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    Andres Ortiz

    I am in the process of making another site and I would like some feedback on the design please.

    It is my very own creation: Catholic Design Studio[/url:ckb4jhx4]

    Feel free to add your comments. The contact page form does not work yet so don’t bother submitting anything there. <img src=” title=”Very Happy” />


    Very pretty use of background graphics, and it follows a reasonable pattern, which makes it readable for the disabled (my friend uses JAWS, an OS for the blind, which reads webpages to her, and the way some things come out is insane).

    Maybe I’m just odd, but I don’t like most designs where only one column of the page is taken up with content. It just kind of niggles at me, because it feels (to me, at least) like the space could be used more economically. Also, the image of the beach took a very long time to load; I was already browsing the page, wondering why there was this big blank spot at the top, before it appeared. Maybe if it were in a different format (as opposed to .png, which has wonderful image quality but is huge) there wouldn’t be that problem.

    About the Services page– there’s a broken link to “The Importance of a Good Design” and I don’t know that the hover-text option when explaining the different services is the best, since people who need explanations (broad generalisation here) might be confused by the mouseover vs. a link.

    And then just a niggly- in the body text, links show up bright blue, which doesn’t fit the colour scheme.


    Andres Ortiz

    Thanks for reminding me of all the things that I had yet to fix. :oops:

    Anyway, PNGs aren’t naturally slow, it’s just a huge file – not because it is a PNG but because of the many, many colors and that I wanted to save it in decent quality. IIRC saving it as a JPG would have been roughly the same size.

    Do you have a high-speed connection?



    Like CandleFlame, I am not a fan of one column being used and the rest of the page being blank.

    Here is not so bad because a sizeable chunk of screen is being used. Right now, I think the other site is less than half.


    Andres Ortiz

    [quote:3iuumsmv]Like CandleFlame, I am not a fan of one column being used and the rest of the page being blank. […] Right now, I think the other site is less than half.[/quote:3iuumsmv]
    Well, I know you like sites that are busier looking and pack a lot of info into a small space. With About Catholics and the new one I am trying to be a little different than other Catholic sites.

    For CDS I wanted to do something very different that felt more like a handbill.

    I appreciate people offering feedback as I experiment with different things. <img src=” title=”Smile” />


    I’m new to the site. I have my own site called catholicTorch
    I think you have a very unique style for a catholic site.

    I think it would attract a younger crowd. It’s very bloggish.
    Good job!


    Andres Ortiz

    @CatholicTorch: Thanks for the comments, although it is not necessary to advertise your site in every post. That would be considered spam and I don’t like it. <img src=” title=”Wink” /> See Moderation policy #4: … ic.php?t=7

    I don’t have a problem with a link in your sig though.


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