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Hot Dog Experiment

PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2007 7:55 am
by forumadmin
I thought I'd try my hand at creating a new style. My skills are weak in this area, and I don't have a lot of tools to work with, but I managed to come up with a design that I can live with for a while. The new style is called Hot Dog, and you are all welcome to test it out. Your comments and suggestions will be graciously received.

If we like this one enough to keep it, I'll need some suggestions regarding a style to be removed from our list. Oh, and just one word of caution. You might want to put on your sun glasses before you check out the new style :biggrin:

PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2007 8:01 am
by bermbits
I have crimson. I tried hot dog - it lasted about 30 seconds - I found it harsh with a difficult contrast between the red and blue. I am one person. Let's see what others think.

Regardless, for you, your efforts, and the site:

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2007 8:06 am
by Yogi
I'm leaning in the same direction regarding the text to background contrast ratio. Maybe I can do something to improve that.

PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2007 12:56 pm
by Rusty
10/10 for your skills but it is too bright for me.I personally prefer softer colours.

PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2007 1:07 pm
by bea
i tried it but i'm not keen. it was too bright and 'blocky' for my taste. its holiday red for ever!

good effort though :biggrin:

PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2007 1:15 pm
by Makinamess
I found the red and the blue in similar proportions too much of a contrast as they were of very different tones - they were fighting each other and hence jarring on my eyes, whereas a little of each with say a soft yellow background might have worked. I find the easiest combination to be a set of colours that are the same basic colour (eg blue) but range from a darkish blue for the background to any white text, with a mid tone colour (say sky blue) with text in dark blue and also a very pale shade (say white with a hint of blue) again with text in dark blue. These seem to complement each other and are easy on the eyes.

You might like to have a look at <a href="">this website</a>. I know it's about decorating a room in a home and not a website but the principles are still the same. :) I would love to have a go at designing a colour scheme - would that be possible ? My friends tell me I have a real eye for colour btw.

PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2007 1:17 pm
by ohlia
It's nice but too hot for me, my eyes are so used to the softblue I could hardly recognize anything. Maybe if it's toned down some, especially the red it might make a difference. Thanks Yogi! :woot:

PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2007 1:24 pm
by haysi
oh ooooooooooo


but well erm designed..

PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2007 2:42 pm
by pilvikki
you know me and colours, i'm using deb's screaming red. but that was decidedly too loud even for me.


nice of you to try new stuff though, thank you!

PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2007 5:14 am
by Bedford
Yogi, you may one to go to the eye doctor and check to see if you are colorblind now. :biggrin:

PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2007 3:47 pm
by Valleysailor
I like it!! I really, REALLY like's easy to read, the colors contrast nicely and it looks cheerful! I'm keeping the hot dog.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2007 3:58 pm
by Yogi
Thanks for the good feedback VS.

In all fairness, however, I must say that you are seeing something the others have not. I changed the color scheme just this morning so that the red is now more of a rose color. It's more of a warm dog now than a hot dog. Being an experimental style as it is, you might see sudden color changes in the near future. It is close to where I want it, but some subtle things may be forthcoming.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2007 4:41 pm
by ohlia
Yogi, the new and improved Hot Dog looks much nicer.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2007 6:58 pm
by bermbits
Much, much nicer and easier on my eyes. I will leave it up for a while and see if I can get used to it.

One thing I did notice is some subject lines don't show up until the cursor is moved over - then they show up as a green.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2007 7:45 pm
by Yogi
Methinks you have a browser problem - are you not using IE 7 now?
I don't know why you can't see the titles in the first place, but the green is what you see only when you hover over the link.

So far I have not been able to duplicate that particular problem in any of my browsers :(

PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2007 7:49 pm
by bermbits
I am using Mozilla - I passed on IE7. I will try with my IE6 and report back.

They look fine now - I think it was in Posts Since Last Visit, but there are none now.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2007 8:00 pm
by Yogi
I'm using Opera to develop the style, but I do check it out periodically in Mozilla and IE. Maybe I'll switch browsers for a while to see if I can figure it out.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2007 8:03 pm
by bermbits
It's back with the Hot Dog title on the Posts Since Last Visit page.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2007 10:34 pm
by pilvikki
it's the yellow that kills me, perhaps dial it down to canary?

PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2007 6:42 am
by Yogi
I already have a mustard yellow in there. Not sure how a canary would go with a hot dog, but I'll see what I can do.