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Indie Dungeon - Forest of Darkness (WIP) by PoultryChamp Indie Dungeon - Forest of Darkness (WIP) by PoultryChamp
This is the new layout for Indie Dungeon. It's still a work in progress, so any critique is valuable.

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Critique by LenkaaaD Jul 30, 2013, 2:54:22 PM
Okay, I'm going to try to write a critique, although I have never done this before. I'm just going to say what I like, what I don't like and what I would have done different or what I would have added...
I like your header although it's quite a big picture. Maybe a little smaller would be good as well but it's personal taste, it would just require less scrolling.
I also like your navigationbar because it's unique, it's not the kind of navigationbar you see every day although you'll have to make sure the colour is in the rest of your website as well (like maybe titles in the same color?).
Now the just released games part, i'd probably put some kind of panel behind it that makes the background of just that part a little lighter, like you did with the news part. I don't really have anything else to say. I like the dark design, it's simple but maybe a little bit more color variation (maybe try to get the titles the same color as your navbar, I think that would look great but hey, you can do what you like!). Well yes, I like it.
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I think that the dark background creates a nice artistic atmosphere, and overall the color choice is very pleasing to the eye and looks professional making the site feel trustworthy (Which is a good thing).
Having "Indie Dungeon" at the top and in the center with the "Your new adventure awaits" feels a bit repetitive, but I am not sure what else you could put there? Usually a company/ software name goes at the top, and the specific project highlighted goes below (but again, I'm not sure exactly what you have to display).
Also at the top with the "news" "reviews" etc.
I think that since your pull down menu's have words that have the first letter capitalized, you should capitalize them, or lowercase the pull down words, just to make it constant.
I think that the "Just Released Games" is well sized and colored, I just think you may want to have a link to "Other Games" otherwise we would only have access to the Just Released ones!
Game Spotlight is good too!
I think that the News Pictures are just a tiny bit too big...
I think that the rest is fine too, but again have a link on Latest Concept Art leading to all Concept art, not just the "Latest"

Finally I would also say that everything doesn't have to be stacked on top of each other, you can put things side by side too, because some people wont like scrolling so far to see everything...
I hope this helps!
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I'm not sure if that forest picture will be your header in the final decision, but right now the black background works really nicely with that picture. But it feels really dull because there's no other colors in it.
Also, at the top, I feel like you could overlap the [Just Released] with the forest background. I don't wanna say copy other websites but sorta like what Aeriagames does!
Lastly, the [Indie Games] font could definitely use some sprucing up! I know that your layout isn't set in stone yet but having an original logo is better than using any old font.

The entire layout looks simple to use as is, and bonus that it's not cluttered at all!

Hope this helped, not very confident in judging designs ;ww;
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SmileyBear6 Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
First off I have to say I am in love with the image that you chose for the main image on the website. It makes me want to see what the website/game is about.  The fonts that you used are easy to read.  The palette that you used for the layout is great with the pop of yellow that you used in the menu.  I would only change a few tiny things, like I would bring the yellow down the page, so that it makes the readers eyes travel down the page; like into the titles of the news.  Also I would change the color of the "show indie dugeon some love", to the yellow...so that you do not introduce a different color to the layout, I think that it will still pop with the yellow.Other than that I think that the website is easy to read and navigate. I wish you luck with the game and the layout. 
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mayaanina1 Jul 30, 2013  Student Artist
Its really awesome (sorry i dont know anything about writing critiqes because im stupid XD)
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MitsuneTheHedgeWolf Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Same ;w;
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I love the contrast in the colours, and the natural layout makes it look very smooth and nice to the eye ^^
One thing I don't like quite so much is the orange used at the top. I find it doesn't fit with the other colours very well, but it gives a great effect ^^
I would maybe suggest picking a redder or more vivid orange.


I really like the layout, it's very interesting and I love how it looks ^^
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