View Full Version : Design of NewTeks frontpage

Gui Lo
11-21-2005, 09:57 PM
I recently gave NewTeks web address to a teacher who wanted to incorporate some 3d into his lesson material. He hadn't heard of Lightwave so I went home and looked at the NewTek site from his perspective.

What would he see?


No great video, no great graphics from tv and movies.

I don't mean to make the frontpage heavy and it takes ages to download but please at least put some 3d images on it.
Don't you think so?

Gui Lo

11-21-2005, 11:28 PM
well i cant tell by what you said in your post, but i would look at http://www.newtek.com/lightwave/ because this site is strictly for lightwave and the 3d work containing a couple nice galleries and a list of all projects lightwave has been a part of..

11-22-2005, 03:43 AM
Yeah have to agree... the newtek front page is more of a hub to access all of their products. The Lightwave front page is very nice indeed, the little animation bits at the top could be updated more often, but i love them so i'm not bothered about that at all!

Gui Lo
11-23-2005, 07:41 AM
I appreciate that the NewTek frontpage is a hub for a variety of products. It is that these products are highly visual and it is difficult for anybody to realise the quality of products NewTek makes.

11-23-2005, 08:39 AM
Yeah, very true. Maybe with LW 9 round the corner they'll go for something more gobsmacking and more eyecandy!? Although, i can't see it myself. The front page has always has a similar feel to it, as long as i can remember anyway.

Captain Obvious
11-23-2005, 04:25 PM
I would just like to say that less is more.

11-23-2005, 04:42 PM
Keep in mind that Newtek is more than a 3D company. If you want to direct people to lightwave, you can always point them to www.lightwave3d.com (http://www.lightwave3d.com) This will go directly to the Lightwave section of Newtek's site.

By the way there is also www.videotoaster.com (http://www.videotoaster.com)

11-23-2005, 06:08 PM
The site is functional which suits me. It's fairly clean design, but certainly not a an inspirational design, it could be better. The Lightwave section is a little bit too heavily themed for my tastes and clashes with the blue and white used elsewhere. In comparission I like the look of the Maya site but usability-wise I think it lacks, too fiddly. The trick is to get the right balance between design and functionality. You want a site to look good, set the right tone, without compromising functionality.

11-24-2005, 04:24 PM
I think It has good parts like the clips and the cleanness. The weakest parts as I see it is the the top banner and the other banners, I think just killing those backgrounds and maybe use a font for the top that looks more like the rest of the LW graphics. I think that would do a lot.

I think I would grade it at half or less from what Luxology has, I'd really would like it to be the other way around.