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My portfolio website

Posted 20 February 2014 - 07:04 PM

My website: www.polishedgames.com

In your opinion, how can i make my website better in terms of design, color scheme, structure, etc...?

*The "Contact" page is not working if you submit the form because I'm having issues running PHP on my Apache.
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Re: My portfolio website

Posted 20 February 2014 - 07:20 PM

The design is off to a good start. I like the navigation style. I'll focus on areas I think could use improvement.

-You need splashes of color. Pick at least one accent color and add it to some elements (navigation links, text links, headers)

-Rework your headers (i.e. the ones that say "Features:,Restrictions:") they look like buttons and take up too much vertical space. Make them h2 elements and apply a different style to them.

-Try using a <ol> or <ul> instead of manually typing out item numbers on your features and restrictions. That way you can line up your margins easier.

-Some of your h1 elements are underlined and some aren't, I would remove the underline from all of them.

-Put your name somewhere besides About Me. It should be prominently displayed on your main page. If that's all the content you're going to have in your About Me, consider getting rid of the page altogether and just putting that paragraph up on your main page.

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Re: My portfolio website

Posted 20 February 2014 - 07:21 PM

Quite a few things..

First off when I hit the page I have no idea what it is about.

Second it's bland. Black and white is okay, but there's good ways and bad ways of doing it. Same with being 'minimalistic'.

The gray boxes around the text are neither centered, nor consistent. They also appear differently when switching between IE and FF.

The side menu is not showing me the current context when I click on a button.

Your project headings do not explain the projects they are supposed to be displaying.

There is a lack of font cohesion - especially when dropping into the 'about me'. Not the same font as the rest of the site nor sizing.

The contact form looks pretty bad with all the outlines.

There's a pretty solid delay when navigating to the pages for the first time.

When I shrink the window the menu goes away, but then I would be stuck if on a mobile device.

It seems the gray boxes are supposed to fill? That only happens on a smaller sized screen.. when bigger than a table it jacks up the boxes.
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Re: My portfolio website

Posted 21 February 2014 - 12:28 PM

Thanks for the advice!
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Re: My portfolio website

Posted 21 February 2014 - 12:47 PM

I think I see what you are trying to do,

its a portfolio website like leah haggar's found here

Leah Haggar

I would turn your website into a sort of copy of hers

Have a black and white photo of yourself cut in half down the side.

then have Work About Contact along the top.

choose a really strong and interesting font that you like at the moment your fonts are really bland, Long Tall Sally font might work really well here.

something like
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In Work page do a list with strong color photos like leah has done with the text underneath.
make the photo link to a full page describing in detail with color photos what exactly IRC, FPS and Model Viewer are.

Also think what it looks like on smartphones and tablets.

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Re: My portfolio website

Posted 21 February 2014 - 05:59 PM

Thanks for your advice Snoopy!

I really like some ideas from that website. I am quite partial towards the side bar idea though.
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Re: My portfolio website

Posted 03 March 2014 - 06:43 PM

Well I doubt it is your code since there isn't that much going on but for some reason every page loads very slow for me. Not sure if any one else is getting that. That is all I have to add right now :)
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