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Question Feedback on logo/design, please
I have been working on my new WP design. I like a "grungy" style, so that is what I decided on. (Kinda like me - old, worn, torn, with a bit of whimsy thrown in )

Would y'all let me know what you think of the logo (fonts, "look," colors) and the overall design, please? (Not content - I want the design down first. )

I do have to edit the red arrow images in the dropdown menu yet.

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I like everything but the gray bar at the type. The color doesn't seem to fit in with the rest of the theme.
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There is something I don't like but I am not sure what it is. Maybe how the brown background is smudged into the other background. I do like the logo so that is not it and the gray bar isn't really a big issue with me. Sorry I could not be of more help to you.
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Jules, I love your personality and creativity - I struggle with "showing" myself in my webcopy.

I like the overall look and feel - but I do have a suggestion: try a color other than green (or the green you have) for the standout attention grabby bar etc - maybe a nature-esque color, like a burnt orange or brick red... not too muted, but not so out of sync with the rest of your palette?

Just a suggestion, and please consider the source - I'm a plain person in dress, home decoration, and design.
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I like everything but the gray bar at the type. The color doesn't seem to fit in with the rest of the theme.
I wasn't too keen on that color either (came with the default theme), Jodith. I'll put editing the image for this on my list!

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There is something I don't like but I am not sure what it is. Maybe how the brown background is smudged into the other background. I do like the logo so that is not it and the gray bar isn't really a big issue with me. Sorry I could not be of more help to you.
Oh no, you've been a great help, Lee! I need to create a repeating background for the page background color (the plain-colored area). The top grungy part is a completely re-done version of what was in the template (looks nothing like the original), and that was one thing I didn't like - how the "theme" wasn't carried down throughout the whole page. I'm putting this on my list, too, and have some ideas.

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Jules, I love your personality and creativity - I struggle with "showing" myself in my webcopy.
Oh yeah, right - you with the reds in yours. Just teasing you; your site looks great!

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I like the overall look and feel - but I do have a suggestion: try a color other than green (or the green you have) for the standout attention grabby bar etc - maybe a nature-esque color, like a burnt orange or brick red... not too muted, but not so out of sync with the rest of your palette?
Hmmmm...I'll see what I can come up with. I kind of liked the fact that that stands out, but I do see what you mean (it is pretty "in your face"). Green and red are two of my fave colors, so perhaps more of an olive green that ties in with some of the faded flowers. Would work good for the logo greens, too. <thanks!>

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Just a suggestion, and please consider the source - I'm a plain person in dress, home decoration, and design.
I lean more towards a "nature" color scheme at home, so I hear ya!

Thanks for your help, Crystal!
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*laughs* And I liked the green. I thought it flowed well with the nature theme of the site.
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*laughs* And I liked the green. I thought it flowed well with the nature theme of the site.
I'm laughing, too. I was just looking at all the images I need to edit to change it to an olive green. Oy.

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I liked your site Jules! I don't quite get the "grunge" thing though. I don't see grunge when I look at the site.

I like the green for your nav bar, it ties in with the green of your name, and the grey bar doesn't bother me either, but if you wanted to change a color, I'd probably go with that one.
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I liked your site Jules! I don't quite get the "grunge" thing though. I don't see grunge when I look at the site.
Thank you, Theresa! Yeah, I didn't want to go overboard with the "grunge." Some folks just don't care for that look, so I didn't "grunge-up" the menu and a few other things. It's just enough "grungyness" for me to like it .

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I like the green for your nav bar, it ties in with the green of your name, and the grey bar doesn't bother me either, but if you wanted to change a color, I'd probably go with that one.
I'm mulling things around to see what I come up with. The gray has bothered me, so that is one of the things for sure - and a repeating background where the plain background color is. I can live with that green, but perhaps that is because I love green.

Thanks for your input! Hey, I looked at some of the beautiful Morgan horses! I'm a horse lover big time. I had an Arabian when I was younger...she was so special; we had quite the bond.
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Thanks Jules, they are what keeps me sane, no doubt about it.
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Jules - Your premise, your origination point, is "Sunrise," right?

So the design needs to follow from that.

What is "sunrise" to you in terms of colors, textures, shapes?

Or perhaps I (you) should ask, why do you seem to want to combine the sunrise concept with a brown background which seems to deny, or work against, the idea of sunrise.

Do you see what I mean? Ideally, perhaps, you need a resolution to the 'problem' of sunrise and brown being a mismatch.
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Jules - Your premise, your origination point, is "Sunrise," right?

So the design needs to follow from that.

What is "sunrise" to you in terms of colors, textures, shapes?

Or perhaps I (you) should ask, why do you seem to want to combine the sunrise concept with a brown background which seems to deny, or work against, the idea of sunrise.

Do you see what I mean? Ideally, perhaps, you need a resolution to the 'problem' of sunrise and brown being a mismatch.
Hmmm...perhaps I need to come up with a different business name; something nondescript that doesn't fit into preconceived ideas. I'm trying not to get too caught up in the whole "sunrise" thing and focus more on the virtual solutions and content that will go with that.

Oy (I seem to say that a lot - maybe www.oyvirtualsolutions.com). You make some good points, Mary. Could be I'm having an identity crisis. Thank you!
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Hey guys, I have to say something... I'm not usually so wishy-washy nor indecisive about things. This is so important to me, and I want to get it right, so this wavering back and forth and not being sure about my site, business name, and whatnot, is driving me absolutely batty.

I also want to say a huge thank you to y'all!!!
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Okay, I made some changes to the top area. There's a big ole sun there now. I also did a color overlay on the top area to lighten/brighten it a bit. Still needs work, but it is getting late and I have a bunch of running around to do tomorrow, or I would keep working on it.

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Jules, your hard work is an inspiration!

As a new business owner myself, I know how much you want to have everything "just right". If I could make an unsolicited suggestion to you - trust yourself! You know what you want better than anyone else, and you know how you want your business to be seen by others. You are creative and spunky - and definitely have the ability to design your site well. Don't let micro details bog you down and detract from the whole picture...

One of the freedoms that I have whole-heartedly embraced (perhaps too much so) is that the only approval I need is my own. Quality is absolutely integral - and opinions from the experienced VAs like those on this forum matter to me immensely - but in the end, I make the final decision based on my knowledge of my own business. I'm the boss!

You're doing great!
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Jules, your hard work is an inspiration!
Aw, thank you, Crystal! I'm running on fumes right now with the lack of sleep, but it will pay off tremendously in the end.

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Very well said, and I wholeheartedly agree (those micro details can be a booger - if I let them be)!! Your words helped so much. So, I'm going with my "gut" and going from there.

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One of the freedoms that I have whole-heartedly embraced (perhaps too much so) is that the only approval I need is my own. Quality is absolutely integral - and opinions from the experienced VAs like those on this forum matter to me immensely - but in the end, I make the final decision based on my knowledge of my own business. I'm the boss!

You're doing great!
And again, I agree! You have helped me get my clarity back. It is so great to have this forum to bounce ideas off other VAs, and in return, get so much great advice. At the end of the day, you are right, it is up to me to be "the boss" and step up to the plate. Awesome!

Thank you very much!!
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Hey guys, I have to say something... I'm not usually so wishy-washy nor indecisive about things. This is so important to me, and I want to get it right, so this wavering back and forth and not being sure about my site, business name, and whatnot, is driving me absolutely batty.

I also want to say a huge thank you to y'all!!!
I'm right there with ya (including the identity crisis...lol). You'll get it. I agree with everyone else regarding the green, a bit too bright compared to the rest. But, what I want to know is why did you change it from the way it was? I really liked that design and, to me at least, it actually seemed more "grungy". I loved the coppery look and embossed sun logo. Just my humble two cents

**I just took another look and, actually, the green's not too bad when I really look at it because it does bring out the green in the flowers. Something does still seem a bit off for me but I can't seem to put my finger on it. I wish I had better suggestions.**
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