What I like from the first one is that the menu plays a bigger role on your page, but you have too much white-space (black-space? ;)) to the right. On the third one, all the triangles you have going on are awesome (and I really do feel that they are a part of your personal brand; try to keep them in some form). The problem with that design is that the content, I'n my opinion, is given a bit too little space (comparing to the width of the other columns). Try adding a bit more contrast to each section of the design (that's one of the things the current design is doing very well) and/or try to make each part of the site stand out more with some added padding.

Looking forward to see what you're going to come up with!

Oh, and excuse my english, I'm a swede :)

Glen C. said on April 20, 2006

Oh no! I like the current design so much, though. I even included it in an upcoming article. Damn.

Chad said on April 20, 2006

Personally I love the current one, but if I was to have any affect on your decision with my peon mumblings I would mumble Iteration Numero Uno most def.

Jules said on April 20, 2006

Number 1 also!

Jen said on April 20, 2006

I think I like the third one the best. I don't know if it's the quality of the comp but the triangles on this version look better. There's just something about the triangles I don't care for in your mock-ups.

Like I said though, I think the 3rd one is the best of the three. I don't think it's because it's just a "mere readjustment," I think it's because the content flows the best. So I hope what you ended up going with intersects with that one.

Kevin Navia said on April 21, 2006

First and third are quite good... you said you have more? Can't wait.

Jonathan Snook said on April 21, 2006

For an itty-bitty sneak peek at the final version, I posted a little something on Flickr.

Mikulla said on April 22, 2006

Keep the white in the main column. None of the other designs read well.

Chris Murphy said on April 23, 2006

One of the things that always come to mind when I hear about a re-boot event going on is the whole mentality of following trends. One of the things that my second year instructors in design always told us was to never try to follow current trends; I didn't really get this for a while as it seemed that it was the right thing to do -- following trends, I mean. Anyone who didn't, just didn't get noticed.

I eventually realized that trends are really just one person doing something unorthodox, everyone else is just following or copying.

So I guess what I'm saying is that, take inspiration where you can, keep and eye on what's happening and trendy, but always go your own way.

If the green grey thing is working for you, then keep it. But don't be afraid to try something that's completely different from what you're used to. Veerle's design is a product of doing something quite different than her norm.

Also you have 2 of the most versatile colors for your site... you might want to think about trying tints of the colors to add variation to your initial designs -- just a thought!

P.J. Onori said on April 25, 2006

It's always interesting to see someone else's design process in action. I do agree with holding tight to the color-identity as it is so vital to creating a (for lack of better a better word) soul.

In all humility, I would suggest really playing with an entirely different paradigm for the interface unless you are extremely set on what you have. I say this because an extreme shift will many times give you a different perspective on your current design. Just a humble suggestion. :)

Ilya Radchenko said on April 25, 2006

Finally, someone else that uses Fireworks to make their mockups..I thought I was the only one.. Oh and dont mind my website link..its a wip..not even close to a final product.. And I liked the first one. I have my brand of colors too :P Grey, Blue, Orange and green :P

Steve White said on May 03, 2006

Long time reader here, first time commentor. I just found an issue when you have a comment error. The page reverts to the old style and all of the other text is garbled across the page.

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