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Need design feedback on my new portfolio.... please :)

Design Critique Requested: http://timothyred.com

I'm redesigning my portfolio site for web design/development. I am most interested in feedback about the aesthetics, but please feel free to comment on anything.

The site isn't fully functional yet, btw. Still working on the design.

Thanks for any and all input!

The Good

  • I liked how you incorporated subtle gradients and transitions.
  • The fixed menu is good. Makes it very simple to navigate through the site
  • The testimonial portion is very good
  • Nice logo

Things you might want to think about

  • Be sure to take it easy on the !important tags. It can can cause a lot of problems down the road
  • I would decrease the number of colors you're using (Without including the image, I see about 6 different colors - red, white, black, light red, grey, light grey). A three color combination is a good starting point. This is enough to create variation and visual interest. To stick with your overall theme, a mix of black and gray with red accents.
  • The light red menu item that is highlighted is a little confusing to me. It makes me think that is the current page I'm on. A button that serves as your call to action would work better.
  • While the photo is cool, what value does it add to your message? Am I looking a bike shop webpage? Then why am I reading about a design studio?
  • Slow down the transition on the navigation and social items. It's a little too quick.
  • There are blue specs on each of your social icons.
  • The current layout isn't responsive when I checked different viewport sizes. (Still a work in process, so I'll cut you slack on this)

3 Answers

Brian Daub
Brian Daub
3,949 Points

I know you said you're looking for feedback on aesthetics and that you are still working on the site. I am viewing the site on my iphone. It looks like it has some great aspects. However, the site doesn't appear to have any break points or a mobile/responsive design at this point.

Thanks, Jason! That's great advice. And I'll make the design responsive :) I know I should be doing the mobile-first approach to design.

I can't figure out what those specks are in front of the social icons... I'm using font awesome. Never had that problem before. I'll figure it out by the time I make the site live though.

Thanks Brian! I'm going to make it responsive before I make it live.

Brian Daub
Brian Daub
3,949 Points

I apologize for being redundant, I was reading the post on mobile and missed the fact that Jason pointed that out in his feedback.

No prob! I appreciate you taking the time to check the site out and comment :)