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08-23-2012 03:36 AM

I’ve just re-tooled my website in order to reflect my new “best work” and in the process have changed over to all web-friendly” fonts and tuned up a few other areas. As any of you who design your own sites will know, all servers do not display the same data the same way so you don’t always know how your site is playing on other screens.

I would greatly appreciate it if some of you would do a quick peruse of the site and let me know if you see any anomalies like buttons that don’t work, fonts that aren’t consistent from page to page, obviously missing words or parts of words…. that sort of thing.

I know that it’s a PITA but it will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.


-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#1 posted 08-23-2012 03:47 AM

Now I can read it, thanks.

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#2 posted 08-23-2012 03:47 AM

Hey Paul…I checked out the entire site and everything was working great. The projects all look terrific with
good descriptions. I really liked the oops and chevalet (sp?). Love the boats, that’s on my bucket list!
Anyway, very nice site…well done.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#3 posted 08-23-2012 03:57 AM

I am not as enthused with the “home” page that should wow us…I think the page that sets your work apart is the veneered cabinets page…those projects are so unique they catch my attention the most…

Having said that ALL your work is incredible…and the hall tables, boxes and everything else is such fine art it all works…but what will set you apart is that you have the combination of incredible skill WITH incredible creativity an vision…

Since all your work shows incredible skill level—show off the ones that add the creativity as well…

I hope this does not sound like a put down…all your work is amazing!


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#4 posted 08-23-2012 05:10 AM

Paul…I went through your website and it looks very nice to me. I did not see any errors, bad links or anything that would be noticable. It looks better than my website as I am always trying to figure out this computer stuff.
I do better with things I can feel, smell and touch…but I like what you have done with your website…your creativeness spills over to your website skills.

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#5 posted 08-23-2012 05:24 AM

BTW, I use IE v8xxx under Windows Vista Home Premium.

  • “prm designs” at the very top is cut in half. I can’t even see the top of the ‘r’. It is a solid white line across the page. Funny thing, that text is lowered on all the other pages. However, the other pages still have that 5/8” of solid white horizontal wasted space.
  • A whole page of blank space at the bottom of Artist Statement page.
  • On ‘Facets’ page, the navigation buttons are off to the left of the slideshow. Actually, the navigation buttons for many of the slideshows are not consistent.
  • I really like the apron at the top. It catches the eye. However… read the dislikes below.
  • On the ‘Hall Table’ page, even though the Music writing table is on a white background, it looks ok here(unlike the white/pink mismatch mentioned below).
  • Lots of blank space at bottom of ‘Contact me’ page. Almost a page worth.
  • I appreciate your consistency with putting the page title on the top right side. Maybe a little large, but it serves its purpose.
  • Regarding your banner, I know you want to showcase your new piece but it takes up half of my viewing window. Its not worth that much real estate. You could even put “Marquetry and Woodworks” overlaying the apron and it would not take away too much from it and you’d gain more vertical space. Maybe replace that shot of the apron of “Music” with a smaller row of various shots throughout the “Music” project. Reduce it to half its current height. The picture is just too large as it is.
  • The oval tray to the right of the table is tilted and looks like you just threw it up there. Crop it or remove it. :) Sorry, it just looks out of place.
  • On ‘Watercolor dye technique’ page, the bottom left photo looks out of place with the white background. Can you make it pink to match the rest? Also, the sorta folded leaf on the mid right is the only zoom I like. The other three either use Flash or some other animation that makes them painstakenly slow. IMO, you should REALLY get rid of the animation. It serves no purpose.
  • On ‘A Little Cabinetree’ page, the pictures overlap. Maybe you designed it that way. It is not that bad, but a little odd.
  • On the ‘Boxes’ page, the ‘Reversible Box’ pictures are not both vertically aligned. The left one is about 1/16” higher than the right one.
  • On the ‘Misc.’ page, either remove the word video or say “Albatross Reveal(w/video)”. Same for Seiner.
Nit pics:
  • The corners of the serving tray and ship(dscn1124.jpg) on the home page should have the corners cleaned up. You know, the part where the contrasting traingle patch is. A little photo-shopping would do the trick.

Conclusion: I’m not overly fond of the overlapping pictures on some pages but it seems to work. You have a nice variety of your work shown. Not too many pages and well organized. I did not read much of the text. I assume you spell-checked it all.

Sorry for being so ‘matter of fact’. It is late and I’m in a hurry to get to sleep.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#6 posted 08-23-2012 05:25 AM

Paul you are an amazing artist. I want the rest of the world to know that. I don’t believe your website completely captures the depth of your talent and your generous personality. Let’s start with the home page: the header on the top of the page was cut off on my computer (a Mac). That was not the case on any other page. It might be a sizing issue. If I didn’t know what a gentleman and thoughtful soul that you are, I might have been a bit put off by the initial statement. I know what you are saying, “Hey, I’m an artist. This isn’t an e-commerce site. I do this because I must release this gift within me.” Rather it seemed a little too formal. Just my opinion.

Moving on to the galleries. I honestly didn’t know there was a British and American spelling of jewellery/ jewelry. Even my word checker thinks that jewellry is incorrect. Probably a British word program would switch that. The point is that the word took my eyes away from the box. Let’s face it, the box is wonderful.

It’s hard to know the scale of your casework from that gallery. One of the most incredible accomplishments of those pieces is that they aren’t 8” by 8”, but rather large functional pieces of furniture. You need to add some shadowing to give it some more depth. I had the same problem when I was setting up my website, although the quality of your photos far exceeds the photos that I used. There has to be shadowing to give the piece weight.

Otherwise, I think the site is great. There’s nothing wrong with letting the world know that in addition to being a phenomenal artist that you have a personality. That’s my two cents. Best of luck my friend!

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#7 posted 08-23-2012 05:40 AM

I know you are changing it even as I type. The serving tray picture angle still looks out of place given that all the other pics are square.

Home page ‘prm designs’ text is larger, and not cut off at the top, but the solid white line at the top is still there taking up valuable space.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#8 posted 08-23-2012 05:46 AM

Thanks so much for the comments.

Matt, (and others) I agree that the home page has no snap to it. I’ve made a big change to it. How do you like it now. The cut off lettering was exactly the kind of thing I was looking for…. fixed.

Rance Thanks for the thorough look. The photo background colors would be very hard to change, I’m not crazy about them either. I can clean up some of the vacant space and the alignment issues but some of the subjective stuff was on purpose… my quirky nature I guess. Thanks again.

Cathy Thank you too. I never thought of the non-commercial comment as aloof but maybe I can rephrase it… something to think about. I’ll re-check the spelling of joolrie as well, I’m a bit dyslexic.

Don’t know what I can do about the photos. They were done professionally for the better pieces and shadows were avoided on purpose. I may have to live with it.

Thanks again everyone.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#9 posted 08-23-2012 05:59 AM

Paul, I sorta converted the top of this one to pink. Is it too lop-sided? Don’t use it if you think it is worse.

PS: So this pink you are using looks a lot like LJ-pink. Is it true? Ha ha. :D

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#10 posted 08-23-2012 06:34 AM

Sorry I can’t help you with your website but I did go check it out!
Let me say I have been living under a rock not to have seen or looked at some of your work!
Beautiful work I must say…Just Outstanding!!!
I normally only check out the project pages and not the blogs or forums pages but I had to ask a question and somehow I found your page and I am just so glad I did.
I will now try to keep and eye on your work.. that is just way to cool!
Talent I must say…talent!
Thank you!!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#11 posted 08-23-2012 06:41 AM

OK, I’m done for tonight. I’ve incorporated several of the suggestions and fixed the glitches so far (most of them).

I have to say thanks again. This is a really big help.

Rance how did you do that? photoshop? I guess I could do that…...... over a period of time.
The white bar was in the photo . I deleted it and replaced it with a re-cropped one. Thanks!

You call it pink, I call it beige… It’s supposed to match the lighter wood in the apron on the masthead.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#12 posted 08-23-2012 09:27 AM

Paul, I doubt that I could find anything that hasn’t already been mentioned. From here I thought the site was very nice and I am again totally in awe of your talents and energy, not to mention creativity and diligence. I am sending the link to the gentleman who I have found to teach me about marquetry to share my inspiration for wanting to learn about the process.

Best wishes,

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#13 posted 08-23-2012 10:10 AM

Hi Paul

As a web master I like it very much, all the information on one page and your tallent as the header. I use Android a lot these days and it all fits nicely onto my HTC screen.
If your using Html, make sure to itemize all your keywords and meta-tags into your header on every page, so searches by the Jbots can hook onto them easily without having to find just the home page, that way you will get more hits.
when the IPV6 comes online you will be able give each of your pieces their own isp which they fully deserve.

On the quality of the pictures. The shots are best taken in diffused light rather than direct sunlight, be careful not to alter images in software because it changes things to what they are not, I like to keep things natural and in a similar setting.

If your selling your wares best to explain this in the description rather than altering things, if your already a photopro then one will understand.


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#14 posted 08-23-2012 10:25 AM


Your website is typical of your work. It’s outstanding on my computer. (Windows 7 & Firefox).

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#15 posted 08-23-2012 11:21 AM

Hi Paul
Excellent site now bookmarked! You should now add web design to your many other talents. One small comment, I think you may have a surplus “u” in spaulting – Oxford Dictionary shows it as spalting. All pages appear ok on my iMac

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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