I've just stuck my toes into Wattpad, mostly because hey, it seems to be working for Aethernea, but it's got me dreaming about what my site could look like. I know, I know - it's all about the writing and 'don't put lipstick on a dead pig', but if I had a full design budget on my hands - and someday, I might - I can think of a few places I'd want to throw it at.
- Texture to the background
Right now, the bulk of my site's a big ol' block of pale yellow (or burnt cream, or curdled milk. Still thinking up a name for it). What I'd like is to have some sort of pattern at the corners. On my banner, I've got a smashed window, and you can see the broken bits of wall. I want that: a cracked wall effect, just to keep it interesting and in with the theme.
- Crisper banner
I really wanted both a fore- and background, and I'd love to get something that looks more photo-realistic. I like what I have now, but if I could get all of it AS the background and shifted over to the right, and then on the left in the foreground, have an abandoned stack of empty coffee cups (more theme stuff!) on a counter, and then almost floating over the stuff in the background like it's right beside the cups, have the title in hard white letters with a jagged black outline.
In my head, this looks fantastic, and I've been doing little things in the background to make that happen eventually (I've got my mascot for the cup, but now I need a very minimalist logo that would be cheaper for a major corp. to print repeatedly). There is groundwork being laid!
- Character Banners
Sooooo this is the Wattpad effect. Two days, and they're already pulling me into their over-the-top flash.
Each chapter over there lets you put up a picture as a mini-banner. At first I was like, "That's dumb," mostly 'cause everyone's using it to do overdramatic models for their characters, but then I started thinking I could put it to work. TOKoR changes POV with every click, so to start a chapter off with a little character banner of the new POV would be fun as all hell. I'd be orienting the reader faster, I'd get more art into my serial (I LOVE ART), and it'd be so cool to click on a new chapter and see a banner for a brand new guy. There'd be that, "Oooh, who in this?" moment. I don't know if I'd change them along with the arcs, but to have them would be great.
For the actual banner, what I'm thinking is commissioning art of the character's face, putting the whole thing in my site's art section, and then cropping the image to just be their eyes. That's even more theme stuff, because there's a lot of action surrounding people's eyeballs in this story. Or maybe it would just be something to represent the characters, in case the whole stare-into-your-soul idea makes the mood too stiff. But banners! I want banners.
- Font fixes
I don't know what it is about my landing lage, but even though it's short, those three separate typefaces look busy. Gotta figure out how to handle that someday. Some-day, not to-day.
And with that, I'm passing it over to you folks. Pretend you have $5,000 just to spruce up your site. You can't go absolutely insane, but you can do a hell of a lot. What's your plan? And I'm gonna just click on your site if it's in your signature, so just write everything assuming I know what it looks like already.