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« Reply #25 on: February 19, 2008, 10:24 »
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Despite the title of this thread, it's looking like this site appears NOT to deliver.
It appears to me Zymmetrical has already become a victim of its own hype and from the amount of bugs encountered so far and other sloppy typos on the site the omens are not good.
« Last Edit: February 19, 2008, 10:59 by Contakt »


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« Reply #26 on: February 19, 2008, 10:54 »
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your right!

« Reply #27 on: February 19, 2008, 13:57 »
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I think it's a dependent a lot on the users CPU, but you're right, I've never been satisfied with the animation on that.  Guess we'll go back to the standard slideshow.
Personally I hate animations and swfs on landing pages. Imagine you're on dial-up in the jungle or on a slow PC. The landing page of a site should be lean and mean and blazing fast. When I visited MostPhotos, I even have to restart my PC after that because it's flooded by nice looking scripts. That's why I never comment there and sneak in by the back door and beyond their landing page.
The site of Yuri Arcurs is like that: a landing page with a "loading" progress bar that goes on forever, at least on my slow PC.

Luckily Firefox has the ability to block animations and swfs.

« Reply #28 on: February 19, 2008, 14:34 »
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I agree with you Flemish about the animations.
Is it really needed?

Would be nice to be able to move around quickly rather than pages dragging to open. I find it quite slow myself.

zymmetricaldotcom

« Reply #29 on: February 19, 2008, 20:04 »
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OK, how does it grab you.. now :   www.zymmetrical.com

Flemish, I agree 100% on the principles of a good homepage design you mentioned, however we are catering to a more specialized visitor base so some of the laws of screen real estate and load speed can be relaxed, a bit.  And for the hardcore users that are just visiting the site for the beef (their sales stats etc.), yes there are some browser tricks that can be done, all the way up from that most basic of tricks, the inside-page bookmark.   :P
« Last Edit: February 19, 2008, 20:11 by zymmetricaldotcom »

« Reply #30 on: February 19, 2008, 20:12 »
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OK, how does it grab you.. now :

I'm not sure this is faster in a slow connection. 

Regards,
Adelaide

« Reply #31 on: February 20, 2008, 02:21 »
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I find it kind of slow too. I decided to try it out, but so far the side loaded so slow that I gave up. If I would be a customer, I would go somewhere else, if I knew a place where I can search faster.

« Reply #32 on: February 20, 2008, 03:28 »
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Alamy has a good home page.  No images on it, just a big search box.
www.alamy.com

« Reply #33 on: February 20, 2008, 06:01 »
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I think it's much better, a step in the right direction.

I don't think the images need to be as large and I find the different types of fades/transitions between images a bit too much, I think just one type would work much better.

K.I.S.S.

« Reply #34 on: February 20, 2008, 11:54 »
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OK, how does it grab you.. now :   www.zymmetrical.com

Flemish, I agree 100% on the principles of a good homepage design you mentioned, however we are catering to a more specialized visitor base so some of the laws of screen real estate and load speed can be relaxed, a bit.


1 - Like it is now, it violates the 800px rule. The slideshow in col #2 pushes the vital textual info in col #3 and #4 outside an 800px screen. Does a landing page really need a large logo in col #1? Landing page screen real estate is priceless. A good example of a 4-column design is iofoto. All the vital info is there at first glance.
Most people in a production environment (picture buyers, not picture admirers) don't use their browser in full-screen. And even if they do, there is the browser sidebar. A design beyond 800px is not recommended, and if you do, put the main info on the left so it will never overflow.

There is the 5-second rule. In 5 seconds a visitor has to be able to make up his mind about what this site does. Does it sell, does it showcase, is a portal? Where is the strategic info on page #1 of ZYM?
Looking for a one-stop shop where you can license all possible digital art Royalty Free for your projects? You just found it! Zymmetrical licenses fonts, images, music, and all that at fanciful prices, straight from the artists. Blablabla....

2 - Since any agency should cater for buyers and not for poor people with slow PCs, you can relax the mean/slim rules for sure. Buyers will have fast PCs and be on broadband. You can also bookmark the backdoor of course, bypassing the official landing page.

3 - The ShutterStock theatre solution is really neat. You have a grand public (buyers) entry www.shutterstock.com with all the glitter and the glamor and the grandeur, and the artists entry at the side submit.shutterstock.com which is fast and lean and small that leads straight into the dressing and make-up stalls ;-)

4 - I don't like to plug myself but I just revamped Flemishdreams like iofoto's site. Have the vital info fast on the landing page, in one glance. (1) What I got, and (2) where you can buy it. Anybody interested will surely trickle down, the rest just clicks away. Any vital info about a site should load and be evaluated in 2-5 sec. That's real life attention span on the net.

Just my 5 (Euro!)cents
« Last Edit: February 20, 2008, 11:58 by FlemishDreams »

« Reply #35 on: February 20, 2008, 17:14 »
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Zymmetrical,

I think the changes you made to the home page (eliminating the rotating animation) will be a huge plus for you. Thank you for listening and being open to feedback from other here on MSG.

Mark


 

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