After playing around with the website all night I have to say I like the design but it is not very user friendly to persons on dial up. I have dial up at home and had to leave the pages loading while doing something else, then return to the page after the cross turned blue which meant that the page was loaded.The only good thing is that once the page has loaded it is saved in cache so there are no problems accessing the pages again and again.
The live ladies walking and posing in the costume to me was a nice touch, I got to see how some of the costumes moved, like Black Magic where the beads swayed from side to side. I did not experience any lengthy wait before the model did her thing and the option to view photos came up. I like that they did offer the viewing of photos in a non flash medium; I would not be able to stand another set of pages loading just to view the close up of the costumes! I hope the dial up users/non flash version of the website is launched soon.
I did expect to see all the front line costumes, and in that area was disappointed. The front lines on show were Pixie Dust, Lady of the Lake and Mystique. It was nice to get more views of Lady of the Lake but I wanted a full back shot of the model without the cape wearing the back piece.
Finally, it amazes me the amount of expectations and ideals are placed on the band TRIBE mostly by persons who are not even masqueraders, considering becoming a masquerader or used to be a masquerader. It is as if there is no room for error with TRIBE while other band are given lots of lee ways and excuses made with the justification being that their on road experience is all that matters. I have to hand it to TRIBE for trying to be innovative, even if it does not work out all the time they always try something new which is a good thing for their masqueraders as each year we can look forward to upgrades in service and amenities. And, the most important thing of all is that they listen to their masquerader's and try to effect the changes necessary the following year. As a masquerader I often point out their good and bad areas and I am not bounded by any type of band loyalty to sing their praises all the time, even in the face of any negatives I might encounter.
And for all those happening upon this blog for the first time, or just feel the need to vent that I write a lot about TRIBE note some facts; this is the band I play with and this is my blog so my opinion will be centred among my interest which happens to be TRIBE. When I opine about Island People their supporters say that I do not play with the band and thus should not have anything to say about them. While I will continue to speak about all the bands it is important to note that you cannot please people wheter I talk about TRIBE all day or about other bands therefore at the end of the day I will seek only to please myself. Secondly, there is content on this blog that includes all the bands that have launched so far and even those on the cusp of launching. I have been to and wrote about Ronnie and Caro, D Krewe and Harts as well as I give updates on Island People as the information is forth coming. At this point the photos of Harts costumes that I took at the mas camp are the only ones you can find online since their website is yet to launch!
I cannot write about a band that has not launched so when other bands start launching the focus will shift to them; as I did last year I intend to visit all the mas camps I can, take a look at the costumes in person and state my opinion. So to all those fed up of hearing/reading about TRIBE you can return after the 18th when I will have photos from Island People's launch and a whole new set of costumes to critique!