New Super Flat Style

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Since Yola has sent out another promo concerning their new Super Flat Style. . . I thought I would share what I have been doing with this new style. I am not finished yet but far enough along for you to see where I am going with my design. I do have a couple more ideas but I need to work them out (this is on me and my graphics ability) Some of you may recall that I asked about making custom panels transparent. You can see why on this site as I have made translucent panels using simple png images that will tile in custom panels. Great style with amazing flexibility http://ktdusa.com/
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I am so excited to see you using this style! What you have done looks absolutely brilliant so far! I really love how you are using Super Flat to it's full potential and making something completely unique using it's amazing flexibility!

I do recall your question about making custom panels transparent, and I have been thinking about the possibilities for a site I am working on as well, also using Super Flat. I might just borrow your idea for a design challenge of my own if you don't mind! I really love how you are using Super Flat to it's full potential and making something completely unique using it's capabilities!

I hope you don't mind me jumping on this thread, but I suspect if I do I might get some great help from the forum which I could really use!

Here's mine so far: http://indabacounselling.co.uk. I am building this site for someone else and not currently happy with the background image. I am working with a very specific creative brief and it is the best execution of the site owner's vision I have found so far but I am still searching for something else that achieves the desired effect without detracting from the page content. Apart from that I am quite please with it.

Kanthaidecor: you might like to take a look at my custom search engine as I prefer it to Google Custom Search. Mine is from swiftype.com - not sure if you know about them but worth checking out if you don't.

What worked great with Super Flat for me was:
1) The composite image editor that allowed me to play around with foreground and background colors as well as translucency. The site owner loves the way the background image shines through in the content area of the page.

2) The ability to control the page and content padding. For example using 0 content padding to get my custom "toolbar" to sit flush with the banner.

3) My absolute favorite thing - ability to set my color and font attributes at a site level and have them behave 100% consistently and reliable in the page. I almost completely avoided inline formatting!

4) The ease with which I can do a complete redesign. For example I changed the color palette and font presets more times than I can count and every time it took about 5 minutes, as opposed to the hours it would have taken me without the Style Designer.

5) Loving the new functionality where you can click an element in the page and it automatically filters the relevant settings in the Style Designer - huge time saver so you don't have to search.

What I am not happy with just yet:

1) The fact that the custom panel widget wants to control your font attributes instead of respecting what you set up in the Style Designer. Have to keep remembering to set these for each widget or you suddenly end up with weird font colors etc. This is something we are concerned about and hope to fix soon.

2) Niggle with fly over menus not inheriting the attributes of the main menu. I got around this with code, but also look forward to an upgrade soon so that this happens automatically.

Anyway that's my attempt at a site. My graphic design abilities are sorely lacking but I can say with absolute certainty that I would never have been able to build a site like this without Super Flat and the Style Designer, because it made up for many skills which I simply do not possess! Which I believe is the whole idea! ;)
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Are you using the free version of their site search? I do like the looks and now that I have over 20 of my URLs indexed on Google I am open to a change.
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Yes - the free version. I like the way it displays the search results. Also great analytics on search terms users enter on your site that you can optimize around. You can also customize the CSS to match the look and feel of your site, although I haven't done that yet for mine. The only down side with the free version is how frequently they crawl your site - once a week.
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Why I use Google is simple ....On demand indexing. My site was indexed in roughly 72 hours
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I really have to find more time to have a play with the "flat style".
I have so many ideas that I could us it for.
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Hey John,

Long time! Just saw your new "SuperFlat" site. It's a nice template isn't it? Your site looks super cool man - well done :)