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DA Alternative Journal by easydisplayname DA Alternative Journal by easydisplayname
Now available to use! Go over to [link] for the code. :)

Not yet coded. I do however need a coder for this one since my skills of HTML on DA Journals aren't that great. Give me a message if you have the guts to code it, I will be greatly thankful for your hard work. Once the design and coding are complete, I plan on having it released to the world where everyone (that is subscribers and above :P) can use it.

In the mean time, critique my design so I can make it better. :D

Update:
Minor aspects have been changed in the design including less space in the title, less of a shadow on headers and some other tiny works. Beyond that includes the addition of a footer. And of course, a preview of the design without the sidebar with a different showcase.
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Daily Deviation

Given 2009-07-21
DA Alternative Journal by =easydisplayname is a really slick dA-themed journal design. It's clean, simple, practical and stylish. Great design! ( Featured by DCZed )
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Hi EasyDisplayName! In first I really need to tell you that I will use this when get coded. Over viewing it is pretty awesome but, when you check the details, I found some leaking things.
I'll start form top to bottom, looking to a common header in a deviantpage, and comparing it to yours, you can see that the user name and his picture doesn't need to be displayed again on the journal template, 'cause its already there, near, some pixels ahead. It looks great here, and would if this template could go on others sites that don’t show your user name or your pic. Those three buttons (follow, hover and note) goes very well and aligned with de context body, looks perfect!
The space for the Title, its, some kind over, I don't know, looks like you tried to match the size with the right column to look more symmetric, and will be hard to size down it I guess, but if you could, it would be great, cause it have so much blank space to another text, and our eyes get busy with another things until we began to read the text, distracting us from the point. So there below goes the main text of the journal, nice placed everything good here. The Sub Header goes very well too.
The visual concept of deviantart here applied, you done it very well I must say.

Just last few words, with the stamp place and the random people, I guess its personal, but, my point here, its that you could switch place of them, you see there's one stamp "per paragraph" and three friends on a line, people used to place (in most cases) more stamps than friends icon, and on this example, you show 'featured users', and it's would be better showing peoples icons than stamps at the right of the text, stamps could distract them from the featured deviants, and showing friends, you will promote them too, will look featured too. Remember, our eyes read from left to right top to bottom, so when some one finish from read a line of your featured deviants, they quickly look to your right column before start to read the next line or next picture.

Just finishing, I hope it get coded soon, I can't wait to use it!
What do you think?
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Critique by Cyantre Aug 15, 2009, 1:08:41 PM
I was so sad to see this was only a concept design, but luckily by the time I had found this =awellis had taken the time to code your brilliant design, brining this lovely Journal CSS to life. This is definitely one of the sleekest designs I've seen and the moment I saw it I knew I wanted to use it.

The no sidebar version is my favorite. My only advice would be to add more icons other than just the folder and gallery icon. The quote design you have is really superb, and something I hadn't thought about adding to my journal until I saw it in your design.

Not sure what to say about the sidebar version. Normally I enjoy more options, but the no sidebar version is just so sleek and well-designed, the sidebar just seems unnecessary. The design is good though. What probably turns me off from the sidebar version is the space is already cramped and the sidebar just makes it worse. I suppose if the sidebar version maintained the full width a journal allows it would be a lot better.
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Student Interface Designer
I featured this as an example here [link] :D
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:icondreamydeer:
Dreamydeer Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
very nice :)
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:iconmakinrii:
MAKINRII Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
SUPER Awesome thanks
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:iconkruzmeister:
kruzmeister Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
Simply brilliant! :)
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:iconworldoflildots:
worldoflildots Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010   Traditional Artist
Nice design.
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:iconbeccj:
beccj Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010   Digital Artist
great design, am using. Many thanks.
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:icondabanch:
DaBanch Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010   Photographer
Thanks for this great design!
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:iconbeyondandabove:
BeyondandAbove Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010
I love the sleek design and I will definitely use this for my future journals! :D
Awesome work.
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:iconshadowspot:
ShadowSpot Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009
Really great skin, thanks (:
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:iconumar123:
umar123 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
This design is soo awesome, and I just got my first ever subs... so could you guide me how to use it.

Things I need to know:
1. How do I give different titles for different things like: Latest News, Great Artist.

2. How do I use right sidebar as shown in 2nd screenshot?

Please help me, as this is the perfect journal skin I wanted as of now ;)
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:iconeasydisplayname:
easydisplayname Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009
For 1.

Folder:
<div class="title-bar">Your Title Here<div class=\"title-bar-arrow\"></div></div>

Picture:
<div class="title-bar">Your Title Here<div class=\"title-bar-arrow\"></div></div>

That will create the title bars. ;)

For 2, a coded sidebar version has not yet been made, sorry.
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:iconumar123:
umar123 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
yeah I figured the first part... hope to see the sidebar version coded soon ;) why don't you contact =LeMex he might help you in colaboration ;) just a suggestion
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:iconeasydisplayname:
easydisplayname Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009
I'm not the one who coded it in the first place. awellis simply has not done it.
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:iconumar123:
umar123 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
yes I know you did not code it :)
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:iconfrozenpandaman:
frozenpandaman Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009  Student General Artist
Very nice! :)
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:icon20after4:
20after4 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
nice design!
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:iconraithe:
Raithe Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Whatabout the sidebar version? Is that available at all..?
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:iconeasydisplayname:
easydisplayname Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
Doesn't appear to be right now sorry.
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:iconraithe:
Raithe Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
eh, it's okay! Still awesome work. :heart:
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:iconfauxpeanut:
fauxpeanut Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
Hey, someone coded this! [link]
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:iconawellis:
awellis Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009
He knows, just hasn't updated the deviation's description. We both are members of Encide.net and he said I could code it :)
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:iconfauxpeanut:
fauxpeanut Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009
Ah.
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:iconumar123:
umar123 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
simple yet awesome design :)
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:icondiddle-diddle:
Diddle-diddle Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009
Beautiful! Great work, I can't wait to see it coded. C:
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:icontakiouttio:
Takiouttio Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, This is brilliant~
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Pixel-777 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconwantplz:
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:iconaxertion:
Axertion Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
epic, another encider with a DD :)
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:iconpandemoniumswings:
Pandemoniumswings Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
I adore this! i really hope to use it soon!
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:iconjon-snow:
Jon-Snow Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009
Anyone helped you code this one yet? :)
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:iconeasydisplayname:
easydisplayname Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009
Nope, I haven't finished the design yet. I put this off for a month and it seemed of randomly got a DD. Now I have to finalize it and make a non-sidebar version. :D
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Jon-Snow Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009
You don't work on a DA development team or anything, eh? Because while your concept looks good, I don't think the random stamp or random friends will be possible using the CSS? I do hope they offer something like that in future. :)
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easydisplayname Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009
Oh no random didn't mean that they would be randomly generated. It was just the choice of words I used to describe them.
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Jon-Snow Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009
Oh oh oh! I see. :D Well, good work anyway. It's something a little different, and it looks good because it uses the DA theme.
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:iconsesshoumaru:
sesshoumaru Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009
Great design, very sleek.
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:iconmegajosh2:
megajosh2 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009
It's so...beatiful! :iconoriginalhappycry:
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:iconzonbikeki:
ZonbiKeki Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009
Congratulations on your DD :)
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:iconx-sassy-x:
x-Sassy-x Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009
So simple.. and loving it!
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:iconangelitonegro:
angelitonegro Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009  Student Digital Artist
I have to agree with $zilla774 but hey! you should code it :nod:

:hug: Congrats
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Total-Tortilla Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
Journals would be a hell of a lot cooler if they looked more like this! Nice job!
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:iconparochena:
parochena Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It looks very nice! I love the top following bar! Congratulations on the DD too! :aww:
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tennyomelime Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I was going to write a critique, but I don't know if I what I have to say really warrants one. I think this journal design is simply amazing. The layout is perfect, and the colors match the site well and look very proffessional.

I would say, though, that when it is coded perhaps see if their is a way for it to have different colors/images for the bg? That would be very cool. Except if you release it as part of the skin option I don't think that could be changed, but it would still be awesome either way.
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Akiriana Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009
as basic as this is, DA should already look like this! it's very simple and professonal. :D
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:iconzilla774:
zilla774 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
very nice :) the only thing I dont like is the solid shadow style under the subheaders, that clashes against the rest of the 3D effects. But overall this is great, a nice alternate version of the dA skin. good job.
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PatrickRuegheimer Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009   Photographer
Wow, very nice Design. :)
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OtisBee Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009   Interface Designer
i so much hope that this will be available at any time soon.
i definitely want this for my journal. :nod:

great job!!! :clap:
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:iconedmunn:
edmunn Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009
Brilliant CSS, shouldn't be hard at all to code. :)
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:iconalborlen:
AlBorlen Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice, Ive been looking for an alternative to the one I have now and I didn't want to code one myself :)
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:icondczed:
DCZed Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009
I think this looks great. It's a clean design that is practical and well-laid out as well. Nice work :#1:
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LineBirgitte Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
This is very cool! :excited:

The only thing I think you might want to think about is the very big area for the devious title and date. It's a bit overwhelming imo ;)
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easydisplayname Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009
It's big so that the title can be easily seen. Being a title, it should be the first thing seen in the journal being the most important element. It shouldn't be as overwhelming when seen on a larger journal entry or if you were scrolling down multiple journal entries.
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