1 comment | Posted: 7 April 07 in Featured, by Nathan Smith
This site was posted on the Godbit forum quite awhile ago for critique, and I had praised the design but pointed out that there were some code validation issues. I’m happy to say that the developers took the feedback to heart, and the site now validates as XHTML 1.0 Strict. I am glad this is the case, because the design is impressive and now it has the underlying code base to match.
I love the grittiness of the site, and how it feels very organic and urban, but without feeling too mechanical or inhuman. I think the warmer tones of orange and brown lend a bit of approachability that might not otherwise be there. The cohesiveness of the design toes the line between edgy and familiar – sort of like an old pair of shoes that are inviting because they are already worn in.
There is a quaint mixture of old-fashioned class meets modern grunge, from the stylized type in the logo’s “S” to the angular lines and stencil fonts of the sub-heading text graphics. The sephia color treatment on the images also helps lend a bit of an aged-photo-album feeling to it the user experience.
:focus as well as
:hover, which would have allowed for keyboard navigation. This would have been especially helpful for the Search box.
Not wanting to end on a negative note, let me just say that the candid staff photos on the Who We Are page really helps round out the site. While some might say a giant whopper of a fish catch might be “unprofessional,” I say that’s what the Christian life is all about – genuinely being yourself. Overall, this site is an exemplary design by Mark Priestap and a feature-rich development effort by the guys at Ekklesia 360. With a little more attention given to accessibility the next time around, new sites will be 100% on-track.
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