New web layout for my studio/music site, what you think?

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Member Since: Apr 10, 2004

Hey guys,

got bored the other day and decided to do my site up proper and what not. Also got some new pics up of the current studio layout. The only thing that is missing is a couple of rack mount cases and a pair of TR8's that I have on order til I get into a house to build a proper room that is. ;) Let me know what you guys think of the layout and programming if you get a chance and would like to check it out.

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Since: Apr 03, 2002

Jan 05, 2005 10:36 am

I like the look, but I remain firmly against frames of any sort. Your coding is clean and straightforwarded, though some is outdated, I see some style sheets (good) but later some font tags (eh). You should go all style sheets for text, font tags are old and in the way.

Coco and I have spoken our piece about frames many times, so I'll save the speech, and just say "ick, they suck"

Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
Since: May 10, 2002

Jan 05, 2005 12:19 pm

Hey Charlie,

Looks like it's commin along. Man, don't mistake my words, I turely am not connected well with the younger crowd of A2 and don't know what 'brings them in', but from an old fart's perspective... I saw:

One very interesting bio! With a lot of experiences. But I didn't see focus on what you want to do now. Do you want to play more gigs or bring other bands to your studio?

A good assortment of equipment for the size of your set up! But maybe the angle of the pictures, or maybe a little 'touch up' work in photoshop... Well, it looks like a 60's crash pad. And hey, in my day I enjoyed a lot of them, so if that is what you are looking to project: Spot On!

Your mark 'the penguin' is kinda hidden at present. Almost like your trying to down play it a little. What do you think about making it a little more 'omni present'. Maybe use the graphic for 'click buttons' or have him hanging out opening page of each page somehow? I'm thinking imprinting here. Familiarity advertisement. Penguine = studio I know. Again, maybe your crowd would be put off by that as being 'establishment' or something. I'm sure you know best.

Just what I saw.
Since: Apr 10, 2004

Jan 05, 2005 12:21 pm

thanks db, yeah good call about the style sheets. I actually didn't catch that one when I was coding for the text, but will have to update them when I get a chance.

what would you suggest in place of the frames? The reason I go with the frames is caus I can blog to my main page and I can set up a frame inside of an iframe for word wrap stuff for the rest of the site to keep it pretty clean. Otherwise..... I am not all for them myself also. :) I mainly like the Iframes, but am open to suggestions. :)
Since: Apr 10, 2004

Jan 05, 2005 12:27 pm

Hey Walt,

Good call on the Bio, I usually update it as much as I can think of. Right now, I am sort of taking life as it comes I guess you could say. lol I am working on some of my own projects on the recording aspect and then marketing them more from there. I don't want to take on recording other bands til I get a new space to build a proper studio and what not in my opinion. hehe

As for the pics, yeah I make it "comfortable" in there at the moment for the crash pad thing. lol I like the idea of playing with the pics in photoshop to make them look a bit cooler though. :) This is sort of my project room as I call it at the moment as I am in an apartment, when I build my studio when I get a house in the next couple of years I am going to go with more of a professional layout I think. *shrugs*

Good call about the Penguin. :) That has sort of stuck from a band I played in as a long time trademark/inside joke/nickname..etc.. Maybe a little penguin next to each of the buttons or something? hehe

Thanks for the suggestions, you guys are making me think which is good. :)

Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
Since: May 10, 2002

Jan 05, 2005 12:37 pm

I got a lot of complements on one web site I popped together. (and I am no developer so a complement was realy something). I took the logo of the company and used it for the buttons. Little minitures. It wasn't a complex logo so it worked out. Bottom line was whether those folks realized it or not the logo had done it's job. It was imprinted.

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Jan 05, 2005 12:43 pm

I would just suggest all text on a single HTML page. Frames and Iframes have a lot of downsides to them.

Since: Jan 12, 2004

Jan 05, 2005 01:33 pm

Single HTML page I also suggest.

Static HTML is also becoming dated in favour of other, better ways but that is favourable (specially for the search engines) than frames or iframes...

Still, as dB says, thats been said.

Looks good tho Charlie. Static pages and see how it looks...


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