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The PORTAL Magazine
#11
CMB1888 Wrote:Oh no - resurrection of an old Bo Bice crush.........dammit

LMAO!!
It's ok girl, I went through the same thing after talking to the guy!! :tongue:
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#12
What I think is missing, and what is somehow indispensable in this multimedia-based web 2.0 world, is a community feature. A feature to interact with different people, you know, like a forum or something. Every goddamn site has it. You don't. Why don't you link to this place?
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#13
Iota Wrote:What I think is missing, and what is somehow indispensable in this multimedia-based web 2.0 world, is a community feature. A feature to interact with different people, you know, like a forum or something. Every goddamn site has it. You don't. Why don't you link to this place?

Thank you for suggestion Iota, and you are right .. every one has one. We had thought of it actually, but for now decided not to simply because of the time it would take to monitor it.

As for linking here .. well .. I have spoken to Tony, and I am MOST CERTAINLY interested in linking to MD in our "sponsors" section.

The site is just 3 weeks old, and I already have updates and changes I plan to make, as well as the many additions I have in my mind that I would like to impliment as we move forward.

Trust me, what you see on the site now is not ALL you will see. As we move forward I plan to impliment more.

This is just the start for what I hope will be something BIG!! :biggrin1:
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#14
Another thing I'd like to mention is the design. I don't want to lay in on your graphic designer here and I am fully aware that this is conditioned by one's personal taste - and it would be totally ok with me if it stays the way it is - but I prefer a clearer layout. Less 'kitsch', more functionality; if you know what I mean. I think that a more mature layout would underscore the seriousness of this project.

Also: What I think would be useful, although it would be of no use to me, is a concerts section where you schedulate (yeah, new neologism by me) promising concerts/gigs in Canada (or North America in general) or review those you have been to. I know, there's already an article about the Central Music Festival but there are probably much more out there that listing all of them would blast the format of a scrollable e-zine.

Oh, and the font size you use on you blog is too flashy. Sometimes less is more.
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#15
Iota Wrote:Another thing I'd like to mention is the design. I don't want to lay in on your graphic designer here and I am fully aware that this is conditioned by one's personal taste - and it would be totally ok with me if it stays the way it is - but I prefer a clearer layout. Less 'kitsch', more functionality; if you know what I mean. I think that a more mature layout would underscore the seriousness of this project.

Also: What I think would be useful, although it would be of no use to me, is a concerts section where you schedulate (yeah, new neologism by me) promising concerts/gigs in Canada (or North America in general) or review those you have been to. I know, there's already an article about the Central Music Festival but there are probably much more out there that listing all of them would blast the format of a scrollable e-zine.

Oh, and the font size you use on you blog is too flashy. Sometimes less is more.

Gee Iota,
was there anythng you liked? :wink::laugh:

Just so I am clear, are you talking the layout of the magazine itself? If so, then I am not sure how much more "cleaner" it can be, honestly. It is designed to be MORE then just your "basic" blog format e-zine. The whole purpose of this format is to give you the feeling like you are actually flipping through a newstand magazine. While taking full advantage of the multi-media availability the digital world provides, using embedded MP3 samples, allowing the reader to HEAR as well as SEE. I understand to many, this format is different to many digital magazines, but that is what makes The PORTAL unique. As to maturity of the layout, again, to my mind, it's a classy, graphically pleasing publication. Of course I welcome any and all feedback, but I am not sure how one could make it cleaner and more functional.

If you are talking about the website design, again my instruction to my web designer was the same, clean, bold and easy to navigate. Nothing ticks me off more then when I go to a music site, and I am blinded by a MESS of links and banners and I get a headache trying to find anything! I feel he gave me exactly what I wanted; a clean site, easy to navitage, as well as bold and unique in design (just like the magazine).

The concert schedule idea, is rather difficult within the magazine itself, as this will not be published weekly or even monthly. Our plan is to publish bi-monthly, so you see how scheduling for concerts would be difficult, as timing is of issue. My plan is to utilize the news section and the blog for that. With posting CD and concert reviews in the blog, and links to concert listings in the news. Again, I want to say, this site is just in its infancy, with the basics there, but much more to add.

As to font size on the blog. Too flashy? I had thought the font style (and size) was pretty basic, but again .. perhaps I am off. Cool
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'Oh shit....she's awake!!'

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#16
Palmer Wrote:Gee Iota,
was there anythng you liked? :wink::laugh:

I just thought some constructive criticism could be helpful.

Palmer Wrote:Just so I am clear, are you talking the layout of the magazine itself? If so, then I am not sure how much more "cleaner" it can be, honestly. It is designed to be MORE then just your "basic" blog format e-zine. The whole purpose of this format is to give you the feeling like you are actually flipping through a newstand magazine. While taking full advantage of the multi-media availability the digital world provides, using embedded MP3 samples, allowing the reader to HEAR as well as SEE. I understand to many, this format is different to many digital magazines, but that is what makes The PORTAL unique. As to maturity of the layout, again, to my mind, it's a classy, graphically pleasing publication. Of course I welcome any and all feedback, but I am not sure how one could make it cleaner and more functional.

If you are talking about the website design, again my instruction to my web designer was the same, clean, bold and easy to navigate. Nothing ticks me off more then when I go to a music site, and I am blinded by a MESS of links and banners and I get a headache trying to find anything! I feel he gave me exactly what I wanted; a clean site, easy to navitage, as well as bold and unique in design (just like the magazine).


Maybe I did not make myself clear. I wasn't saying that the website was crammed with useless shit. What bothers me most is the coloring of your site. I'm not against multicolored websites per se but I think that your design isn't color coordinated. The transparent and distorted backgrounds, the satin stainless steel background itself; too much for my taste. But as I said before, this is just my personal point of view. Compared with your website the layout of your mag is exquisite, which is perfectly okay since the focus obviously is on the mag itself.

I like the flipping feature though.

Palmer Wrote:The concert schedule idea, is rather difficult within the magazine itself, as this will not be published weekly or even monthly. Our plan is to publish bi-monthly, so you see how scheduling for concerts would be difficult, as timing is of issue. My plan is to utilize the news section and the blog for that. With posting CD and concert reviews in the blog, and links to concert listings in the news. Again, I want to say, this site is just in its infancy, with the basics there, but much more to add.

Yeah, I also think that it isn't practicable to do this within the mag itself. That's why I suggested adding a concerts section on the site.

Palmer Wrote:As to font size on the blog. Too flashy? I had thought the font style (and size) was pretty basic, but again .. perhaps I am off. Cool

I'll give you an example of what I think is optically appealing: Example 1, Example 2
Your size just takes up too much room. Decrease your font size, eliminate your unnecessary blank lines (see Hybrid Dawn review) and it will be a greater pleasure to read your blog.

Btw: the just mentioned review shows that you're clearly more rhetorically able than Mrs Peggy Murphy. While you combine your sentences and try to build bridges bewteen the different songs - which is stilistically on a much higher level and is actually fun to read- reading Mrs Murphy's review is , excuse my diction here, a pain in the ass becaus she's just like "song a is like this, song b is like that" etc.
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#17
Iota Wrote:I just thought some constructive criticism could be helpful.

Ohhh of course, and I do welcome it, I do Iota. I just wanted some specifics, and you have given me some now .. thank you! :biggrin1:

Iota Wrote:Maybe I did not make myself clear. I wasn't saying that the website was crammed with useless shit. What bothers me most is the coloring of your site. I'm not against multicolored websites per se but I think that your design isn't color coordinated. The transparent and distorted backgrounds, the satin stainless steel background itself; too much for my taste. But as I said before, this is just my personal point of view. Compared with your website the layout of your mag is exquisite, which is perfectly okay since the focus obviously is on the mag itself.

True, design, colour and layout of anything is simply subjective, and of course I respect your opinions as much as anyone. What you might find unattractive and unappealing, another might find stunning. Personally I love the look, the layout and overall design, but again we have our own preferences.

Iota Wrote:I like the flipping feature though.

HEY! Something you did like!! LOL!! Just teasing hun! :laugh:
Iota Wrote:Yeah, I also think that it isn't practicable to do this within the mag itself. That's why I suggested adding a concerts section on the site.

And this may be something we add as we move forward. As I said, the site itself is not complete (nowhere near).



Iota Wrote:I'll give you an example of what I think is optically appealing: Example 1, Example 2 Your size just takes up too much room. Decrease your font size, eliminate your unnecessary blank lines (see Hybrid Dawn review) and it will be a greater pleasure to read your blog.

Ok, again it boils down to preference and what you (as an individual) finds appealing. For me personally, I found your first example difficult to read. The font was too small for my eyes, but then again, I’m old and have old eyes. LOL! The second example was much better (to my eyes) and I do know what you are talking about now.

Iota Wrote:Btw: the just mentioned review shows that you're clearly more rhetorically able than Mrs Peggy Murphy. While you combine your sentences and try to build bridges bewteen the different songs - which is stilistically on a much higher level and is actually fun to read- reading Mrs Murphy's review is , excuse my diction here, a pain in the ass becaus she's just like "song a is like this, song b is like that" etc.

I thank you for your kind words on my writing style. It’s nice to know someone enjoys reading what you have to say. There will be several different writers submitting reviews as time goes on (currently there are a total of 4 separate writers working on a handful of reviews, which will be posted shortly). Just as we are all unique as individuals, so too our writing styles, so naturally each writer will bring their own approach to review writing.

I really do appreciate the input. I also want to thank you for going through the site, and have taken time out of your .. no doubt .. busy day to give some thought and feedback on things. It truly is valuable!! Though you may not find the design of the site too appealing, I hope you won’t stay away though, and at least check out what’s new from time to time.
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Live your life in such a way that when your feet hit the floor in the morning, Satan shudders & says ...
'Oh shit....she's awake!!'

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#18
Ha! I'm not as busy as I may seem to be. I've got a week off now, so I'm actually chillaxing at the moment. I can't go outside because we had another onset of winter (-15°C minimum right now) and I can't be arsed to read a book now.
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#19
For my 2 cents worth....

I think the site design is professional looking, clean, and you certainly don't think it is a amateur site.

With my background of web design and search engine optimization, a more descriptive header would be useful for the purpose of attracting newcomers. To clarify, if a user searches something in google and finds a link to any page of the site, there is a chance they may not stay and view. The reason, is most people will only stay on a new site if they understand what they are looking at in the first few seconds (if they don't, they are likely to click on the 'back' button on internet explorer. We have all done it). We have to assume people won't click on the 'about us' link, so providing an understanding to what the web-site is about is important.

I would say, that the site is not clear enough that it is an online magazine. Unless you take the time to look at the web address, or browse into other pages.

A clear, (to the point) header, or slogan like 'Love Indie? Then read the free online magazine' in my eyes would be the resolution. I think that is what Iota is suggesting? maybe wrong. :happy:
With Regards...


Anthony :coffee:
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#20
Thank you so much for the input Tony. :biggrin:
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'Oh shit....she's awake!!'

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