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How can I make this work?

Please navigate here:

http://www.notlwonks.com

The images you see are what I am using for navigation (the service bell, the close-up of the coins, the lightbulb, the customer service girl) but I don't think this is being clearly communicated to the user.

I would like some ideas as to how I can inidicate that these images are to be used for navigation.


Thank you,


Tom
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Rikus_TrentCommented:
First I would suggest higher quality images, the ones on this page are far too low of resolution.

Since your navigation method is not of a common layout strategy (ie. horizontal top/bottom, vertical side) you going to need to be fairly bold to convey the navigation. I would suggest adding some sort of roll over effect (image swap or border color change) along with adding some text overlays on top of the images so visitors know where they are going. For instance I had no clue what the lightbulb would have meant.
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Tom KnowltonWeb developerAuthor Commented:
Can you elaborate, please, on how to be "fairly bold to convey the navigation"  ??

What about having a subtle "glow" to the images?

And how might I acheive such an effect?
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BongSooCommented:
This is what is known as 'Mystery Meat' navigation - see http://www.webpagesthatsuck.com/
Not recommended... ;-)
You could put the word 'Navigation' over the images, or a descriptor such as: "Click on the images to navigate" etc.
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Tom KnowltonWeb developerAuthor Commented:
Also - about resolution.  I agree.  It's not good.

I -ahem- "borrowed" these images from the internet.  I did not make them myself.

So...not sure how to improve the resolution without finding new images.
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Jason ThompsonSenior UX DesignerCommented:
I'd recommend finding new images, or making them yourself.  If you're embarking on a career as a web designer, you don't want to use pilfered images, and you can't expect anyone to hire you if your images look crappy.

iStockPhoto.com

Agree with the navigation comments.  Make the navigation crystal clear.  You don't want people to have to spend a single second wondering how to navigate a web site.  It should be obvious at first glance.
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Tom KnowltonWeb developerAuthor Commented:
I agree with the comments so far, including the suggestion that my site is indulging in "mystery meat" type navigation.

I've decided to implement a more conventional navigation scheme.

Points coming.

thx

Tom
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