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Great Scott
06-25-2006, 05:16 PM
What resolution would you shoot for when designing a portfolio site? I'm using a pretty limited application to build it (iWeb) so I can't do anything too fancy. I can't afford Dreamweaver or GoLive right now, and I am refusing to get illegal software anymore. Is 800x600 still considered a standard size for anyone browsing the web, or would 1024x768 be a better choice?

Dave Reynolds
06-25-2006, 05:27 PM
I've found that 1024x768 has become the standard sizes these days. And don't worry about not being able to do fancy stuff with your website... I've found that the best sites rely mainly upon a good solid design, that loads fast, with simple navigation.

Great Scott
06-25-2006, 05:59 PM
Here I uploaded what I've built so far:
Great Scott Portfolio w.i.p. (http://web.mac.com/scott_art/iWeb/great_scott_illustration/portfolio.html)

Ron Phillips
06-25-2006, 06:05 PM
For having limitted tools you did pretty good. I'd recommend shaving about 10-20 pixels off the width. Taking into account the scrollbar so there isn't horizontal scroll. I also think you could shorten your drips. Being they are navigation, they should be within the first 500 pixels.

Design wise, it's cool.

L Jamal
06-25-2006, 06:28 PM
FYI although lots of people set their monitor to 1024x768 many do so to have multiple windows open. For instance, I run at 1024x768, but I never have a browser open any more than 800 pixels. I design for 800x600 because I design for people like me would don't browse at full width.

Ron Phillips
06-26-2006, 12:26 AM
FYI although lots of people set their monitor to 1024x768 many do so to have multiple windows open. For instance, I run at 1024x768, but I never have a browser open any more than 800 pixels. I design for 800x600 because I design for people like me would don't browse at full width.

We're actually not the norm. The average user doesn't resize their windows or reset their monitor settings from factory standard.

D.J. Coffman
06-26-2006, 12:34 AM
I've noticed Dell started doing the 1024x768 as their standard setting, especially on the larger monitors.

infinitymurph
06-26-2006, 12:51 AM
I still design to 800 x 600, primarily because I too often have windows open at less than 1024 x 768.

I would say definetly make the drops shorter, the last thing you want is a potential client stopping by your site, and not know what to do.

The simplier your site, the better.

Rotin
06-26-2006, 01:49 AM
Simplicity seems to be the key...I`ve designed my own site using Corel Draw ( ugghh) and microsoft frontpage (double uugghhh) and people seem to like it,,,Nothing fancy...just easy to use...

On the resolution issue, Should Webdesigners be designing for the lowest denominator? I mean, How many people are viewing at 800x600 these days?

L Jamal
06-26-2006, 02:08 AM
On the resolution issue, Should Webdesigners be designing for the lowest denominator? I mean, How many people are viewing at 800x600 these days?

It depends on your audience. The more accessible you make your site, the more people who can view it easily.

omega sentry
06-27-2006, 12:57 AM
It's not big deal you can make your site adjust it self so it looks good at any width that it might be looked upon. You just got to do the right tags and have the proper run on images. ;)

Great Scott
06-27-2006, 02:36 PM
Thanks everyone.

Great Scott
07-03-2006, 05:32 PM
Hey all, I just uploaded an updated web site. If you're so inclined, check it out and let me know what you think:
Great Scott Portfolio w.i.p. UPDATE (http://web.mac.com/scott_art/iWeb/great_scott_illustration/portfolio.html)

Gonzogoose
07-03-2006, 06:51 PM
I think the design sense is very nice. Love the ink drips.

As for sizing, I prefer sites that extend to whatever the width is. Not sure you could do that with this one, but some sites designed for 800x600 are awfully small at higher resolutions. I don't resize my screen hardly ever, and neither do most of the people I know. But when designing you're supposed to make it as versatile as possible as others have said.

Anyway, nice site!