Saturday, October 22, 2005

Pop...goes the Diva!

I'm having no luck making this simpler. Funny that Debra suggested opacity on the navigation when I had come to the same conclusion! Remember that the site will ultimately be Flash and the navigation is drag and drop: you pop the bubble, drag an item to the diva then she interacts with it, you answer a question and something happens in the mirror. The umbrella is for rainy day activities: paper dolls to print and cut out, make your own magic green diva fairy dust, a coloring book. The binoculars are for a weekly round of "spot the diva" with photos of the bird hiding in a tree and you have to find her. I'm thinking the nav bubbles can float up from the bottom of the screen and constantly be moving. Thoughts?

I know it is terribly fussy/frilly/girly but I'm telling you, this site is designing itself with very little control on my part! The diva is fading a bit with all the other junk but I think once she's animated and has a voice that will be remedied. She is, after all, a terribly small diva!


Anonymous Ms. A.R. said...

It's looking very cute, and I'm looking forward to the finished product. I must say, though, I don't really like anything that constantly moves on a web page. (Example: on DTD's site, the photos that roll across the page until you point at them. While interesting, the movement quickly became annoying to me, so I recall parking my mouse pointer over them to make them sit still. That interferes with being able to click around on the nav. buttons.)

On the other hand, I very much like features that respond with clever reactions when I click on them. Must be a matter of wanting to control things, rather than having the only control I have being to stop an action from happening.

These are just personal observations for you to consider. I'm sure with the work you've done, you have a much better handle on whether my preferences fit with those of the majority or not.

What really matters is that you're enjoying the design process. It looks like you're having fun with it.

12:39 AM  
Blogger Shelly said...

I'm with Ms. A.R. I don't like constant movement. It bothers my eyes. I do enjoy interactive sites, tho.

1:14 AM  
Blogger Debra said...

hee hee Well, so far I'm digging it. I've been saying that a lot lately... other people's vacabularies rubbing off on me?

Anyway, all I have to say is keep things quick loading and easy to navigate and it's all good for me. :)

12:06 PM  
Anonymous Ms. A.R. said...

I have to correct one thing about the constant movement. I really liked the fishy swimming on your other site, and the gently floating bed, and am still looking forward to the possibility you might eventually animate the critters in the PS logo. So I must like some movements -- maybe the smaller ones? The rolling pics on the dog site I mentioned really did make my eyes hurt, just as Shelly said. I didn't want to leave the impression that I didn't like what was on TPB, because I really did. :^)

4:09 PM  
Blogger Pup said...

I'm missing something here with this site. Guess I need to read more to catch up.

Loved the 'what I need to know to have my own island' page. :)

2:23 PM  
Anonymous Ms. A.R. said...

She's sharing her design ideas for a site she's developing for the little bird, Pup, and we're just tossing thoughts back about the proposed graphics posted.

Demonstrating remarkable strength of character, our girl seems to be re-channelling energy from the pain and disappointment of recent personal, um, reversals -- into some very creative endeavors. Isn't it GREAT?! :>)

I hope you'll have Internet access from your island when you get it, so you can post pics. ;>)

4:27 PM  
Blogger Contentious Chic said...

I am taking your alls' suggestions into account but...well, let's just say that those of you who wanted a static page with totally simple navigation are prolly not gonna dig the site all that much ;-)

That's funny Ms. A.R., I hadn't thought about the rechanneling energy thing. I dunno, maybe?

I am going to HAVE TO leave alone for a couple of days while I finish up work on the realtors'site which is probably a good thing. Let it stew for a bit and then come back to it later this week.

Pup, I tried to leave a comment on your site this A.M but haloscan was being pissy: you NEED this dog, she would miss you if you were gone and she would be very excited to see you when you got home :-)

4:38 PM  
Anonymous Ms. A.R. said...

Hey, I think it's nice that you let us express our 'druthers at all. It's fun to offer input, even if it doesn't go anywhere, don't you think? Consider us your *unfocused group* or something? ;>)

The most exotic thing I know how to do is to make that little laughing face in Haloscan, so please know I'll be excited to see whatever you create.

HA! I don't know why I find the word verif. things so funny, but the one I'm using for this comment happens to be

lqdplmr (Liquid Plumber)

Some geek somewhere has a really fun sense of humor! ;>) That, or even the random generator thinks my comments are BS? Yeah, that's probably it.

6:21 PM  
Blogger Pup said...

I'll be back in ATL starting this weekend, I may have to come see what's this 3 is all about.

12:30 AM  
Blogger Debra said...

Druthers. Wow. I'm not the only one to use that word.

1:36 AM  
Blogger Contentious Chic said...

Ms. A.R., your comments are never bs!! I like the idea of an unfocused group :-)

Give me a couple of days notice Pup so I can clear out the dust bunnies...unless you wanna take those too ;-)

8:16 AM  
Blogger Sally said...

Oh my that is sooo cute!

9:36 AM  
Blogger Becca said...

"She is, after all, a terribly small diva!"

That's OK, look at what Celine Dion has done with herself. :)

6:13 PM  

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