 Aug 2009, 14:25
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bbsmiley.com

Link to the forum http://www.bbsmiley.com/

I purchased the domain back in january and recently started work on the forum style.

Registrations are still closed untill I iron out a few issues that I feel still needs doing, but the majority of the visuals and scripts applied are complete. The structure isn't finalized but from the domain it's a smiley site if you were curious.

All the images and icons and graphics were designed by myself apart from the 4 icons that came with a script located on forumhome, they seem to blend in nicely so I didn't feel the need to design anything new.

Feedback, thoughts and a good ole critique would be appreciated. Thankyou.

Because I'm using quite a few .png, the style images and other elements will look taccy in IE6 because it doesn't support png transparency. I never was supporting this version of the browser and not likely to either by implementing any fixes.
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Old 09 Aug 2009, 14:33
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Very good work.

The colour scheme is great however it's too girlie for my liking.
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Old 09 Aug 2009, 16:26
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OH wow shelly very nice will vBImageworks.com still be running ?
and will i need to sign up on the new one

Looks great btw
Mike

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Old 09 Aug 2009, 19:25
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Ok so let me give you my personal feedback..

The site functionality seems to be great , i like your level of customization , very good work on that indeed.

Great site , i like , but since you already know that , lets get to the good stuff.

Here is what I see and it ticks me just a little , there is too much spacing between elements , maybe thats your intention , but it a lot of wasted space in my opinion ( example , the nav bar from the main wrapper etc.. , forums and such ..)

Now i think you are trying to create a really happy theme , which is great , however! , thats the dilemma here , i think its VERY bright , my eyes find it very irritating , i cant stay focused on one particular part , i need to "run" for darkness lol.

Some Elements need to change color , for example the nav text , hard to see right off the bat , you have to "look" for it... I really think you have a great site , but just those particular things that , at least for me , keep it from being a very good site...

But that's just me .
Good work! nonetheless
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Old 09 Aug 2009, 19:53
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Xtrato. Thanks for the feedback it's what I was looking for. The spacing on the navbar/notices was intentional as was the forums and although I'll leave the spacing in the nav/notice/navbits I think your right about the forum spacing. I'll work on reducing them a little there does seem to be a bit to much spacing between forums.

With regards to the navbar links hovering to another colour I'll look into this also and see what works.

The bright colours, I've seen brighter I think I may change the forum icon colours, the yellow may be contributing to this vibrancy though this was the kind of look I was looking for being a smiley orientated site but i feel the forum status yellow colour is throwing the whole theme out of whack.

Again, thanks for the critique. I'll work on most of the things you mentioned but most of the colours will probably remain. Never say never though once I start working on one area it will lead to the areas I want to leave alone. Thanks again Xtrato.
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Old 10 Aug 2009, 16:09
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no problem , i like your site , i just dont like the brightness , perhaps a blue selection to users ... its just me though , go with what YOU think its best for your community and most appropriate , you are the creator , so your ideas are most important! , others are valuable but , you have the final say...

her is a blue shot .



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Old 10 Aug 2009, 17:06
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I did originally say that I was going to do a blue variation for the males so I asked 8 guys and they said have the one style (which was the pink style) which they liked, so I went with that. I just may add in another and implement the blue theme. When all is said and done I'll complete the pink style and then duplicate it and import the pink xml file and re-colour the pink areas to a blue which should take 5 minutes.

Thanks again Xtrato. I'll try the blue variation out which I might try out today.

I understand I have the final say but I always feel the best suggestions and feedback come from third parties so any other suggestions are welcomed and feedback good or bad.
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Old 10 Aug 2009, 17:22
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Nice site, Shelley. My only comment is that I would make the forum_old, forum_new, etc images a bit smaller since they seem to compete with the smilie next to it. (Not sure if that made sense.)

I like the pink.
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Old 10 Aug 2009, 17:37
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Nice site, Shelley. My only comment is that I would make the forum_old, forum_new, etc images a bit smaller since they seem to compete with the smilie next to it. (Not sure if that made sense.)

I like the pink.
Thanks Lynne, I have to agree, they do seem to be a little on the large side I also want to keep the width of this area the same as the icons in the what's going on area so everything running down the forumhome is uniformed and aligned neatly. I have been pondering on re-colouring them anyway and might re-size the actual icons themselves but keep the canvas the same width.
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Old 10 Aug 2009, 20:19
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Pros:
I love the smilies for each category. They are a perfect touch! And unique!
This is one of the most beautiful vb styles I have ever seen. Very nice job! The colors all blend well together and the site is easy to read and follow.

Cons:
I couldn't register to inquire about custom work
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Old 10 Aug 2009, 21:58
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Registrations won't be enabled for a while. I've since took Xtrato's suggestion on an alternative style and because I used replacement variables on the original style I need to re-add most of them back in.

I've also re-sized the forum icons on the blue style and they do look better so I'll be transferring them over to the pink style template.
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Old 11 Aug 2009, 05:50
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Its so cute but I agree with the pink background. It is too light for my eyes. You should make the green that you have on there the background instead.
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Old 11 Aug 2009, 15:55
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Thanks for the suggestion Profanitytalker though I did try this earlier on during this styling project, and the colours or green to be specific as the background, didn't quite look right. I since introduced another style for people who find the pink overwhelming for something a little more subtle to the eyes.
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Old 11 Aug 2009, 18:52
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If you need to see her name on this post to tell she designed this - then you don't know Shelly.

High-Resolution Graphics, Vibrant Colors, Bold Feel, Clean & Feel Good - Yep that's Shelley.

I can agree that some areas (like the pink) can be a tad overwhelming, but we all know you wear shades while you work.

Check out how much space that navbar takes. If it were me, I'd have a smiley showcase or somethin' floating to the right of the title on the navbar. Showcase your work, to get more work, and more purchases. Stop being modest. Also, in the welcome message I'd include the fact that you designed every smiley on there - because even I almost can't believe the variety.
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Old 13 Aug 2009, 15:00
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I can agree that some areas (like the pink) can be a tad overwhelming, but we all know you wear shades while you work.
im sorry i had to LOL this one haha... i didnt know that , perhaps i should get some too .

good stuff.

--------------- Added 13 Aug 2009 at 15:09 ---------------

Just looked at Style2... looking good, i can see !! lol , anyway here is an image of my thoughts..

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