International Christian Response

4 comments | Posted: 20 November 05 in Featured, by Yannick Lyn Fatt


What can I say, International Christian Response (ICR) is a beautifully designed website. The colours and images are also quite fitting. Another thing I find appealing is the wonderful use of the hover effect. The images are displayed with a certain hue but upon moving your mouse over them you are pleasantly shown the full colour image. Their navigation is well done (also making use of the hover effect) and whichever page you are on it has an active state so you know exactly where you are.

As for the code, ICR went for XHTML 1.0 Strict and did a good job, except for 5 errors that came up in validation. Upon checking those errors though you will find that it was just a matter of inserting a <p> within another <p> but those can easily be fixed. There was also one CSS error, but that should be easy to fix.

At first I wasn’t too keen on the torn paper background image but after thinking about it and reading more about ICR, the fact that they work with persecuted Christians, it is a fitting background image. The torn edges bring across that brokeness that a persecuted Christian may face, the war torn areas they live in and hardships they go through or even the tattered edges of a bible.

All in all, I really like it. Job well done by the designers.

Update: This site now validates as flawless XHTML 1.0 Strict and CSS.

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  1. 1 Nathan Smith

    I agree, great use of hover effects and color-scheme. I agree, the torn paper does come across as a bit strong, but I like it. It seamlessly repeats, not something that many wicked-worn looks pull off very well. I also like how the header graphic is re-used on sub-pages, with the Div simply resized. This cuts down on load time, after the graphic has been cached initially. Also, I didn’t realize it at first, but this site runs on Textpattern. This means that the ministry didn’t have to shell out for an expensive CMS, very cool. Great job by Bau.

  2. 2 Yannick

    I agree with you on the header image and how it is resized on sub-pages. It reminded me of your site Nathan, since you did something similar.

    hehe yup it does run on TXP and indeed using a FREE CMS helped them cut down on some costs.

  3. 3 Stephen Bau

    Thank you very much for the recognition and for pointing out my validation errors. You were right. They were fairly simple to fix. (I made the mistake of wrapping the txp:excerpt tag in paragraph tags when they weren’t necessary.) And yes, I am a big fan of Textpattern after using it to build this site. It definitely helped the organization to have an open source CMS to build the site around.

    For the site layout, I need to pay homage to Michael Tupy, the designer of the Some Leafs CSSZenGarden submission, where the torn paper background idea originated. Maybe I took it too far.

    I like what you are doing here with Godbit and I am excited about being a part of this community you are building.

  4. 4 Yannick

    Stephen: Nice of you to stop by. I am happy you were able to fix those errors. hehe, it happens sometimes. Wonderful also that you were able to use TXP. Just goes to show that ministries and churches can have a good CMS without having to pay for one that just simply isn’t as good.

    As for the background, at first I thought it was a bit too much, but as you can see I found a deeper meaning to it. Not sure if that is what you had intended for it to mean though or if it was supposed to have meaning behind it.

    Feel free to stop by the forums, we’d love to have you around.

    Peace and God Bless.


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