I'm working on a portfolio site
03-06-2014, 08:31 AM, (This post was last modified: 03-06-2014, 08:35 AM by tobobo.)
Post: #1
I'm working on a portfolio site
It's still in progress but I think it's about time I put something out there that people will want to find when they google me. Cause people totally be googlin' me.

http://t.obi.as/home/

Gonna add images for all the content at some point, but I'd be curious if anyone has any feedback on it so far, or thoughts on portfolio pages in general.

Also, how can/should I add more personality?
03-07-2014, 03:59 AM, (This post was last modified: 03-07-2014, 04:24 AM by more or less.)
Post: #2
RE: I'm working on a portfolio site
I LIKE MANDELBROT (just noted a typeo in the heading on that)

Well the color is buttery and the font very Jony Ive but it looks good. I would suggest maybe light gradients in some form? Think maybe like how the surfaces of our lovely musical toys beckon us to push here.

Also I noticed you davidpreddy whatever left/right jusitfication was pushing the words multimedia off my screen but that might be a mobile safari thing.

Portfolios are an EXCELLENT idea. I may take my iPad in preloaded with some SQL crap so I don't have to describe to idiots what I have done in the past. Talking about data is awful.
03-07-2014, 04:29 AM,
Post: #3
RE: I'm working on a portfolio site
This was what I was looking for. I love this.

http://procrastinationisadj.com/

if you could make some of the background stuff in the image clickable I might pee my pants. Even of they only say, redirect to an image or placeholder you could add the idea of "what it might do".

I TRIED TO CLICK ON YOUR LAPTOP
03-07-2014, 09:08 AM,
Post: #4
RE: I'm working on a portfolio site
(03-06-2014, 08:31 AM)tobobo Wrote: It's still in progress but I think it's about time I put something out there that people will want to find when they google me. Cause people totally be googlin' me.

http://t.obi.as/home/

Gonna add images for all the content at some point, but I'd be curious if anyone has any feedback on it so far, or thoughts on portfolio pages in general.

Also, how can/should I add more personality?

What are your communications goals? Do you want someone to hire you? Do you want to showcase your work? Do you want people to fall in love with you?

You might just leave it at the first two lines. It succeeds at saying "'sup."
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03-07-2014, 11:14 AM,
Post: #5
RE: I'm working on a portfolio site
(03-07-2014, 04:29 AM)more or less Wrote: This was what I was looking for. I love this.

http://procrastinationisadj.com/

if you could make some of the background stuff in the image clickable I might pee my pants. Even of they only say, redirect to an image or placeholder you could add the idea of "what it might do".

I TRIED TO CLICK ON YOUR LAPTOP

Subtle gradients are a decent idea. I might add some kind of image but it's hard to pick what might communicate what I'm trying to do well without looking cheesy or generic. The image on procrastinationisadj.com came out of serendipity.

(03-07-2014, 09:08 AM)roo Wrote:
(03-06-2014, 08:31 AM)tobobo Wrote: It's still in progress but I think it's about time I put something out there that people will want to find when they google me. Cause people totally be googlin' me.

http://t.obi.as/home/

Gonna add images for all the content at some point, but I'd be curious if anyone has any feedback on it so far, or thoughts on portfolio pages in general.

Also, how can/should I add more personality?

What are your communications goals? Do you want someone to hire you? Do you want to showcase your work? Do you want people to fall in love with you?

You might just leave it at the first two lines. It succeeds at saying "'sup."

I want people to know if they google me that I haven't been slackin' and I'm eager to show off what I can do. But yeah, I'm gonna be looking for jobs soon, which is why it's a teensy bit resume-ish
03-07-2014, 12:50 PM,
Post: #6
RE: I'm working on a portfolio site
Maybe instead of boxes or buttons you could do highlight shadow lines, like a white gradient line on top left and a dark gradient in lower right. I would think that would keep the flat idea. That might be easier to scale as well.
03-07-2014, 01:14 PM, (This post was last modified: 03-07-2014, 01:16 PM by tobobo.)
Post: #7
RE: I'm working on a portfolio site
Not a bad idea. I think the boxes say "click me" a little more clearly though.

I made it less buttery, just for you.
03-07-2014, 01:21 PM,
Post: #8
RE: I'm working on a portfolio site
Ha, that wasn't a complaint as it was like an ereader color.

I just realized what this reminds me of. Wip3out 3 on the Playstation.
03-07-2014, 01:41 PM, (This post was last modified: 03-07-2014, 01:41 PM by tobobo.)
Post: #9
RE: I'm working on a portfolio site
I think it's a better color now. No regrets.

I suppose I could add more personality by looking for some other very lightweight font to use for headings, or something to use for the body.
03-07-2014, 04:22 PM,
Post: #10
RE: I'm working on a portfolio site
font variety would be nice if not overdone.
03-07-2014, 08:06 PM, (This post was last modified: 03-07-2014, 08:06 PM by tobobo.)
Post: #11
RE: I'm working on a portfolio site
(03-07-2014, 04:22 PM)lombo Wrote: font variety would be nice if not overdone.

I looked for some alternative lightweight sans-serif fonts to use for headings and didn't like any of the combinations. I might go serifs for the headings but that could be too serious. You have any thoughts?
03-07-2014, 09:49 PM,
Post: #12
RE: I'm working on a portfolio site
The font doesn't bug me, but the lack of hierarchy does. You have a bunch of stuff on the page that looks almost equally important. Nothing draws my attention. Yes, your headlines are different sizes... but they register to me as headlines. And the body copy is sparing and offers little to engage me where its filled in. (also, <p class="subheading"> is ill-advised. consider using <h#> elements and <hgroup> to in the darkness bind them)

If you want to demonstrate your creativity, I'd include images or media assets on the page. I (as well as the rest of the internet) respond to pictures. I look at pictures before I read. I could arrive at an opinion on your ability in a few seconds with pics. As it is, it's a chore to figure you out. And links to external sites to play sounds? Ouch. I have been spoiled by youtube and vimeo and archive.org, and well, internet media in general. When I see a play button, I expect a player to appear right there and for media to come out.

On a touch device, I can't tell what's a link... except for the share icon which most people won't identify with and those of us that do wonder what happened to the sharing when we click it.

Finally, remove half of the content. Only highlight the best of the best. Most of us aren't patient enough to go through 20 things, and we form opinions after consuming just one. If the first thing I look at sucks, I won't look at a second. Think about how folks use iTunes. You hear a song you like, so you check them out on iTunes and preview other tracks to see if it's worth just getting the album. If you preview a song that sucks, you are likely to give up on the band. If you continue, and the next song sucks, you will probably give up on the band. And so on. Whereas if all the stuff is awesome, it's OK if there's only 6 songs and you buy it.

And try to make sure you're a primary contributor. For example, if the description is "boom operator" then you can probably leave it off because if I like it, I want to hire Ethan, not you. "Boom operator" doesn't ring out as creative contributor, it reads "mic stand" and most of use use a $20 assembly of metal tubing for that.

Hope this doesn't sound scathing, but it's long. If it helps, I'll throw a positive bit here on the end... I like your font choice and color scheme. I think you should push the spartan look.

Smile
bedstuy Wrote:mocking a pair of $500 jeans is a form of class warfare... why do you hate my social status?
03-08-2014, 03:11 AM, (This post was last modified: 03-08-2014, 03:40 AM by more or less.)
Post: #13
RE: I'm working on a portfolio site
I only partially agree with roo. Or partially disagree, I'm not sure.

I would just go with one font and maybe get more creative with the weight/bold styles. I disagree completely about the graphics as this is a portfolio and NOT an example in itself of design (necessarily).

The amount I agree with, it would be huge if you could just pick the top (one row) and the maybe underneath have (show more) and then (show less) link. Let those who looky look open the hood when they want to.

Alternately if you do go with some graphics, maybe thumbnails or partial screen grabs of the content. This I would only do if you edit or hide some of the content, as it will be information overload which is counter to the design ethos.

That could be an interesting alternative to a button, a partial grab with a drop shadow, sort of like hanging prints on a gallery wall. I would go with abstract portions of the content that are just about actual size as opposed to thumbnails but that's just an idea.
03-08-2014, 03:29 AM, (This post was last modified: 03-08-2014, 03:30 AM by FuturDreamz.)
Post: #14
RE: I'm working on a portfolio site
You could probably use a horizontal line to separate the header from the rest of the page. And it does kind of need the pictures you were talking about.

There doesn't seem to be that much division between the sections (Web Development, Music, etc), and even though you have different text sizes they seem to blur together. Maybe just bolding and underlining the headers would help.

Maybe put the "Clicking" and "jamming" sections side-by-side. They're pretty sparse and it looks a little odd having them as single lines.

The "Education" section could be filled some more. if you got shitty grades you could just mention some of the awesome things you did or experienced that are relevant.
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03-08-2014, 03:50 AM,
Post: #15
RE: I'm working on a portfolio site
If I got awesome grades do I say that on the website?

Yeah, obviously the content's not all there. This is all super good feedback, thanks! Smile Definitely planning on adding images. Roo, I definitely see what you mean about the lack of visual hierarchy, and also about cutting it down to just the best stuff.

THANKS YO this is seriously helpful


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