Woo, I like your unique approach to a Linuxy site. I would, however, change the images from JPGs into PNGs or GIFs -- the compression artifacts are really glaring, eg:http://cybernightlife.50webs.com/graphi ... -linux.jpg
Resave them in PNG or GIF and they'll look a lot crisper.
Thanks for the compliment.
I have experimented with the PNG and GIF formats when working with these graphics. The JPEGs were created with GIMP and saved using a quality setting of 50. I have found that the file sizes of the JPEG were significantly smaller than their PNG or GIF equivalents, even at greyscale, which is what these graphics were.
My design has been optimized to minimize file sizes in order to speed up loading, even with 56K dialups.
As for the black background looking like a "emo teen" site, this is not quite the case. The black background is part of the "upscale" design that was part of the Project since 1998. The design was inspired in part from nighttime trips to places such as Chicago's Magnificant Mile (north Michigan Avenue), the Las Vegas Strip, and even the local shopping plaza in the city where I live.
The site logo was inspired by logos you see at night on store fronts. Examples include Macy's, Kohl's, and JCPenney here in the US. Though the backgrounds are different colors, the logos are all white in text color on the signs on each store.
If I were to convert to a black on white scheme, the website would not have the same effect. The black background is the "night" in "nightlife".