Noel TockPremium Concept

Pub WordPress Theme (Available)

By Noel Tock

   on Jan 09, 2010
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  • Sean Larkin

    Sean Larkin

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    sleep

    Posted on Jan 09, 2010 at 10:06 PM

    dude, get some sleep. this is a rock solid design.

    • Noel Tock
      Noel Tock commented:
      Posted: on Jan 10, 2010 at 3:10 AM

      Thank you Sean, sleep has now been handled ;)

  • Carlin Scuderi

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    Darken the background on the footer?

    Posted on Jan 09, 2010 at 11:57 PM

    Hey Noel,

    This is a great design! I love all the subtleties that are present here... The "Join Us" sign, the chalkboard textures, the logo... everything ties together very well and it makes for a strong piece.

    If you're thinking of setting the footer section apart from the rest of the design, you could darken the background behind the footer, or use a crisp line to separate it. Whatever you decide to do, I would keep it as simple as possible and don't over-think it.

    Great job on this!

    • Noel Tock
      Noel Tock commented:
      Posted: on Jan 10, 2010 at 3:11 AM

      Hi Carlin,

      Thank you for the kind feedback, well appreciated. I've been tooling around with the footer like darkening it, etc. Still haven't got the result I hoped for but I'll keep tweaking :)

      Cheers

      Noel

  • Amy Feger

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    Text block under "Useful Information"

    Posted on Jan 10, 2010 at 1:35 AM

    Hi Noel,

    I think this version looks much better than the last. I like how you added the leather strip behind your navigation links. I like the added borders around the small pictures; it really made a difference.

    I have just a few suggestions that you may want to consider.

    I think the dates under "Join Us!" would benefit if the numbers were all the same size. it seems like the numbers go from smaller to bigger "1-6" I can't tell for sure if it is purposeful or due to the font. I would consider a different typeface due to that reason and the fact that January is hard to read in that font as well. Even though the numbers look neat in a phone number it just throws things off balance a bit, making it look like a mistake rather than fanciful. After the font is changed I think it will make a noticeable difference in the right direction for your subtitles "Useful Information", "snapshots From Our Guests" and "Subscribe to Our Newsletter" as well.

    Then as I believe was previously mentioned about forcing your text to align on the right as well as the left under "Useful information". The problem with doing that on a small amount of text is the gaps it creates between words. These gaps disturb the flow of reading and draws attention away from what is written. The gaps create rivers, and hyphens are more present as words are cut in half to the next line. This type of alignment only really works on larger text blocks and if one is willing to manually go in and scooch each word closer to each other and reword things so it doesn't cause gaps and hyphens. If your willing to reword and push words together and do the same to all your text blocks (for consistency) than all is well.

    Once again, under "Join Us" I would consider lining up the dates to the text below it, rather than to the dashes. I say this because the text is the stronger alignment point and it's just what I was taught.

    Overall, I think your heading in the right direction and I love the background pattern and leather behind the navigation.

    • Noel Tock
      Noel Tock commented:
      Posted: on Jan 10, 2010 at 4:00 PM

      Hi Amy,

      Thank you very much for the comments with regards to readability and general layout, I'll be sure to make amendments there :) Thanks a ton!

      Noel

  • Michael Szczepanski

    Michael Szczepanski

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    Add navigation to footer.

    Posted on Jan 10, 2010 at 1:59 AM

    Noel, amazing work. Everything flows extremely well, even the social media icons in the footer. The only small piece I would add is another listing for the navigation horizontally with just text and bold/underline for the current page. All I can offer is that small piece of usability, your design is flawless. Cheers.

    • Noel Tock
      Noel Tock commented:
      Posted: on Jan 10, 2010 at 4:01 PM

      Hi Michael,

      Thank you for the kind comments, you have quite an awesome domain name yourself ;) Good idea on the footer!

      Cheers

      Noel

  • Miro

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    Looks very good

    Posted on Jan 11, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    ...and many comments, so I´ll be writing about the footer only. I think the reason you feel the footer is not right, is that the elements on that have more contrast than the elements on the body area. So ... you could try making the text darker, making the lines around the snapshots less visible or removing them all together and changing the social icon to more rugged ones, so they would fit the overall theme of your page.

    Maybe you could also move the ornament that is now in the bottom part of the body area lower, to separate the footer from the rest of the page.

    • Noel Tock
      Noel Tock commented:
      Posted: on Jan 12, 2010 at 6:04 PM

      Hi Miro,

      I had it darker in v2, and I think I'm going to bring it back :)

      Thank you!

      Noel

  • Nate Johnson

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    Great play on the environment

    Posted on Jan 11, 2010 at 2:07 PM

    I really like the engaging nature of this design. Everything is quite well considered. I left comments about things i might change.

    • Noel Tock
      Noel Tock commented:
      Posted: on Jan 12, 2010 at 6:05 PM

      Thanks Nate! I saw them under Kapil's message...

      Cheers

      Noel

  • Ania

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    menu pattern

    Posted on Jan 10, 2010 at 6:37 AM

    I like the "join us button" and the way that you integrate green colour with other shades in this design - it's sayed that using green colour is very difficult, it often comes out too "pure" like from the tube, or looks dirty. So I like it here!

    I think that there is too much in this menu pattern. Idea is nice, looks like leather, realistic and natural, but you already have many realistic and natural looking things here, and this one just makes it too busy. I would use a solid colour behind this menu and make the pattern 50% transparent (or more). Not sure how it would look, but maybe it's a way.

    Footer looks a little bit separated from the rest, you can merge it using yet another natural wood or leather pattern, or make it intentionally different - so that people see that it's something else than the top. Which is not bad, because if we look at the footer, we usually search for different kind of information, than on the top of the website. Good luck!

    • Noel Tock
      Noel Tock commented:
      Posted: on Jan 10, 2010 at 4:10 PM

      Hi Ania,

      Thank you for your comments. The navigation has been the focus of much discussion in the previous version (and I think you'll see your suggestion comes quite close to what was put forward). I'm still wondering with regards to the footer :D

      Cheers

      Noel

    • Ania
      Ania commented:
      Posted: on Jan 10, 2010 at 4:14 PM

      The footer is not bad, it could also stay like this :)

  • Kristam Moffett

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    the black background makes the page look flat, maybe an image with each section having a nice semi transparent background

    • Noel Tock
      Noel Tock commented:
      Posted: on Jan 12, 2010 at 6:11 PM

      Hi Kristam, thanks for the comment, nothing is black on the PSD, not sure what happened there :)

      Cheers

      Noel

  • Kyle Reddoch

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    Nothing!

    Posted on Jan 11, 2010 at 9:29 PM

    This is a GREAT concept! Everything just fits into place on this.

  • Angus Doyle

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    Would want it as my own

    Posted on Jan 13, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    Great design, would be great to see live.

  • Daoud Emam

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    Not a thing!

    Posted on Jan 11, 2010 at 5:15 PM

    Noel, fantastic job! The expanded panel works much better now and I love the "grungy" look, it is not over-the-top, just right. Makes me thirsty for dark ale! Congrats, very good work indeed.

    • Noel Tock
      Noel Tock commented:
      Posted: on Jan 12, 2010 at 6:07 PM

      Thank you Daoud, I'm happy you like it!

      Cheers

      Noel

  • JJ Zachariason

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    Sick design

    Posted on Jan 11, 2010 at 7:59 PM

    Don't change a thing!

  • Jurre Stender

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    maybe change the edges of the leather strip

    Posted on Jan 13, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    It's a great design, love how you've incorporated all the pub-like elements in there. One thing you might want to try is see if you can get the leather strap look like it's folded around the edge of the header like you see in some of the ribbon designs here http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/01/04/showcase-of-modern-navigation-design-trends/

    • Noel Tock
      Noel Tock commented:
      Posted: on Feb 18, 2010 at 12:14 PM

      Thank you Jurre! I tried that and it felt a little too web 2.0/and don't want to say broke the design, but gave it an awkward feel :)

  • Angie

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    Body Text

    Posted on Jan 13, 2010 at 8:15 PM

    I think you've done a great job with this! I still think you need to add more options for people styles wise in the contend area. I like what you've done so far, but you'll have to address pictures (will they have borders? styles for captions?) Sub titles, quotes, text styles (bold, italic). Things to help the content stand out.

    I'm not sure if this will be fixed later, but you have "read the rest here" but you don't have enough space for the second article under this one. I think you should show the full article or fewer lines of this article so you can have at least two showing and no blank space under this one.

    I really like what you've done and the progress you've made! You should be really proud of this design!

    • stefan mihalik
      stefan mihalik commented:
      Posted: on Jan 14, 2010 at 12:18 AM

      Great work. Nice flow, clear and well laid out.

    • Noel Tock
      Noel Tock commented:
      Posted: on Feb 18, 2010 at 12:15 PM

      Thank you Angie! The complete design is actually fully expandable, fluid by the end-user (all in Wordpress), I've given ppl quite a bit of control over that :)

  • Adrian Hodge

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    Fabulous theme!

    Posted on Jan 14, 2010 at 1:43 AM

    I'm sure there are many pubs around the world that would be honored to have such a fine looking website.

  • Paz Aricha

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    Amazing

    Posted on Jan 14, 2010 at 5:33 AM

    I simply love it. no ideas on how to improve it.

  • afifeh halabi

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    Nothng to change, just great...

    Posted on Jan 15, 2010 at 9:44 PM

    Great Design, easy on the eye, well structured and important sections.

  • Alex Nascimento

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    What I can say?

    Posted on Jan 20, 2010 at 5:05 AM

    Nice job, you really reached the purpose!

  • Samuel Mateo, Jr.

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    Social Media Icons

    Posted on Feb 02, 2010 at 9:43 PM

    I reviewed the design before this one and this one is better by leaps and bounds. The only thing I see a bit off is the social media icons. You've already gone and put a lot of attention to the details in the rest of the design why not with those. I'd say make your own or find another set that is better suited for your design.

    • Samuel Mateo, Jr.
      Posted: on Feb 02, 2010 at 9:44 PM

      Oops just realized someone else mentioned the social media icons. Well there you go, further evidence that you can do better. :)

    • Noel Tock
      Noel Tock commented:
      Posted: on Feb 18, 2010 at 12:16 PM

      Thank you Samuel! They're currently bottle caps which I think is pretty cool, I may decide to change them later though :)

  • Kirill Kedrinski

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    Looks good.

    Posted on Feb 17, 2010 at 2:11 AM

    I think it is very good. Design in accord with theme. Natural old irish element are in modern vision and all element looks completed. Congratulations - its very good work!

  • Andrew Newhouse

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    Great design!

    Posted on Jan 11, 2010 at 10:06 PM

    Great use of texture! I really like the Join Us chalkboard.

    The one thing I would add is a simple text-based navigation to the footer.

    • Noel Tock
      Noel Tock commented:
      Posted: on Jan 12, 2010 at 6:12 PM

      Nice idea on the text nav Andrew, thank you!

  • mrkatsie

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    it would be the "Join Us" sign on the side nav.

    Posted on Jan 12, 2010 at 12:22 AM

    Absolutely beautiful. One little thing thats nagging me is the JOIN US sign 'nailed' to the timber frame. I think it would look more effective parallel to the top frame ie nailed at the center.. love what you did with the facebook/twitter logos - very effective. for someone who claims to work in Excel all day, you sure know what you're doing!

    cheers mate, and good luck with it

    katsie

    • Noel Tock
      Noel Tock commented:
      Posted: on Jan 12, 2010 at 6:14 PM

      Hi Tony, I had tried it before and it kinda broke up the flow. Excel is indeed my baby ;) Thanks for the comments!

      Cheers

      Noel

    • mrkatsie
      mrkatsie commented:
      Posted: on Jan 14, 2010 at 9:46 PM

      You're quite welcome - it was just a little thing!

  • Mad Designer

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    Add a glass of beer somewhere!

    Posted on Jan 12, 2010 at 7:22 AM

    Really good design, love the chalkboard thing on the right, which is often found in pubs, with deals and stuff. I would try to put a glass of beer somewhere to get people thirsty. I would also try to keep more space for the picture and less for the logo, but that's just me. Good warm design overall!

    • Noel Tock
      Noel Tock commented:
      Posted: on Jan 12, 2010 at 6:16 PM

      Thank you mad Designer! Cheers Noel

  • Donald Gillis

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    Lighten the balck to a black/green

    Posted on Jan 12, 2010 at 12:15 PM

    Nicely done. Clean, could use a little more of the Celtic graphics to get across the Irish pub theme

    • Noel Tock
      Noel Tock commented:
      Posted: on Jan 12, 2010 at 6:17 PM

      Thanks Donald, I'd like to keep the theme open to English pubs too though, so I can't go too celtic :)

      Cheers

      Noel

  • Octavio Corral

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    tweak the Join Us button and social media icons

    Posted on Jan 12, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    Looks great! I like it a lot.

    For sure a few things I would tweak:

    1) Make the body text more legible. I'm not sure what you're using but it is hard to read. Go for something easy on the eyes and everyone will love you remember. Legibility first. Design second.

    2) The 'Join Us' button......is that a button? It feels like a button....... never mind i get it now, its for the chalkboard below. I just want to click it really bad. For sure if you make it clickable, it should go to the Events page.

    3) The social media icons don't match the rest of the design. keep looking! Other than that it looks pretty solid

    4) Maybe a tiny bit more contrast on the menu background. Make that leather like 10% darker

    • Noel Tock
      Noel Tock commented:
      Posted: on Jan 12, 2010 at 6:18 PM

      Excellent ideas there Octavio! I'll definitely play with them...

      Cheers

      Noel

  • Eric Hoffman

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    Great!

    Posted on Jan 12, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    I love it, great job!

  • Ben Lind

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    Top space and more...

    Posted on Jan 12, 2010 at 9:18 PM

    Wow, you just made what I considered a good design great. I love the new nav and the sidebar header - nice touch.

    Now that you moved the social links to the footer (which was great), I personally am feeling something lacking in the top right of the design. I would suggest either 1) filling up the space again with some links or text, or 2) removing the "Random St. 20, Sometown..." text entirely (maybe moving it elsewhere) and moving the entire design up so that the wood in the header starts right at the top of the window. If you did that second option, I would suggest removing the rounded corners on top of the wood so that it looks like it is one continuous strip of wood coming from the top of the design.

    But besides that, the only thing I would change is maybe making the ropes holding the "Join Us!" sign spread a bit farther apart (i.e. give them more of a curve into the sign so they are more identifiable as ropes).

    • Lauren Kalik
      Lauren Kalik commented:
      Posted: on Jan 13, 2010 at 7:54 AM

      Beautiful! This is a really gorgeous site. You did a great job with it! My only suggestion would be on the color of the main navigation, the yellow is a bit hard to read and doesn't stand out enough. Maybe try a shade of green there? Just a suggestion, otherwise its perfect!

  • Joao Campos

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    Nothing actually

    Posted on Jan 13, 2010 at 10:02 AM

    Great design dude!

    Really, I love going to pubs and this website makes me excited about visiting that pub. I loved the "Join us" button! An idea that might give an extra "casual" feel to this (and make it more pubbish-look, if you know what I mean) would be to turn the pad where the logo is a few degrees. Just an idea though... The rest looks great!

    • Noel Tock
      Noel Tock commented:
      Posted: on Feb 18, 2010 at 12:12 PM

      Thank you Joao! I've tried to keep it as generic as possible depending on who wants to use it :)

  • Frank Dobner

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    Sidebar

    Posted on Jan 13, 2010 at 10:43 AM

    Noel,

    Very nice. I have not read the comments from anyone else, because it would take more than an hour. So if this is a duplication, consider this as yet more valuable informationAs with all Word Press themes, I am sure that you can move stuff around in the sidebar. However, if there is one action I think that you want visitors to take is to sign up for the newsletter, right?

    In that case I would move above the fold to top right.

    Make sense,

    Frank Dobner

    • Noel Tock
      Noel Tock commented:
      Posted: on Feb 18, 2010 at 12:13 PM

      Thank you Frank! Funny you mention the newsletter, I've moved it right under the blackboard as a widget instead of a footer element :)

  • Peter Safwat

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    Add something under subscription buttons

    Posted on Jan 10, 2010 at 7:59 AM

    Nice work you removed the social buttons from the header which is great and the new ones are good ,i think there is really nothing you can change now but you might try to fill in the space under the subscription buttons and also try to decrease the width of the wood border on the right sidebar that might give more space for the content which is better from usability point of view

    • Noel Tock
      Noel Tock commented:
      Posted: on Jan 10, 2010 at 4:10 PM

      Thanks for the kind words Peter, some good ideas there!

      Cheers

      Noel

  • Joel Glovier

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    I already liked the first version - I think this one has very strong improvements.

    LOVE what you did with the navigation - it stands out much more and is more attractive. VERY NICE.

    Also very much approve of the move of the RSS, facebook, and other social media links to the bottom.

    Overall I think this version is a VERY STRONG design and I'm sure if you're going to sell this somewhere like themeforest you should get plenty of takers.

    My only suggestion on this one was to make the nav background tile horizontally to fit the whole width of the screen.

    • Noel Tock
      Noel Tock commented:
      Posted: on Jan 10, 2010 at 4:12 PM

      Hi Joel,

      Thanks a lot for the great words of encouragement, I just check my rescuetime profile ( http://rescuetime.com/ref/96493 ) and I logged 13 hours in productive time today, so I'm glad to see the work paying off before I hit the day job again tomorrow :D

      Cheers

      Noel

  • Nate Hamilton

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    I'm liking the progress

    Posted on Jan 10, 2010 at 9:28 AM

    I'm liking where this is going now. Here are a few things that need to change:

    1. Take off the "join us" tag. Feels a bit odd there.
    2. Don't have such a hard line on the dark green content box. For instance, maybe curl the leather around the bog a bit. It feels like it was accidentally cut off.
    3. Obviously the content area feels a bit unfinished. I would add some more content in there and make it interesting by adding columns, dividers and such.

    It's looking good. Keep focusing on getting the dark, rich pub feeling. Good work so far.

    • Noel Tock
      Noel Tock commented:
      Posted: on Jan 10, 2010 at 4:13 PM

      Hi Nate,

      No clue why someone -1'd you, but I'm guessing you've got fans lol ;) Thank you for the further suggestions, I'll play with those ideas and see how they come out...

      Thank you!

      Noel

  • Miika Puputti

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    Nothing, a great site!

    Posted on Jan 10, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    Has all the Irish elements one would think about and is very pub -like! Clean and yet cozy. This is great!

  • Andy E

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    page peel

    Posted on Jan 10, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    I think the page peel should be moved to the bottom right. The current placement is creating a focal point in the wrong part of the page.

    I'd also change the navigation text color to the light tan found in the page paper rather than that yellow.

    • Noel Tock
      Noel Tock commented:
      Posted: on Jan 10, 2010 at 4:14 PM

      That's a solid thought Andy, thanks for that!

      Cheers

      Noel

  • Aaran Casey

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    t'b sure t'b sure

    Posted on Jan 10, 2010 at 2:09 PM

    I think you have nailed this it looks really nice!

    The background works really well, with the header and the leather look!

    I would only look at one change and that would be to make the navigation text darker, remove the dotted lines from underneath!

    Other than that Great jo!

    • Noel Tock
      Noel Tock commented:
      Posted: on Jan 10, 2010 at 4:15 PM

      Thank you Aaran! I might just remove those lines now since I have that detailed texture behind...

      Cheers

      Noel

  • Zeno Popovici

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    Social media icons

    Posted on Jan 11, 2010 at 2:37 AM

    Hey Noel,

    I really like the design. It's real awesome work.

    1. What I would change are the social media icons, that don't really fit the design. I would go for icons with a vintage look, tears and dents like the rest of the page.
    2. I would be real interested how you handle inside pages and pagination for news, etc.
    3. I would also remove unsubscribe and handle it in the e-mail itself. People unsubscribe when reading the mail not on the site. Also I would use a different wording for subscribe, like "Sign me up now" make it more personal.
    4. What would be useful information all about? It seems to me that you're just filling that space right now. If you have no use for it remove it. Design with content in mind, don't mold your content on the design.

    Cheers, Zeno.

    • Noel Tock
      Noel Tock commented:
      Posted: on Jan 12, 2010 at 6:02 PM

      Hi Zeno,

      Thank you for the nice comments! I love the vintage SM icon idea. Unsubscribe also can go, very true :) Useful information will actually be opening hours, address again, etc.

      Thanks again!

      Noel

  • Kapil Dev

    Kapil Dev

    Rank: 2 Titan

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    • Design: 5
    • Purpose: 4
    • Originality: 4
    • Engagement: 4
    1 Vote
    its really awesome!!!

    Posted on Jan 11, 2010 at 9:20 AM

    Pros:

    1. Colors and wood textures are great

    2. Perfect usage of fonts and spacing

    3. Big space for branding

    Cons:

    Nothing... really

    • Nate Johnson
      Nate Johnson commented:
      Posted: on Jan 11, 2010 at 2:06 PM

      I really like this. Very consistent and captures the feel you are looking for. You have considered the details quite well also. My only constructive criticism would be to make the social networking icons color. It would add some dynamic interest.

    • Noel Tock
      Noel Tock commented:
      Posted: on Jan 12, 2010 at 6:02 PM

      Thank you Kapil!

  • Michael Minter

    Michael Minter

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    • Design: 4
    • Purpose: 5
    • Originality: 4
    • Engagement: 5
    1 Vote
    Typography

    Posted on Jan 11, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    Final initiative is to clean up the style of the blog type.

    I miss that green background depth divider too.

  • Billie Bryan

    Billie Bryan

    Rank: 2 Titan

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    • Design: 4
    • Purpose: 4
    • Originality: 4
    • Engagement: 5
    1 Vote
    Font Use?

    Posted on Jan 10, 2010 at 5:59 AM

    Outstanding design, Noel! I love the photorealistic effects you've used for this concept. The rustic, wooden feel is totally reminiscent of an old pub and the warm yet muted browns and greens are very inviting and they inject a lot of life into the whole piece. The cohesion just feels so great.

    I'm concerned about more technical issues, though. For example, upon further inspection, I notice you have a lot of serif fonts (and just about no sans-serifs). From experience, I know they can look impressive when putting together a concept initially but once you go live with it, they tend to be pretty messy when used in body copy, especially at smaller sizes. I would consider utilising some sans-serifs for the smaller text.

    The only other teeny tiny issues I have with it are with some of the headings, i.e. I like the "Stay Informed" heading (it really jumps out at you, as its so different from the others) but I don't know if I like it within the chalkboard, closed off from the actual newsletter box and separate from the social networking icons under "Useful Information". Seems to me that they should all be grouped together, don't you think?

    Once again, amazing design!!!

    • Noel Tock
      Noel Tock commented:
      Posted: on Jan 10, 2010 at 4:08 PM

      Thank you for the kind comments & suggestions Billie ! Typography will hopefully be my final big challenge with this piece :)

      Cheers

      Noel

  • Swarat Ghosh

    Swarat Ghosh

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    1 Vote
    awsome design!!

    Posted on Jan 10, 2010 at 12:10 AM

    nothing to change !!

  • Chris Ramaglia

    Chris Ramaglia

    Rank: 1 Elite

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    0 Votes
    Make footer stand out a little more

    Posted on Jan 11, 2010 at 4:56 PM

    This is a very engaging design Noel, it's not easy to stand out among restaurant/pub wordpress themes and you really nailed it here. Great use of textures and I really dig the subtle design touches throughout.

    As far as the footer, I would try some color variants and/or play with the type on the headlines. Oh yeah, the coaster behind the logo is brilliant, nice job all around.

    • Noel Tock
      Noel Tock commented:
      Posted: on Jan 12, 2010 at 6:05 PM

      Thank you sir, much appreciated :)

      Cheers

      Noel

  • Alexander Charles

    Alexander Charles

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    • Engagement: 5
    0 Votes
    Super...

    Posted on Jan 11, 2010 at 8:29 AM

    Always i wanted to design something like this.... I love this site

  • Isabel Kruch

    Isabel Kruch

    Rank: 10 Newbie

    3

    • Design: 4
    • Purpose: 4
    • Originality: 3
    • Engagement: 4
    0 Votes
    font under "join us"

    Posted on Jan 12, 2010 at 6:28 AM

    Hey this is my first rewey ! You have made a really nice design ! I prefer this one, to your old one, a really nice improvement!

    I do agree with the review Amy Feger concerning the pannel under 'join us" with the dates...

    Really nice design anyway, not much more to improve... ;-)

    Have a nice day!

    • Noel Tock
      Noel Tock commented:
      Posted: on Jan 12, 2010 at 6:15 PM

      Thank you very much Isabel!

      Cheers

      Noel

  • Jonathan Lewis

    Jonathan Lewis

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    • Originality: 4
    • Engagement: 5
    0 Votes
    Nothing

    Posted on Jan 27, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    I think the design is awesome. I think that all of the elements flow together unlike many web sites. The facebook and the twitter icons match with the rest of the theme. Great work.

  • Alex Young

    Alex Young

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    • Engagement: 4
    0 Votes
    Blog Entry

    Posted on Sep 20, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    The site looks amazing. The only thing is that i dont know how the pub would use the blog entries. I think it would be better to replace the blog entry with something else like a slideshow of food or deals.

  • Dimitar Dimitrov

    Dimitar Dimitrov

    Rank: 10 Newbie

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    0 Votes
    Draft

    Posted on Jan 09, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Wow

  • Shef Domi

    Shef Domi

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    • Engagement: 4
    0 Votes
    need to download it

    Posted on Jun 03, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    i absolutely love this theme, and would really appreciate it if someone can tell me where i can download it or if this one is not available where can i download one of a similar nature.

    Thank you very much and great job.