Site Design: Please critique my portfolio ☕(

over 7 years ago from Cole Townsend, Designer at Robin Powered, does New Old Stock

  • Ferdi WielingFerdi Wieling, over 7 years ago

    Overall - very clean, love the typography and like the animated gif on hover - was disappointed that the other CTA's didn't have the same treatment.

    Couple of points that I think are low hanging fruit: image on the About page needs a height in the markup to prevent the page from jumping whilst loading. Sidebar-esque layout feels a tad outdated. But it works. The Works overview/landing page can do with some more teasing - give a visual clue like you do on the homepage? Not saying another bloody grid page with thumbnails, but surprise me (as a user, not me - don't listen to me, you don't owe me shit. What do I know?).

    Spelling mistake in the URL behind the red asterisk anchor out to Thoughtbot. :)

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    • Cole TownsendCole Townsend, over 7 years ago
      1. Noted, I've been wondering about that little hiccup. Pushed a quick fix for now.
      2. Interesting point! I'll have to explore some different solutions.
      3. The sidebar thing feels outdated, why so? Genuinely interested – what would you do instead?
      4. darn https.
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      • Ferdi WielingFerdi Wieling, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

        3 - Anything with a sidebar follows a design affordance that was established during the blog(WP)-boom - in your particular case I feel it distracts from the main body (and core copy/message) you're trying to communicate. I would experiment with centering the main body (keep the width so you have some whitespace left and right) and then put the four snippets in your current sidebar either 4-abreast at the bottom of the copy or in a 2x2 grid if you need the space. Visually, it just allows the user to focus on the main body first. Just my .02

        4 - See you've already spotted (and fixed) the missing "t". :)

        Good luck! Nothing like the cobbler's shoes...

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