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DAVE SMITH
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My Website

Post by DAVE SMITH » Fri Oct 15, 2010 2:53 pm

Hope you don't mind this self promotion Mike.

In between work and trying to travel I have been slowly trying to design and build a website for clients to look at. Many customers kept asking to see my website instead of the old Yellow Pages ,well I finally finished this blog site where people can leave messages and hopefully enjoy the site it self. I found it hard trying to design my own website, especially coming up with an easy working surround and header. A close friend made the site all work and I designed the look of it.
It will be an on going process of uploading my work but I have loaded some and will carry on loading picks now and again.
This site design may seem a little over the top but I feel that this is what some of the original businesses were like many years ago with there shopfronts and
stationary, poster advertising ,ephemera and especially in our line of work here signwriting. I also never realised how much time is needed to make your own site. Please take your time looking round and check down the right side for upload dates
to see when photos were added.
Hope you like it. don't get lost!
Dave
http://www.davidadriansmith.com

Ron Berlier
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Re: My Website

Post by Ron Berlier » Fri Oct 15, 2010 4:04 pm

:D :D :D :D :D :D :D


Dave, holy cow :!: :!:

That's one very impressive site and the eye candy is wonderful. I, for one, certainly don't mind getting 'lost' on your site. What, if any, computer software did you use to develop all the artwork?

Again, well done :!:
Ron Berlier
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erik winkler
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Re: My Website

Post by erik winkler » Fri Oct 15, 2010 6:06 pm

Congratulations!

Again a mayor step.
Looks good.
Great collection of images to show the new clients.

Now you can take that mental rest for a while, you have worked for so hard.
Or just go on full speed....

Erik
Realizing we are in the 2nd renaissance of the arts.
Learn, copy and trying to improve...
Still in the learning phase ;-)
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Re: My Website

Post by Kelly Thorson » Fri Oct 15, 2010 6:23 pm

It's the perfect showcase for your work Dave.
I haven't had the chance to check out all the corners yet but what I have seen works seamlessly and is very impressive.
Now get some content on that tutorial page. :)
I believe there is no shame in failure. Rather, the shame lies in the loss of all the things that might have been, but for the fear of failure.

Jeff Lang
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Re: My Website

Post by Jeff Lang » Fri Oct 15, 2010 9:35 pm

Dave,
Thanks for sharing! I'll enjoy having a site to visit often to be inspired. It looks like there is so much there I won't have a repeat for a long time.
Well done, & congratulations!
Jeff
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DAVE SMITH
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Re: My Website

Post by DAVE SMITH » Sat Oct 16, 2010 3:43 am

Thanks .Kelly,Erik, Jeff,Ron. I was'nt sure if it would get the sort of response you guy's have left due to it being too much to see. It's easy to over do things so I'm pleased you think it works well. My one question is to you all, do you think the buttons down the right side should be different in anyway? different shape,colour
maybe even all simalar to match the site design? possibly more buttons will be added as I go along. Some very early work around 1989 here also which I thought would be good to show.

Thanks again appreciate it...
Dave

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Re: My Website

Post by erik winkler » Sat Oct 16, 2010 6:17 am

Well Dave I have to thank you for keeping me up last night.
It took me 2 hours at least to go through all the different pages.
Some nice new things to see and the tutorials Kelly asked about are all there to see and read when you look for them.
The icons are ok:
1. Movie icon is good.
2. Vector icon is ok.
3. LHF icon could (all in my opninion ofcourse) show more that it is about letters, maybe a corcky ABC or something.

I think you did a mayor achievement to archive all the beautifull things you done and made through the years.
Good for looking at the past and certainly good to show to future clients.

The only thing that (again in my opinion) I would loose is the google ads at the bottom.

Erik

O yeah, one other thing, ask your webdesigner (Chuck maybe?) to change the url to google friendly url's
Now if I click on the top button 'Smith Tip' i go to the page: http://davidadriansmith.com/?cat=9
Which should be: http://davidadriansmith.com/smith_tip
In that case everybody who enters smith tip in google will get your exact smith tip page link.
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Still in the learning phase ;-)
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Re: My Website

Post by BruceJackson » Sat Oct 16, 2010 8:44 am

Very nice.

It's too late at night to go through completely, but I will check out more later and give feedback and suggestions if i find any weaknesses in the site. Seems to be one bad link on http://davidadriansmith.com/?page_id=17 If you click the panel "click here to view", it doesn't load the image.

Having fairly recently done a complete re-design and re-write on my website, I know how long it takes and how much work is involved. It seems to be especially time-consuming these days when there are so many new approaches and methods that must be assessed and considered if you want to understand the limitations and possibilities.

My first site, way back in the mid 90's, was just written in simple raw HTML...This last time, I had to learn about PHP, decide if I need a CMS (content management system), setting up a mysql databases for an online shop, finding the coding to make those drop down menus, learn how the code worked so I could modify it to make it function the way I wanted, fiddle with CSS, choose and tweak a lightbox solution, .,...etc, etc etc....it gets more complex all the time and my brain hurts...what is Ajax anyway? It's still not finished and needs more tweaking but it all seems to work. The structure is more logical and it has cleaner navigation than my old site.

I was a bit disappointed that the "experts" I consulted for guidance where simply suggesting a template and off-the-shelf CMS. And they want bucket loads of money for that no-brainer solution!

I know my own site isn't as clean and error-free as a professional web coder and it doesn't like redundant browsers, but it presents my work the way I wanted, which is more than a template would do.

DAVE SMITH
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Re: My Website

Post by DAVE SMITH » Sat Oct 16, 2010 8:57 am

Erik some good advice there thanks. sometimes when fresh eyes glance over our work it really is very helpful. Easy to miss these little details. you will probably find more but it all helps.
Bruce I seen that only yesterday and thought it was just a problem when I went on but your right it needs fixing ,hopefully will be done today.
Thanks also for your input on building these types of sites. I only did the design and had a friend do all the technical stuff.
Guess I will change things now and again but would not want to go and build graphics again that aloan took over 100 hours.

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Re: My Website

Post by DAVE SMITH » Sat Oct 16, 2010 4:23 pm

Managed to get that broken link sorted in the Victorian section Bruce. Thanks.. Ron you asked about the programmes being used for the artwork, well I used mainly Omega 2.0 for the artwork vectors but mostly all you see was hand drawn first .Once the vectors were ready I coloured it all in Photoshop. I said about 100 hours, it was more like 150 I think. just made the page over about 6 months now and again with other jobs on the go.
Thanks
Dave

Ron Berlier
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Re: My Website

Post by Ron Berlier » Sat Oct 16, 2010 5:52 pm

Dave, thanks for the info.
Ron Berlier
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vance galliher
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Re: My Website

Post by vance galliher » Sat Oct 16, 2010 11:43 pm

............we are all in awe of your talents Mr. Smith ...........but do you know what your greatest talent and gift is of all ?................it's in the sharing it with us.........thank you
vance
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DAVE SMITH
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Re: My Website

Post by DAVE SMITH » Sun Oct 17, 2010 5:01 am

Thanks Vance. I like to share with people who are passionate about this work.
Its never a problem... Alot of the people on this forum shared techniques with me over the years.
I'm still learning also, and will be for along time.......
Dave

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Re: My Website

Post by Anthony Bennett » Mon Oct 18, 2010 4:34 am

Brilliant dave, exactly as I thought it would be, and for me very inspirational.
I see that it is a a bit LHFinesque but that's to be expected.
I don't know if it's just me but on selecting any of the clickable links I get a red outline across the page highlighting the object it's in.



Joined you on FB, not suprised to see Salvadore Osbourne there :D

Thanks for continuing to be inspirational.

DAVE SMITH
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Re: My Website

Post by DAVE SMITH » Thu Oct 21, 2010 5:55 pm

Thanks Anthony .Not sure I can get into the facebook thing, seems to take up way too much time. I think from what I can tell it seems good for creating new business ,I have friends now in Argentina , Russia, Iceland, and Brazil, no idea who they are! . crazy world hey..

Dave

Wayne Osborne
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Re: My Website

Post by Wayne Osborne » Fri Oct 22, 2010 2:28 pm

Hey Dave- each time I look there's something new !- seems to load a lot faster tonight here too
( maybe the bit of wet string that carries our broadband signal round these parts has straightened out ?)

Salvadore. :mrgreen:

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