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07/18/2007 02:44:45 AM · #1
So after nearly a year and a half I finally have my portfolio site to a point of being nearly complete. I am mainly just missing the final version of my "about" section (right now it just links to a PDF of my resume) and there are a few other small tweaks that aren't all that important.

I would like to know what you all think. Especially if you have any problems using the interface.

//www.fadedbeauty.com

After letting the thing sit for a long time and after having lost a large portion of it to a hard drive crash I decided I had to dust it off and finish it out so I can start looking for a new design job.
07/18/2007 02:46:58 AM · #2
I think that looks VERY cool! No problems with the interface.

Nice job!
07/18/2007 06:54:59 PM · #3
Overall, very good, I have a few notes:

- Look into making a contact form rather than just a mailto: link. With the increasing popularity of webmail, more and more users don't have an installed mail app, and therefore can't properly use the mailto: links. This will also allow people to use computers they don't own, yet still get your reply. I know there are ways around this for the user, but it's your responsibility to make the site work for me, not the other way around. If you stick with the contact link the way it is (I don't recommend it) you should also add an icon letting me know it will open my email app (much like the PDF item below.) For those of us who use Windows, Outlook Express is installed by default, if we've never used it, clicking on a mailto: link causes us to have to cancel 5-6 dialog boxes. I know it's Microsoft's problem, but you get to inherit it.

- You should really warn someone if a link is going to open something other than a webpage. I.e., your 'About' PDF. Either put a PDF logo next to the link so I know, or better yet, just use HTML/Flash instead. Using a PDF for an about link is rather unorthodox.

- The clothesline navigation should only move when the mouse is over or near the clothesline & photos. It's somewhat annoying to move down the the lower-left nav ('Major' nav.) and have the photos start scrolling. Also, when a photo pops up, the clothesline should stop. There is a very good chance I want to look at each image in order, and this makes it very hard to do so.

- I think the secondary navigation (image types: featured, websites, etc.) should align to the left of the window, not the left of the selected major nav. item. It took me a bit to figure out how to get back to photography, because my eye didn't want to move that far left, it had reached a margin and stopped.

- It is traditional to always have your logo link back to the 'home' page, and users are used to it. Not sure if your design really has a 'home', but you should investigate this option.
07/18/2007 07:14:28 PM · #4
I think that the site is very good, I like the solution of the scrolling with the photos.
07/18/2007 07:19:11 PM · #5
Well when i first saw the clothesline i hated it and almost dismissed it as a tacky novel idea, but on using it and seeing the smooth animation, it's not that bad at all. I wouldn't mind using it.
It's quite quick to load for me, and there are some really excellent shots on there. So overall a thumbsup from me, it's not exactly to my taste, but i can appreciate hard work well done.
07/18/2007 09:30:06 PM · #6
Thanks for the input. I will definitely take some of the suggestions seriously and look at implementing them.

I fully intended to develop the contact and about links in flash but for the time being I put the solutions that are there now in place so there wasn't just a dead link. I guess I should have just taken the extra few minutes to do a HTML popup at a minimum. I guess I was just being lazy.

The constantly moving photos was an issue I considered but did not put high on my list of things to do. The issue I really have with it is that the sections that are not on screen are also constantly moving so they are often not at the start position when they are brought on to the stage.

Thanks again, I always welcome constructive criticism. From a designers point of view it is often easy to overlook how the user is going to see a site. My goal is to try and make it as intuitive and user friendly as I possibly can.

Message edited by author 2007-07-18 21:30:37.
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