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  • # December 19, 2008 at 12:52 am

    A while back I posted a link to my portfolio site…viewtopic.php?f=3&t=55

    Anyway, I’ve refreshed the design slightly with a new look for the navigation menu (which I like MUCH better than the old one). I also spruced up the fonts and made some other small changes.

    I’d love to hear some feedback on the new design! Here’s the site:

    http://home.comcast.net/~daguy

    # December 19, 2008 at 1:25 am

    I rather quite like it. I think you could use a different color from white in the middle though. With such a simple layout, you have a great opportunity to have lots of fun with color.

    # December 19, 2008 at 7:55 am

    I like what you’ve done James. Good stuff. I like that green you have used. Because you are a designer it may/may not be helpful to right off the bat on your home page show a decent size graphic representing a latest work or something like that. Just thinking of some kind of ‘hook’ more or less to get potential clients interested. Also digging the big footer. Great job.

    # December 21, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    I like your site. Very interesting. I like the navigation.

    However, it could do with some more colors though. At times the green kinda feels out of place because it is the only color.
    Second, the gray on gray can sometimes be hard to read by people with different monitors or vision problems.

    Keep it up.

    # December 21, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    That’s what I’m talkin about =). Very clean.

    I think the line-length in the middle white part is getting a little long. Might be an opportunity to bring in some tasteful graphics by putting something on the left or right of that area and squeezing in the line length. Don’t wanna make it grow too much vertically though, so might be an opportunity to rewrite and tighten up some of the copy too.

    # December 23, 2008 at 3:24 am

    Thanks for the comments everyone :)

    @TheDoc/HJ05 – I prefer white for the content area. I find anything outside of grayscale looks a bit jarring for large areas of the page – that’s why I use dark grey for the background and white for the content. By the same token, if I change the white to a shade of grey, I lose a lot of contrast. But I DO want to work more colors in somehow – you can see I kind of started to with that big yellow box on the front page :P

    @RebelBWB/Chris – I might combine your ideas and put a latest/featured work on the front page. That would create a "hook" and also shorten the line length all in one shot :lol:

    One other idea I had was to make the page background (the dark grey) a big image, with the white content area sitting on top of it. It has the potential to look cool and really liven up the design, but I haven’t found a perfect image yet…

    # December 26, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    I really like it

    # April 13, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Sorry to drag up an old thread, but I finally got around to implementing some of your suggestions…namely, adding a sidebar to the front page with featured work and my latest articles. It kills two birds with one stone – it keeps the line length shorter and it gives you something to see right when you go to the site, without having to navigate anywhere.

    Thanks for the idea, I think it works well :-)

    Again, here’s the site: http://home.comcast.net/~daguy

    # April 16, 2009 at 9:00 am

    I do like the design of this site, it is clean and concise – however I would recommend inclusion of some sort of header image. Perhaps change your name text into a graphic with some flourishes just to liven things up a little – again I like the site, but try to vary the design a little.

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