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stereo henry 12 March 2008 32

ABC Canberra has a new website. It looks pretty good, but haven’t had much of a chance to have a play with it yet.

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razz razz 1:28 pm 17 Mar 08

OMG peoples…pop your shades on and deal with the change. It’s fresh and vibrant and about as close to a MySpace page as I am to wearing my yellow LeSpecs now that Corey whatshisface has made them famous.

el ......Turbo V8 Recumbent Bicycle el ......Turbo V8 Recumbent Bicycle 12:19 am 14 Mar 08

OH No, the font’s different!

Sammy Sammy 5:25 pm 13 Mar 08

I totally agree with an earlier comment that it looks like a MySpace page. This is not a compliment.

el ......Turbo V8 Recumbent Bicycle el ......Turbo V8 Recumbent Bicycle 3:27 pm 13 Mar 08

Sepi: It looks just as horrid on a large monitor.

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 2:21 pm 13 Mar 08

Crikey are reporting a big announcement from the ABC about these new Local sites. There are comments available for RA folk to add their thoughts on colour schemes…

sepi sepi 9:12 am 13 Mar 08

I hate sites with too many flashing and moving things. Usually they are ads, but ABC have just chosen to have loads of excessive colour and movement.

Maybe it looks good on a really big monitor like designers have.

I-filed I-filed 9:44 pm 12 Mar 08

Oh god it’s so bad. Astroturf, British bulldog red, cobalt and strychnine yellow, all on the same page. The green is bilious. I can’t go back. What happened to the secondary part of the colour wheel? What designer did it? They should be shamed.

Useful Useful 9:34 pm 12 Mar 08

Design issues aside, I can’t find an rss feed for the news on the site.

niftydog niftydog 5:32 pm 12 Mar 08

It’s not just the Canberra local ABC site either! It’s a NATIONAL dog’s breakfast!

Cameron Cameron 4:29 pm 12 Mar 08

Al – I use firefox, so it’s not an IE6 PNG problem (and I’m all to aware of that).

Whenever I make use of PNGs, I write a script that determines what browser the client is using – if it’s IE6 or below, I serve them a GIF. Otherwise I serve them a PNG.

The problem I had with the logo wasn’t transparency issues or anything – I just think the text colours you’re using are too dark to work with a drop shadow.

Drop shadows are so 1999 too 😉

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 3:22 pm 12 Mar 08

Thanks for the feedback guys. Think the logo is an IE6 PNG problem – it looks crappy at work but fine at home on IE7 and Firefox. But noted.

Keep it coming…

Thumper Thumper 3:16 pm 12 Mar 08

GCC site doesn’t look to bad. It’s clean, not to much going on.

All in all unoffensive and useable.

paperboy paperboy 3:06 pm 12 Mar 08

whoops, wrong one. This looks more up to date http://www.abc.net.au/news/act/default.htm

paperboy paperboy 3:01 pm 12 Mar 08

I’m sorry, I prefer this site.. It only covers ACT news.. http://www.abc.net.au/news/tag/act/

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 2:46 pm 12 Mar 08

I actually agree with Cameron on this, its actually pretty reasonable, but the defined edge of the rectangle GCC logo with drop shadow & grey gradient isn’t pretty, when sitting on the white background of the header.

Everything else seems colourblind friendly and easy enough to find.

Cameron Cameron 2:12 pm 12 Mar 08

Gungahlin Al – the GCC website isn’t too bad. About a thousand times better than I was expecting when I clicked the link.

Why are you considering an overhaul? It’s a decent, clean design and it gets the job done. The only feedback I’d have is lose the drop shadow on the logo – makes it look horrible.

b2 b2 1:17 pm 12 Mar 08

I’m really surprised, the ABC has been churning out nice sites, see triplej for a good example. But this is shocking, I can sort of see what they are trying to do, but the front page is a mess, far to many colours for a start.
It looks like someone vomited in fluro…

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 1:05 pm 12 Mar 08

While everyone’s fired up about website design, could I ask for feedback and suggestions on the GCC website http://www.gcc.asn.au

We’re considering an overhaul, starting with a new template (it is built in open source Joomla). But e also want to ponder whether the overall content directions are making for a useful resource for the community, or if not, what we could add in, within our financial and volunteer slave labour constraints.

(Send ’em direct to president at gcc.asn.au if you prefer to take your thoughts off-line.)

Constructive suggestions cheerfully accepted. Volunteers even more cheerfully accepted!

Thanks RAers.

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 12:57 pm 12 Mar 08

So you liked it hey Stereo henry??
You detecting a pattern here as to what everyone else thinks?…
Maybe it was a Work Experience project?

lumnock lumnock 12:38 pm 12 Mar 08

colour scheme is terrible, layout is poorly thought over, and the coding is shonky too.

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