September 5, 2000 at 11:28 am #704891
this probably isn’t the place to post such an inquiry … but does anyone know what’s happening to the riai website ??? ie when will it be up and running again … i actually liked the previous design … didn’t really see the need to change
September 5, 2000 at 11:26 pm #715065
Every incarnation of the RIAI website has been a disgrace to the profession and I don’re really expect the new one to be any differant.
September 6, 2000 at 4:31 pm #715066
I read in the August issue of the Irish Architect’ that they intend adding new features to the site. Tow things occur to me: a) they’re going to copy ideas from Archeire.com and b) how will they maintain it. Archeire.com works because Paul is afaik heavily involved in the Internet industry and thus has the capability.
September 20, 2000 at 5:52 pm #715067studqubParticipant
I’m new in town and am interested in attending lectures, building visits etc
I was wondering if the AAI has published
its events for the forthcoming season and will it posted on the net around the same time
Also when will the new riai site reopen?
September 20, 2000 at 6:02 pm #715068
As soon as I receive the AAI events, they will be posted on this website. We also try to promote all the events from other organisations as well.
September 21, 2000 at 7:58 pm #715069
I know from a reliable source that it should be up again within a week or two and it looks great
September 21, 2000 at 8:49 pm #715070
wouldnt be hard for it to be better than the former ones…..
September 27, 2000 at 3:09 pm #715071
Sad but True ;(
September 27, 2000 at 4:26 pm #715072
“New Site Under Construction as of July 11.
New Site will be Launched in August.”
u’d of thought they could have at least updated whats on the website now… hardly a mammoth task…
October 18, 2000 at 12:48 pm #715073
the new website is now up-for the amount of time it took to build its not to impressive.
October 18, 2000 at 12:51 pm #715074
October 18, 2000 at 8:05 pm #715075
October 18, 2000 at 8:11 pm #715076
it was down all afternoon, its pretty poor, terrible colours, thats gonna date so quickly….
i assume they paid for that….. why dont they just get involved here?
October 19, 2000 at 9:41 am #715077
i completely agree MG… i think its crap and certainly no improvement on the last effort… much more on the last site and its layout, colours, etc were much better…
ps didn’t notice any link to here either…
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October 19, 2000 at 10:02 am #715078
Am very disappointed myself, again the same flaws that has always afflicted the RIAI sites: broken links – had trouble getting back to homepage from various pages; terrible design – those colours are woeful and there’s too many of them. I hope they didnt pay too much.
I work as an Internet developer for a living and I can see so many holes regarding search engine placement, poor quality freebie scripts (the site search is awful) etc – broken discussion… a banner ad on the homepage that is clearly stretched…
i’ll be interested in hearing John White’s opinion of the design as a designer and artist
if the riai would like me to come in and audit the site, they know where to find me…
October 19, 2000 at 11:12 am #715079
to post a statement without any back-up, leads me to the conclusion that you have a personel problem with the RIAI and will attack whenever you can, this being an example. Just because it does not look like a TombRaider site and does not have nice colours does not make it a bad website. All the information required is there for members to use. I was wondering could you go into more detail about the problems with the web site rather than just stupid personel gripes.
October 19, 2000 at 11:42 am #715080
I’m entitled to my opinions that
* the colours are nasty
* the sites tired and poor quality
without it being an attack on the riai — rather it is an attack on the websites which in the past have been very unprofessional. The current one is better but the colours suck.
October 19, 2000 at 12:02 pm #715081
I had a look at the website to see what all the fuss was about and I was expecting something really garish and well….it’s not that bad. The colours are quite jazzy but they do clash I suppose. Maybe one would’nt associate such colours with architecture I suppose…grey would come to mind but if you consider the colour of the Project Arts Centr well there you have it. Orange and Red together is a no no……. but the wine colour and airforce blue are quite complimentary and look good as well as the logo typeface in the top corner. The layout is good too and very easy to read and follow.
October 19, 2000 at 12:15 pm #715082
I’m too busy working on two sites of my own today to look past much more than the front page but I’d quickly suggest:
â€¢ Too many conflicting colours – the main pink header accross the top should probably be the blue/grey of their logo with the text in white – without the top and bottom stripes
â€¢ the colour arrangement and construction of the left and right column buttons are conflicting [too similar whilst being different. Know what I mean?]
â€¢ Too many conflicting typefaces
â€¢ The seemingly Archeire-inspired divider/header graphics are a good move but the alignment of the attached photos seems a little zig-zaggy
Generally speaking – not hideous, just needs a little more very simple adjustment. Wouldn’t take much really. I’d say: whatever the nice touches are, try to repeat them throughout the rest of the page/site – rather than allowing a designed by commitee look to creep in.
That’s my aesthetic-review based a quick examination. Hope it’s not too harsh,
October 19, 2000 at 1:03 pm #715083
thanks for your opinions, you too MG, I hope I did not insult you, no offense meant. Since we are discussing websites in general, maybe we should open a forum to discuss what we would like to see on web sites like Archeire, BuildOnline, Construct&Design and construction Plus. So rather than been told what we want, we can tell them what we want.
Let me know…..OPTI
October 19, 2000 at 1:19 pm #715084
you the designer opti of riai.ie?
anyways – i always try to take on board suggestions for archeire…. but fyi in the next few months you will see three new parts of the site…..
but i’m moving to our own server soon so will have no space restrictions and will be able to add a lot more stuff.. if you want to see something in particular – drop me a line firstname.lastname@example.org
October 19, 2000 at 1:26 pm #715085
No I am not the designer of the RIAI website, but I am part of the world of E-Commerce. I am a great fan of Archeire, one of the best sites for the construction industry, I particularly enjoy the forums.
I will send you an E-mail, with more detail.
October 19, 2000 at 1:37 pm #715086MKParticipant
John White, what 2 sites are you working on, Im interesting in seeing them. Your posts here are enjoyable & in the spirit of good discussion, Id enjoy seeing what else your working on.
October 19, 2000 at 2:05 pm #715087
john works for a webdev house so they may not actually be arch. related…
October 19, 2000 at 7:07 pm #715088
That’s right Paul and MK. Thanks for the nice remarks by the way.
The Websites I’m presently working on aren’t really viewable. Still in development. Funnily enough, they’re all charity related: APSO [site re-design] they share our technology and skills with Developing world countries, St. John of God Hospitaller Services, a new Forum website for all international agencies involved in sharing technology etc for Overseas Development.
Good worthy stuff indeed!
I must say I’m really beginning to enjoy that type of client and project as opposed to the COMTELINTERDEVCORPSOFT.COM shite.
October 20, 2000 at 8:58 am #715089
Shudder… used to do a lot of the COMTELINTERDEVCORPSOFT.COM shite myself… glad i don’t now.. only interested in doing art / architecture / cultural projects…
October 20, 2000 at 9:52 am #715090
Well now, that’d be IDEAL! You’re lucky if you can keep getting those [obviously, it’s not just luck].
YOU LUCKY SOD YOU
October 20, 2000 at 10:01 am #715091
Alright, alright, enough of the mutual backslapping and compliments!
October 20, 2000 at 1:26 pm #715092
Let me just say right now Emily,
I think you’re just a wonnerful human being
October 24, 2000 at 5:59 pm #715093
Jakob Nielsen, the self-proclaimed God of Internet usability ($20,000 a day I believe he charges, says that chat rooms, bulletin boards, etc., are the worst things to add to a site, as they attract nothing but vacuous remarks and meaningless nonsense.
Any comments in light of how this discussion has developed?
October 25, 2000 at 9:19 am #715094
It depends on the site itself doesn’t it? Websites that are likely to attract immature teenies who feel very brave and often become involved in slagging matches, are doomed. (well ,their forums are).Have a look through some of these posts, I do not think that they are meaningless, or vacuous, the opposite in fact. People who like to cause ‘trouble’ in a post are more likely to be put off if totally ignored, and/or outnumbered. I stumbled across this site only recently, and find the forums excellent, and useful also.
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October 25, 2000 at 11:10 am #715095
Thats a Bunch of crap
October 25, 2000 at 11:17 am #715096
No, I actually agree with bunch – playing Devil’s advocate earlier.
I’m more of a follower of the “Cluetrain Manifesto” (http://www.cluetrain.com) really, which suggests that the beauty of the Web is that it will empower customers by linking them together and allowing them to communicate over such forums as Archeire and exhange their views on products, companies, etc.
I was just “curious” about the benefits that members of such an active community as this felt they were receiving.
October 25, 2000 at 12:43 pm #715097
Ha Ha.Reliable Source.
October 25, 2000 at 7:03 pm #715098
Oh God, can we please limit this forum to registered users? Using their real names if possible?
October 26, 2000 at 9:45 am #715099
Why so John White? I do not use my ‘full, real name’, would that be a problem? (I’m not being smart by the way.)
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October 26, 2000 at 10:00 am #715100
I just think think it would be a further disincentive to people who are posting crap on this forum in order to take the piss
October 26, 2000 at 12:46 pm #715101
Generally, I agree, but some people will prefer not to give full names and remain committed to a decent debate. Anonymity may also encourage some to be more open in debate as well. However I do think that it can lead to others abusing it also.
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April 8, 2003 at 10:22 am #715102
Another new version of the RIAI site. Looks well, much better than earlier ones (obviously their designer is learning how to design).
But I do enjoy the Disclaimer page — the link is at the bottom of the front page.
April 8, 2003 at 6:05 pm #715103
I agree, a much better looking site from the institute. Hopefully they can continue to keep it up to date. Up to date does not mean a new ‘skin’ every year 😉
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