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02 February 2003, 09:40 PM
If any of you have a chance, please check out my site and let me know what you think|suggest.

Digital Illusion Studios - D | I | S (

03 March 2003, 08:47 PM
:) Nice/Simple/Elegant I like what you have done and I only found one thing you may waht to consider tweaking. When I entered the profile and porfoilo the main button was at the bottom but I got lost in the solution screen because the main button had jumped to the top. Other than that I have no complaints, good work.


03 March 2003, 10:15 PM
Very Slick and Profesional. I like it alot. GREAT JOB!!!


03 March 2003, 01:05 AM
Thanks for all of your input.

I notice that quite a few of you didn't appreciate the full screen launch. There is always that x in the upper corner... It's one of those preferences that you either like or dislike. Personally I like to capute the audience attention, and I feel that its not that incovientent.

My concept was simplicity. I was focusing more on the design element. I wanted to use motion in the navigation and have a different approach.

03 March 2003, 03:57 AM
nice, but it's a long time (at least for me) before the buttons become "active" maybe that can be remedied with a little actionscripting. apart from that very good job, well done.

03 March 2003, 04:59 AM
nice site i really love its simplicity.

however, maybe consider bringing up the music off button next to the X> it took me a bit to find and that 2-3 second loop is really anoying after about the 5th time *personal opinion*

and maybe drop the volume down on it a bit tobegin with. i dont know if its my soundcard or speakers crackling but i did here it crackle a bit each time it looped. if its not me maybe look at fixxing that, but otherwise good choice in music.

watch where you place your nav. imo keeping it on the top or bottom would be great.

but moving it up n down even if the user can see it moving there doesnt work for me...
and portfolio seems to go into the middle when its already on the bottom, and im sure that is the same with every link where you stat at the top for instance and the next link you click has the nav at the top

is there a way to fix that, so you are doing that...
maybe instead you just slide over?

when your hiding some of your nave, is it possible for you to include a scroll so users dont gotta go back to main to get to another link that isnt being shown?
great use of breaking your text up btw, keeping it short is nice.
nice use of blue aswell, suits it just fine

for portfolio i like that the user doesnt start on identity because theres nothing there.

but maybe look at some kind of option that indicates to the user before even clicking those links, that theres nothing in them... like a total grey link instead of having the first letter being black, might be enough of a hint that the next gray one they click wont have anything in it either, which would hopefully trigger them into not clicking.

also for the x and the sound, making them a bit darker would be nice. they need some attention so if the user feels like you did something to his screen (*yesh you should make sure you apply sites to the dumbest people*) he can easily find the x button, i had a bit of a hard time myself.

simply cus i saw you take the whole page up, which i like btw. its just finding my typical window nav X and Minimize was hard and almost non-existant for a short period

ok i think you've heard me ramble enough, great work man, keep it up

03 March 2003, 04:23 PM
:hmm: :hmm: :hmm:

please don't force people into fulllscreen mode

this reminds me of bad porn sites
if I want to see the page fullscreen I can do that on my own...

03 March 2003, 09:38 PM
overall its really nice, but i do tend to ditch sites that force me into fullscreen. if you like it then that's great, but what a potential client is going to think is more important than your opinion ;)

the flash overall is really nicely done, transitions are smooth and well-exectuted, everything flows really nicely. if i were to get picky it would be that the typography really bothers me, the whole small first letter thing just doesn't work visually imo, its distracting. your logo at the top left also looks a bit off, 'digital' is too high and i think the black overshadows the other type too much; it also feels a bit cramped. this is getting picky tho, the site is very nice overall. good job.


03 March 2003, 08:52 AM
Overall it's very nice, there are some points that needs to be checked though....

2. look at point 1.
3. you could use fades and masks to put the accent on text
and / or images.
It will go nicely with the mood you have there.
4. keep it up :)

03 March 2003, 06:49 PM
I enjoy the simplicity of the site, however, i am a bit confused by your choice of company name. When i first read your post, I thought you had done a website for the game company Digital Illusions...
In all fairness and in just good business sense, i would rethink your naming strategy for your studio.

Michael Chen
03 March 2003, 05:23 AM
Nice site.

Nice transitions.

Were those transitions done by tween, or actionscript?

03 March 2003, 06:00 AM
Iím hearing quite a few of you complain about the full screen viewing. I have been in the web design business for over four years and I never had a problem with it. Actually I enjoy seeing a site that wants to immerse you in the experience. I know there are quite a few sites that have those annoying pop ups, but those are launched without your consent. My splash page clearly explains my site. Getting past this...

There are a few issues Iím going to be working on over the next week or so. One is definitely the audio popping. I canít seem to correct that in Sound Forge. Iím also going to add some faint background images to liven up each section. And of course Iím going to add some of my work to the portfolio section.

Akroll, you brought of the gaming company using the name Digital Illusion. If you did a web search you will stumble upon quite a few companies with that name. Mine is trademarked. If the US Patent and Trademark Office felt that is was in violation, I would of been notified. Thanks for taking the time to put some thought in what I asked for.

The majority of the animations are tweens Rukwa.

Thanks everyone.

Ian Jones
03 March 2003, 08:13 AM
Just a quick comment on the fullscreen. Although I agree that it is immersive, I think you need to recognise that web surfers these days are multibrowsing. They have 2 or more windows open and will be frustrated by the 'trap' of a fullscreen application. Try semi-fullscreen, as long as the taskbar is accessible it should benefit everybody. There are many issues to think about, but going either way is mostly down to personal opinion. Hope that was a useful comment. :shrug:

03 March 2003, 12:29 PM
A great looking site, great use of movement, just dont have too much of it the users eye should be able to anticipate where the menu is going to go.
There's nothing wrong with Fullscreen when you give people a choice, before entering perhaps an option of fullscreen would be better.

03 March 2003, 08:08 AM
:applause: :applause: :applause:

03 March 2003, 03:55 PM
Originally posted by adam|zeliasz
Personally I like to capute the audience attention, and I feel that its not that incovientent.

I feel you're way off base. If you want to provide a fullscreen experience, allow the viewer to select either normal or fullscreen before entering the site. Otherwise, a nice effort.

good luck with your site!

04 April 2003, 03:44 AM
Originally posted by Chappo
Overall it's very nice, there are some points that needs to be checked though....

2. look at point 1.
3. you could use fades and masks to put the accent on text
and / or images.
It will go nicely with the mood you have there.
4. keep it up :)

That and lose the white.....
Maybe a grayish off white and shadows under the text.

Great work though.

04 April 2003, 02:41 PM
I loved the white. People are scared to use white any more. White, when used well, can really add a lot of class...a lot of mystery....a lot of room for the surfer's eyes to "fill in the gaps". I kinda wish you'd explore that just a little more with reflections or transition effects like water or items fading into the "mist" or something like that. Has to be carefully done to not be hokey, but I think YOU could pull it off.

Most of the transitions seemed very smooth, except for when I had log in selected, then selected portfolio. It was a little unexpected--kinda jerky--in the middle of this really "smooth" experience you created. It was akin to a needle jumping on a scratched record.

I really liked your site except for the fullscreen. I read your reason for it, but how will you know that people don't like it if we don't tell you? That's what c&c is about, isn't it?

The reason you hear so much about it is that it (the annoyance of it) becomes more memorable than the site itself--which is quite nice. Four years of experience in web design should have told you that people don't surf the internet to read fine print, so telling them about your site's fullscreen mode on the launch page isn't the best argument. Your years of webdesign should also tell you that the user's experience surpasses your rationale. In other words, you will not get the chance to argue why fullscreen is good with all the other people that will hit the site...they'll just leave annoyed.

Good Luck with your site. I hope you get tons of hits and tons of business from it.


04 April 2003, 04:26 PM
nice site my only problem is i HATE it when sites make me look at them full screen when i may be trying to do other things :wavey:

04 April 2003, 05:31 PM
Thank you for all your comments. I am going to go ahead and allow the guest to decide between full screen and windowed. Also in the weeks to come I will be posting an HTML version. (Mainly due to the web crawlers and search engine placement)

Thanks for everyones time.

04 April 2003, 06:23 PM
I got tired of waiting for it to load.. I had waited a minute or so and it had only gotten to the L. I have DSL so maybe your server is getting slowed down or something.

I also don't especially like websites that go full screen.

04 April 2003, 06:07 AM
:thumbsup: i liked the anobi site desgin as well, very clean concept

04 April 2003, 03:25 PM
okay, nice site. But a lot of white don't you think?? :shrug:

E.Z. Schwartz
04 April 2003, 07:19 PM
Did you make the music loop? It sounds like a Moby song. If you made it good job. I like the site too, but I agree with the bad fullscreen thing.

05 May 2003, 03:16 PM
Looks great, but because of it's simplicity why bother using flash? The formatting of it could all be done with straight html.

circle frame
05 May 2003, 12:43 PM
Originally posted by Chappo
Overall it's very nice, there are some points that needs to be checked though....

2. look at point 1.

that pretty much is everything I want in a good page


05 May 2003, 08:06 AM
Originally posted by adam|zeliasz
I notice that quite a few of you didn't appreciate the full screen launch.

There's an additional problem with full screen launches. I literally can't use your website because of it, because I'm on a dual-monitor set and the ridiculous full-screen mode makes the site spred itself out across all the available space. Meaning all your text and whatnot fancy design appears around the gap between the monitors.

Besides that, I hate a site thinking itself so important as to steal the OS interface away from you. But then we move into opinions, and you say you're aware people have those, so I'll gently avoid doing that whole show :).

Anyway, my point is I've no idea how your site looks. I can't use it as it stands :\.

05 May 2003, 09:48 PM
Thank you for all your comments.

There has been plenty of valid points regarding the full screen issue. When my HTML site launches I will be removing the full screen launch. Now if only we can move on with the comments about it...

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