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Feedback needed for new portfolio site.

  • # July 9, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    Hi.
    So, I’m getting set to launch my new portfolio site within the next week. Before I do so, I want to get feedback from some designers outside of my "friend-zone." I’ve been really into clean, white, sexy designs lately… and have pulled something together that I think will really serve as a great portfolio site. There are a few things I am concerned about however.

    Home Page:
    Obviously I will be adding more projects… I just want to get this sucker live! :)
    I’m also working on a hover state for the navigation. I just haven’t quite figured out the CSS sprite nav.

    About Page:
    I’m not sure if I’m sold on the layout of this page… any suggestions?

    Project Detail Pages:
    I’ve been mulling over putting a back to home button on these pages. Is using the logo common enough yet to not have to do this?

    Thanks guys! Any feedback is MUCH appreciated! :D

    http://colewelty.com/dev-site/index.php

    # July 10, 2009 at 1:05 am

    I like it but the navigation doesn’t feel as intuitive as it could be. I also feel the site didn’t feel as ‘interactive’ as it could be as well…slideshows, rollovers, some kind of animation. I personally think the layout could be a lot more intuitive and user-friendly…but I love your style and think you do very professional work, so I really think it could be showcased with more polish.

    Edit – If you haven’t figured out the sprite nav, it’s highly valuable as it stands. I taught myself off this site:

    http://www.alistapart.com/articles/sprites2/

    I basically used the same script on my personal site (see in sig).

    You also might find this interesting:

    http://vandelaydesign.com/blog/design/p … tutorials/

    And this:

    http://webstandard.kulando.de/post/2009 … o-navigate

    # July 10, 2009 at 10:30 am

    I like the simple white look – nice job (I think it’s a definite improvement over your current design). However, I agree with the above comment in that it lacks a little zip, pizzaz. I dunno, it just feels flat. Maybe it has something to do with the static right hand column – what if you changed up the content on each section? Maybe add a delicious linkroll or something instead of just a tweet? Or Chris’s Quotes on Design script? Or if you mixed up the layout a bit on your About section, maybe two even columns, with a hr running beneath your banner and name? It’s just that your designs seem to have more spunk than your own site! Hope that helps. Cheers!

    # July 12, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    I know this really won’t help but – I love it!

    # July 14, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    Thanks for the input guys. & the link to the sprite nav!

    Rob
    # July 15, 2009 at 3:26 am

    I really love the grey/blueish bar you have at the top although I think your site title of "This Account Has Been Suspended" is a little strange – also your copy is a little too commanding… "Please contact the billing/support department as soon as possible." I think you should probably add some mor…. hold on a sec! ;)

    # July 15, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Sorry dude. I totally don’t get your humor.

    # July 16, 2009 at 3:02 am
    "css-cole" wrote:
    Sorry dude. I totally don’t get your humor.

    And your point is?

    I bet you get invited to lots of parties. :D

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