The forest site is really
in need of new life, things like http://oldhatbooks.wordpress.com/
(just beautiful, the simplicity! and it's hosted on wordpress.cm so they don't need to do all the work themselves), http://www.forestfringe.co.uk/
are putting us to shame right now.
For this new site, same as Duncan I think overall it looks pretty good and has a lot of promise but I'm picky so I'll criticise.
I think we need a different font, this is very important, I think it needs to be bigger, have more white space, be a different colour, in general it needs to stand out and be easy to read. Look at the old hat books theme. Grey on black and a small font size might not be the best approach!
The other major thing for me is the info page. It starts with a bullet point list of our charitable aims. Really? It's not inspiring. I think there's too much info and way too much text on there. For example I don't think our charitable aims and constitution need to be on the site at all. A Forest in The City
is a really neat little youtube documentary about the forest. Isn't that a much better way to introduce us? It's visual, it's video! Stick that on the front page or at the top of the Info page, then get Ryan or someone to write a few inspirational paragraphs and follow it up with a bunch of good, big photos.
More minor stuff:
In general more big photos and less text would help a lot.
I think the administrators login form should definitely not be the first element after the title bar on the front page! There is already one at the bottom of the page, so just get rid of the one at the top. The one at the bottom should be smaller too. I'm guessing that's only for people who have a password and not for most people to see or use, so hide it away.
There are various broken links and broken syntax showing through but I'm guessing you know about that.
Word of warning: don't recreate the labyrinthine maze that is the current site! I worry that with Drupal's extensive features we may be tempted down that route, it is already going some way towards it with the info page which is really long and links to a huge number of other pages (many of them broken links). There is a lot of information that you could
put into a forest website, but I don't think all the info that's there already is necessary, there more pages you make the more inevitable it becomes that they will go stale and out of date over time.
I honestly think the 'Forest Collective' stuff should get the chop, or be replaced with a little list of links to the individual sites of our members and friends, maybe in a sidebar. We don't need to provide websites or blogs to individuals or groups, anyone can go to wordpress.com or any number of other sites and make one in five minutes.
About 'Visuals', I don't think it's a good idea to have a static page to hold an image gallery and videos. Don't put all our images on one page, put them all over the site. The images and videos are what look best so they should be right there on the front page.
We can post new photos and videos to the blog as they come along, right? And we can have a 'visuals' blog category that people can click on if they want to browse all the photos and visuals we've posted.
In general I think there's a lot of promise here, and I can see that a lot of good work has gone into this. Well done!
I've had it with you. If I had an image of a laser gun I would absolutely position it right here in my hand...
Ha! I have a real laser absolutely positioned in my hand!