when ur mouse isnt on the logo scrolling with the mouse wheel doesnt work.
needs more than a huge universal stamp. The size is ok if there was more underneath to look at....
looks good though. Maybe an option to turn sound off.
SFW and GFH
Love the bottom half of the screen.
The main problem I have is with the top Universal logo. It is a nice design , but there are a couple issues with it in regards to the functional aspect of the site.
As you navigate the site, the top logo actually gets LARGER taking up more than half of the screen on an industry standard resolution of 1024x768. Speaking of that resolution, if viewing at the most common of resolutions (yes even with the cheap LCD prices, 1024 is still the most used) you have to scroll down to even view the entire menu. Get that into the top 768 pixels of the page, whatever you have to do.
Content should be KING
I love the pics of your sponsored athletes, but I severely dislike any scrolling on your main content (the news section on the left for example). You should design around allowing your content to rule the layout, not be second fiddle to an enormous logo. That logo at the top is great on the main page, but as you navigate INTO the site, it should be condensed as more of a secondary design . Again, the content should rule the design, especially once you have drawn a viewer into the site. Once you've achieved that, the overbearing logo will only frustrate the user as they have to scroll through any content available.
Your product search is at the very bottom of the page, which would be fine if you didnt have to scroll down to it! keep it in view. As you enter the product section, do not miss the opportunity to bring focus to new products or highlight promotions etc here! Currently the content is blank upon navigating here. Skip the "Features | Store" selection, and go straight into the "Features" page. Then a user can navigate to the store using the provided and prominent link at the top left.
Always give an option to mute sounds.
All in all, it is an attractive and well thought out site. The content is a bit difficult to get to, is my main concern, as well as the overbearing logo.
Site is awesome. I def. like the music and large graphics. I mean isn't that what universal is all about, getting pumped and getting big. Only drawback i can see with graphics is it takes time to load on a slow connection. I also love the layout on the main page, just shows that universal is commited to the total package: nutrition, training, news etc. Its nice to know that a company is dedicated to their customers, not just to make a quick sale. Also forgot to mention how awesome the freesamples are.
Congrats Universal on a badass site!
Fellas, keep in mind that, according to Corporate, this ain't a permanent site (like Animalpak.com is). It's there to launch a few things. A bigger, complete overhaul for UniversalUSA.com is comin'...
God I cant wait. I tell people about you guys constantly and most people do actually shrug you off.....I have no idea why. I have definetly turned a few people towards you. Especially when it comes to animal pak. I am a pretty big guy in good shape so when people ask me what I am taking they actually listen. I preach your products and they always come back with...wow I thought they were like "one of those muscle tech companies". You guys rock and I will never stop pushing your products. I havent tried them all but I have never been dissapointed. I am anxiously awaiting my sample of torrent. I wish you guys could put up a shock therapy sample as I have tried the animal pump and loved it but would love to compare. Keep doing what you are doing!
Things are definitely getting big on the horizon. I can't wait to see how things shape out.
they sure are,would expect nothing less from universal!
I really liked the site, loved how it works, one thing though, when you click on the news, or the training, on the left hand side, i think the option bar with the latest information like the carb cycle science article should be bigger and bolder, and easier to see, maybe in the centre of the page, i love browsing through articles on training, so its a great feature.
Also the news options are hard to see, as its your latest news it should really catch the eye, make people want to try the supps, i didnt feel like clicking on those little links, like intra aid etc, because they were so indescript, and didnt exactly catch they eye.
All in all though i liked the site, but didnt enjoy the sound of the plates, any option available on the page to turn it off?
Looking fowards to some great products, hope this feedback helps!!!
I like the site especially the split screen. Very fancy
I like the design of the animalpak.com website over all the others, I wouldn't mind seeing all the Universal sub site, and the main Universal website with a similar design.
i'm gonna call it that the U is coming out with new Universal "iconic"-type shirts... i hope?!?
the new site is very cool... like the overall look and feel.
Universal as a brand just has so many solid products...
if you can't find it under the U, you probably don't need it, haha.
i especially like "The Life" and the journals section...
it will be cool to follow Vinny's journey there.
i'd suggest an "Athlete's" section...
have a bio and some pics of each of the guys...
Vinny, BigAnt, Big Al, Evan, The House, etc.
you could also link their articles there too.
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The new universal site is great!
I actually love the oversized Universal logo..
As already mentioned, it may be wise to include a "turn off Sounds" feature and I do wish that you guys may provide bios and other information of the athletes under Universal..Erik, Evan, Vinny, etc. That would be a sweet feature as well! Or maybe just show more pictures of them on the main pages.
I can only imagine what Universal has in store in the foreseeable future!! I am sure it will not disappoint!