Um, not wanting to be negative but I don’t really like it. But perhaps if you explain the thinking behind it I might ‘get it’? 🙂
Reasons for not liking it on first-look:
*dark buttons in centre look ugly & more or less but not quite repeat the headings/menus at the top – which is unnecessary & confusing.
*Hardly any actual content is visible until you scroll down – I’d rather a decent chunk of news hit me in the face straight away.
*I’m not really sure why login exists – but anyway, I wouldn’t put it so big & central (maybe the top photo could be made a bit shorter and the login be small next to it?
*Latest Tweets on existing site doesn’t seem to work – will it on future one? Would be good if so, but could be smaller and off to one side, allowing news to move up.
Keen to hear other viewpoints though,
Thanks for your comments.
The main thing that I wanted to show was the idea of putting the images for the media platforms on a column on the right, rather then how we have it now. That column could then be extended with other images that take you to blogs of other groups and people.
*I agree the dark buttons don’t work there, so I will move them.
*Regarding the content, consider it is not the updated news, as it is an old version of the website. So just keep in mind the layout, not the content.
*unfortunately that’s not possible with this template
*Yes, you are right Latest Tweets doesn’t work for some reason, need to find out why…
Thanks for explaining a bit more.
Glad we all agree the buttons aren’t good in the middle 🙂 Do we need these buttons at all given that they repeat what’s in the headings across the top? I guess like Obi said they could be further down… so that once you’ve scrolled down you don’t have to scroll back up to move to a different page?
As far as news go, yes, it’s not the content of the news but its position that I was referring to – I’d rather see more of it (whatever it says!) – could it be moved up the page a bit? On both the current website & your new draft version there seems to be a lot of white empty space above the news – partly becos the twitter, RSS & fb buttons take up loads of space. Perhaps they could be moved into a different column so that news starts right at the top of its column?
Had another look… It seems to me that much of what is currently on the front page in the right-hand column is unneccessary or would be better in a diferent place. So, there’s contact details – these would be better in a ‘contact us’ heading in the top row. There’s a list of events – but these are also accessible via the events heading. If we got rid of the unnecessary/doubled-up clutter on the front page there’d be more space for the news content and for the banners that go to other websites/blogs etc…?