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03 March 2004, 05:44 PM
I recently finished my portfolio website and I would like to get some feedback, see what you think.
I know it is mostly HTML and JavaScript, but I do have a little Flash radio on it. (

All comments and critz are welcome.

Ian Jones
03 March 2004, 10:39 AM
I like your splash page image. If you wan't some objective critique and plenty of it, I have tried to cover as much as I can.

Your main layout and design... well I didn't like it. It's original which is great and has a hint of style, and refreshing to me because I see so many formulaic designs most of the time. So it certainly has some good points. but overall, I didn't like it for a few reasons:
Too many different elements / Too Busy
Too many different colours
Too many different styles
There is no single or consistent aspect which brought everything together and balanced it out aesthetically.

When I see your homepage I see so much visual information, plenty of things to look at but nowhere to 'rest' my eyes. There's a specialist graffiti font, a tech / psychadelic background and a vector girl on the left. The border also has a texture which adds to the clutter. My point is that there is too much going on, too many different styles which don't gel together or unify into a single design. If you look at the work of most professionals you notice that they follow a theme or style for one project in its entirity. This makes everything visually consistent and much more comfortable too look at.

Take a look at some great work you like and you'll see what I mean. Look at it carefully, but learn to observe... and develop a critical eye when you look at others work and your own. Even if there's something in a design which looks fairly trivial just stop to think about it for a second. Why did the designer place that line there, or that shape there, or why is this colour next to this one? the list of questions can go on forever.

When I look at your homepage I see almost every kind of colour, now there's nothing to stop you using as many colours you like... but if you were to use every font possible on each different letter of your text you'd soon have a complete mess. See what I mean?

Try and stick to a pallete, or choose a colour scheme of say 2 or three basic colours then you can vary it a little if you want to. The point is that this sort of system has a structure, lets face it human beings love structure. We love being comfortable, knowing our place in the world and having set of rules / structure that governs our life. The same principle can apply to aesthetics. A lack of structure or planning means that there is chaos, and people defintely hate chaos. I would love to see some kind of unity, some kind of colour pallete on your webpage which suggests some planning and structure. You need to choose colours which work together and create a pleasing result.

I noticed that your photgraphs of the trees were in a group, they were in a structure. Why did you do that? You obviously placed them together for a reason, because they all had something in common. In this case it was subject matter. Each photo is different, yet has a common link between each other. This is the idea I'm trying to get across to you, that you need to make a choice. Make either a graffiti styled website, or a tech / psychadelic website, or a vector style website. Choose a colour pallete, try and get some consistency going and try to unify your overall design by giving it a theme, a direction... give it a structure.

I hope that helps.

03 March 2004, 05:30 PM
You're right about me mixing too many styles and colors. I took images that I had and compiled them into the backgrounds, but they weren't related and thus the lack of oneness.

Fresh is the one thing I was going for, and I'm glad that you saw a hint of that.

I will rework it, and I don't care how long it takes, but I will not follow a formula.

Still, I would like to hear some more opinions, I'm not sure if to make it more consistent with the Grafitti Style, the Psychedelic Style, or the Vector Style. Cast Your Votes People, Voting is not just for old folk.

Thank You Ian, and thanks to all.

03 March 2004, 11:47 PM
As Ian pointed out, busy busy, and agree to what he has said.

I was actually really switched off by the fonts and colour schemes, and I must admit I didn't look around heaps either.. THe fonts were way too annoying...

graffiti style is good, but the way you have mixed it up, you have lost its characteristic. not trying to be harsh here, but you got syle!! just refine it and you will have a great site..

and don't forget KEEP IT SIMPLE AND STUPID!

03 March 2004, 01:40 AM
I also agree with the inconsistency of all the elements. One big thing that took me a bit to find (as a critique person) was where the links were. The fonts did not stand out at all, cuz it was too transparent, as well as everything else being too glaring (colors, pictures, etc). Links to your work must be very clear when you make a portfolio site. Mainly cuz most big companies take about 1 minute to browse through your portfolio. If they struggle with any factors that distract them from doing what they need to do (view your work), they will drop you in a second. Also, choosing a graffiti style says something about you, your styles and maybe your work ethics (punk/juvenile?). Might work well in the some industries like tatoo, but in some other professional areas, people may not like it much. I know it sounds unfair, but its the unspoken truth. You want the portfolio to speak more than your website. A good simple design goes a long way.

03 March 2004, 06:54 AM
OK, I took some of your suggestions, and this is what I came up with. Here is the current design:

The original looked like this: (

And I also did a flat color version that looks like this. (

Please tell me what you think, even if just from the images.

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