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Old 09 September 2003   #1
Critique my portfolio site

I am working on my portfolio site. Just wanted some input on it. It not finished but you should get the jist:

Alden Filion Portfolio
 
Old 09 September 2003   #2
The software logos are waaaay too big. Are you selling yourself, or the software?
 
Old 09 September 2003   #3
Yeah you're right. I got the same comment from a friend of mine. I think they are too distracting also. I wanted to make it idiot proof so that anyone could see all the content with the right plug-ins, but I think Im gonna change it.

THX ....does the layout flow?
 
Old 09 September 2003   #4
Yeah, the layout's nice and simple. Some of thumbs don't do anything when u click on them - I'm assuming you're still building the site?

Your 3D work is really good. I would lose the "Click" text that appears on the thumbnails when you roll over them. The gradient 'doors' are a good way to show the viewer that they are over a hotspot, and the picture gets clearer, which is cool, but then the "Click" text makes the pic unclear again - does that make sense?

The pop-ups are annoying, but that's probably just me. I'd quite like the images to load into the actual website - but my website does exactly the same (it's hard to do sometimes without messing up your layout)!!

You might want to lose the javascript resize and move scripts on the pop-ups. They don't seem to do it for any particular reason, and it's really annoying (to me, anyway). Also, you'll have problems with Macs and browsers other than IE 4.5+.

Last thing - a pixel font might make your text a little clearer? Try www.fontsforflash.com

Hope this helps.
 
Old 09 September 2003   #5
same crits for logos on the right..and also for resolution checking : why doing this ? Vector animation like flash movies are especially made to avoid this kind of problem ! Sorry just a last one : try to find another way to illustrate video thumbnails that taking a screeshot of windows media player. Rest is clean: i like this dark colors.. follow this way...
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Old 09 September 2003   #6
I like the feel to the site and the colour scheme.

Same comments as was posted earlier, the logos on the right are too big and distracting. Also myself coming from a design background you should really read up on typography. The way your content is layed out is a crime in graphic design. Not trying to sound like I know everything but it's something that will help your design a grat deal more.

Good job
 
Old 09 September 2003   #7
Yo, I think you need to find a better way to display ur work, when I click on the images they are not interactive, but follow a completely different scheme then ur whole site. -hf
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Old 09 September 2003   #8
Thanks for the crits guys. The harsher the better

Aelius - Thanks for the link. I didnt even know that existed. Ill try it.

P.Delapouite - Thanks for the comments. The reason I had the resolution choice is because of the two jpg's on the side...I wanted them to fit flush on the sides on all artist monitors. I think I might do somehting a little different for the video screens. Ill see what I can think of.

AirbORn - Thanks for the crit. I always welcome a critique but please be specific. I cant get better if I dont know whats wrong and how I can change it for the better.

Ill try and implement some changes tonight. Got hit with the hurricane this week so everything is all crazy.
 
Old 09 September 2003   #9
U worked at Sprint? So helped those telemarketing losers? Grrr

Anyone who is a friend of Sprint is no friend of mine. The bastards have been harrasing me all week to change long distant plans. Tell em to fix their 'do no call' list please.
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Old 09 September 2003   #10
Wow...easy tiger. I share the same hatred for Sprint. I worked at Fearless Eye (production house) and they contracted us to model prototype phones for them, so they could use them on their website. I only modeled one phone though. This is a Cg forum not the Sprint service plan section ....vent at Sprint.com or call a Sprint rep
 
Old 09 September 2003   #11
Ok I'll try my best to explain what is wrong with the text on your site with out using visuals.

Ok here are the following reasons:

- On the left side of your page the font used for your initials do not fit the feeling of your site, they fit more of a fancy, cocktail party type of scene. Change them to a "Sans Sarif" typeface. Sans Sarif means fonts that dont have sarifs.

- The font used for your body copy, (these being paragraphs) is ok but a font like "Eurostile" or "Frutiger" might be a better pick, also you need to close up space between words. Words are too far apart.

- NEVER EVER USE ITALIC FOR BODY COPY!!! Sorry I can't stress that enough.

- NEVER USE MORE THEN 2 different types of fonts stick to 2 at the most. Fonts used in logos dont' count, they can be different then the 2 used in your site.

That's pretty much it for now. If you get a chance to fix it let me know and I'll have a look.

Sorry if I sounded a little harsh
 
Old 09 September 2003   #12
Airborn - Thank you. That's exactly the kinda stuff I wanted to hear. I didnt even realize I used Italics untill you said that. You know how burnt out a person gets when they stare at their own work for so long. Im gonna try those fonts out tonight when I get home. I don't know too much about specifics of design...I just kinda do what looks good to me.
 
Old 09 September 2003   #13
Just choose a headline font and a body font that match nicely and you'll be fine. For free pixel fonts, try this: http://www.orgdot.com/aliasfonts/

It'll be better to play around with than buying them! Good luck.
 
Old 09 September 2003   #14
Aelius - thanks for the links. Im gonna play with them tonight ....could you help me with my pre-loader. the loader bar isnt really attatched to the bytes loaded script...and I wanted to do dynamic text to count up to the bytes loaded. I tried to look at flashkit but I guess I'm a moron. I just can't get it to work. Ill post the loader .fla when I get home ....maybe you could tell me what Im doing wrong.
 
Old 09 September 2003   #15
Yeah, sure. In the meantime, I answered a post about this on another thread a couple of days ago: http://www.cgtalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=87160

That might be of some help.

Last edited by Aelius : 09 September 2003 at 09:06 AM.
 
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