So I'm working on a personalised layout instead of using a template (however excellent it was) and I need to know if people like the design or not.
This link is to a crude draft to research the page's appearance only. The php codes aren't in there, most of the links point to nowhere, and there's just placeholder text instead of the votey block. It's not interactive, so don't come saying that this or that function don't work, they're not expected to.
I also know that the notes and comments section is weird on Mozilla; I'll just copy that part from the current template and timidly edit the css, instead of trying to make <div> tags behave myself. Those things are like wild animals.
What I need to know is: does it look fine? Does it make sense? If you're looking for a certain line (previous comic link, extra pages, vote/comment, date it was published, etc.) was it placed somewhere you could intuitively be looking for it at?
Mere suggestions are also welcome.
Also don't read this question before viewing the page please, I'd prefer to know if I conveyed this right without you being specifically looking for it:
I meant to keep a mostly black and white layout not to clash with the comic's style too much, while also using psychedelic colours because of the eponymous fairy dust, (that is shown to act like a meaner form of LSD) do the two blend acceptably or is it just weird?
The site layout seems pretty clear, and the style largely matches the comics drawn aesthetic.
It is coming along nicely.
If I may raise some specific suggestions for you to think about.
(I realise that all these layout questions come right back to personal choice)
1) The splash of colour in the background works well, but the block colour of the comic banner does not.
I suggest, either, using PNG transparency OR some black and white in the banner, so that the edges of the banner do not create a hard edge of colour at the top of the page. Make the banner look like it is part of the background, not inserted over it.
2) You have a predominantly centred arrangement of the comic, and the comments. I.e. pretty much everything, except the navigation buttons at the very top of the page which are left aligned. (I noticed that, so it might be a bit jarring). I'd center them too.
3) The profile pictures /avatars in the comments sections are very large. Can you reduce them in size? (I don;t know, I dont have comments on my webcomic yet)
If you are going for a black and white look, then large colourful avatars of commenters will change the look of your page A LOT.
Keep the comments, but try to scale the avatars down and the comments down so that the main feature of your landing page is STILL the comic.
I hope you take these comments in the constructive spirit they were offered.