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Blog entry by ellen35 posted 10-04-2011 01:02 PM 1681 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello everyone,
Just a note to say Lorna (moonls) and I have developed a website. It is www.ekldesigns.net
Any comments, criticisms or other feedback is welcome.
Ellen

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire



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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 10-04-2011 01:15 PM

I just checked out your site and I really like it! It is well organized and easy to navigate and it is clean and allows the visitor to focus on your beautiful work. I especially like the Desk Top File Box that you have. This is a great value for a beautiful piece. (All your items are beautiful and well made!) I was amazed when I was in Staples at the cheap office stuff such as this that they are charging an arm and a leg for. What you are offering is really beautiful and quality!

Good luck to you and Lorna on this venture. It is a great showcase for both of your talents!

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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amagineer

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#2 posted 10-04-2011 01:25 PM

Ellen & Lorna: Your website is very nicely arranged, simple to navigate and also informative. Nw that you have a website has you selling improved? I also like the horse collection with the live edge used.
Don

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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sedcokid

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#3 posted 10-04-2011 01:51 PM

Your website is very well done and displays your work very nicely. I agree with Sheila, this site really displays your great talents!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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Roger

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#4 posted 10-04-2011 02:07 PM

very nice. well put together, and ez to navigate. good luck with it

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Bertha

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#5 posted 10-04-2011 02:10 PM

It’s very nice. I like how you feature yourselves on the main page; makes it personal. The page is really slow to load; I’m not sure if that’s my connection or yours. Excellent job and good luck!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Craftsman on the lake

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#6 posted 10-04-2011 02:17 PM

Way cool Ellen! And.. Someone has a Mac and Apple’s iWeb software. It’s one of the best programs that balances ease and comprehensiveness. Very easy to make additions or changes on the tly.

Can I make a few suggestions? Your menu bar is much too busy. All of your links don’t have to be at the top. They should be no more than one line of the most important categories. After that they should branch. Or if needed another list of sub links along the side someplace. i.e.

Welcome Lorna’s work Ellen’s work Ordering & Shipping

Then when clicking ‘Lorna’s work’ you go to that page and see choices:

Scroll saw work band saw boxes Puzzle boxes Collaborations etc…

Or set up with picture categories like you already have it on succeeding pages.

Anyway, you get the point. It could be set up in any one of a few configurations using this hierarchal manner. just my 2 cents.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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will delaney

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#7 posted 10-04-2011 03:04 PM

Congratulation on the new website. It is a nice straight forward layout making the site easy to navigate and find the displays of your work. I have always enjoyed seeing the projects you have posted.The wood you select for your projects and their combinations make your pieces special and stand out. I feel that the photos are not doing you work justice. If you include some closeups that might help. Also doing your photography outdoors in a more defused and even light. As woodworkers we know what zebra wood and curly maple looks like.We can visualize how a project look. People who are not woodworkers need to see pictures that can bring out the beauty of these woods. I would just like to see you projects show more of there beauty in the photographers as I know they are. I am look forward in seeing some more tea boxes. Will

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DarrylJN

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#8 posted 10-04-2011 03:09 PM

The site looks great and it really shows off your work!

-- Darryl ~ Waxhaw, NC

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moonls

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#9 posted 10-04-2011 03:45 PM

Thanks for your feedback everyone!
Ellen deserves all the credit for setting up the site and getting it running. She is a great woodworking partner and I feel fortunate to have her energy and creativity to inspire me to do more!
Lorna

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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PurpLev

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#10 posted 10-04-2011 03:52 PM

beautiful work girl. very informative and visual website and a great start. and now for the critics:

1. Things like Ellens sushi boards, tea box, tealights and bud vase as well as Lornas beautiful scroll work should be on front page so that people just getting to your website will be “wowed” and experience exactly what sort of things you offer and not in a “more….” page which most people might not bother getting to (especially with a “more” non-descriptive text).

2. is ‘woods’ (link and page name) a plural of ‘wood’ as in material or is it describing an arboretum like “going to the woods” ? I thought that ‘wood’ is a general word for all species. (I could be mistaken and am eager to learn something new today)

3. Might want to note that purpleheart will brown overtime with exposure to light and will not stay purple

OK. I think thats all I have for the moment. ;)
Enjoy the cool weather

loved reading that you do personal deliveries within reason – nice personal touch!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#11 posted 10-04-2011 04:07 PM

Very nice site. It is “clean”, informative and easy to navigate, the personal touches are an A+.
Well done, and wishing you every success.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#12 posted 10-04-2011 05:03 PM

I think your website looks great. It is easy to navigate and clean looking without clutter. I takes alot of creativeness to put together a nice website and you have done an excellent job.

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpiece… because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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helluvawreck

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#13 posted 10-04-2011 05:18 PM

Ellen, it really looks nice and I hope that you both do very well with it.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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helluvawreck

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#14 posted 10-04-2011 05:18 PM

it double posted – have deleted it.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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ChuckC

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#15 posted 10-04-2011 07:01 PM

The web site and your products look great. I do have a few comments though:

1) The navigation is a bit difficult. Maybe put general menu items on the bottom like “Woods”, “ordering and shipping” ... etc.

2) In software design consistency is key. For the pictures, the backgrounds vary. In some cases it’s a piece of fabric and others it looks like mats. Also, if you go through the trouble of using a background crop the image or zoom in so you don’t see the objects around it (table, floor .. etc).

3) The products should be grouped by category and not creator. From the customers perspective they might not care who built it but instead what was built. On the individual product page you can mention that if you like.

4) Proper case for menu items: “WOODS” (Woods), “ordering and shipping” (Ordering and Shipping).

5) Proper case on the “ordering and shipping” page (all upper case).

6) Combine the “more of ..” pages (More of xxx’s Work).

7) Maybe showcase your products on the home page and add a new “About” page for your story.

8) I think in iWeb you can remove the “Made on a Mac” tag. I would do that.

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