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American Distractions

gets simple points for improvements

In the original review request of American Distractions, the author commented: I'm self taught in web design and graphic art. This is the first website that I have created for an organization that myself and some collegues founded. I would love any coments or insight other designers may have, since it is targeted to a (relatively) small audiance, I want to make it as interesting as possible. thanks.
Reviewed by: DJ
This is an appealing site. It flows well and has a nice layout. It loads quickly and has interesting content, tho not so many graphics. There are no banners or spam indicators on the site and most of the offsite links seem to display in popup windows, which keeps the visitor on the site.
      However, there are a few design flaws tha could make it a more appealing site.
  1. Brighten: it is a dark site and needs some brightness added to it. The first thing I would do is make the main body of the page a white background, but keep the background image as it is for the header and the menu areas.
  2. Move Impact Points: The small image that appears on the right side of the page would be better positioned in the upper left corner of the pages. If the title of the site is an image, incorporate it into that image and make the black background wider to accomodate the height of the small face image.
  3. Remove Distractions: the horizontal red line that is beside the menu. It is distracting because it moves to a different location when each link is clicked.
  4. Logical Positioning: The main body of the page should appear more to the center of the screen instead of so close to the top where the title is and basically in the same location on each page.
  5. Fix Broken or Misdirecting Devices: Another consideration, remove the arrows located at the bottom of the pages or make them so that if you are at the last page, it only displays a back arrow. Clicking on the forward arrow does not work on most pages.

Posted: 7/30/2003

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