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Nethermind Gallery

may be trying too hard

This is a review of Nethermind Gallery, original comments: I'm a prolific artist, I outgrew my first gallery and started a small website to display my excess artworks. It's my first website, I'm constantly working on it and changing it as I discover new techniques and tricks for it.
Reviewed by: Colin Coupland
For a start off the javascript mouse trail has to go. Gifs are very difficult to make with no edges. These edges show up...and they look awful. Javascript is all very clever but unless it adds to your sites appearance then just forget it.
      That goes for the navigation system too. I didn't understand the navigation and it was only when I read the message "try rolling over the pictures" that I understood what to do. But to be honest when I first entered I was confused and if I wasn't reviewing it I would have left immediately. I don't want to be told that this is how to navigate - it should be immediately obvious.
      I am a bit conservative in my taste of design and this was a little to bright. The colours I didn't like but that is just my taste - I hate purple.
      On the brighter side I found out a bit about gretchen with some nice artwork and photos. It has a nice personal touch. I didn't quite understand if she was a professional artist ..was this a personal web or a real attempt to drum up business.
Editor Notes:
I think Colin speaks for many visitors who go there: " If there's no serious reason to stay, maybe I should go."
      Gretchen admits in her original post, that the site is a work in progress. Well, it shows. Works-in-progress sites almost never have the cohesiveness to survive scrutiny. I could tell that features were added on the fly with no real plan in mind. I also agree about the mouse-trail javascript. That trick was fun and interesting in 1996, for about the first fifteen secondes -- after that, it falls into the category of "Ho, hum." Worse yet, it can cause problems on computers with slower clock speeds -- and can actually fail to run correctly.
Posted: 03/05/2003

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