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DeveloperBarn.com - The Developer Resource

Discussion in 'Forum Showcase and Critiques' started by jmurrayhead, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. jmurrayhead

    jmurrayhead Well-Known Member

    Just realized I never put my site up here. So here it is: http://www.developerbarn.com

    I opened the site back in 2008 in response to a site I was a member and moderator of being acquired by a large company. At first it was ok, but they neglected the site and the community and made it into an ad farm for financial gain. We had a slow start and activity eventually picked up after a couple years...however, with many core members moving on due to lost interest in the topic and other obligations of higher priority, activity has dropped.

    Anyway, I'd love to hear some feedback. Most of you know the person who did the custom style ;)
     
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  2. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    I like the name :)
    Style is nice.
    Will need to add more content to gain some traction.
    Maybe you should Blog a bit ?
     
  3. jmurrayhead

    jmurrayhead Well-Known Member

    Thanks :)

    Yeah, I used to blog a lot...time has become an issue. I'm back in school now working on another degree. But I've done some more work feature/design wise on the site this week.
     
  4. John

    John Well-Known Member

    I'm a bit biased, but I think that is one of the sharpest styles out there. :) Jason was a true pleasure to work for as well!
     
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  5. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    Nice site and excellent style (we don't see enough green styles) really like the header area. Excellent work. (y)

    A minor tweak suggestion: maybe add the following radius to the category?

    Code:
    .nodeList .categoryStrip {
     
        border-bottom-right-radius: 5px;
        border-top-left-radius: 5px;
        border-top-right-radius: 5px; } 
    jmurray_radius.png
     
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  6. jmurrayhead

    jmurrayhead Well-Known Member

    I like it. Initially I requested for border radius to be removed for the most part - because everything has a border radius now - but I might change my mind on it now that I've seen your screen shot.
     
  7. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I was in that way of thinking but I think some designs/areas just look better with a radius. It depends if the design warrants it being put in and I could see you have removed a bit of the radius on your style (not that it's a bad thing) The variation of green really does look good (liking the green).

    Another suggestion: I really think you should change the node icons. something a little more eyecandy but i sense your going for minimalistic? I think you can juggle that though with a nice balance with nice looking node icons and keeping it to a minimalistic look and feel. :)
     
  8. John

    John Well-Known Member

    Green can be so hard to get right sometimes but I think all the colors work great on that style. It's one of my most favorite designs. Love it when a plan comes together. :)
     
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  9. jmurrayhead

    jmurrayhead Well-Known Member

    Yes. I LOVE the green. It's my favorite color and figured it would fit well with my site. I sent my ideas to John and he did the rest :D Anyway, I agree about the radius. I do like it some areas...but I think in some designs it's a bit overloaded because it's like a new toy for some.

    Indeed, I'm going for minimalistic...but I'm open to suggestions. I'm not saying that you should take time out of your busy schedule to make me some...but if you have a spare moment...:barefoot:

    It's a beautiful green. I love it when a plan comes together, too :D
     
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  10. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    I agree. And to think when I was at <insert other forum software> I loathed green but back then they were mainly the horrid saturated green styles and the infamous black background with bright green. excellent work with this one though. (y)
     
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  11. Kim

    Kim Well-Known Member

    I like the colours very much :) nice shade of green, and it works well with the charcoal header, I do think the charcoal category bars are smidge too harsh against the white background (I really don't like white backgrounds at all though, so probably biased there). The border radius has improved the "blocky" feel a lot, Shelley was right with that call I think.

    Little on the minimalist/simplistic side for my taste, but I have no doubt that is the look you were going for, so it succeeds in that regard! :)

    Nice work John, and congrats Jason, may your Xenforo thrive! :D

    *edit - forgot to add, I do think the standard "Log in Now" button with the heavy drop shadow is out of place in a flat design, I would lose the shadow and "flatten" that a little myself.
     
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  12. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    I agree with kim about the heaviness of the drop-shadow (box-shadow) I'd either (as kim suggested) remove that or lower the heaviness of it. I would also suggest lowering the radius a little to about 3px it's currentlyly 10px far to high and would compliment the design better i feel.

    Code:
    #loginBar #loginBarHandle {
        border-bottom-left-radius: 3px;
        border-bottom-right-radius: 3px; }
    
    devbarn_login.png
     
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  13. Kim

    Kim Well-Known Member

    Good call Shelley, the loginbar needs it as well, I was actually talking about this one though (got my terminology wrong) ...

    register.jpg
     
  14. jmurrayhead

    jmurrayhead Well-Known Member

    Done.

    Done. Let me know what you think :)
     
  15. Kim

    Kim Well-Known Member

    hmm... I still think it looks a little out of place with the box-shadow being so obvious, nothing else on the page has a shadow, nor 3D feel, it is a very flat design, and one element having shadow is a just not quite what I would expect to see.

    :)
     
  16. jmurrayhead

    jmurrayhead Well-Known Member

    All gone! :)
     
  17. Kim

    Kim Well-Known Member

    Much much better imho :)


    One tiny tiny thing though, (last thing.. promise!!!) the button has a border which is lighter than the button colour, which gives a rather distorting feel about it, perhaps make that border either slightly darker than the button colour, or remove the border.
     
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  18. jmurrayhead

    jmurrayhead Well-Known Member

    Do you have eagle eyes installed in your skull? :p Maybe my eyes are just going bad on me. Let me check what CSS is generated :D
     
  19. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    I like the previous login button with all the shadowing.
    I probably have trashy taste.

    The new one stands out more, which is good.
     
  20. Kim

    Kim Well-Known Member

    Oh my eyes are no where near as "eagley" as Shelleys lol she will probably find a thing or two :p

     

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