Luke Sutton’s Movie Reviews
Walking through the pages:
the first page that people will see is a rather bland page with all the attention being drawn to a movie Clapper Board. I chose to do this because, originally the first thing you saw was the homepage (not necessarily eye-catching) and I wanted the public to know what the site was before entering.
The Clapper Board had no place in my homepage and I felt like it was the best way to show, visually, what the sites about. That’s why I chose to have a welcome page.
Before a last-minute change, the site was laid out in one column. Text was sat on top of images and there was no wrapping, creating a really lazy feel to the design. I did want to create the wrap but couldn’t figure it out. In my Web Design lecture I got told how to do this, so I applied it to my pages. Now there were two columns, left was the images and on the right, the text.
I also changed the main body text, the reviews, from the dark red (same colour as the Title and Headers) to a grey.
With putting the images and text into columns and changing the text to a lighter colour, I feel the home page is a lot easier on the eye. The balance is far better and, with less red, it is far less aggressive.
That being said, I feel it does still have a powerful impression with the heavy background colour and stong, bold Title.
Another point worth noting about the homepage: I chose the yellow stars as a kind of accent colour. I know accents are usually applied to a link but I think that the pictures of stars do the same thing, visually, as that.
There is, straight of, a better vibe coming from the site. It’s far less dark and that constant stream of contrast leads the eye downwards.
Much like the Homepage minus the ‘This Weeks Big One’ header, instead, it has a 3 point list.
The text and images are columned again, I just used a class for the homepage and it applied it to the Review page (and every other review I would put up)
I almost didn’t realise that the font for the header ‘Genres’ was still Arial, I hadn’t changed it to BlackoutMidnight. This would have been a very subtle mistake that possibly wouldn’t have been noticable but once I noticed it, the content of the Genre page seemed far more formal and unfitting. Strange how a font does that.