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Client: Gauchotexts.com - [link]

Description:
Gauchotexts is a next generation book price comparison service. Instantly find any book at the cheapest price from around the web. Read reviews, share experiences and create life-long friends within our welcoming community.

Responsibilities:
Let's just say everything whether directly or indirectly. The outstanding boys & girls at Depthskins are responsible.

Now, this site is far from its true potential but we released it beta with what's done, the true power and features is yet to come.

If you're into books and such, join up. If you find bugs, report it using the feedback button. I'll jump on it immediately.
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:iconsilenc3x:
silenc3x Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
looks nice... love the colors
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:icondeebong:
deebong Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009
I like it a lot :) amazing work!
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:icontasarhane:
tasarhane Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009
pretty nice work..! :+fav:
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:iconadonous:
Adonous Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009
This looks good. You don't have to have a clearly defined header. Who sets the rules anyway?
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:icondepthskins:
depthskins Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009
It has header, on internal pages, that is, if we're talking about the same thing.
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:iconpungen:
pungen Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
awesome job as always. i think it looks great.
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:iconsuperiorgamer:
Superiorgamer Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009
Mad skill, considering the picture looks alot like the website itself. I can never code that well. And a course, nice graphing designing as well.
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:icondepthskins:
depthskins Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2009
You might want to check this:
[link]
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:iconfedrick:
Fedrick Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Looks really clean and professional, nice job :)
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:iconctrl-click:
ctrl-click Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Nice work
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:icontehacesequence:
tehacesequence Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
preety good stuff mate
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:icontheryanford:
TheRyanFord Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Nice sense of depth to this. The only downside is that there doesn't seem to be an actual "header" area.
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:iconbryceman111:
bryceman111 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009
Agreed, some nice depth. I am curious as to why it needs a "header" area? I don't disagree necessarily, you have been doing design work for a bit longer than me, but it just doesn't bug me too much.

One thing that I do notice is that I can see the edges of the white curvilinear area image.
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:icontheryanford:
TheRyanFord Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
What I mean is that the top-most portion of a website is typically considered the "header," and that area is typically reserved for identifying where you are on a website and what you're looking at.
On dA the "header" always tells you where you are. Right now you're probably reading this reply in the Message Center, for example. Now, a webdesigner does not always have to have a header, but they've got to make a strong scenario in which a user doesn't expect it.

But in this particular design, there isn't a strong area that always tells me what I'm looking at, and it's very visibly lacking. What it has, instead, is a nav at the very top (which is good) followed by a little illustration of a man selling something, then a notification of points, AND THEN something that could be used as a header. But said potential header isn't really a header-it only has potential to become one. The big problem is that it's nearly 400px from the top of the page, meaning it's not working as much of a header and is being treated as a more unimportant ingredient of the overall page.
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bryceman111 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009
Ooh, ok, thanks a lot! I definitely see where you are coming from now. :D
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:icondepthskins:
depthskins Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009
Firstly, dA has a header? I always thought that dA never had a header, just a navigation with the logo in it which was somewhat a unique aspect.

However, header is the consistent element at the top of the page and by that definition, it does.So the 'navigation' is the header on dA.

In this design, there's probably more of a header than on dA. What makes it different is that it's not exactly a traditional header.

Now technically, it is at the top of the page which does make it a header. The fact that the navigation, sits above the search area doesn't take away the fact it's a header. Why? Simply because headers are about dominance in a page as well. I'm certain looking at this design, the search area with the guy is the first thing you noticed. It's quite obvious that it dominates the entire page and it's obvious why I wanted that area to dominate.

I couldn't disagree more with what you're saying about the area being "unimportant ingredient" when it's clearly the most important aspect given it consistently sits atop the site as if on a pedestal and any graphic on the site is used to highlight it's presence.

Even if this wasn't my design and I saw this layout, search would come across as the most important thing to simply because of it's placement.

If you took your hands and block out that search area, then you'd see a site without header. This has a header, just not a traditional one.
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:icontheryanford:
TheRyanFord Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
I think you're misunderstanding the point I was trying to make about what a header is.

A header is a wayfinding item. It's like a "you are here" sign. Your layout doesn't have that. If I go to the "About" area of this site (as an off-hand example) there isn't an area that tells me I'm in the About area. The only indication is via the navigation being highlighted. If there are sub-pages that exhibit this scenario, then please show them to me. However, as it stands in this design, I don't see a header telling me where I am.

The area you're referring to as the header is just the top-most area of the site. This is kind of like referring to a person's hair as their head. Just because it's at the top of the page doesn't make it a header. It's the function of the item that makes it a header.

Granted, website terminology isn't very specific, so it's clear why there is a lack of clarity (heh).
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:icondepthskins:
depthskins Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
See, I hear what you're saying and I understand but still disagreeing with you in reference to this design.

Firstly, you said there isn't an area that tells you where you are. I beg to differ and suggest you take another look: [link]

I find it surprising what you're saying when dA architecture doesn't have a header that tells me where I am. If it does, maybe pointing it out to me would help clarify things which I would appreciate cuz I'm all for understanding. It's only because I know dA UI that I'm able to easily navigate and find my way about.

Right now, I'm in dA's message center and at the top (below what I call the header) is the TITLE that says 'Messages'. Is this what you're referring to as header because I call it 'Title'. So maybe it's just a matter of different terminology.

I imagine a header is called that because it's at the top just like the 'head' is hence 'header'. Saying the 'hair' is the head is like saying my navigation is the header which is not my logic. I'm looking at it as a whole. The 'hair' makes up the head just like my navigation makes up my header. The head contains the brain and controls the body just like my header contains the search, the MAIN feature of the website which is the primary focus of the website. Someone wants to search, they don't have to think about where, it's there, in their face.
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:icontheryanford:
TheRyanFord Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
The link you gave me DOES have a header. Your deviation, however, does not. I've only got the deviation to work from.
And yes, what you call the "title" is actually the header. The literal "title" is actually a part of the browser window, at the very tip top, where in html we actually define the title.
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:icondepthskins:
depthskins Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
Ok, glad to hear that because I was getting worried about usability. There's no need for Title on the main page I think.
Thanks for the input as I still have to work towards improving the UI.
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:iconnichtphil:
nichtphil Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
Really nice! :#1:
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:iconkevind23:
kevind23 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
Nice, but the aliased fonts annoy me.
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:iconcalgarc:
calgarc Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009  Professional Artist
the gradients work well with the design :D
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:iconsofianeav:
SofianeAV Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Nice design.. :)
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:icondouglaseltz:
DouglasEltz Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
Really good work!
I like the colors and fonts
Professional a lot =)
:+fav:
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