I'm kind of annoyed because whenever I call him, he just says something is wrong with it but won't say EXACTLY what. This is my first project, so it isn't going to be great, which is probably why the first guy is a minecraft server host. You gotta start somewhere though, and at least I get paid. There is something that is a bit off, but I don't know what it is, and neither does the guy... Have any feedback? The blank spot in the middle for the home page is an embedded YouTube video of their server and the blank tiles below show live server status for each server, but they didn't show up in the picture.
You mentioned server status being on the website which probably means you need to send some sort of message of reliability, I'm not really seeing that here.
The whole site doesn't look very modern - and maybe that's the point, with it being for MineCraft - but if so the MineCraft card has been over played here.
I'd lose a lot of the gunge, the shadows and lighting effects/filters & use more solid, less in your face colours - the yellow and green you have chosen really don't go.
Generally use the MineCraft visual language much more sparsely. To finish on a positive I like the layout, keep that.
Like you said, it's a first go - in that case it's class. My first was certainly a lot worse than this, mostly everything just needs dialing down. Stay away from filters and effects and just concentrate on the layout, the typography, using the right colour, etc. at first.
Hope this helps,
You really need the client to specify what is wrong. We're not any smarter than your client.
One of the principles of design is contrast. There is very little contrast in color/value and in type size. That makes mush.
Not sure I agree with that 100%.
I think it's fine to say you don't like something without having a good reason.
You can't expect a client to explain the grid system isn't working, or the type doesn't work, for example - but they can still either enjoy or dislike the experience. Sometimes it's just a gut feeling, the knowledge of the subject is what lets you explain the gut feeling and do something about it.
This isn't always the case, sometimes that 'gut feeling' is BS - but i'm afriad the client has a point here.