portfolio site feedback

It seems as though this quarter has been flying by. I’m in a constant battle between my print and web homework. I would love to just sit here and code and tweak all day long but my other homework needs some attention too. I’ve been making some great progress.

Additions:

1. I added a jquery slider to my “about me” page. I wanted it to hold my recommendations I’ve received from linked in. I got the slider to work, but it messes up the rest of the page. Everything below the slider isn’t visible. I know there’s just a div missing or something but I can’t find it and I need to devote more time on other parts of my page (like my portfolio). I’m going to need some help fixing it next week for sure.

2. I’ve added in more project thumbnails and fixed up the look of the thumbnail page. I’ve also decided on a template for my “project pages”. I just want it kind of blog style with a wide and narrow image “header”, text about the project, then the rest of the images with captions below. I’ve done that for a few pages and am still working on adding in the content. It’s not difficult, but I’ve had to go back and re-organize all my files so I don’t go crazy. The pages that are done are:

MacLes SirenesThe BalmIn-CratesMidsummer Night’s dream

Most of these pages will link correctly to the next project as well. If it goes to the “orellana” page, that page isn’t finished yet.

3. I’ve also been doing a lot of research on my marketing and how I’m writing the blurbs in my “statement” div that sits above most of my content. I’ve purchased countless books, but a few that I’m reading now are: Creative Inc. The Ultimate Guide to Running a Successful Freelance Business and The Designer’s Guide to Marketing and Pricing. It is really important to me that I nail my copy. I want to come off as professional, but friendly. I don’t want to sound too rigid like a robot or some big corporation, but I also don’t want to sound too aloof. It’s hard to find that balance. I am probably going to seek the help of someone in an english major pretty soon.

4. I’ve added in an “inspiration” page. I decided to link to my tumblr (because flickr has a maximum upload each month. DUMB) where I will post the casual images I take on the street of things that inspire me. I find this a way for people to see that I really do get my inspiration from everywhere and it gives them something to keep coming back to and check, or follow (hopefully).

Feedback from viewers:

1. Jeremy Widen

Jeremy is a digital film making and video production graduate from the Art Institute of California – San Francisco. He currently works at Teachscape on the Met Project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He also has freelanced for companies such as Mekanism in an online Gap Commercial.  I asked for his feedback because I knew that having a non-designer’s view of my site was as important, if not more, than what someone of my peers thinks. This is what he had to say:

The layout on the landing page is good, though it gets unclear of what is going on at the bottom. He suggested adding a “Blog” header above my RSS feed, which makes sense. He caught that services link was in a different color than the others (dark grey and black). He also noticed that the logo didn’t take you home in every page. He suggested making the blog and inspiration links open in a new page because they link to an external site.

The last thing that really bothered Jeremy is on my project page, he wanted to be able to see a slider of thumbs of my other projects like the one currently viewed. This is something I hadn’t thought of but am interested in experimenting with. I just worry there will be too much goin on on the page.

Visit Jeremy’s website.

2. Jon Chester

Jon Chester is an instructor at the Art Institute of California – San Francisco. He’s worked in the industry as freelance for many different clients including San Francisco State University and has been instructor to me in at least five classes.

John mentioned that my website was very dense. He said there wasn’t any breathing room and I agree. I took the time to give everything more margin after that. He also mentioned that my logo could be larger. I’m willing to try it, but I felt like having my logo so large really pushed down the content “below the fold”. He also mentioned that the hierarchy could by stronger.

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3. Catherine Clowe

Catherine is a Senior Graphic Designer at The Art Institute of California – San Francisco. She has a prior degree in Anthropology and hopes to one day combine her love for Anthropology and design for museums.

Catherine noted something very important. She noted that my website looks completely different in firefox than it doesn in safari. This is something I hadn’t been checking but now am very concerned about. the @font face doesn’t seem to be picked up in firefox browsers. Also my divs dont float correctly in firefox. One gets pushed down to the bottom, when there is plenty of room for it.

I’ll have to get some help on this in class.

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