New DRK website

mannie

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Hi all,

I've adapted a HTML theme for a new Darkcoin website. It's not designed to be permanent but just a temp one for now to replace the current website. I've also rewritten copy from a previous attempt at a new website. Would appreciate comments on design, text, errors (note: most links aren't working yet). If anyone would like to write content for the gaps (mining, masternodes, etc) that would be great. It's all over my head!

Also, does anyone have a PNG of the best logo to use. Someone posted one on bitcointalk.org but I can't find it now...

http://darkcoinsample.hostoi.com

 
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Getting better by the day !! Nice going dude!!

Quick question, who's handling the bounties?

Everything seems damn smooth and flows like a dream under OSx 10.9 Safari, Firefox and Chrome!
 

mannie

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Getting better buy the day !! Nice going dude!!

Quick question, who's handling the bounties?

Everything seems damn smooth and flows like a dream under OSx 10.9 Safari, Firefox and Chrome!
Hurray for HTML5 (right?)
Thanks! I think Evan is handling bounties now but could be wrong
 

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Mannie, did you grab the existing written copy from Evan? We had someone who wrote quite a bit and it's not all up on the darkcoin.us/io site. If you want I can share the docs with you (PM me your email addy).
 

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I think it looks amazing, in an attempt to be helpful, here are my suggestions:
1) the darkcoin logo at the top left doesn't look right. I think it would look better using this one: http://www.darkcoin.io/img/logo-trans.png without the big D on top of course
2) I like the blue, but I'm not a fan of the orange and pink that swoosh by
3) I would emphasize that Darkcoin is the ONLY decentralized 100% anonymous currency, as this is really what sets it apart from zerocoin and darkwallet.
4) When you hover over "Home", "About" etc, the menu appears way lower than I would expect it to - doesn't look right.

Great job man!
 

jakecrow

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Looking really great! I do think there may be a bit too much grey though, grey text on a grey background is pushing it imo. But that's just my opinion of course :)

The side arrow navigation is a little wonky, it kinda goes back and forth in a weird way. Minor stuff!
 

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Good point about the grey. Do you think the background should be white or whiteish and maybe the body text darker?

Not sure what you mean about the side arrow nav. Could you elaborate?

Thanks!
 

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Thanks guys. I've taken in suggestions and gone for blurred images instead of block colours on index page. Could you take a look at the updated version?

http://darkcoinsample.hostoi.com/



It's looking good! I think in the image with the people on the stairs the white text is a little difficult to read in places.

I posted a link to SVGs of the logo on bitcointalk, but here they are if anyone else is interested:
https://mega.co.nz/#F!lJAiSBDJ!BSeb2wWOfpZcPMOmURFAxw
 

jakecrow

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Good point about the grey. Do you think the background should be white or whiteish and maybe the body text darker?

Not sure what you mean about the side arrow nav. Could you elaborate?

Thanks!
Just needs a bit more contrast. White on grey is fine, or darker text on white is good too. It's hard to say without seeing it in action which would be better.

About the arrows - it's just that you can keep clicking the same direction and it goes back and forth, but it doesn't always go the SAME direction. Uhh I feel like this is hard to put into words. Instead of just looping if I click the right arrow over and over the pictures just move left/right. Does that make sense?
 

mannie

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Just needs a bit more contrast. White on grey is fine, or darker text on white is good too. It's hard to say without seeing it in action which would be better.

About the arrows - it's just that you can keep clicking the same direction and it goes back and forth, but it doesn't always go the SAME direction. Uhh I feel like this is hard to put into words. Instead of just looping if I click the right arrow over and over the pictures just move left/right. Does that make sense?
Changed background to white. Does that make it better or still need to change text darker?

I see what you mean about the direction. They're set up to swipe in one direction and I'm not sure how to change to respond to the arrow direction. Might be in the too hard basket for right now but will come back to it!
 

mannie

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It's looking good! I think in the image with the people on the stairs the white text is a little difficult to read in places.

I posted a link to SVGs of the logo on bitcointalk, but here they are if anyone else is interested:
https://mega.co.nz/#F!lJAiSBDJ!BSeb2wWOfpZcPMOmURFAxw
Cool, I might need to change that crowd image - too much white in the background.

Re logos, wonder if you could make a "darkcoin accepted here" logo?
 

Simcom

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One little thing I noticed right away because I am on my laptop with a small screen. The darkcoin logo at the top left is a bit too far to the left, it kind of hangs out over there all the way to the left, looks out of place. I will browse around a bit and try to think of other suggestions. It looks very good.
 

jakecrow

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Changed background to white. Does that make it better or still need to change text darker?

I see what you mean about the direction. They're set up to swipe in one direction and I'm not sure how to change to respond to the arrow direction. Might be in the too hard basket for right now but will come back to it!
The only contrast issues sticking out to me are the grey bars on top and bottom. Mmm I'm not sure, the grey text (and facebook/twitter/g+ images) looks "too" grey. To me it looks like they are greyed out because there's nothing there, like they aren't real links. They are of course so I think they could stand out more. I like that they change when you mouseover but they aren't "inviting" looking to me. Have you tried just making them white?

Anyways I'm just a random guy with his own opinion and I'm sure others have different ideas about what looks best :).
 

mannie

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One little thing I noticed right away because I am on my laptop with a small screen. The darkcoin logo at the top left is a bit too far to the left, it kind of hangs out over there all the way to the left, looks out of place. I will browse around a bit and try to think of other suggestions. It looks very good.
Excellent. Thanks Simcom. Re logo I think it's nice if it's spaced out a bit but that's just a personal opinion. If you resize the window, the logo shuffles over towards the nav items in the bootstrap fashion.
 

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The only contrast issues sticking out to me are the grey bars on top and bottom. Mmm I'm not sure, the grey text (and facebook/twitter/g+ images) looks "too" grey. To me it looks like they are greyed out because there's nothing there, like they aren't real links. They are of course so I think they could stand out more. I like that they change when you mouseover but they aren't "inviting" looking to me. Have you tried just making them white?

Anyways I'm just a random guy with his own opinion and I'm sure others have different ideas about what looks best :).
Thanks for following up. I see what you mean. My thoughts on having them grey is so not everything on the page is screaming out for attention - only the important content in the body section of each page. I'll see if I can tweak them to get a happy medium between blending in and not disappearing.
 

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Looking very good! I was tinkering with redoing the website last week and this is definitely heading in the same direction I was thinking of going with it.

A few suggestions:
1) Instead of gray, make the nav and footer bars the light blue that's used in the logo.
2) It looks like there's at least 3 shades of blue being used. I think it would look better if they were the same shade to keep it consistent.
3) I'm not so sure about the background images on the front page. They seem to clash and contrast too much with the light, minimalist design that the rest of the site is following. Possibly a graphic instead of a photo like the icons used at the bottom or on the "Get Started" page, or at least lighter photos.
4) Minor nitpicks: Some of the icons on the bottom of the main page don't look like they're centered in the circles.

Keep up the good work!
 

mannie

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Looking very good! I was tinkering with redoing the website last week and this is definitely heading in the same direction I was thinking of going with it.

A few suggestions:
1) Instead of gray, make the nav and footer bars the light blue that's used in the logo.
2) It looks like there's at least 3 shades of blue being used. I think it would look better if they were the same shade to keep it consistent.
3) I'm not so sure about the background images on the front page. They seem to clash and contrast too much with the light, minimalist design that the rest of the site is following. Possibly a graphic instead of a photo like the icons used at the bottom or on the "Get Started" page, or at least lighter photos.
4) Minor nitpicks: Some of the icons on the bottom of the main page don't look like they're centered in the circles.

Keep up the good work!
Thanks man. Would be happy to take on some help if you have ideas for more content. In reply to your points...

1. I thought grey would be best otherwise there's a bit too much blue. I tried it out but seemed a bit distracting. Happy to put the blue in so everyone can see if consensus is it should change (sidenote: do you know the hex colour used for the logo?)
2. Again I can give that a try but it seemed a bit boring with just one blue across the whole site.
3. I had block colours for the home page slider at first but they didn't go down well so I went for blurred out images. Maybe I'll try some lighter blurred images - see if that works better?
4. They look centred to me but maybe my eyes are crooked!
 

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I think it's looking great, but I too think blue lettering in the grey field on top might be better, or blue with white? Also, transactions aren't free, but they're pretty cheap, almost free (fraction of a cent) :)
 

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Dark gray: #333333
This is one thing I don't fully understand. I thought the blue that was used in the poll was as a guide only and the final blue would be decided on later. With LimLims stepping down the process pretty much came to a stop. I quite like the blue, but it is different from the blues used Enwell's coin (which I also like) which looks like it will be used in the website. Which colour scheme are we working with here?
 

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This is one thing I don't fully understand. I thought the blue that was used in the poll was as a guide only and the final blue would be decided on later. With LimLims stepping down the process pretty much came to a stop. I quite like the blue, but it is different from the blues used Enwell's coin (which I also like) which looks like it will be used in the website. Which colour scheme are we working with here?
I think the original plan was to just use the blue that was used in the poll, but since some people didn't like that shade, it was decided to offer another poll to determine the specific shade, but LimLims stepped down before it happened. Personally, I'd say stick with the original blue used in the poll. It's the one the devs have started using and I think it would probably win the poll anyway.

Regardless, I think it's important that an official color scheme is chosen ASAP and used consistently across all platforms. The branding needs to be consolidated and pushed out to all official and third-party services. As it stands now, there's still a few different versions of the logo and color scheme being used on different websites.
 

jakecrow

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Looking a lot cleaner imo!

Nitpicks:
-The mouseover menus that appear under team, resources, etc. are not all centered under their respective header. This could be a browser issue though? Using latest Chrome here.
-The twitter/facebook/g+ icons are a bit lost I think. Did you see what they look like if you just make them white? Or something in between so the mouseover can still be white?

Really liking it :)
 

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Regardless, I think it's important that an official color scheme is chosen ASAP and used consistently across all platforms. The branding needs to be consolidated and pushed out to all official and third-party services. As it stands now, there's still a few different versions of the logo and color scheme being used on different websites.
This x 1000. If something was locked in stone, work could begin.
 
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I honestly think the symbol is more important then the color. The color can be changed, but a symbol represents something eternal.
 
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