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Old 09-10-2008, 09:45 PM   #1
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So I guess I will kick off a Work in Progress thread that I hope will inspire others to post pictures/links of what they are working on.



So this is the site I am working on. Wordpress is what is working in the background so I am busy skinning this.

Story behind it:I wanted to update my current site to something more professional but not to bland at the same time. I wanted to keep the site dark but still have enough color to pull viewers eyes in and keep them locked in for a while. I started out drawing layouts on paper like I normally do till I find something I like. I usually only spend 1-5mins drawing a page till I move on, if I get stuck I move on to a different idea. After I got a basic idea of what I want I start building it in photoshop. This site ended up being a combination of two different drawings I had. I usually start with the nav bar and then I work on the background to try to get a good mix of colors and then work around that. Once the whole site was build in photoshop, I think it only took a day to draw up in photoshop after all the "back to the drawing board" type thing. Once I was settled in with the design I started cutting my images out that I could work with, again starting with the nav bar and work my way down the page. I got a lot of help from Cary on how to use CSS correctly with HTML and he even helped me out quite a bit when I would mess up.

http://dd.adesadesmoines.com/ - This is what the layout looked like after it was done, no wordpress, just HTML and CSS coding holding it in place.

After that I started looking into Wordpress and figured it could do what I wanted it to do and started to apply my HTML and CSS to it and inputting its PHP code into my own. Things got slippery but things are still going strong. I even took a 3 month break from it (which I don't recommend).

Where it is at now: Right now, well, I got the home page done for the most part. I wanted to do a top download section but I don't think wordpress will like that to much so I went with a poll option as you can see from the screenshot. The 3D Design page is almost done as well, each section is scrollable but I just don't have any posts in there so you don't see the scroll bar. Next might be the 2D Design where I just plan to put a gallery of images that I have drawn or done up in photoshop.

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Let me know what you guys think. Constructive criticism is welcome!

I currently do not have a current updated version of the wordpress uploaded (working off my pc) as I don't want to update my news posts and so on.

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Old 09-10-2008, 09:58 PM   #2
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I liked it a lot, nice job
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Old 09-12-2008, 04:12 PM   #3
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I liked it a lot, nice job
Thanks.


Here is another update of the 2D Design page:


Basically all it is, is a gallery page. It's a nice plugin for wordpress but of course doesn't do everything I wished it could do. Still working on getting the thumbnails to center. (Image there is of a drawing I did a while back taken with my camera, I'll scan it another time)

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Old 09-12-2008, 05:39 PM   #4
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Looking good... too much going on for me but it suits the site.

What WP plugin is that DD ?

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Old 09-12-2008, 05:45 PM   #5
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Thanks.


Here is another update of the 2D Design page:


Basically all it is, is a gallery page. It's a nice plugin for wordpress but of course doesn't do everything I wished it could do. Still working on getting the thumbnails to center. (Image there is of a drawing I did a while back taken with my camera, I'll scan it another time)

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I like what you are doing DD but then I've always said I like your site. The greens and greys are a great mix. When is it going live mate?
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Old 09-12-2008, 06:07 PM   #6
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I like what you are doing DD but then I've always said I like your site. The greens and greys are a great mix. When is it going live mate?
Thanks, no live date as of yet. I bought the domain name back in April and that is about all I have done so far besides designing it to getting it close to the live date. There are still quite a few bugs I want to crush before sending anything out but I'm hoping to be go live with it in a month or two. Gona need it to get beta tested to find any kinks in the design before going full on launch.



Here is a screenshot of a news post for one of the maps I made for FEAR. Again it is using the gallery plugin I got but arrange in a way to fit into the news post nicely now. Also, the red lines will now show up on the site, just wanted to point out something. The first line of text will show up on the right side bar there as you can see. It displays the newest tutorials and newest downloads, in this case it would be a download. Only reason it is not showing up on the sidebar is because it was an old post I was editing so wordpress doesn't know =P

Edit: Just noticed that the gray bar on the posting said news, I went ahead and changed that so it pulls the title of the post there instead.

Edit again: Sorry Rob didn't see your post till now.
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Looking good... too much going on for me but it suits the site.

What WP plugin is that DD ?

Rob
Its the NextGen Gallery Pluggin.


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Old 09-15-2008, 09:07 PM   #7
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Tutorial page:


For those who do not know, Unreal Ed = Unreal Tournament's map editor, Word Edit = F.E.A.R.'s map editor.

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Just read my post back, sounded pretty negative, it certainly wasn't meant to.

The site looks great
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Old 09-16-2008, 12:02 AM   #9
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Just read my post back, sounded pretty negative, it certainly wasn't meant to.

The site looks great
Lol don't worry, I didn't take it negativity lol.

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