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Eyeballs, Please? — 23 Comments

  1. because of the slowness of my connection speeds I would prefer thumbnails with “click to enlarge” – but no, they don’t seem too large.

    • The way thumbnails work is by constraining the visual output size for display. Like I can force a 300×300 square to present as a 150×150 thumbnail, but in order to display, the whole fullsize image file still has to first download, so thumbnails (in this case) wouldn’t change download speeds. The other option would be to manual resize new copies of the images (over 200 that could be done), with additional coding to call for fullsize images if requested. But I am not going to post 200+ images — I still have to do all the other coding required to get them identified for people to order correctly.

  2. My thoughts…
    -smaller thumbnails, with a click through to a larger image.
    -pictures that are more close-up of the yarn rather than full skein (for example, the second one down on the right and the third one down on the left are spectacular photos & really let me see the colors that the yarn contains)
    -maybe a click through or gallery for each colorway? Sort of like on ravelry, looking at a pattern gives you a series of photos of it rather than just seeing one image.

  3. I love these – – it feels close, like in a shop – – where the varied colors can be seen very clearly. Good JOB!!

  4. I agree with Sarah, having a gallery would be nice, because I love the close ups but it’s also nice to get a better “feel” for how the colors work together with the larger-skein pictures. As far as picture size I think they’re great for me, but I think MMario will not be the only one with connection issues unless you do a smaller thumbnail.

  5. I like ’em large – rather lifesize for yarn, I believe. And we are all getting more bi-focally.

  6. I don’t think the oictures should be any larger than the ones in the first row. The ones that are the size of the center and right ones inthe second row seem not only large but somehow stretched and proportioned wrong. I personaaly like the pictures this size, not smaller but with the ability to enlarge. I think you can see details in the pictures that you wouldn’t see in the thumbnails, which means that someone might not click on the thumbnail to see the detail. Also, it’s an evil thing to have us look at all this lovely yarn – I feel the need for more yarn coming over me – so many pretties.

    • P.S. Obviously too tired to type correctly – hte fourth work should be pictures!

  7. I agree with the smaller images (slightly smaller) that you can either click/enlarge or hover/enlarge. Pages load quicker that way.

  8. Ray – the pictures scrolled to load – so you might need to trim the file size down just a tad. I actually liked the “close-ups” of the yarn – it shows not only color, but texture. Maybe have the thumbnails as people suggest, but have blow-ups, too!

    I’m not sure what kind of studio (if any) set-up you have for pictures, but I think having the same kind of light for each skein is important. The pictures on the “ignore” page had a grey or cool tint to them. Since I actually have some of your yarns, I know they look way more vibrant than the pictures.

    Some of the pictures you’ve had of your yarns hanging (taken in natural light?) really show the exquisite colors – in my opinion.

    *IF* you think it might help sell yarn, you might even post a small stockinette swatch of the yarns. I do not know if the labor it would take to do this would actually make sense.


  9. Mmmmm, Yummy.

    That aside, no I like the picture size, and the fact that I can see the fibers. I think you got some new stuff in too that I need to look into.

  10. I like the close-up, high-res sort of thumbnail better than the “click to embiggen” kind. I don’t know enough tech to critique beyond that.

  11. I have to be honest…I have a large monitor…and they look HUGE to me. Beautiful….but really big.

  12. Love the full-size pics – I think thumbnails are great for galleries – but to see colours/texture/loft etc – you need life-size!

  13. What Sarah said. Also: For me the need to scan through SCREENS of large pictures is tedious. So is flipping back and forth to compare colors or presentations if I want to do a comparison between pictures (color schemes). Smaller pictures with a chance to click larger = more pictures per screen and more ease of comparison. It would display your range more effectively.
    I would only use the unmixed pictures in a demonstration of your process; many people have a hard time making that leap from what you see (as the colors are more or less discrete in the original skein) to what you get (the mixed colors that clearly display the shortness of the repeats as in the pictures Sarah indicated). That said, a demonstration of your process from colorful picture to dyeing to remix to knitted swatch would be a great addition.

  14. Top of the page the photos are all different sizes on my screen, more consistent towards the bottom. A whole bunch of small photos to me is better, if you can click on them to get the larger images.

  15. Agree with the thumbnails, then larger photo; with so many photos, took several minutes to load all the photos. If the larger photos are preferred, may I suggest the ability to look at in smaller groups, something like blues, reds, yellows, browns, black/grey, other, and all — that way those with slower connections can choose a subset to view and those who have the bandwidth can choose the ‘all’ option.

    FWIW, as to the color/photo balance, maybe a color reference in new photo groups? Something which others see a lot in print and in life, which is free or nearly free to you but would give an indication of relative photo color balance. One option which comes to mind would be an edge of a Staples “easy” button — every one I’ve seen is consistent in color and it’s found in print, on screen and easily seen ‘in person.’ You may have a better/more convenient option, though.

    • I’ve been just dropping the images into the framework as I find them in my massive Images directory — several thousand images, all INconsistently named. Sorting into color groups can be done, but it’s not an immediate priority at my end. This week it’s just about getting the page to load and having each item identified by number so people can order. Ultimately I would love to have a picture gallery that people can flip through at leisure, but I need to go find and install that package to run on this website … and then move relevant “yarn ordering pictures” to a different folder for that gallery purpose. Wouldn’t want people seeing pics of my broken skein winder, or the cat fiddling in yarns.

      Not sure I understand your second paragraph or what sort of color balance tool you mean. I make the pics as accurate as I can for my monitor(s), and to my eyeballs what I see on screen is what I see in person. I do try to always photograph in the afternoon on the front porch where the sun is overhead but behind me. I may end up having to make a new white box, but I like showing yarn “in real life”, i.e., on the weathered porch planks.

      But, as always, this is definitely a work in progress and everybody’s ideas are helpful. Thanks!