Critique my new website layout.

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    Critique my new website layout.

    http://www.clockworkinnovations.ca

    I redesigned my website (again), hopefully to somthing better than what it was.
    If you have some time to kill, have a look, and tell me what you think I did right, and what I did wrong.

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    Can't really see the top banner text. The bottom logo is kind of hokey. Black text is kind of hard to read against that background color.
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    Updated (except for the background logo). How's it look now?

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    Better. Try white text. I have to strain to read the blue text against a grey back ground.
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    The logo at the bottom makes the site look very novice like. Other than that, I enjoy the look/feel you're going for.

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    Text fixed. Tried a different background logo. I'm really bad at logo design. I'll probably eventually go with a solid color. Any suggestions for a background color?

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    If your browser window is larger than the black background, you end up with a black square and the blue banner extending beyond it, and it looks accidental.

    It's probably not a good idea to refer to your website as CWI.ca. CWA's okay, but CWI.ca implies a complete URL, which could cause confusion.

    As for the layout itself, I think it'd look a lot better with the logo up top, and no title stating the name of the page.

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    Removed logo, and switched to solid black background. Also added a blue grid background to the main header (title) and main footer (copyright info).

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    Much nicer - that's it for specific things I can pick out.

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    I'm not a fan of the colors (little contrast, bad blue/gray choices), and the logo on the right is beyond unreadable because of it (and the font). http://www.colourlovers.com/

    I think it would look better if there was more padding on the header so the text wasn't at the edge, and the same goes for the news title.

    As a matter of opinion, menus appear to look better with bullets on the left, bold text, and only underline and a little color fade on rollover.

    Usually the header goes for the most stand-out look, but you've got your news with the highest contrast shade, I don't know if you intended that.

    With such a small layout you wouldn't think the statement, "Viewed best at a screen resolution of 1024x768, with Mozilla Firefox," would be necessary and only clutter up the already compact footer.

    Definetly much better than before though.
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    This is not a critique of mine, but here are some things one might want to consider.
    7. It is easier to write an incorrect program than understand a correct one.
    40. There are two ways to write error-free programs; only the third one works.*

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