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I've been using the excellent and slightly modified "CODFaction" theme over at "The IT Ninja".

 

However a lot of users have given feedback, that a lighter theme would be good.

 

So I've decided to create a new theme from the ground up. So a week of hacking later :)

 

It is no way near complete, however you can get a quick preview here:

 

Preview:

 

area51.theitninja.co.uk

 

your feedback and suggestions are most welcome!

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I won't get into which forum software is better or why. If you like phpBB, there's no reason why you should't go ahead with it. R

 

Regarding the theme, I liked the minimalistic look but the top header looks too big to me. I would also suggest to reduce the font size for sub forum headings. Finally the grey background (or is it blue) behind the word "Forum" looks dull to me. Overall it's a nice theme, good job.

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I won't get into which forum software is better or why. If you like phpBB, there's no reason why you should't go ahead with it. R

 

Regarding the theme, I liked the minimalistic look but the top header looks too big to me. I would also suggest to reduce the font size for sub forum headings. Finally the grey background (or is it blue) behind the word "Forum" looks dull to me. Overall it's a nice theme, good job.

Gotta agree with Bryce. I would shorten up that header, just so people can see boards/content above the fold to peak some interest just hitting the site.

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Since you have a IT based forum with some Ninja stuff, I would suggest adding some light shaded ninja related background.

Or use any other slightly darker background container instead for white :)

 

But the plus point that you have is that the forum loads blazing fast! :)

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Aha, good to know that IT Ninja has moved out of the Dark Ages. Looks a lot brighter now. The black background for the header does look a bit stark to me. Maybe change it to something with shades of gray and some kind of embedded pattern.

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hello Victor,

 

I've played with the header colour, but I don't have access to my asset library right now.

 

I've updated a temporary colour for now. I think you are correct, the header could certainly do with a new colour scheme!

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New Update

 

As per Victor's feedback, I've played around with different header colours. He was right, the dark black was un-inviting.

 

As a result of a new colour, no matter what I did, the vector graphic of the ninja just would not "sit" right. Time for something drastic! :)

 

I've now replaced Mr Ninja with an emoticon!

 

Have a look at the new result, along with user avatars enabled:

 

http://area51.theitninja.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=33&sid=df4ea64c2a219d3bdb6c2a1c537876a9

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Is the problem related to the color of the ninja graphic's background? There should be some way to make that background transparent, isn't it? Then it wouldn't look like an awkward patch when it's not the same color as the banner.

 

Hello Victor,

 

Transparency was not the problem. The problem was the actual colour of the ninja's clothes in relation to the header colour. In order for visibility, the front colour needs to be "lighter" than the back colour. When the header was black, and the ninja's clothes grey this worked.

 

However making the background lighter meant, I needed to use a much lighter ninja clothes. However the problem was that the ninja didn't look right with really light clothes!

 

Anyway I will post two versions soon, I need a quick poll over two colours I can not decide!

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Personally, I don't like it. It's far too basic and doesn't look attractive what so ever. That, however, is just my opinion. As you said, it's still in development though.

 

That's fine, although the "modern clean UI" movement as inspired by both Apple and Google are very popular. I understand its not to everyone's exact taste.

 

Both UX and HCI studies have proven the usability of minimalism based designs. But once again, not everyone likes it :)

 

But that topic I think though interesting is a side issue.

 

On the matter of "attraction" I'm sure everyone is aware how subjective that how "attractive" a website is defers from person to person.

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I would be tempted to change the colour of the background div, but only to something like a light shade of grey/blue just to make the central area stand out more.

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