Jeffrey HappelPremium Concept

My portfolio

By Jeffrey Happel

   on Jul 03, 2010
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  • Patrick Niebrzydowski

    Patrick Niebrzydowski

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    • Design: 2
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    • Originality: 2
    • Engagement: 2
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    The pink; usability concerns

    Posted on Jul 03, 2010 at 7:01 PM

    The first thing I notice is that the accent colors seem overblown. The pink boxes on the left side don't seem to have much of a purpose where they are. The underline of the navigation conflicts with the black lines, as do the left divider boxes. The contact form is very distracting. I'd keep that a simple white with pink buttons. The black text is somewhat difficult to read.

    Second you need some headers. People need to know where to direct their eyes.

    Work on your white-space. There should be a little more breathing room at the bottom of each section than at the top.

    I think you might be developing too much for a multi-page site the way you have designed this even though it is one page. Your three sections are completely unrelated in a sense, but they read as one document. The site itself appears almost like a pseudo-resume/professional summary instead of a Web site. If you are going to use a 1-page layout, you need to have internal navigation that can take the user where they need to go. You can achieve this with either a fixed navigation menu, or at the very least "back to top" type links.

    Do you only have two things in your portfolio? If not, how do I see the rest? If this is a 1-page site as it appears to be, what happens when i click on the pictures and/or when I hover over them? You should also include titles of some kind for your work, at least on a hover. People need a reason to want to see more. I think I would either go with a few more pieces (maybe 4?) or make it 1 piece and make it bigger, with opportunities to click for more.

    Lastly, the about section looks very wordy, I wouldn't particularly feel like reading it. I would break it up with some images, bulleted lists, columns, etc.

    It's not a bad start, but there are a lot of concerns with how this site would be used and fewer, but still some concerns about the design as well. Try to think about what someone will do when they arrive on your page.

  • Jami Gibbs

    Jami Gibbs

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    • Design: 3
    • Purpose: 3
    • Originality: 1
    • Engagement: 2
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    Text and Contact Box

    Posted on Jul 04, 2010 at 12:21 AM

    You're off to a good start, Jeff. Here are some things I would consider:

    1. Break up the "About" text. There's too much of it and it will be a drag to read. Also think about making the body text lighter than the navigation and header text (try #333333).
    2. Reconsider the redish/pinkish blocks sitting on top of each section. While it's good to add a splash of color, I think this particular color is more distracting than anything else.
    3. The contact form must be changed. The font usability on top of that color is a horrible mistake. Just go with white background and a very subtle colored border around the boxes. See this link for an example of what I mean: http://www.step2reality.com/contact.html
    4. The section titles (Portfolio, About, Contact) are in teeny tiny little font size. They shouldn't be the same size as the body text.
    5. I like that you want to go minimalist for your portfolio. I've done the same for mine so I want to share with you a link I used when designing minimalist portfolios to help maybe jump start things to experiment with in your next phase of the design: http://www.themeflash.com/85-fresh-and-beautiful-minimal-website-design-inspiration/
  • jaka

    jaka

    Rank: 10 Newbie

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    • Design: 4
    • Purpose: 5
    • Originality: 4
    • Engagement: 4
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    to minimal

    Posted on Jul 04, 2010 at 7:25 AM

    make it a litle bit more elaburate