Show DN: I designed the portfolio for a friend. Looking for feedback!

over 7 years ago from , Cofounder @ belkadigital.com

Hey, I designed the portfolio for a friend of mine: http://chiaradalmaso.com/ She is an illustrator and I really like her work.

I'm looking for feedback. Let me know what you think about it.



  • Chris ArmstrongChris Armstrong, over 7 years ago

    Lovely stuff :) Might just be me, but the work/about selector looked almost too graphical, I actually looked around for the about link for a few seconds before I realised that was navigation.

    But then I could just be an idiot.

    3 points
  • Jonathan YapJonathan Yap, over 7 years ago

    It's a pretty straight forward portfolio site. I think the alignment on the header and the content is doing weird things to my eyes. Maybe because they don't line up, it's the same as the header there the social icons are lighter so it's heavier on the left.

    Those icons are a little too small or too condensed. I would make it slightly friendly for fat fingers by giving it more space or making it slightly bigger if someone is viewing on a touch device like a tablet.

    Here's something you might want to look into http://d.pr/i/s89k

    She has nice body of work though :)

    2 points
    • Giulio Michelon, over 7 years ago

      I tested the icons and fat fingers are definitely an issue. I have to fix that.

      More than this I spent probably 40 minutes trying to arrange the icons in a better way and it's somehow impossibly hard. My css ninja techniques doesn't work today.

      And thanks for the little bug you spotted on the about. I'm going to fix that now.

      1 point
  • Marco SampellegriniMarco Sampellegrini, over 7 years ago

    Figo! Looks great :)

    1 point
  • Elena MaksimovichElena Maksimovich, over 7 years ago

    Nice and minimal, and very focused on the portfolio works!

    One thing - I think it is not very comfortable loading a new page when you want to look at work details and then clicking back to see next work. "Previous Work <> Next work" or smth like that might be very helpful here.

    In our portfolio we have work details loaded in a lightbox window, and you can use controls on the sides to flip through from one work to another. Very user-friendly. See here - http://www.dizzain.com/portfolio/wordpress/tec-summit/

    0 points
  • Ian WessenIan Wessen, over 7 years ago

    Love the clean layout! Can I ask what you're doing/using to get that responsive tile effect for each of the illustrations?

    0 points
  • Riccardo ScalcoRiccardo Scalco, over 7 years ago

    I like it, it's clean and direct. I noted two minor issues: 1) on the Desktop version, the navigation looks good and the black point below the links properly shows the active link, but the same behaviour on my nexus seems weird, the links are not aligned top-down and therefore the black point happens to be between words. I would prefer a vertical navigation. 2) Still on the mobile version, the description of the project on the project page is at the very end of the page, after all the images. The descriptions are usually short, I think they can be placed before the pictures, near Date, Client and Credits.

    0 points
    • Giulio Michelon, over 7 years ago

      1) I tried to solve that with a larger line-height and a dot closer to the text. If you say so is not enough. Working on that.

      2) Whoops, standard media queries behaviour. I have to fix that.

      Grazie per il primo commento Riccardo!

      0 points
      • Riccardo ScalcoRiccardo Scalco, over 7 years ago

        About 1), another solution is to hide the black point on small screens, on touch devices you can use :hover and :focus to highlight active links. Actually I note that the links already have a lighter color on focus.

        0 points
  • Art VandelayArt Vandelay, over 7 years ago

    might be worth it to re-export images as 'progressive' jpegs to prevent the line-by-line loading and loss of height on page load.

    0 points
  • Mark O'NeillMark O'Neill, over 7 years ago

    It is simple and shows off the work as it should. It works nicely at all sizes.

    Only thing I can spot is the lack of hover effect on the social icons.

    0 points
  • Martin Wright, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    It's a good body of work, and there's a lot of it and the design is successful in telling me that quite quickly, however the lack of hierarchy and dense information makes it hard to focus on and digest.

    I'd see if there are two or three works that are more important you could prioritise those somehow, for example make them bigger and build the grid around them.

    Other than that it's smart and feels well polished, the about page could be better - I really want to know more about the artist and get some idea or their personality, especially if I'm planning on sending them work.

    0 points
    • Giulio Michelon, over 7 years ago

      Yep, I'd like to fill the about page more as well but Chiara felt very minimal about it. Since it's in Wordpress and she can modify it I will let her know. Thank you!

      0 points