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New ad (updated) - does it make sense/any feedback?

Tue 6 Jan 2009, 09:36 AM



by Ben Langhinrichs
I have been working on a new banner ad to use with CoexLinks 3.0 and its MIME rendering engine (see a few of my recent posts for details).  Some of you maye have seen an early version I created for Volker's blog, but with some excellent suggestions from my partners in Penumbra, I have adjusted the banner ad a bit.  I'd be happy to hear any feedback on whether this seems to communicate the message "Better outbound email rendering using CoexLinks 3.0 no matter which version of Notes/Domino you use", and also any opinions, whether of the "Wow, I love it" or the "Ick, I don't like it" variety, and also any suggestions from all your smart folks.

CoexLinks with better rendering for Notes

Update: Modified slightly again to eliminate confusion about versions.

Alternative CoexLinks with better rendering for Notes

Update: Added Nathan's version (above) as an alternative.  What do people think of this?

Copyright 2009 Genii Software Ltd.

What has been said:


752.1. Ben Langhinrichs
(01/06/2009 09:26 AM)

Nathan - Much as it pains me to admit it, you are absolutely correct. Your version is vastly better, and I greatly appreciate the time taken to make it look better. Could you do me a huge favor and create a second version where the words are "Sent by Notes" and "Sent by Notes & CoexLinks 3.0"? After that, maybe you could even explain to your humble servant how to make it look like that.


752.2. Nathan T. Freeman
(01/06/2009 10:24 AM)

Will get it to you this evening, sir. :-) (And it's just a few subtleties like having a good graphic icon library, a modern font, and a splash of texture with a little gradient shading. Easy as pie with Photoshop.)


752.3. Dave Armstrong
(01/06/2009 11:51 AM)

Gradients are so 1994....


752.4. Nathan T. Freeman
(01/06/2009 12:47 PM)

yeah (apple.com) nobody SocialText.com uses (IdeaJam.net) gradients (Notes 8 demo) anymore (Microsoft.com)


752.5. Charles Robinson
(01/06/2009 01:25 PM)

To me that's a little too harsh of a gradient. Fading out to a slightly lighter tone would be less visually jarring. I'm also getting a little tired of the gradient overload, mirrored images, rounded corners and glass capsule look. Apple did it a couple of years ago, it's time to move on.


752.6. Ben Langhinrichs
(01/06/2009 02:02 PM)

@Charles - I'd be thrilled if my ad looked more like 2006-2007 than 1996-1997. If Nathan can get me closer to today's bright and shiny promises, so be it. If you can create an even more special image, I'd love to see it, as I'm certainly always willing to partake in free advice.