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    Check out my online resume

    So I want to be a web developer and what's a web developer with a portfolio website. This is mine. Now I'm only an amateur, never been paid to even edit a page. That should explain my vacant project section .

    Share any comments you have. I'm also really interested in what you think of how I did the resume section and the overall design.

    Edit: http://www.julian.xf-s.com/
    Last edited by knight fyre; 07-28-2008 at 01:31 PM. Reason: forgot the link

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    Not off to a good start there chief. I can't see any link in there, nor could I see a link to your website in your profile.
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    Lol oops. My site's more well thought out than that post.

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    - you have css warnings:

    http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/v...an.xf-s.com%2F

    - problem with footer:
    * remove both br from outer_footer
    * remove margin-top: -3%; from inner_footer
    * add to inner_footer padding: 20px 0; or how much you want

    - missing meta keywords, description, ...

    - I like your site because is simple and well done, but few colors don't hurt,

    regards

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    not really a coding/design issue but

    ". . . I've always been drwan to technology . . ."
    ". . . Call it a past time . . ."
    ". . . from you're missing something here I was in High School . . ."

    typos/grammar errors are a killer on resumes mate thats the few i saw on a quick cursory read.

    design-
    got to say i really like the simple design, though i am personally not fond of the font, but thats a personal preference/issue.

    few issues i have:

    the footer- it isnt at the bottom of the screen leaving a lot of white space under it in several places. . . or like on the resume page, it is way down scroll, where the resume ends 3.4th down the page. no need for footer to be so low

    the lines- they extend from near the black header portion but on several of the pages, the stop midway (where the text ends actually) instead of stoping near the footer

    those are my suggestions/comments ^ ^

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    I do like the simplicity of it, but my only suggestion would be as oesxyl mentioned, and to add more of a color scheme to it. Simple is great but this is too simple for me, color can really bring your site to life. Try experiementing with a simple color pallete, if you need some ideas, a great site is http://colourlovers.com

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    If you are going to go ahead with your minimalistic design, I wouldn't make everything black. Try keeping the colors of all the lines grey. Create a minimalistic logo, maybe with just your initials in a box or something.I would recommend (with the minimalistic design) to create your logo first, then work your design around it. Furthermore, this may just be me, but, I don't think the history of you and technology and how you got started in web design should be in the portfolio page. Save it for the about page - where people who are really interested will pay attention.
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    Thanks for all the positive comments and constructive criticisms. I've taken them all into consideration and I've already implemented many of them.


    Quote Originally Posted by Corwin View Post
    not really a coding/design issue but

    ". . . Call it a past time . . ."
    ". . . from you're missing something here I was in High School . . ."

    few issues i have:

    the footer- it isnt at the bottom of the screen leaving a lot of white space under it in several places. . . or like on the resume page, it is way down scroll, where the resume ends 3.4th down the page. no need for footer to be so low

    the lines- they extend from near the black header portion but on several of the pages, the stop midway (where the text ends actually) instead of stoping near the footer

    those are my suggestions/comments ^ ^
    I'm not sure what you meant by the last two grammatical corrections but they seem fine to me but I reworded the High School thing anyway. I fixed that issue with the resume by removing the margins and using padding but I don't know how to make the footer stick to the bottom of the screen. min-height attribute, not a fool-proof solution, seems to work for FF but does nothing in IE6.

    Also, if I wanted to, how would I get the lines to stop just above the footer no matter what page is being displayed?


    Quote Originally Posted by BWiz View Post
    If you are going to go ahead with your minimalistic design, I wouldn't make everything black. Try keeping the colors of all the lines grey. Create a minimalistic logo, maybe with just your initials in a box or something.I would recommend (with the minimalistic design) to create your logo first, then work your design around it....
    I made the two lines along the middle dark grey. For the logo I'm thinking of using the same image that's used for the navigation's bullets. I originally created that image to be used as a logo to the right of the main heading but I didn't think it fits in with the simplistic look I'm going for. The image would be in black and the lines white for visibility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by knight fyre View Post
    Also, if I wanted to, how would I get the lines to stop just above the footer no matter what page is being displayed?
    move from #inner_center to #outer_center the lines:
    Code:
    border-left: solid 4px #999;
    border-right: solid 4px #999;
    about footer position, is a thread in html/css forum on cf with a cross-browser solution, but you must search it,

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    Quote Originally Posted by knight fyre View Post
    Thanks for all the positive comments and constructive criticisms. I've taken them all into consideration and I've already implemented many of them.




    I'm not sure what you meant by the last two grammatical corrections but they seem fine to me but I reworded the High School thing anyway.
    it should be "pastime" not "past time"

    the highschool sentence was awkward, if you had added a "when" it would have been much easier to read/understand

    tghat way it would read: "from when i was in high school" instead of "from i was in highschool"

    sorry lol two of my best freinds are english tutors at the univeristy writing center.

    someone answered the more technical questions already

    -good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corwin View Post
    it should be "pastime" not "past time"

    the highschool sentence was awkward, if you had added a "when" it would have been much easier to read/understand

    tghat way it would read: "from when i was in high school" instead of "from i was in highschool"

    sorry lol two of my best freinds are english tutors at the univeristy writing center.

    someone answered the more technical questions already

    -good luck!
    then they should've told you, I before E except after C
    Just messin

    Nice simple site, but a bit too much black/white for me. Makes my eyes go funny. I'd maybe dull the white a bit, so it's not so strong as it's making the black stand out way too much for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightfire View Post
    then they should've told you, I before E except after C
    Just messin
    lol i deserved that , ive always had trouble with that rule.

    however i do have an excuse (or 2 ) this is a forum not a resume lol and i am not a native speaker.

    but we all know that excuses are like diapers, they all stink!

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    I think there are a few other things I'd like to mention. They are less directly related to coding though.

    The fact that the code is commented is good, but some the comments are extraneous. It makes it look like it was made with a WYSIWYG program the way it is currently, since the code itself is not that difficult to read.

    Having an aspirations page is probably non-traditional (from my experiences it is), but if you are going to have it you should really work it through. Even if you aren't completely sure, I would write it with a little more confidence in your future. It sounds like a paragraph that a soon to graduate student would write who is still trying to decide what to study at the university, which I think could take the professionalism down a little bit.

    Don't EVER put your email address just inside plain HTML! You will become a hot spot for spammers! Look into ways to obfuscate it. It is redundant to have Name: Julian when the site is called Julian's Portfolio.

    The resume itself is rather sparse. I'm not sure what nation you are from, but a resume in America needs to contain a few more elements. What you have is a skill set list, which I would also look at carefully and make sure you don't bloat the list. Only list things you are truly skilled in, and perhaps list things you are learning or have had minor experience with separately.

    Your home page does very little for your overall site. I suggest that you make a space for your best portfolio work that you will display here. People most often judge you based on your website, then based on your work, then based on your resume/skills. People love images, so don't just throw some on there but find creative images that reflect your image or are examples of your work. Black and white doesn't live well online except in the most of extreme artistic designs, which usually require a lot of graphical support.

    I think most of my comments are geared towards finding ways to take your site to a more professional realm. Good luck!
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    As Corwin says, you need some work on your copy.
    [...]technology, even as a young boy, I loved[...]
    Awkward punctuation.
    [...]poem sums what I[...]
    Missing word.

    The contrast is waywayway too high! It makes my eyes swim. Like has been said, tone down the black or make the background off-white (try to avoid that, though, seeing as it looks very...old.) Or use colour!

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    I really don't like your first choice of font (Tempus Sans ITC). At least you used Arial as a back up. Only one other personal commented on the font, so I'll stress that it destroys your web site. Keep it simple, like Verdana, or Arial.
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