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New website... would be interested te hear feedback.

Hey all,

My website is up and can be seen at:

ashleygilbertson.com

Would be very interested to hear feedback on it.

Cheers,
Ash

by [a former member] at 2005-04-25 13:18:27 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) New York , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Very clear, simple, effective. Great pix help too.
Only pb: on my Omniweb browser the home-page images “slideshow” extremely fast at first then slow down but no where near enough. I realize I can stop the slideshow and move along at my own pace. Personally I would much prefer the default state to be manual scrolling rather than an automatic slideshow. Also I would rather the category didn’t change every time I pass my pointer over the label: I want to look at Iraq, click Iraq, since I don’t like the auto slideshow i need to click stop (bottom right), but moving the mouse down there I pass over Kosova (Kosovo?) which takes me out of Iraq.

David

by David Brabyn | 25 Apr 2005 14:04 | Harlem, NYC, United States | | Report spam→
Great work dude,
I never saw half of it before… only thing I would say is that it took a while to load… but that could be my piss poor connection..

Ben

by [former member] | 25 Apr 2005 18:04 | NYC, United States | | Report spam→
Great images. Nice simple layout. I agree with David on the speedy slideshow thing. It didn’t even provide enough time to read the captions. I’m also of the preference that manual scrolling is a better default. Either way, definitely slow it down to 4 or 5 seconds per image in slideshow mode. The images deserve it.

The first time it loaded instantly, the second time it creeped, so must be a connection speed thing.

Nice work.

by Jethro Soudant | 26 Apr 2005 05:04 | Buffalo, United States | | Report spam→
I can’t load it at all. . .

by Fernando Gaglianese | 26 Apr 2005 06:04 | Philadelphia, United States | | Report spam→
I really liked this site, Ashley, and even though I am in the middle of constructing one of my own and have opted for a manual scroll approach, I think that the way the images load is really nice, though they are definitely too fast. I would opt for at least 5 seconds each, not only to give time to read the brief captions but to let people absorb the imagery. I know you provide a stop button and all, but you can still impose a certain amount of rhythm control here, without abusing the patience of the viewer. Really nice images too by the way, and they look really good on the screen. I had no problem downloading the site, but I have DSL here. nice work!

by Jon Anderson | 26 Apr 2005 15:04 | Astoria Queens, United States | | Report spam→
Hi Ashley — looks like you’ve already made some changes, huh? It’s nice!

I highly recommend doing in-person usability studies. It doesn’t have to be formal — next time you have a friend over, just have them pull up your site, and watch over their shoulder as they browse around. Resist the urge to explain how anything works, and listen to them as they figure it out for themselves. It’s an exercise which will really help you see the site through their eyes, and subsequently inform the way you develop the site.

You can keep expanding your study by introducing new variables:

  • people of different ages
  • photographers vs. non-photographers
  • different Internet connections
  • different computers (Macs, PCs)

And on and on — whatever your time and patience permits. Again, it doesn’t have to be formal to be organized. That’s my advice!

by Shinji Kuwayama | 26 Apr 2005 17:04 | Chicago, United States | | Report spam→
Thanks a lot everyone. Joanna has made some adjustments to the site already like putting the loading page with percentage loaded and bytes etc, and she has also made the slide show a lot slower so people can read the captions and see the photos.

Thanks again for all the advice.

Cheers,
Ash

by [former member] | 26 Apr 2005 19:04 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
Hi Ashley

Concratulations with getting the Joop Swart Masterclass!! And my compliments on your website. Great work!

Best,
Michel

by Michel De Groot | 27 Apr 2005 01:04 | Groningen, Netherlands | | Report spam→
Hey,

Pretty good site, but it took a while to load for me. (I am using adsl). Some great pics.

by Rob Wood | 06 May 2005 00:05 | Sydney, Australia | | Report spam→
Ashley,

great work and the percent loaded feature is nice when you’re on a shitty connection. Good amount of pictures.

by [former member] | 06 May 2005 01:05 | Baghdad, Iraq | | Report spam→
Hey . I’ve seen some of your pictures before … i think from a Nikon D70 review or something like that… the two pictures i remember are , the one a soldier throw a grenade over the wall , and the one the soldier is injured on the back of the vehicle!

i have cable connection and it loaded pretty fast for me…

by [former member] | 06 May 2005 03:05 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→
First of all congratulations of your work in Iraq, I have followed you in the NY Times. My 2cents is that less is more and bigger is better, and that maybe the b.w “printing” could be improved a bit? There is no question about your photographic skills…..and courage.

by [former member] | 06 May 2005 09:05 | new orleans, United States | | Report spam→
hey Ashley – where’s your © notice?? to be a stickler…
nope, but I think it looks great, nice design, nice work!! Congrats on all your recent exploits!
Katja

by Katja Heinemann | 07 May 2005 14:05 | Brooklyn, United States | | Report spam→
Great site. Great photos. Only suggestion is that I’d prefer to manually scroll through the images or at least have them go by a bit slower.
Brian

by Brian L. Hartley | 07 May 2005 20:05 | North Carolina, United States | | Report spam→
Ashley, Very good work. You’ve hit a home run…!

-Chet Gordon.

by [former member] | 09 May 2005 06:05 | NYC, United States | | Report spam→
I like the site.  Love the photography.  Found the initial slideshow a bit too fast, but that stopped itself soon enough, allowing one to click and scroll through images at will.

evan (just joined today!)



by Evan Abramson | 15 Nov 2005 19:11 | New York City, Bolivia | | Report spam→
Hi Ashley, First I want to say that I really enjoy looking at your work on your website and in the Times. I remember seeing your photo of Marines at the beginning of the battle for Falluja and thinking what a beautiful image it was.

I believe in simplicity when it comes to displaying work whether in a frame or on a website. I do not think slide shows are worth the wait. Yours in particular takes much to long to load. I prefer being able to explore websites at my own pace. The slide show is confusing to watch because it bounces from local to local. I also agree with the previous posters that (if you are going to have a slide show) it is much too fast. I like the overall design of your site but feel that the slide show is unnecessary. Hope you find this helpful. Best, Bryce Vickmark


Bryce Vickmark Photography | Boston
http://www.Vickmark.com
617.448.6758

by Bryce Vickmark | 15 Nov 2005 20:11 | Boston, United States | | Report spam→

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Participants

David Brabyn, Photojournalist David Brabyn
Photojournalist
New York , United States
Jethro Soudant, Photographer Jethro Soudant
Photographer
Buffalo, Ny , United States
Fernando Gaglianese, Photographer Fernando Gaglianese
Photographer
Dresden , Germany
Jon Anderson, Photographer & Writer Jon Anderson
Photographer & Writer
Ocala Florida , United States
Shinji Kuwayama, Software Engineer Shinji Kuwayama
Software Engineer
Chicago , United States ( ORD )
Michel De Groot, Photojournalist Michel De Groot
Photojournalist
Rotterdam , Netherlands
Rob Wood, Monkey Trainer Rob Wood
Monkey Trainer
Sydney , Australia
Katja Heinemann, Photojournalist Katja Heinemann
Photojournalist
Brooklyn , United States
Brian L. Hartley, Photographer Brian L. Hartley
Photographer
Okinawa , Japan
Evan Abramson, passing the word Evan Abramson
passing the word
New York , United States ( JFK )
Bryce Vickmark, Photographer Bryce Vickmark
Photographer
Boston , United States ( BOS )


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