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A re-design of [link] . Comments and / or critiques welcome. :) View this design live here!

EDIT: WOW! Thanks so much for the DD to `NunoDias - I'm flattered! And big thanks to everyone for the wonderful comments and Faves! :)

If you like this design, you can purchase it and see my other templates from ThemeForest here.





© 2009 Derek Toigo.
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Given 2009-05-17
derektoigo.com Homepage v2 by ~acidflow is one of those layouts that we love at first sight. Super clean, great usability and an awesome choice of colors make this design very eye-catching and pleasant. Sometimes we don't need to exaggerate to achieve a great design! ( Featured by NunoDias )
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This is a particularly lovely web design, and there's a ton of simplicity to what you've built, and in that way it's also beautiful. I do, however, think you're missing some tricks and details which can improve this design and make it far more functional.

First, the primary navigation is tiny, and its placement as a right-justified layout means it won't have as much visibility as you'd like. At dA we've looked into placement of nav elements and we've begun understanding with much more clarity that the elements which are at the top-left of a layout really do get seen and used more than anything else. So, I suggest you move your nav into a more appropriate place and enlarge the links.

Second, your header image. Looks very lovely, but there are a few problems with the elements in there. The Next/prev button makes no sense–it should be two separate buttons. This button also should not be visibly identical to the "view all of my work" button because the two do conceptually different things (one shifts pagination, the other takes you to a larger gallery).
This header area is also lacking in contrast. I would try using a slightly broader palette than just white/gray/teal. You need a focal color–a color which contrasts with everything else and is used sparingly to highlight important elements. I think a red tone would pop especially well.

Third, your secondary header text (about how you build simple, clean and valid etc etc etc). Looks nice but is too many words per line. Try to keep any block of text down to somewhere between 7-12 words per line to ensure maximum legibility. Anything above that or below that starts reading strangely. The use of teal here is also problematic, since the value of the teal is somewhat similar to the light gray behind it. If you squint your eyes at this text block, you can see how the teal almost entirely disappears.

Lastly, your 3-column elements are nice, but they shouldn't be equal in size and content. The "Who Am I" and "My Services" columns are far more important than "Follow Me On Twitter." I would make the twitter area smaller and less important, and scale the other two columns up in size and general dominance. This also gives you the benefit of more hierarchal variation, which is important in a layout to ensure people remain interested in what they're looking at.

Generally, like I've said, I like the look of this, but I think there are quite a number of improvements which could be made to ensure this is a more successful design.
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:iconl-mona:
L-mona Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
neat and clean! i like it!
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:iconlinuxevolution:
LinuxEvolution Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
design & buttons like as kde 4.3 on linux OS. cool.
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:iconacidflow:
acidflow Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
Hm, considering I hardly have an idea of what Linux even is I'd have no idea. :D Thanks for your support.
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:iconjustvisibility:
JustVISIBILITY Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Beautiful design =) Simply and clearity !
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:iconacidflow:
acidflow Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010
Many thanks. :)
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kooldesign Featured By Owner May 3, 2010
nice dud . very clean design
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:iconk1ngsize:
K1NGSIZE Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010
nice and clean layout :>
good job man
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:icondkproject:
DKProject Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Nice !
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:iconuka24:
uka24 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009
great job i love it
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:iconpiano0203:
piano0203 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009
so great!!
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:iconzerohertz:
zerohertz Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009
<3
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:icondonsamuel:
DonSamuel Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009
This is so clean.
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:iconyinlee:
yinlee Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009   Digital Artist
reminds me of mac's website...
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:iconacidflow:
acidflow Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
Lol, that's interesting. I guess the design elements are similar. thanks. :D
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:iconmytsingh:
mytsingh Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
Good job.
Unfortunately most great UI looks so bad in chinese.
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:iconmh-design:
MH-Design Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Nice one, clean and simple. It could be a bit more attractive but nice work. Keep it up
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:iconacidflow:
acidflow Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
I appreciate your feedback. If you can suggest anything specifically that I should improve on, I'll keep it in mind for when I do my next design. Thanks! :)
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:iconmantiuxa:
Mantiuxa Featured By Owner May 31, 2009   Interface Designer
One of the best such style layouts I've ever seen. Definitely worth fav :)
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:iconwhiterabbit007:
whiterabbit007 Featured By Owner May 23, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Really great design, very clean and professional, but also not "cold" or "corporate" :)
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:iconmantiuxa:
Mantiuxa Featured By Owner May 31, 2009   Interface Designer
this is exactly what I like. corporate look, especially from for example templatemonster templates looks so outdated.
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:iconhcles:
hcles Featured By Owner May 22, 2009
very impressive
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:iconnardyello:
nardyello Featured By Owner May 20, 2009
Didn't want to go off topic on your other picture, so I'm saying this here:

You have made amazing site designs. They look really simple, smooth, and clean. There's a blog called line25.com which might be of some help to you. They show many website designs from talented people. Take a look, you might get inspired. :D
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:iconacidflow:
acidflow Featured By Owner May 20, 2009
Thank you, I will definitely keep that link bookmarked! I really appreciate your support. :)
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:iconnardyello:
nardyello Featured By Owner May 21, 2009
Anytime. Keep up the good work! :]
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:iconsimplyinteractive:
SimplyInteractive Featured By Owner May 20, 2009
This is awesome design. The Look and Feel is very Nice
Your A very Professional Webdesigner. :)
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:iconacidflow:
acidflow Featured By Owner May 20, 2009
Thanks so much! :D
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:iconsimplyinteractive:
SimplyInteractive Featured By Owner May 21, 2009
Your Welcome :)
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:icontheryanford:
TheRyanFord Featured By Owner May 19, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Interesting how you turned critiques off.
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:iconacidflow:
acidflow Featured By Owner May 19, 2009
Lol, yeah. They're only off temporarily. Thank you for the wondeful feedback, by the way. :)
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:iconcir-e:
ciR-e Featured By Owner May 19, 2009  Student Digital Artist
love the simpleness ;)
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:iconjabbzilla:
jabbzilla Featured By Owner May 19, 2009   Interface Designer
Very nice. Just try to fix what liquisoft said and it will rox ;)
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:iconwoser5:
woser5 Featured By Owner May 18, 2009
Very nice.
:)
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:iconyt458:
yt458 Featured By Owner May 18, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Nice job and congrats!
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:iconrops14:
rops14 Featured By Owner May 18, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Very nice :)
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:iconxtianares:
xtianares Featured By Owner May 18, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
so sick and clean... ahhh
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:iconmaximaliciuos:
maximaliciuos Featured By Owner May 18, 2009
It's a rare delight. Really.
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:iconmeggert:
meggert Featured By Owner May 18, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
wonderful :)
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:iconzgalazka:
zgalazka Featured By Owner May 18, 2009
super
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:iconjk89:
JK89 Featured By Owner May 18, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
nicely done, like cleaness and harmony in this design
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:iconmilo13200:
milo13200 Featured By Owner May 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A sharp and clean layout, like the use of gradient!
a very nice and polished work!
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:iconito6:
Ito6 Featured By Owner May 17, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Clean, crisp, and beautiful.. I love it!
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:iconpixelbudah:
pixelbudah Featured By Owner May 17, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
great work :) Keep it up :D
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:iconhimangshu-aka-jaan:
himangshu-aka-jaan Featured By Owner May 17, 2009
FLAWLESS :)
does designing a website means that you have developed it also
pls put some light
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:iconacidflow:
acidflow Featured By Owner May 17, 2009
Thanks! To be honest, I generally really don't develop the website any further beyond the design and conversion to a HTML layout with CSS styles. Anything more such as PHP, JavaScript or other special functionalities that a coder would normally work with aren't developed by me, but its not uncommon to have someone specifically skilled in that trade help out with that particular task if its necessary.
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:iconhimangshu-aka-jaan:
himangshu-aka-jaan Featured By Owner May 17, 2009
thanks sir 4 ur info
keep up ur work:)
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:iconhappip:
happip Featured By Owner May 17, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
it looks clean and sharp, but reminds a bit too much of apple o.o
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:icontomzinho:
tomzinho Featured By Owner May 17, 2009
Looks very "apple" to me - great nonetheless! ;)

I wish I was as good as you. :psychotic:
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:icontinokel:
Tinokel Featured By Owner May 17, 2009
Awsome. I'd go nuts if I had to think about how a site should look.
I'm way better at the actuall coding.
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:iconacidflow:
acidflow Featured By Owner May 17, 2009
Haha, I understand what you mean there. Perhaps I should keep you in mind if I need someone to code my designs in the future? ;)

And oh, thanks so much for the Fave and DevWatch; much appreciated! :D
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