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Hello. This is my first post here. I was looking for constructive criticism on my web site. Any feedback would be appreciated!
06-16-2005, 06:31 PM
Not bad. I about spit coke out my nose when I saw the name of the ohio band. I thought surely, the name had to be PEN 15 and I was reading something into it.
I think you should maybe have a little discription about who you are and what makes you the designer someone should hire. Or at least explain that it is a portfolio site.
As far as the design goes it is clean, but pretty trendy. Sometimes we as designers fall victim to trend following, which isn't bad, but is it your style, or just the style du jour?
Nice work though reminds me of my site a few versions ago.
06-16-2005, 06:33 PM
Oh also on the resume page, I think it would look good if the text margin was justified with your logo, rather that page left justified.
06-16-2005, 06:39 PM
I like your site. The black and green is real nice and simple, I like that you don't have a tone of different sections to wade through. I dig your Jerry Bruckheimer photo in the photos section, it might be nice to have larger zoom-ins of some of your work and maybe a little information on some of the pieces to give a little insite as to what your thoughts were, what the project entailed.
06-17-2005, 12:43 AM
I agree with Indy on the content, but the clean design is good. I am not sold on using frames though. You could do a simple image swap instead of the frames. By placing a blank image with a declared name, you could trade that image off by mousing or clicking on each thumbnail. Use an array (like below) and it is cleaner, leaner, and meaner than the default code generated by Dreamweaver.
Sample array code (add as many images as needed, place in head section):
SwapImage = new Image
SwapImage00 = new Image
SwapImage01 = new Image
SwapImage02 = new Image
SwapImage.src = "images/imagename.jpg"
SwapImage00.src = "images/imagename.jpg"
SwapImage01.src = "images/imagename01.jpg"
SwapImage02.src = "images/imagename02.jpg"
document.SwapImage = ""
Important note: The first image and the one with 00 at the end are the same (your initial image), you will need it that way to make the image go back to the default image.
<img src="images/imagename.jpg" name="SwapImage" enter remaining attributes>
<img src="images/thumbnail01.jpg" height="value" width="value" alt=""
<img src="images/thumbnail02.jpg" height="value" width="value" alt=""
Again, SwapImage.src & SwapImage00.src are the same image but you need this redunancy to get the onmouseout to work correctly.
You may very well want to consider Flash for this too, it is great for a slide show type format and you can still have a clean look. Not all Flash is the "in your face" type. The samples with multiple images should have a fwd and back option instead of just next. Flash would make this easy while the script method above would not work as well on that feature.
echo on the frames sentiment. you could use styles to change the look of the scroll bar, that might be an option if you don't want to change.
Thanks everyone for the feedback. I agree, I really do need to do something with the frames. The other suggestions are good ones too. I'll get working on it.
Thanks for the code, cbscreative.
06-17-2005, 09:41 AM
Your welcome Rachel. I figured others could benefit too. Those default codes generated by web design programs are notorious for being a page worth when a few lines will do the job. Make sure to test your page in different browsers and screen res settings too. Keep in mind that anyone with scripts disabled will not be able to use this feature, Flash will solve that problem.
06-17-2005, 01:21 PM
Hey CBS, I'm designing a one page webpage and want to do image swaps too. I know how to do them in dreamweaver but my only concern is for example, i have 15 images to go through that are about 256kb each. Won't this take forever to download if I choose to have the images preload? But if I don't preload them it won't be such a smooth transition between swapping photos. My question is there any other way to do this better? Would loading a flash movie with navigation be better?
06-17-2005, 09:10 PM
Kieth, with images that big, even one would take a while to load (on dialup). Can you scale them down? Otherwise, if you want to provide high res, I would favor opening them one at a time using a new window. Images on a page typically are kept to 20k or less, but more is acceptable. I would use thumbnails. I hope this helps since I am not sure of your purpose.
06-17-2005, 11:06 PM
Ok thanks, next week I'll load up what I've done so I can get some input on my site.
06-27-2005, 11:00 AM
excellent work you!! the portfolio showcases your abilities and ur sense of design... i am sure it will help u a long way towards your goal...
suggest you do something about those artistic fonts... they look odd at times...
rest everything is gr8... keep it up!!!