♥ Krista (_kristaaa) wrote in geeky_designs,
♥ Krista
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y0, I'm Krista, and I'm a layout whore. I change my layout almost every 2-3 weeks, and I'm just about ready to change my weblog layout.

http://absolute-destiny.net
^ My website. New layout was made last week.

The latest thing I've designed was 3 hours ago and that was my Mountain Dew avatar. Hmm. >D

w00t, yeah. That's it for now.
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You have a good start, yet there are a few things that you need to work on especially if you want to be taken seriously as a designer.

1) IE is not the only browser. Especially for web designers and web design enthusiats. If you really get into it, you will find that IE is the bottom of the barrel. Actually it's so bad it doesn't even get to go IN the barrell. Try checking out Mozilla (or it's slimmed down version -- FireFox) and Opera. They will definetly help you out.

2) Not everyone uses a resolution of 800x600. Actually, if you browse statistics is getting lower and lower in popularity, especially with the popularity of flat-screens, laptops and LCD screens. The lowest resolutions those screens usually are is 1024x768. So, as you can imagine you design is miniscule in those browsers.

Also, as a part two to this, you should NEVER limit yourself to one resolution. For example most people browse within the resolution bar from 800x600 to 1152x1024.

3)Your navigation is barely perceptable. The font is so small compared to the scale of the picture. Also, it seems you are using a image map for the nav. If you want ot continue designing you will see that this is bad, since non-graphic browsers, and people who have turned off graphics (which, surprisingly a lot do) will not be able to go anywhere.

Also, the link names will make no sense to regular users. While it is trendy, and popular with in the community to give witty names in relation to design. Regular people who have no idea what you are talking about will be confused.

4)I am so estatic to see that you are using CSS. BUT, you have some errors: http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/validator?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fabsolute-destiny.net%2Fstyle.css&usermedium=all


5)I'm disapointed though to see that you are not using XHTML. (same basically as HTML, with a few more (better/standards) improvements. http://www.w3schools.com/xhtml/default.asp

6)While learning HTML you should have learned about DOCTYPES. These are the things that go at the very top of your HTML document, before even the or
BASTARDS cut me off ;)

6)While learning HTML you should have learned about DOCTYPES. These are the things that go at the very top of your HTML document, before even the <html> or <head>. This is what tells the browser of your visitors WHAT version of HTML you are using, and how they should evaluated it. You can find out more about that here: http://www.alistapart.com/articles/doctype/

7)Besides messing around with different layouts, and stuff to that effect . . . what is the point of your site? I see you are skilled with photoshop, and whatnot, so why not have a portfolio of EVERYTHING you have done there, and not just your current layout? And since it seems like you love designing so much, why not design free templates for people to use on their sites/blogs/whatever? There is a bunch of us who are involved with things like that over at Beautify -- http://embellish.org/forums

8)I really dig the laout of your personal blog on your domain.

Yeah, so I hope that I . . . helped? Meh, I dunno. Just keep designing and make sure you enjoy doing it.

Lindsey
Wow, thanks a lot for the tips and stuff. :) I'm pretty new to designing, and it's great to see someone FINALLY give me some constructive critisism. :)

Thanks a bunches.
Oh yeah, the forums link doesn't work. :/