Old 24-09-2009, 22:43   #1 (permalink)
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Client wants something (a little) grungy, but bright. I'm having a little trouble on getting the bright down. Any ideas? Should I scrap this one and start over?

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Old 24-09-2009, 22:45   #2 (permalink)
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Band design? More like bland design. Scrap it.
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Old 24-09-2009, 22:54   #3 (permalink)
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Does anybody know of any good band sites for inspiration?
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Old 24-09-2009, 22:54   #4 (permalink)
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A little grungy but bright?
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Old 24-09-2009, 22:58   #5 (permalink)
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A little grungy but bright?

That's what he said. He said he liked the look of this site. [warning autoplaying music]
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Old 24-09-2009, 23:08   #6 (permalink)
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Christ on a Bike! Choose a colour, rip up some paper, scan that in, apply colour, add additional diffused masks, choose a second contrasting colour add that to a thinner strip of torn paper over lay that to the bottom of the first and the run a scattered brush over the top.

Ta da! Watered down grunge 101

Here, I saw this on Smashingmag the other day, it may or may not help

The Secrets Of Grunge Design Smashing Magazine
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Old 24-09-2009, 23:18   #7 (permalink)
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Secrets to grunge design? That's like secrets to vomiting in the shape of jesus.
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Old 24-09-2009, 23:22   #8 (permalink)
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Christ on a Bike! Choose a colour, rip up some paper, scan that in, apply colour, add additional diffused masks, choose a second contrasting colour add that to a thinner strip of torn paper over lay that to the bottom of the first and the run a scattered brush over the top.

Ta da! Watered down grunge 101

Here, I saw this on Smashingmag the other day, it may or may not help

The Secrets Of Grunge Design Smashing Magazine

I'll try that. For now, I just added some color.
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Old 24-09-2009, 23:25   #9 (permalink)
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Secrets to grunge design? That's like secrets to vomiting in the shape of jesus.

Interesting analogy, if I were to make an attempt at that I definitely would appreciate some secrets or tips. I would assume it would take some skill.
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Old 24-09-2009, 23:38   #10 (permalink)
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I'll try that. For now, I just added some color.
I use to do a lot of grunge designs in my Uni days, and I can safely say my nan was more grungier than that site is now, but then looking at them, I'd say she was grungier than that band!

Good inspiration for grunge is Che posters if you can separate the good from the mountain of shit out there.
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Old 24-09-2009, 23:39   #11 (permalink)
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It's all a bit clean cut for grunge, may have the texture but the actual layout is too... straight.
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Old 25-09-2009, 00:44   #12 (permalink)
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Slight change, going for more colors, made texture more paper-ish. Tried to tear it, but I didn't like how it looked.
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Old 25-09-2009, 01:09   #13 (permalink)
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Save that. It's a nice, safe design. It's not for a band though, unless the band plays weddings. You need some energy in there. The website needs to tell its users "This band is fun! I wanna go to their show / buy their album / etc." It currently says, "Our stocks are doing pretty well according to Yahoo Finances."
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Old 25-09-2009, 01:39   #14 (permalink)
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Save that. It's a nice, safe design. It's not for a band though, unless the band plays weddings. You need some energy in there. The website needs to tell its users "This band is fun! I wanna go to their show / buy their album / etc." It currently says, "Our stocks are doing pretty well according to Yahoo Finances."

Christian rock, so kind of. But I get what you're saying. My partners going to come up with a design for this one, so if it's any good we'll go with that instead.
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Old 25-09-2009, 01:44   #15 (permalink)
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Band Websites - Official Band Web Sites
That's a list of the well known band's websites

10 Well Designed Band Websites | Website design | Tutorial Blog
That's a list of 10 favoured band websites (their opinion, of course)

Five Mistakes Band & Label Sites Make | 43 Folders
That's a tutorial on what to avoid when making a band website

Home Page | Bob Dylan
My personal favourite design


Tom is right in what he's saying when it's far too bland. It looks like a standard wordpress template that anybody can make in a few minutes, which isn't good. The best thing to do is try and implement the band's music style and personalities and combine them into a website. I'm sure their music isn't as boring as the design you've done, so research them a little better and really get an idea of what you're designing for.

I'm sure once you do this the outcome will show.
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Old 25-09-2009, 01:48   #16 (permalink)
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It currently says, "Our stocks are doing pretty well according to Yahoo Finances."

haha. I agree with the comments here. The design is quite nice and could be used for another project, but for a band webby its too dull, i think the beigey gray doesn't work so well. Post some of the designs your partner comes up with, they will be interesting to see.
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Old 25-09-2009, 18:19   #17 (permalink)
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Alright, another try, going for the whole christian rock thing. This ones not really grunge, but I think that was more of a suggestion than the client saying it was what he specifically wanted. Background and navigation would be fixed.

http://www.bramblingdesign.com/dev/c...es/chosen4.jpg

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Thanks Rotuy, that really helped. Especially coldplay, they have an album for download free.
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Old 25-09-2009, 18:40   #18 (permalink)
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Is Copperplate their official font or something? Also, didn't you use that headline font on your own portfolio site?
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Old 25-09-2009, 19:03   #19 (permalink)
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Is Copperplate their official font or something? Also, didn't you use that headline font on your own portfolio site?

Kind of, it was another suggestion. And yes, I did use that font for my personal site State College Web Design | State College Web Designer | Web Developer | Tim Sainburg I usually like using it for a handwritten font. Does it seem out of place?
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Old 26-09-2009, 16:55   #20 (permalink)
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Well it's a pretty instantly identifiable font, so using it in both places just seems like a lazy rehash. Liking it means you should restrict it for your own personal expression, and doesnt necessarily mean it will be a good fit for client work (which in this case, it isn't).

I'd also beef up the photo.
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