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Mary O'Reilly <[log in to unmask]>
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Thanks again for many good ideas - I will get to work on a splash page.


Thank you so much for the great feedback.  It is hilarious to think 
that I might have come across as a hotshot. I guess I was 
overcompensating for my dearth of formal training in art.  I am so 
glad you pointed it out.  I gave it all a major overhaul and hope 
that it comes across better.

I love your analysis of the photo,  btw. I chose it because it made 
me think of the sense of wonder you get from science and nature.  But 
I enjoy your description much more.

Thanks to Kathy, Gretchen, Jeremy, Bruce for tips and encouragement!! 
This listserve is such a fantastic resource.


>I have no trouble whatever with the header. If you enlarge it to go 
>across the page it is going to look too large and lean. There is 
>nothing at all wrong with asymmetry.
>If your emphasis is science illustration and you want to reach 
>buyers of sci. illus. you have done a good job.
>Your bio is OK. Not smashing, but it does convey information and 
>your broad goal. The last sentence, if I were an art director 
>looking at this, might give me a tiny moment's pause -- is this 
>person going to be a hot shot? You might reword the sentence so that 
>you convey the information that you can work with minimal 
>supervision, that you can can also independently carry projects from 
>start to successful conclusion. Just a matter of how you word it.
>I like the woman standing in that architectural setting. She is 
>miniscule yet she stands confident in this huge space. The massive 
>space is non-threatening because of all the rhythmic arches. Nice 
>touch of poetry there, Mary.
>The fine art is weaker than the illustration, but it is going in the 
>right direction. Love the sardonic expression on the dog's face. joan
>On Dec 15, 2009, at 12:46 PM, Britt Griswold wrote:
>The header is now more readable.  I am seeing a very wide navigation 
>bar below it that seems not to be properly positioned.
>Using you science Illustration collection as your front page works 
>OK. But I would encourage you to work on a design for a splash page 
>for your site that conveys your mission and stills and might include 
>a small amount of text.
>I would encourage you to make your header/banner equal to the 
>maximum width of your site page, in this design.  If you can control 
>the page width, I think you could narrow it to the width needed to 
>contain your thumbnail previews. That would make a good maximum 
>width for your site page.
>Britt Griswold wrote:
>>Two general comments:
>>You need to make the text of your site banner bolder, or the 
>>background image lighter/less contrasty, or a combination of both. 
>>It is too hard to read now.
>>On your homepage blog you need to talk up your art a big more. I 
>>was not even sure from the text if this was your art or just stuff 
>>you found interesting that you wanted in your blog.
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