This is the website of Cannie Foss, troche a talented sculptor living in Arizona. She works in bronze, diagnosis wood, clay, and welded steel and her models include everything from horses, giraffes, lions and bulls to dogs and cats. Though her talent can be seen everywhere in the website, the aesthetics of the website can definitely be improved.
My eyes was drawn to the four images of the animals when I first entered the index page. The images and text in the index page are effective in telling the visitors what the whole site is about. On further examining, I realised the author needed to change a few things to make the index page more aesthetically presentable. Firstly, the feather effect on the images could have been done better. There is an obvious black line at the edge of the dog. Secondly, the body alignment could be more centered. The page looks funny on my 1024 x 768. Lastly, I feel that the header, especially the logo, takes up too much space. I think the website should be designed to give as much space as possible to the content because the content is the selling point of the whole website.
The navigation is extremely simple. The left menu needs no explaination but I am not sure about the fading effect when clicking on the links in the menu. The effect delays the surfing speed and I cannot see how it fits into the theme of the website(just me). The images used in the site can definitely be enhanced. I also think that the image size should be consistent. For example, if the author decides to use 200 x 150 pix, then all the images in the site should be based on that template. One thing that is worth mentioning is that the author takes time to make every page abit more unique by changing the header graphics. The graphics are not heavy and they make the surfing experience more memorable.
I reckon that alot of work could be done on the way the contents are being displayed. The tables should have a fix width for the text and the images. Things appear to fly all over the place if the layout is not consistent. I also think that more information on the sculptures could be helpful. For example, if I am browsing the “homefront” category, I will see the sculpture of a dog named “Cordelia” and the description of it is just “Lost Wax Bronze 14.5 x 12 x 16 H”. The author might consider having a thumbnail page which leads to the description page where more information could be given when any of the sculpture is clicked. Most of the texts are center-aligned. I guess they would look better if left-aligned.
Foss has amazing art sculptures to showcase in her website. Unfortunately, the elegance of her artwork is not fully revealed because of the website design. Alot of work could be done on the consistency of the layout, text alignment, image size and effects.