Re: Where's everybody?
To: Dale Lature <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Where's everybody?
From: Mike Sugarbaker <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 2 Feb 1996 23:56:15 -0500 (EST)
hiya. by "obtuse" i generally meant poorly organized and a little
unclear. you could do a couple of quick things to make your site much
more effective: 1) rename it. the name "New Media Communications" has
zero to do with theology. 2) stiffen up the hierarchy of your site so
people can tell what's what, and what's important. this is a tougher
issue to get a handle on, but there's a reason that Point and Magellan
make organization one of the three categories they rate you on. one thing
i can say for sure is, you need to use more headings.
for graphics, i use Photoshop 3.0 on the Mac. "lesser" programs like
Color-It! should suffice - anything that can save GIFs. generally you
want to keep your GIFs small, only make them 8-bit when absolutely
necessary. for further aesthetic tips, David Siegel's site
(http://www.dsiegel.com/tips/tips_home.html) gives solid advice on the
general stuff, if not the specific (take his Netscape-reliant tricks with
several pounds of salt).
if you're on a Mac you may also want to look into Clay Basket
(http://www.hotwired.com/userland/yabbadabba/), an "online outliner" that
lets you set up your whole site as an outline structure and pour it into
templates. it's pretty neat.
the current setup of your site has the advantage of the enthusiasm of
hypertext - links flying everywhere. but i think that for what you're
trying to do, a little more structure is appropriate.
one more thing! lots of cheaper graphics programs like Color-It support
Photoshop plugins; a plugin that you definitely want is PhotoGIF
(http://aris.com/boxtop/) which does interlacing and transparency and all
keep on rockin in the free world,
Mike "The Macroverse" Sugarbaker - http://sitcom.vassar.edu/~misuba/
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