I am developing a website passionforchess. I would like to get feedback on the current design, and how can I improve the design? The design of the page where the user is interacting with the site like solving problems (solitaire) - seems an interesting challenge.


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First of all, danwellman is right, the font Fantasy is terrible here. It is worse than terrible. It is an affront to humanity and typographers everywhere. Don't just remove it from the site, delete it from your computer. While your at it, don't use cursive or gothic either. You need a more slick, modern font. You need something that says your site is both intelligent and sophisticated.

Second, you need to change the color palate completely. Try using a color scheme generator to help you. Something like Color Scheme Designer or kuler.

Thirdly, use a fixed-width layout, and while you are at it, check out some CSS gallery sites for some inspiration. Don't copy other designers verbatim, but use their looks to get an idea of what the possibilities are for you.

Fourthly, do not use the border attribute on the table element (like you did in the solitaire chess section). All your design should be through CSS.

Finally, like Ralph, I think the idea of your site is great. I love chess and solving chess problems. I think you looking to make your design better speaks well of you. Definitely work on it. It is so worth it.

Answered over 8 years ago by Abinadi Ayerdis
  • You said "you need to change the color palate completely". I did you some online resource to generate background color. Can you be more elaborate? vishal sodani over 8 years ago
  • The background color is alright. The important thing is to find a scheme of colors that work well together. Think about the effect you want to have on the site's visitors. What sort of color scheme would best create that effect? Warm colors? Cool colors? Earth tones? Monochromatic? Abinadi Ayerdis over 8 years ago

I like the idea but I feel the website needs to be more eye catching though. I would try making "passionforchess" text more interesting or adding a more appealing background. The website could also use some images or videos to enrich the content more. You could also improve the navigation bar. I don't mean to be rude I love the idea just not the design.

Answered over 8 years ago by Ralph Stone
  • It is true, the navigation bar needs to be totally rethought. Also, it is a cool idea. +1 Abinadi Ayerdis over 8 years ago
danwellman 5600

Two words: Fantasy. Remove.

Answered over 8 years ago by danwellman
  • Couldn't agree more. +1 Abinadi Ayerdis over 8 years ago
  • hmm..I saw fantasy font being used on some popular site, so went with it. vishal sodani over 8 years ago

thanks for the feedback and encouraging words.

Answered over 8 years ago by vishal sodani