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A facelift for our website: thoughts please.

04-23-2010, 10:43 AM
#1
Joined: Jun 2008
Posts: 215
A facelift for our website: thoughts please.

We at 1026 Development have recently updated our website. We gave it a total redesign and want to get some feedback on our new design. We have made it even easier to contact us, including opening up new outlets such as a facebook fan page. We enhanced our application pages to provide information about our apps much more conveniently, and we changed how our screenshots are displayed. Anyway, please take a look around and let us know what you think as we are striving to give the best user experience possible.

Jeremy Curcio
1026 Development
Lead Developer
www.1026development.com
04-23-2010, 10:51 AM
#2
Joined: Feb 1983
Location: Barcelona
Posts: 1,268,692
Use a transparent .png for that monkey up top to get some antialiasing going. If you at all care about IE6 compatibility with your site using a transparent png in the header you can use this- http://homepage.ntlworld.com/bobosola/

04-26-2010, 12:43 PM
#3
I think there are a few things that can be done to enhance your new design

1. The first question your home page needs to answer is: What is this website about? Unfortunately, I don't think the current home page answers this. Right now, a visitor has no way of knowing that you guys specialize in "iPhone apps and games". In fact, there's no mention of "iPhone" anywhere there. Sure, there's 'app' and there's 'iTunes', but having iPhone in there will drive home the point far quicker. It's the thought process - "oh, it's iPhone", vs. "Hmm... I wonder what this website is. Well, it says 'app'.. could it be for my android? Oh wait, it says iTunes" - and that's assuming a user has that technical knowledge

2. I would highly recommend you use a prominent image between your nav bar and the "we're on fb" text to show some screenshots. For e.g., look at these sites. A visitor would have absolutely NO doubt about what the site has to offer
a. http://tapulous.com/
b. http://tapbots.com/

Browse through www.smashingmagazine.com for some inspiration

3. A Blurb
Have a blurb in there that highlights what you do or what your app does. Like, in tapbots, you'll see it right next to their logo. "Robots for your iPhone and iPod Touch".

4. Page titles. Try adding something there too like "1026 Development - iPhone Apps and Games"

5. You *could* try splitting apps and games into separate sections. It will help you word the sections better to suit the app or game in there

IMO, these would be the top things for you to look at in your design.
04-26-2010, 02:40 PM
#4
Be honest - did you use a template for that site? I'm 95% certain I've seen that exact same style and layout on a couple of other app developers' sites.
04-26-2010, 03:37 PM
#5
Joined: Sep 2009
Location: Vancouver, Canada
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Quote:
Originally Posted by bmn0210 View Post
Be honest - did you use a template for that site? I'm 95% certain I've seen that exact same style and layout on a couple of other app developers' sites.
Well it's not exactly a unique layout concept. No doubt you've seen dozens of other sites with a similar layout.

Header on top, then a navigation bar and a two-column content area below.
04-26-2010, 05:35 PM
#6
ill be honest. ur design is a basic design. i see that same design in alot of websites all over the internet. Ur coding is basic CSS. Nothing fancy about the coding and the design. Ur logo is very basic. PM Me if u need help or need help with any ideas. also u need a small support forum. theres other ideas too. u can do.
04-26-2010, 05:51 PM
#7
It's simple and to the point if that's what you're going for, can't argue with that.
04-26-2010, 07:32 PM
#8
Joined: Jan 2010
Location: yes
Posts: 306
Here's a simple one.
Change your font, its very basic. But don't go overboard, just a more unique one that's still easy to read.

A more complex and abstract one.
Give it more attitude. Good imaginations overcome technical (aka simple CSS) difficulty.

This is a forum dedicated to figure out what is the best way you can give Steve Jobs your money.
04-27-2010, 12:50 AM
#9
Joined: Mar 2009
Location: Oslo, Norway
Posts: 731
I think it's ok if a little bland. How about some screenshots/artwork on you front-page?

Oh, and I don't like the fact that the whole site is anchored to the left-side of my web-browser. Makes it look a lot worse when displayed in a wide browser-window.

Edit: I thought of something else I think is a real weakness (sorry): The site has a layout that doesn't really emphasize anything. There's a column called "app of the month", another column mentioning facebook and a third mentioning your game "power pegs". A suggestion would be to put the "app of the month" front and center, making it the dominant element of your front-page.

Take a look at the sites of companies like Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft, Apple and notice how the layout leads the eye to the different elements...

Last edited by NickFalk; 04-27-2010 at 01:17 AM.
04-27-2010, 11:39 AM
#10
also ur website isnt cross browser friendly. Meaning. It looks ok in ie. but it looks horrible on firefox. u should have all browsers installed on ur system. testing ur website in all browsers. chrome, safari, firefox, ie ect.