Critique My New Graphics Website.

by NickArnold 6 replies
Hello Warriors.

I've just put my new graphics site online @ GFXWarrior.com

If you have time, take a look and let me know what you think. Both looks and copy wise.

I havn't proof read the copy myself yet, just bashed it in, but it's probably best you make your suggestions before I make my revisions.

P.S - I know the Portfolio is small atm, I havn't done any sites for other marketers as yet, but this is something I will be building up as the work comes in.

Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author KarlWarren
    Hi Nick,

    welcome to the clan. I'm not a copywriter, so I'm not qualified to comment on that - however, the salespage does seem to be a tad short.

    The design itself, for the most part is great - I love the branding you've used, the "warrior" is a good way to get instant recognition.

    A couple of small points, i'm not being overly critical - just want to cast another designer's eye on it for you:

    The gradient blending mode you've used on the blue... please change it, those two colours really don't blend well. If I were to suggest anything, try a black white gradient using "multiply" mode.

    The screws on GFX WARRIOR, don't really fit in with the "theme" - have you considered "feathered arrows" piercing the word, it might be a nice touch.

    The shadow under GFX WARRIOR, in my opinion has too much of a spread - and I would expect the light to come from the top left (but that's just my preference)

    Lastly, for the theme you're going with, It might be worth trying some wild-west colours, earthy browns etc.

    Kindest regards,
    Karl.
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  • Profile picture of the author Peter Bestel
    Hi Nick

    I'm neither a copywriter or a designer so take from this what you will!

    I like the chief idea and the image, together with the layout, but like
    Karl, I'm not keen on the turquoisey scheme. It may suit a more earthy scheme but the pale blue just says cheap to me.

    The card image in front of the product shot looks a bit weird. I think you need to mess with the perspective of that - but having said that, what is it anyway, do you need it?

    I think it's best to stuff your headline with USP / benefits. Yours is a broad, kinda hypey statement. The image may grab but the copy doesn't. You mention a couple of times that you guarantee a 48 hour turnaround - you're not making the most of this.

    There's quite a few typos in the copy but I'm sure they'll get sorted. Overall the copy does need work but the thing that'll improve the page most is some quality testimonials as soon as you can. That way you'll be able to back up any statements you make.

    Peter
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    • Profile picture of the author NickArnold
      Thanks folks.

      Didn't expect such good feedback.

      Karl - Some good ideas regarding feathered arrows etc. I will certainly try to work those in.

      I'll be honest i am a sucker for light blue / aqua so I might not change this, but i will certainly try some other variations because I certainly see where you are coming from that browns etc would fit the theme better.

      Peter - Glad you noticed the perspective issue on the main image, i will try to sort that out and maybe do away with the card as suggested. I will certainly make the 48 hour turnaround a bit more obvious as suggested.

      Got a few other things to do at the moment, but i will check through all of the feedback and make some changes based on them over the weekend ready for official launch on Monday.

      Thanks again.

      Any more feedback is welcomed too.
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      • Profile picture of the author flnz400
        Originally Posted by NickArnold View Post

        I'll be honest i am a sucker for light blue / aqua so I might not change this,
        What is more important: your opinion of your site or the people who are dropping coins in your back pocket?

        Don't design your site for yourself, design it for your customers! Sell, Sell, Sell....
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      • Profile picture of the author Greg Cooksley
        Hey Nick,

        You asked for feedback.....

        From a purely artistic point of view ......I think
        the website as a whole looks "weak" - the colours used lack conviction.
        Try using a deeper hue if you're intent on using those colours.

        Also, you should do more work on the graphics....when I go to
        a site that offers design work, my first impression of the site
        is what will prompt me to stay longer or to click away immediately.

        And the combination of a "weak" colour scheme and "weak" graphics
        would cause me to click away from your site...

        Hopefully that helps you....and that you can see it as being constructive feedback....

        Regards

        Greg
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        • Profile picture of the author NickArnold
          Flnz - Good point. It seems the colours are not going down well with anyone so i guess they will have to be changed at some point, but from my own point of view they wouldn't put me off so i'll just need mass opinion to make me change my mind I guess!

          Greg - Again, you might be right about the colours, everyone seems to agree.

          I don't agree that the graphics are weak. I'm far from the best designer on the forum, there are some outstanding ones here, but 'weak' would suggest the graphics are well below par. I've actually seen much worse out there. Weak to me would suggest pixelated, bad stock photography, basic fonts, no shadow etc etc. But i guess it's all down to opinions. While I am my own biggest critic I can't believe the graphics on the site are below average at all.

          I will be the first to admit I would put more time in for paying customers, the graphics on the site have been created for myself.

          Thanks for the comments, keep them coming.
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