I believe the context is crucial. What may work great on another website may be wrong for you, depending on the overall appearance of site/page.
It might help the helpers to see, or get some hints about, what it should fit into.
Okay, I see your point. Not too sure whether I should show the design of the whole page as I am certain to change the colour scheme, logo, background images, etc.
But below are a few examples of some of the other banners I have created for other sections (the arrows are just part of the slideshow feature).
Any help welcome because I am seriously struggling with this graphic design banner! Thank you!
It may be too far out, but what about a rabbit in a top hat for Other work, or for Graphic design (in the latter case, it could be drawn with very simple lines)?
For Graphic design (as another option), you may use a (partial) sample of some convincing artwork.
Thanks for the reply.
For the 'Other Work' section, I would prefer the design to be explicit, not implicit. That's why I'm considering just using a montage of the work involved.
For graphic design: In all honesty, the work in the section isn't as stunning as I would like it to be (not really been involved in enough projects to build up a substancial portfolio up to now). That's why I can't really use samples of my work for the banner.
Maybe I'm putting too much emphasis on the graphic design banner, but I think that, because it's graphic design and all about aesthetics, the banner has to look superb. Not just good, but superb. I think that's why I'm struggling!
I do understand your considerations, Austin.
And the rabbit/top hat to suggest your magical power (in graphic design if used in that context) may be seen as less serious.
In any case, what one visitor might find great/astonishing/superb, may not work for another.
Some decisions are difficult.
By the way, I really like the eye part. The yellow posters part is difficult to make out.
Thanks for the feedback. I'll make it a little darker.
Going back to the graphic design banner. I want to create something quite stylish where the content relates to graphic design - maybe even something metaphorical (even though this would be implicit and I'm contradicting myself!). So maybe some sort of motage relating to graphic design objects, but the only objects I can think of are:
Hmmm... not sure about this... but maybe I could do something with the InDesign/Photoshop/Illustrator CS5 icons??? That's the best I can think of!
Apart from the copyright issue, I believe you should not rely on icons of specific versions because they get outdated by the following ones.
But you might consider a transition instead of a montage, from a raw, more sketchy part (far left) to a part with a final touch (effects/shades/highlights/3D/whatever) (far right). Your mentioning application icons reminded me of the transition over versions of Illustrator ending with 10. In the Illustrator forum, some of us recognize her as Illy or (Auntie) Illie, and as I have pointed out more than once, she is not Venus (whose neck is 80% longer as any forensic expert would confirm). That was before the Illies became the icon of CS.
Such a transition could be taken from some work (where different stages have been preserved) to reveal the magic of what can be done, rather than the final appearance.
I think you've used a lot of 'graphic design' related images in the other banners. Maybe finding a nice image or a blueprint/sketch with a stencil or a graphic tablet? Just an idea!