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Given 2008-08-17
Banner Exchange - Mockup 2 by ~alisalem is a great design. While using popular colors and smooth gradients often attributed with the current web 2.0 style, the design also uses a great grid structure and makes good use of white space and content. ( Suggested by Kip0130 and Featured by lemontea )
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MansyDesignTools Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Nice Work..
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Find Free PSD Templates Here: [link]
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:iconisrar12345:
israr12345 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
very good website
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:iconmohamedacic:
mohamedacic Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
good job
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:icon3slam:
3slam Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Student
gamd ya basha :)
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:iconalisalem:
alisalem Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Rabena y5aleek ya m3alem. :)
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:iconzeshanshani143:
zeshanshani143 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
ur color use is v good .great job
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:iconshahwanoo:
Shahwanoo Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Wow!
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:iconalisalem:
alisalem Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you. :)
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:icondesinart:
DesiNArt Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
well done,
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:iconalisalem:
alisalem Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you. :)
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:iconrameexgfx:
rameexgfx Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009  Student Interface Designer
very nice I :love: :+fav:
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:icongkdil:
gkdil Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Nice layout and colors are cooool :)
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:iconalisalem:
alisalem Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks. :)
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:iconcupidsouls:
CuPidSouLs Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2009
elegant !! ... good job
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:iconastada:
astada Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
Very modern design. Good work :-)
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:iconalisalem:
alisalem Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks. :)
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:iconfewela:
fewela Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
wonderful my dear ali ... :)

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hope to visit my gallery & put ur comments
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:iconalisalem:
alisalem Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Ya basha kollak zooo2. :)
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:iconzaib:
zaib Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
Awesome! I like the colors!
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:iconalisalem:
alisalem Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Cheers mate.
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:iconkazan:
Kazan Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008
"Also, it seems a bit image heavy. What do you suppose the download time of all these images will be? 20-30 seconds on 56k?"

Are you serious? You were making valid points until that.
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:iconshadowless911:
shadowless911 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008
Very cool and colourful.
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:iconalisalem:
alisalem Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks. :)
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:iconenzudes1gn:
EnzuDes1gn Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
congrats to you on DD :thumbsup:
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:iconalisalem:
alisalem Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Cheers bro. :)
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Abdullrhman-Hassona Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2008  Professional Photographer
برافو يا على ;)
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:iconalisalem:
alisalem Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks ya basha.
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:iconstudio-fubar:
Studio-Fubar Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008
I love this design. It has a marvelous spring-like pastel color scheme; a sight that beckons to be admired.
Congratulations on the well deserved daily deviation.
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:iconalisalem:
alisalem Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks for your great comment mate. :)
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:iconkuchva:
kuchva Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008
nice job :)
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:iconalisalem:
alisalem Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks. :)
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:icondlinkwit27:
dlinkwit27 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008
*Very* slick. Know what would be "uber 1337"? Make a VS of this theme!
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:iconalisalem:
alisalem Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
LOL yeah specially that the colours are very XPish...I've not idea how themes are made though...
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:iconwarops:
warops Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008
all good :D
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:iconalisalem:
alisalem Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Cheers. :)
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:iconcraigthebrit:
craigthebrit Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008
The spelling should be "benefits". Aside from that, lovely :).
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:iconalisalem:
alisalem Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks. I guess the client will correct that. :)
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:iconmethodologi:
Methodologi Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Great job, where can I find that font "Goodpro"?
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:iconalisalem:
alisalem Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
I probably got it from an article posted @ Smashing Magazine.

I uploaded it for ya:
[link]
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:iconmethodologi:
Methodologi Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks, it's similar to Cicle or Avant Garde it seems
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:iconalisalem:
alisalem Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Haven't tried these. I use Lucida Grand and Myriad Pro for most of my work now.
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DampeS8N Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008
I'm confused how these people make money... do you pay to fix the randomness in your favor? Or do you pay to join in the first place?

I have trouble trusting a company that wants you to think they don't make money, it is deceitful.

Whomever is doing their interaction design should reconsider hiding that fact. It helps ground the service in something tangible and as it stands now it looks like all fluff and no substance.

Also, the black menu at the top seems kinda redundant. The items of real interest are fast-tracked on the left bar.

I'm also guessing this doesn't scale. It should, wouldn't be hard to make it.

Also, it seems a bit image heavy. What do you suppose the download time of all these images will be? 20-30 seconds on 56k?
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alisalem Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks for the great critique.

"I'm confused how these people make money... do you pay to fix the randomness in your favor? Or do you pay to join in the first place?

I have trouble trusting a company that wants you to think they don't make money, it is deceitful.

Whomever is doing their interaction design should reconsider hiding that fact. It helps ground the service in something tangible and as it stands now it looks like all fluff and no substance."


It's all about what the client asks for. A client lists what he/she wants and you work around it. Sometimes your suggestions are accepted and sometimes the client believes that what he thinks is best.

Also, the black menu at the top seems kinda redundant. The items of real interest are fast-tracked on the left bar.

I agree about the black menu. As for the items of real interest, this is what the client wanted; a big sub header to explain how their site works and the items of interest would go on the left/right.

As for the scalability, the client did not want it to scale. It would be kinda hard to scale it because of the sub header.

Consider the 20-30 seconds a motivation for people who're still using 56k to upgrade. :)
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DampeS8N Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008
Interaction Design is still a relatively unknown concept to most people who want to sell software products. It is part of our duty as informed professionals to spread the word. We've been neglectful in out duties for a long time, it is time we step up. I'd invest in a stack of "The Inmates are Running the Asylum" and hand them out to any client who says "Huh?" When you ask them who is doing their interaction design, or if they answer "You are, aren't you?"

As for the 20-30 second motivation... Some people can't afford broadband, and others have slow broadband. 30 seconds at 56k can take 5-10 seconds even on broadband.. A little optimization can go a long way. You can remove about 66% of the background image if you sacrifice some of the gradients, and you can use text-based buttons and headers. Do just those, and you could drastically reduce the load time.

There is a big difference between what a client wants and what they think they want. Scalability, Fluidity, Stretchability, and 508 are all really important for every site, especially the last one. 508 compliance is THE biggest enhancement you can make on a high-traffic site. Especially if your competition doesn't bother. 5-10% of the population has some kind of visual impairment, and you can expect a lot more customers if you design your sites to work for screen readers. More and more people are surfing the web with huge monitors. Scalability, Fluidity and Stretchability lets those of us that use big monitors to better use your sites. Most sites are too small to look at on my 24 inch 1920 by 1200 monitor. I have to upscale nearly all sites. Some work, some don't. Guess which ones I go to again? Designing for everyone is important, and if done well, is just as visually interesting as designing just for 800 or 1024.

You are the professional. You need to be outspoken. You need to find some research you can quote and show it to your clients. Architects don't let people who are building a building decide to not put in handicap access or let them only put a bathroom on every other floor. It would be a failure of their core duties to do that. Yet in software, we let people who are unqualified make decisions we know are bad, simply because they are paying us.

We can't keep doing that. And you'll gain a lot more respect if you don't.
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alisalem Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
You have some great points here.

I love scalable sites and I think it would have worked pretty well for this type of sites.

I don't think I suggested this though, but the client didn't request it either. Still, I totally agree with you about the fact that we should suggest what we think would be best. It's the way of presenting your suggestion that either attracts or distracts the client's attention. If you explain your point giving reasons for what you say, they'll recognize it.

But trust me, when it comes to taste, it's kinda hard to convince someone with a better looking option. That's what really bugs me about clients with no taste.
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DampeS8N Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008
well. In all honesty, the least important aspect of a website is looking good. Looking professional is important, but it can look terrible and still be professional looking. A lot of studies have gone into the success of websites and the real important things are in this order:

1. Site provides a great product/service - Most people think that a site that sells things is in the business of selling their products. They aren't, they are in the business of getting people to the products to buy them. Amazon figured this out early on, that is why they invest so much time and energy into new ways for their users to find, not what they are looking for, but what they are looking for and as many other related and interesting things as possible in addition to what they wanted. In other words, what they didn't know they wanted.

2. Site functions better than all of its competitors - People often wonder how a terrible site like Myspace can be so popular. Myspace offers something no other site can. 150,000,000 users. However, it loses ground because it doesn't meet number 2. How did Google overtake Altavista? Better function.

3. Site appears professional - a site that looks professional will beat a site that doesn't.

4. Site is listed properly - a proper engine listing won't make up for bad design, but if your site is the same as another that doesn't have a proper listing, you'll be listed higher and get all the traffic. The other aspects are more important due to things like word of mouth. [link] is a great example of how ignoring listing and advertisement and only focusing on word of mouth can work, if you have the top 2.

That's it. Looking good doesn't even register on the list, since how a site looks has absolutely no effect on how many people use it. Interestingly, looking good is the primary focus of nearly all clients. Our business is indeed backwards. Clients view the web as a kind of advertisement, and it is not. They view it as a way to promote their business, not as a way to extend their business.

Your banner client here thinks of their own site as advertisement, not as their product. They think of their code, which puts ad-blocks on blogs and sites, is their product. They design all their site's functions as ways to promote their service, and as ways to add value to their already great product. And they are dead wrong.

The site is their product, people log in to view how their banners are working, to upgrade information and to otherwise use their service. They need to understand that their own users aren't going to pick them over some other banner share site because of their technology. Anyone can set up a database of URLs and Images and randomly swap them into an iframe on some blog. What will set them apart is the above. Better statistics, the ability to do what google does, where it crawls your page and automatically taylors the banners to be more in-line with what is on the page. Because, their product isn't that you can place a banner on hundreds of pages. It is how the site lets you control that. They may know this on some level, but it is clear from their design that they don't know it on the level of the design of the site itself.
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alisalem Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
I understand what you're saying.

Let me tell you one thing though. Have you heard of Metro Lyrics?

The guys behind that website are the ones behind that banner website which hasn't been released yet.

Metro Lyrics is an extremely successful lyrics website so I guess those guys know what they're doing.

I have no idea why it's taking them so long to release this website though.

I still want to ask you...Doesn't number 3 apply to my design?

The first two are kinda out of my hands.
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DampeS8N Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2008
sure. But so does [link] Which intentionally goes for professional but not pretty. It is my blog.

well. I'll tell you this much about metro lyrics. Firefox blocked a pop up right away, and the page is cluttered with lots of BS. If I am looking for lyrics, I'm likely going to want to type in an artist/song name and get to the lyrics ASAP. So I'd do a google like front page to handle that. Then I would track what the user has searched for in that session and offer up additional artists/songs to look at based on that. And I could generate money by taking a cut of CD sales generated via that search system... the system could match like songs based on Pandora's Music Genome Project.

When logged it, I would get a page with suggestions based on what I have been looking at.

I'd offer in the top nav a way to see the lists they are forcing you to look through, because some people like that. And If there are lyric uploads or some other thing that isn't obvious in the current system, I'd also put that there for registered users.


One thing you should remember and remind users is that you can always make more money. A wedding band can make a substantial living, but they would be morons to pass up the chance to get signed and cut a CD. Metro Lyrics might be doing quite well, but they are still a "Dancing Bear". People will pay to watch a Bear Dance... but they'll by a lot more to see the ballet. Bears don't dance very well, the marvel is that they dance at all. The marvel is you can look up lyrics at all, but that doesn't mean it couldn't be refined, and it certainly doesn't mean they do their job well..

It is actually quite terrible, really.
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alisalem Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Please define professional because I think looking good is a means of looking professional.
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