i don't usually critique websites because i know how hard they are from my little experience in trying to build one for myself. (now offline because i hated it.) but...
news page: the horizontal image bars are cryptic (no information really, just eyewash) and remind me of advertising links
studio page:looks like a search results page, but nothing that makes my eye stop and engage the material.
selected works: pix need to be bigger and more meaningful. suppress the text more.
selected works: the only one in which a click on the menu doesn't make a change on the right side of the page. i clicked and waited to see what happened before i realized the menu itself had changed. not a big deal, but a little disconcerting. feels like a stumble to the user.
definitely prefer the navigation to the old site. (flash-y. eck.) but like how the iamges on the old site have more saturated color.
generally, there is a lot of text and nothing that makes me feel compelled to read it. my eye just scans across and i move on to the next click.
this sounds more negative than it actually felt to move through the site. hope it helps.
yeah that helps a lot, thanks. the strip images are my boss's idea. I tried to talk him out of it, but he loves the strip images. if you read the first paragraph of the philosophy statement about how he loves advertising, I guess it makes sense why the front page looks like that. I never made that connection until just now.
Thanks a lot for the comments. I would really like to make some of those changes. I'll see what I can get away with. Thanks again.
I actually didn't have a problem with the "selected works" drop down. I do think, however, that the format of the images is no good. If the images are important and related to the content, make the format larger so they will command more attention. Also, did you consider a "home page" as opposed to the news page as a home page? Beyond the selected works page, the rest kind of bored me. Aside from the "contact" page, maybe the other two (publications and awards) could be reinforced with some graphical context.
yeah, i had a "home page" made, also a splash screen page, and someone decided that it would be better to start with the news page. although he could change his mind at any minute. I'm going to talk to him about these comments tomorrow and see what he thinks. Does the Google Earth page work for anyone at least? Or the timeline? Those parts took forever, and they kind of hide themselves at the bottom of the studio page.
i'm not up for the "old site" bar as one of the main menu points on the left. if most of the information has been re-organized an presented (which i assume it has?) then there is no need for a big link to the old site.