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    Dunno for some reason i find the manga characters completely unnecessary...

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    Well this is a manga site and the vast majority of our forums are manga forums and the vast number of posts in those forums are in One Piece, Gantz, Naruto, and Bleach, and I'll bet our most downloaded series are those four.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Schiljo View Post
    Dunno for some reason i find the manga characters completely unnecessary...
    I don't totally agree with you, I just wish it wasn't all shounen epic characters.

    Also, Steal (or anyone who wants to try), going with what I said about not liking the artwok being down the side and taking up loads of space, any chance you could do a similar banner in landscape?
    Lets assume it will go at the top of the website and the forum will go below it (can we all agree on that as a standard format?).
    The dimensions are up to you, but lets try not to go over 200 pixels in height (250 if you absolutely have to) and no more than 1000 pixels accross (lets assume that everyone is cabable of viewing the site at 1024x76.

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    Here's a new entry.
    There's your ST Dude that everyone wanted... I don't see how it matches the rest of the skin, but okay. (Vectored, if anyone wants it.)
    I didn't finish rewriting the inside of the forum, but you guys have the general idea, right?
    The bottom is, as you can see, not done. I was mainly focusing on the top/header portion.

    The skin will be made to strech side to side, and from top to bottom, like it is now. It was just easier to draw it out in a fixed size.

    What do you guys think?


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    I can't post a screen shot because this library computer doesn't have paint. Instead try setting you screen resolution to 1024x768 and compare it to the current design.

    You have bucket loads of space thats doing nothing. The image is nice (although I think Kekashi looks a bit out of place) but as I keep saying, its too big.

    Ugh, I feel bad that I keep shooting down all your ideas.

    EDIT: I won't object to it being used in the final design, but I'm not a big fan of the file divider background.

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    ...We can always have more than one skin.


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    True, but its always good to hear critisism. I'm still waiting for someone to give me their opinion on what I've posted. (I'm also waiting for more people to start giving more input, but we'll just have to wait and see)

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    That's awesome yucchi! Maybe add some texture to the 'file' bit though?
    Love the shadows and the depth, so cool

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98abaile View Post
    You have bucket loads of space thats doing nothing. The image is nice (although I think Kekashi looks a bit out of place) but as I keep saying, its too big.
    The skin will be made to strech side to side, and from top to bottom, like it is now. It was just easier to draw it out in a fixed size.
    The space on both side will be cut. I just needed space to work on.

    I don't think there's anything wrong with having a header that's slightly bigger. You can't really do much with a small header that's about 200px. It's just not enough to fit some manga/anime related images. Or anything for that matter. Just a fancy title.

    Anyway, I don't think too many people visit this section. The few of us who do obviously hate eachothers' works, or atleast have something they would like to change about 'em. So I think once we have several skins, we should make a poll in Chit Chat asking the majority of the people what THEY would like to see when they come to the forum. If they say they don't like big headers, then they can pick something that has no big header.

    Quote Originally Posted by 98abaile View Post
    EDIT: I won't object to it being used in the final design, but I'm not a big fan of the file divider background.
    Then what shoud the file divider be replaced by?


    http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r...metoSTcopy.png <-- I like the sign but it has no blending with the background. The green is really out of place. I would use a color that's within the picture, aka. some orangish brown color.
    http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r...e/web1copy.png <-- The gray is way too dark. Although the sky should be the center of attention (while looking at the header), it is pushed into the background because the gay is too dominating. Also, you said the skin should not be too dark or too light, but imho, that IS too dark. The text looks nice thought.

    Looking over the Logo Design, it's 99&#37; female characters. Now we'll have the male population hating the skin.
    I guess some of those images could work as a header design, but most of them are pretty bad quality, or are just impossible to cut out (while still geting it to look right).
    Last edited by csuti; 03-21-2008 at 01:02 AM.

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    I am way too tired and it is way too late at night (read: early in the morning) to be posting here, but whatever. I like this idea, everything posted so far has been great, and I want to contribute. (csuti's blog skins are so cute~!)

    I took a look at the main page of the site for starters, and I've divided it into some core categories (there were only minor differences between the current skins, like the default being the only one with RivalMail on it, and the banners and logos all being different):



    1: Banner and logo.
    2: Top navigation bar. FAQ, Members List, etc. (More when logged in.)
    3: Forums filesystem navigation/indicator.
    4: Login.
    5: Manga series list.
    6: Paypal/donation information.
    7: Manga series colours explained.
    8: Click here to hide manga series! (Link to Member Control Panel.)
    9: Forums introduction.
    10: Forums main, sections links. Collapsable categories.
    11: Users currently online.
    12: Basic board statistics.
    13: Board icons explained.
    14: Skin change/further navigation bar.
    15: Link to Members Control Panel, link to RivalMail, legal/copyright information.

    I think we should ask Kane if the colours he is using to indicate a series' status are easily changed (so it's possible to match them to the skin's colour theme). I have too much of a headache to go looking at code right now, but we could probably also find out that way (whether he's using CSS for that). I wouldn't mind seeing them in a collapsable section either, if they must stay on the front page, instead of the Member Control Panel method (which doesn't work for me...so I may be biased here). Like the categories of forum sections, how they collapse. I don't know if this is possible, but I think it might be a neat solution if it is.

    And I uh, did a couple of my own mockups...you can laugh if you like, I have zero skill (this is NOT my area, but I thought I would try - at two in the morning, heh).

    Posts (basically Tigra with different colours XD):



    Main:



    This looks really pathetic for the amount of time, thought and effort I put in...oh well. Maybe I can elaborate on the changes I made to the layout and why tomorrow when I'm more awake, and if anyone actually expresses any interest. But it's not just the colour scheme that I was looking at! D:<

    @98, while I agree with you on pretty much every point, I think it's important to remember that at this stage these are pretty much concept designs, and as such, while use of space and so on is still important, it's not crucial at this stage. (I also think, for the record, that if csuti and Steal or others want to design something really crazy and out there, that looks great and doesn't necessarily follow conventions, they should go for it. After all, we are adding skins, not restricting them. But we should still add some that are more traditional, for people like me who are...old. I like plain things.)

    And this concludes my post, brought to you tonight (today?) by I-am-totally-falling-behind-on-my-chore-list.

 

 
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