Originally Posted by mlseim
What you're doing is basically making your own theme.
Not much else I can say about it.
If it were me doing this project, I would find a free theme that is layout-out
somewhat similar to what I need, and then customize the heck out of it.
Now what I'm going to say is not meant to be a slam ... it's hard to express
real emotion using this forum (typing words). Your site isn't typical of most
sites ... with your huge background "fixed" image and weird middle vertical scroll thing.
While an artist might say, "be different and creative", I might say, "make a useful
website that works well for desktop PC, laptops, ipads, smartphones". Your site
isn't exactly easy to use. In fact, I didn't even notice the navigation until I
got to the very bottom of the vertical scroll. I wasn't sure how to use your site.
Being a digital media artist and thinking "too far" out of the box is going to hurt
you more than help you. Make your site easy to use, useful information, and the
ability to handle social aspects (facebook, etc). Why not make a whole site
based off of WordPress ... if you want to have social interaction (comments, etc)?
Why not make a site designed for small screen (ipad, smartphones) that you can
use like a business card for advertising your digital media skills?
Think about what your website should really be about, and who will be using it.
What is the purpose for having a website in the first place? Why spend the time
and energy on it if nobody will use it? Things to think about.
I do know about the navigation issue, heh. The design is incomplete by far and I do plan to revise it so it would be more obvious for visitors how to use the site. For now though, what I have in place is a fundamental design that I want to keep. I will be tweaking the top of the column as to hint at more content below and even include an arrow icon next to the column in the visible section.
The main page is intended to be just a resume. To the side of it would be either my contact info or my online portfolio icon (like a flickr icon to go to my flickr account and a deviantart icon to go to my deviantart gallery). So not much navigation is required anyway other than these icons and to the blog itself.
I want to keep the background image as it randomly select one of ten images I've picked. Mainly, these backgrounds is a 'preview' of my portfolio. (This was one of my first php experiment/research). How is the performance of the background? It seemed slow for me on my computer.
There are some design aspect that I just can't figure out if I was building from the wordpress side of it (particularly the 100%-150px top-margin thing I have set). I do not have the skill or experience with wordpress for this. So I may just disable the comment to the post for now until I figure it out down the road. Comments and feedback on my materials does give me inspiration though, so I don't really want to lose this.
thank you for your feedback :-)
P.S. One of my next project is to figure out how to make my site browser sensitive so I can switch to a mobile version of the site (which would be exactly the same minus certain bugs that I see on my iPad)