Hotel Home Page Sneak peek

2 Jun 2010 - 11:45am
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iaaxpage
2010

Hi guys,

I am about to release a new home page for one of my company clients. I will like to share it with you. In case that you have some feedback on it, please comment.

The Original Home page is this one http://haciendatresrios.com

And we are going to change it for this new one http://www.haciendatresrios.com/project/

Of course we are going to change the whole site, but this prototype is for the client to decide wether they like it or not. 

If you compare both pages you'll see that I suggested go for a white instead of orange in the background since I believe, the prior background was very distracting to visitors with large screen resolutions, among other things, such as change in the menu, and other little changes!

Thanks for your help!

Iaax Page

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2 Jun 2010 - 2:05pm
mdostert
2010

Hello, I like the light background and not the orange background.

Maureen Dostert 919.490.8405 mdostert2002@yahoo.com

----- Original Message ---- From: iaaxpage To: mdostert2002@yahoo.com Sent: Wed, June 2, 2010 2:20:46 PM Subject: [IxDA] Hotel Home Page Sneak peek

Hi guys,

I am about to release a new home page for one of my company clients. I will like to share it with you. In case that you have some feedback on it, please comment.

The Original Home page is this one http://haciendatresrios.com

And we are going to change it for this new one http://www.haciendatresrios.com/project/

Of course we are going to change the whole site, but this prototype is for the client to decide wether they like it or not.

If you compare both pages you'll see that I suggested go for a white instead of orange in the background since I believe, the prior background was very distracting to visitors with large screen resolutions, among other things, such as change in the menu, and other little changes!

Thanks for your help!

Iaax Page

3 Jun 2010 - 9:27am
iaaxpage
2010

Thank you Maureen

Lighter background was my idea, although it is taking friendly fire, I believe it will at the end prevail. And if not, at least we will have a better website for our client.

Regards,

Iaax Page

2 Jun 2010 - 3:06pm
johnsonfung
2010

I llike the white ground site better.  i think you should keep the color ground rate check menu into the white ground site cause the one you have now is more like a search function rather than searching for rate....just my opinion.

On Wed, Jun 2, 2010 at 12:02 PM, iaaxpage <iaax@sidware.com> wrote:

Hi guys,

I am about to release a new home page for one of my company clients. I will like to share it with you. In case that you have some feedback on it, please comment.

The Original Home page is this one http://haciendatresrios.com

And we are going to change it for this new one http://www.haciendatresrios.com/project/

Of course we are going to change the whole site, but this prototype is for the client to decide wether they like it or not. 

If you compare both pages you'll see that I suggested go for a white instead of orange in the background since I believe, the prior background was very distracting to visitors with large screen resolutions, among other things, such as change in the menu, and other little changes!

Thanks for your help!

Iaax Page

(((
2 Jun 2010 - 3:06pm
burlapdesign
2010

A few things:  I like the way the reservation form has been simlified; Is social media no longer important to the client? I don't see it anywhere on the prototype page; the border around the gallery and specials is light enough that it fades into the background and gives the impression(even though it is aligned) that the text above is just misaligned which is disconcerting; For me the white background is slighty to bright gives a bit of eyestrain to read all the text.
Dillon Ross
dillon@dillonross.info I Tumble @
--- @ WiseStamp Signature. Get it now

On Wed, Jun 2, 2010 at 1:21 PM, iaaxpage <iaax@sidware.com> wrote:

Hi guys,

I am about to release a new home page for one of my company clients. I will like to share it with you. In case that you have some feedback on it, please comment.

The Original Home page is this one http://haciendatresrios.com

And we are going to change it for this new one http://www.haciendatresrios.com/project/

Of course we are going to change the whole site, but this prototype is for the client to decide wether they like it or not. 

If you compare both pages you'll see that I suggested go for a white instead of orange in the background since I believe, the prior background was very distracting to visitors with large screen resolutions, among other things, such as change in the menu, and other little changes!

Thanks for your help!

Iaax Page

(((
3 Jun 2010 - 12:06am
Aadesh
2008

couple of things.
the "toll free number" and the "check availablity" section looks floating compared to the previous version.

I liked the "check availability" section in the previous version. It looks nicely intergated with the design.
The navigation in the new design has less affordance.

The yellow text on the main header ( the one with images) is hard to read. I had to strain my eyes to read it. 
I see that you have used the main header section to display offers as a rotating banner. 

I feel this is a break-away from the users mental model.
I, as a user of this site would like to see all the available offers right upfront rather than waiting for each offer to arrear after 5 seconds.


Also, most of us would agree that the offers are easily noticable in the old version compared to the new one.
Regards,Aadesh Mistry


On Thu, Jun 3, 2010 at 5:43 AM, burlapdesign <burlapdesign@dillonross.info> wrote:

A few things:  I like the way the reservation form has been simlified; Is social media no longer important to the client? I don't see it anywhere on the prototype page; the border around the gallery and specials is light enough that it fades into the background and gives the impression(even though it is aligned) that the text above is just misaligned which is disconcerting; For me the white background is slighty to bright gives a bit of eyestrain to read all the text.

Dillon Ross
dillon@dillonross.info [1] I Tumble @
--- @ WiseStamp Signature [2]. Get it now [3] On Wed, Jun 2, 2010 at 1:21 PM, iaaxpage <iaax@sidware.com [4]> wrote:
Hi guys,
I am about to release a new home page for one of my company clients. I will like to share it with you. In case that you have some feedback on it, please comment.

The Original Home page is this one http://haciendatresrios.com [5]

And we are going to change it for this new one http://www.haciendatresrios.com/project/ [6]

Of course we are going to change the whole site, but this prototype is for the client to decide wether they like it or not. 

If you compare both pages you'll see that I suggested go for a white instead of orange in the background since I believe, the prior background was very distracting to visitors with large screen resolutions, among other things, such as change in the menu, and other little changes!

Thanks for your help!

Iaax Page

(((

(((Pl
3 Jun 2010 - 9:25am
iaaxpage
2010

Hi Dillon,

Thank you for noticing the lack of the social media badges. We are working on the integration.

We are also considering in changing the background to something that resembles the current site. How ever I still believe that the current one has pretends to much with the waves and the fading, and provides no real value for the user. Besides we gotta consider that must of our users are liking it. 

Thank you so much for taking the time to comment, Every comment will be take into consideration. I am preparing a report for my boss so we can decide and move forward from here!

Regards,

Iaax Page

2 Jun 2010 - 11:29pm
Aadesh
2008

few things.
the "toll free number" and the "check availablity" section looks floating compared to the previous version.
I liked the "check availability" section in the previous version. It looks nicely intergated with the design.
The navigation in the new design has less affordance.
The yellow text on the main header ( the one with images) is hard to read. I had to strain my eyes to read it. 
I see that you have used the main header section to display offers as a rotating banner. 
I feel this is a break-away from the users mental model.
I, as a user of this site would like to see all the available offers right upfront rather than waiting for each offer to arrear after 5 seconds.
Also, most of us would agree that the offers are easily noticable in the old version compared to the new one.

 

 

Regards,

Aadesh Mistry

 

3 Jun 2010 - 9:19am
iaaxpage
2010

Thanks Aadesh,

You are right, the booking engine part needs more work to resemble a nifty integration with the design.

As for the yellow text, well we are working that matter as we speak. Sarah has pointed that luxury is priceless and I agree with her, I need to sell my boss into the idea, and also into presenting the offers upfront.

Thank you so much for taking the time to comment and reviewing the site. I really appreciate it.

Regards, 

Iaax Page

3 Jun 2010 - 4:17am
spietrasik
2010

Hi, 

I am agree to tell that the previous was much more tasty. I think we have to answer to the question "What is the flavour ?". With the new version I'm in front of a impersonal website. Just change the logo and it could be the website of any company.

I think it needs to be refocused on the luxury aspect of the resort.  If luxury is important dont' valorize discounts on the caroussel. Money is not a problem for luxury people. Clients have to be seduced with big, amazing photos of the resort in order to picture themselves. I would enlarge  the rotating banner and use it as the multimedia gallery. 

But this is just my opinion :)

Kind regards, 

Sarah Pietrasik

 

3 Jun 2010 - 8:55am
iaaxpage
2010

Hi Sarah,

Thanks for you kind response. I agree with you in the fact that money is not a problem for luxury people and that the text with the offers shall be de-emphasized, or presented in a less obstructive way.

Regarding the fact that the orange site has more personality. Well that is probably true however, personality is not necessarily related to luxury. Steve Ballmer has a lot of personality, however I have a hard time relating him to luxury. Steve Jobs wears jeans and black shirts everywhere he goes, and somehow he resembles elegance. I am trying to lead efforts into taking away everything that is clutter and has no value to the user, based on Antoine de Saint-Exupery inspiring quote. "A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away." Although I know that we are far far away from perfection in our design and architecture. 

In the regard that only by changing the logo of the page it can be any other company's website. Well, so AOL and it gorgeous new site can be blamed on this sin. But ain't we as designer trying to represent the user mental model as best we can? By presenting them with features and architectures they are already used to?

You'll see I am no trying to defend this design. I am just trying to find out how much is enough, the right balance. I really appreciate every single thing you said, cause it has expanded my perception of the design and where is it that I am biased. Thank you so much and know that I will be taking your comments in consideration.

4 Jun 2010 - 6:41pm
spietrasik
2010

I'm agree with all the things you said :). I was just thinking that when I wrote my comment, I didn't know who would be the final user of the website. I mean, I'm a french interaction designer with a european point of view. And the design has to be different depending on the nationality of the user. You know, in France, Steve Jobs doesn't represent "luxury" but more "power" . But I understand it could be perceived in a different way in the US.

Who is your final user ? 

But keep going because you did an interesting work, very clear. I'm happy to see all the comments you get on this discussion.

Sincerely, (sorry for my mistakes in english)

 

3 Jun 2010 - 9:05am
priani
2010

Hi Sarah!

The following are my suggestions:

At first, I would change the picture in the Live Help box, at the left. It looks like you took it somewhere, puts your website in another category. I'd leave more space between the logotype and the vertical menu below it. Check the hover states also, I'd get rid of the underline and place another font color, instead. In regards to the guest review, I'd change the font. An option could be Georgia, Italics, bold, and a bigger font size. The check-room availability needs a re-design, take a deeper look at it!

Secondly, try to make a nice footer with the travel guide, facebook icons, the nice palm, footer navigation and accreditation stuff. I'd personally place Customer Care more visible, to show you really care. If you create a footer area, you'll have more space in the general layout, the content will feel more relaxed.

At last, I guess the newsletter deserves a better box!

In conclusion, the site layout looks very good, the ornaments suit perfectly. The slider is, definitely, a great way to display nice pictures, and the pictures selection is OK. The main colors look nice, comfortable and have the "taste" of Mexican concept. You're doing it great, go on!

That's all! Hope it helps :-)!

Kisses, Paula @priani

On Thu, Jun 3, 2010 at 8:53 AM, spietrasik wrote: > Hi, > > I am agree to tell that the previous was much more tasty. I think we have to > answer to the question "What is the flavour ?". With the new version I'm in > front of a impersonal website. Just change the logo and it could be the > website of any company. > > I think it needs to be refocused on the luxury aspect of the resort.  If > luxury is important dont' valorize discounts on the caroussel. Money is not > a problem for luxury people. Clients have to be seduced with big, amazing > photos of the resort in order to picture themselves. I would enlarge  the > rotating banner and use it as the multimedia gallery. > > But this is just my opinion :) > > Kind regards, > > Sarah Pietrasik > > > > ((

3 Jun 2010 - 10:45am
iaaxpage
2010

Gracias Paula, 

I really like your point of view. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. We are currently making changes to the website considering every comment made. We are working on the footer. We had an idea but it has changed cause of all the feedback. Thank you so much.

The support that this group has given me an my company is nice and inspiring I am glad I am part of it.

Realmente el apoyo que se nos ha brindado en este grupo es bien bonito e inspirador. Me alegra ser parte de el.

Regards,

Iaax Page

3 Jun 2010 - 11:04am
Amy Silvers
2007

If the intent is to convey a sense of luxury, I'm afraid I don't think the new site succeeds at all. I generally prefer white backgrounds for their readability, but in this case, the white background contributes to a sense of blandness and facelessness. The links just below the main image remind me of those awful catchall sites that appear when you mistype a common URL. Also, though the page is less text-heavy than the current version, it still feels like too much text. I'd rather see a brief description of an offer along with some attractive visuals than read a long narrative about it.

I do really like the placement and simplicity of the reservations area. The current page uses an easily recognizable style for the reservations area, but I like the simpler way it's been handled here.

3 Jun 2010 - 11:05am
netwiz
2010

Whilst I think the old design looks a bit dated, there are some fundamental issues I feel with the new one   The key thing (I assume) on the page is the availability checker? It is far less visible and obvious in the new design. You notice it immediately in the old design, whereas in the new one it's not just 'floating' as other people have mentioned, but hidden away above the main content (actually an ad), in an area where people would typically expect to find a login or search box, which to a cursory glance is what it looks like. People will miss it, when they automatically scroll down the page to get past the huge picture to find content.

  In the old design, the main navigation areas were immediately obvious - not so in the new one, where the contrast of text links with the background is poor, and the underlining of the links doesn't aid readability.

  Have you got metrics on how many people click the link to change to Spanish? It's a lot smaller and out of the way on the new design.   These are the big issues that need sorting out first. In my opinion.   Nick Gassman http://ba.com

  On Wed, Jun 2, 2010 at 9:23 PM, iaaxpage <iaax@sidware.com> wrote:

Hi guys,

I am about to release a new home page for one of my company clients. I will like to share it with you. In case that you have some feedback on it, please comment.

The Original Home page is this one http://haciendatresrios.com

And we are going to change it for this new one http://www.haciendatresrios.com/project/

Of course we are going to change the whole site, but this prototype is for the client to decide wether they like it or not. 

If you compare both pages you'll see that I suggested go for a white instead of orange in the background since I believe, the prior background was very distracting to visitors with large screen resolutions, among other things, such as change in the menu, and other little changes!

Thanks for your help!

Iaax Page

(((Please
3 Jun 2010 - 7:28pm
iaaxpage
2010

Hi guys.

Thank you all for your comments, we have revised, and played with lots of features, thinking on getting back the old waves in the background, and stuff like that however, seems like less is more, and probably tomorrow we will have an update in the project website.

Thanks again for taking your time to review both websites. I deeply appreciate it.

Iaax Page

4 Jun 2010 - 7:05am
pratimag.65
2009

Hi Laax,

I think in terms of services, it really focuses on the business and offers. Which as a tourist I will look for. Rest of the info and layout can be still improved from Information design point of view.
 good work...
Pratima

On Fri, Jun 4, 2010 at 6:25 AM, iaaxpage <iaax@sidware.com> wrote:

Hi guys.

Thank you all for your comments, we have revised, and played with lots of features, thinking on getting back the old waves in the background, and stuff like that however, seems like less is more, and probably tomorrow we will have an update in the project website.

Thanks again for taking your time to review both websites. I deeply appreciate it.

Iaax Page

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4 Jun 2010 - 6:45pm
iaaxpage
2010

Hi guys, 

Its been a while since I answered the last feedback. I just wanted to let you know that all your suggestions were taken into consideration and we came up with some small changes to the website design, and they are now live at the resort home page.

Thank you so much for taking the time to give us feedback, we deeply appreciate it. 

Iaax Page

17 Jun 2010 - 9:07am
kduclos
2010

It is so funny I ran across this! My husband and I are actually going to this resort on July 3rd. I'm a web developer and my husband has been checking out the site over the last few months and commenting on the design changes. We especially like the expanded multimedia gallery, because as a client of the site we want to see the property and the rooms. It interesting to look at it from both sides; as a designer and as a traveler.  Good job!

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