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11-13-2011, 07:10 PM
I've done like 4 designs, can't get it right somehow, could you review/comment/critisize my latest portfolio design?

Many thanks!

11-13-2011, 10:36 PM
To be perfectly honest I feel like this is the Web 2.0 version of Geocities. There's so much going on. Tons of elements, tons of animations. It's an extremely cluttered and confusing user experience.

You should try to break up the functionality between multiple pages. Provide clear and simple navigation menus. Change the cursor to a pointer when I hover over a button (cursor: pointer;).

Focus on which features are the most important. As a user, I don't need to see the web site stats. If you want to display those, move them to another, less intrusive, page.

Same things goes for comments and your guest book. Comments should be at the absolute bottom of the page, so that I don't need to scroll through comments to view content.

You use nice design elements, such as appropriate fonts and bold but non-intrusive coloring. So focus on implementing those in a way where your site isn't cluttered.

11-14-2011, 12:24 AM
Not a big fan of mr bean animation, seems to make you look like a clown and unprofessional. Also, you are only have two colors which are white and black so you may want to add in a third. Goodluck!

11-14-2011, 12:51 AM
thanks guys, I've added a menu and removed the stats.

On nice typographic CVs you get a head and shoulders shot, I wanted to add some humour to the page, so Mr. Bean.

I actually like it a bit cluttered, but wanted the thoughts of others.

Appreciate the feedback.

11-14-2011, 09:04 PM
i remember when you were working on the DJ site (i will never forget that site)
I LOVE that menu- idk why, I just do

anyways a few thoughts...

I am running on a slower speed at the moment, and when first going to your site everything is piled up on top of each other (while the animations put everything inplace i presume?)

Also, with javascript disabled, nothing works. the links are broken, it is almost entirely white-space and negative photo-blocks for your profiled pages.

I know everyone has their own ideas about handling scripting and I've made mine clear before (in other posts) but something to consider: if a potential customer visits your site w/ scripting disabled (intentionally or accidently) you probably lost a client- even a simple <nosccript> set to notify would help

11-15-2011, 09:45 AM
Thanks for your feedback alykins!

(Yeah I spent a while on that dj accordion)

Thing is I'm potentially offering javascript as a service, so they have to have javascript to see what I can offer, but I understand what you are saying.

I'll put a noscript in, good idea.


11-15-2011, 11:56 AM
If JavaScript is your main feature and people come to you because of this then I think the best way to show that you’ve understood the purpose of JavaScript is to have the site working without JavaScript, too.

I may come across blunt with my opinion but I think any child can write a JavaScript function to do this and that but it requires expertise and discipline (and good taste) to properly use JS on a website. Even though it’s commonly associated with programming, one can compare JavaScript with any form of art, be it painting, music, or whatever: Use just the right amount of it to make the artwork perfect, don’t overuse it because it will just add clutter and confuse people. Or as Antoine de Saint-Exupéry once said:

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

Follow and apply the principle of separation of presentation and content (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Separation_of_presentation_and_content) (and behavior (http://www.alistapart.com/articles/behavioralseparation), for that matter). “Content” is the HTML, “presentation” is the CSS, and “behavior” is the JavaScript. And just as the graphical design should complement the content (as opposed to distract from it by its flashiness), the use of JavaScript should complement the content in terms of usability and user friendliness rather than distract from it by using hundreds of flashy animations and effects.

Looking closer at the usability part of the behavior it becomes clear that JavaScript should enhance the existing usability (e. g. by client side form validation or by making it possible to display the content in a more compact way by the use of overlays or something like this) but it should not be relied on so that a website doesn’t work at all without it. Of course, there are exceptions to this, as our respected member venegal has shown with his tutorial site on http://reallifejs.com/ (since that site is showing “real life” use of JS it would, of course, be pointless to not enble JS) but despite there being an “activate JS” notice at the top if JS is disabled, that site is still usable in a way, and not completely non-functional. Also, that is a good example of using JS in an unobtrusive manner (in terms of user impression and interaction) since the JS does complement the content and usability without distracting from it.

That’s just my two cents but I’ve made good experience following this principle as good as I can. Show your JS skills by showing when and when not to use JS to complement the goal of the task/project.

11-15-2011, 02:01 PM
thanks stephen, it actually works fine without javascript now if you try it.
But thankyou


11-15-2011, 04:40 PM
I don't mean to sound harsh but I could only look at it for about 10 seconds.
It's highly clustered and hard to read, There is no whitespace. It's also a fixed width, and skinny, maybe make it wider or not a fixed width to give you more whitespace?

Take a look at my site to see what I mean. It's spaced out and very easy to read and navigate. http://www.americanmadesigns.com

11-16-2011, 03:17 AM
thanks stephen, it actually works fine without javascript now if you try it.

Well, yeah… By “works fine” I understand something other than “No Javascript, sorry you can't see this page without it.” but whatever. I can’t do any more than making my point which I’ve done extensively in my previous post. If what you have now is your decision then that’s fine. It won’t bring you more potential clients, though.

Oh and this line:

I don’t claim to be the best, but I’m one of the cheapest, […]
doesn’t sound very trustworty either. “Cheapest” always sounds like “you get what you pay for”. You might wanna use a different wording to promote your services.

11-18-2011, 03:14 PM
I've changed the look of the site further

11-19-2011, 07:34 AM
I've changed the look of the site further

You getting there, just keep tweeking things. My only annoyance at this point is the length of the page. Maybe try and cut the lower part in half and do a side by side.