My old 2008 website compared to the new 2018 site.
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Rustyclockwork

Hi all,

This site is not live yet, a landing page is what you'll see right now if you visit my shop's address at www.oldfoundry.com

I wanted to give everyone here a sneak peak and comparison between the old and new sites...  The new content has been about three years in the making. Workshop tour, processes, capabilities, library, etc... One of the neatest things about the new site is that my restoration customers will get to see their job status at any time by logging in and seeing what position their job is in the queue, which will be a really nice thing.

Also, the colors (especially the yellow lettering) have been more muted, compared to the 1999 and 2008 sites, the new 2018 site is less "busy" and easier to read and navigate. The muted yellow was something my wife suggested, and I'm glad she did!  I stayed with my original red color palette, but added a greenish blue for contrast here and there.

I hope you enjoy the new work I've done, the first image is of the old 2008 site (first version with secure shopping cart). My next post will have a screenshot of the new (but still incomplete) 2018 site.

I hope everyone is having a great night!

Jason

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Rustyclockwork

And this is a screenshot of the new site. The race car is animated, and zooms off, then the next slide shows our automaton service section, then a few more slides displaying further services. The bottom half of the new site is not visible either, contact information and some links, as well as the latest three articles (blog entries) published.

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WeekendMiniaturist

Congratulations on the new website; I like the new tone of yellow change to the golden tones.

Websites seem like a lot of work while someone is working, but I'm sure it helps people find your business.  Congrats on the update and it is nice to see you pop into the forum.

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Rustyclockwork

Thanks! Once it gets online (hopefully in about a month or two) I’ll have a little more time documenting some of the work that goes on here.

I appreciate the comments on the design! Lots of work inside :-)

Jason

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Artist

It's probably just me, but I find all that bright red somewhat disturbing to the eye, I don't get a good or inviting feeling with it, red is the color of blood, stop signs, stop lights, and fire related signs and devices,  these are the first things that probably come to most people's minds by association. If you were running an antique fire alarm, and fire dept related site the red would fit that, but I still think it's a bit "much" for the entire background. This forum here has a red bar at the top with white text, the text is good contrast and easy to read, and being just a bar at the time it's eye catching and noticeable, but not visually overwhelming

I also find your yellow over red not easy to read, maybe the font size is part of it, keep in mind I have good vision and even at age 58 I never wore glasses or contacts and passed my DMV renewal recently too, so it's not a bad pair of glasses etc at fault.

OTH I like your old world text logo and your 19 year medallion, and I like the idea of clients being able to follow progress on their items, that's a good feature and one I use where available to check up on things I ordered etc.

 

Web site designs are a very personal thing, no web site is perfect, and no web site will appeal to everyone, but I know from experience over the years being on the net since 1994, that pastels and muted colors are easiest on the eyes, animated stuff hopping all over pages, auto play music, cursers that turn to magic wands, and infinitely scrolling pages were all tired and old by 1996, but flickr and Facebook and others still seem stuck in the 1990s infinitely scrolling pages that have no end.

 

One of my main pages uses muted colors, and a textured background, it's easy on the eyes, easy to  read and works for me.

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