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Marco de Groen

Graphic Designer , Cultural Treasures

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An online platform for sharing manners

Dear all, I would like to share an idea about a project I am working on which is called Cultural Treasures.

Cultural Treasures is an online platform that allows users to post and share manners of their own and of other cultures with users from all over the world.
It can be useful to know about manners when you are travelling, doing
business abroad or are researching different cultures.
The platform transcends existing references on manners because it does not only describe manners generically. It gives deep insights in the contexts and practical use of manners and related manners. Therefore by using this
platform you will never act inappropriate when dealing with other cultures.

I would like to propose my bidbook to you all and would love to receive some feedback on how you all think about this idea and what I could improve on it. Please look at: http://www.slideshare.net/marcodegroen/cultural-treasures-bidbook-20


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    Apr 2 2012: Hi Steve, thanks for the reply. The point you are mention about the sign up/login button is one you are right about. I just looked at some other community sites and they do have the buttons on the right. So I think it would be wise to put the buttons to the right.

    Regarding your other question about the mobile access. I was having the idea of making this platform in the shape of a responsive website. This means there is one website, one databse, only the website size will automatically size itself based on what machine signs in to the website. This will make the website available for pc, tables, mobile phones and other. In this way people can visite the site anytime, anywhere with any type of machine
    • Apr 4 2012: Creating a responsive website is a good route to go for flexibility. Although to be honest, I have not come across a whole lot of websites that have really created a great mobile experience using this method. It's definitely possible, but I find most designers, simply remove some columns as the site width shrinks, forcing the user to scroll through more columns. To really do it properly, you would want to change the structure and how the information is presented to the mobile user.
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        Apr 4 2012: On that point you are right Steve, but I think this responsive website could be the best idea to keep things central and easy. As a graphic designer I can keep an eye on the design and the usability so I hope to make the right choices then. Do you have any other idea or option???

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