Posted on: 2005/4/10 0:25
Re: stigmataband.com UPDATED!!!
Still not good! I gave up, after first having to wait over a minute for the front page to load, and then clicking on a link, just to wait again.
What do you need that flash bit for anyway? Flash should never
be used for a menu! It can be used for complex animations, but thats it. Anything else is abuse in my eyes.
Macromedia likes to tell you differently, as they earn money with it, but just ask usability and accessability expert. I keep having this discussion, with a friend of mine, wo studied web design at a design institution. They love it, but it's not suitable for anything but the above mentioned.
* If you need sound -> googel results
* If you want that symbol turning -> gif animation
* Dynamic menu -> java script + CSS
Keep in mind, many users give up, when loading time is too long. Explain this to your clients/friends. So no one besides them, will actually look at the site. Many users are still on 56k modems! Keep that in mind.
The joke for me in the design is, you have this load-heavy flash menu, that only offers a couple of menu points, and its all flashy. Then you have a sepparat menu bar below, and there aren't even any hover-effects, so that the menu is visually not very appealing, nor helpfull to the user (in the sense of feedback, that something will happen, when over that piece of text, indicating an important link).
Besides the above, it looks good, if you look at a screen shot only.
Just my 5 cents....
PS: nearly forgot, I did see one of those XOOPS typical section logo, which you had addapted, by using your own font. You should addapt it to the rest of theme, which is rather dark, suiting the music genre. For example, use in the white area, a matching dark pattern, and change the border colour to brown (using different tones, create a 3D effect, or create a patch-work like feel, as you have with the other border).