7 comments

  • Jim SilvermanJim Silverman, 7 months ago

    that gray on black needs a hell of a lot more contrast. took me a bit to even notice the text was there.

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  • ChrisArchitec t, 7 months ago

    congrats. and thanks for the little behind the scenes info on what was involved. The case studies are enormous and in-depth. It loads blazing fast of course anyways.

    actually I got a bit lost in the site once I was in it. The main page is one giant page of all the content, but also can break off into the individual case studies on their own? I got lost trying to find my way back and never noticed the 'About'/didn't know how to navigate to it.

    Maybe just looking for a way to 'get back to the top'

    Congrats again, work & history are super impressive don't get me wrong!

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    • Kyle Conrad, 6 months ago

      Definitely makes sense! The UX was something I struggled with - I wanted something very different for it - simple in ways but also trying to focus on content more (vs having a "navigation" kind of thing). I'll take a look at this and see if there's a way to maybe call that stuff out more without being too in your face.

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  • Stefan TrkuljaStefan Trkulja, 7 months ago

    Awesome, congrats! Great job.

    The different cursor is a bit off-putting to me, imho there is no need for it, especally when it doesn't add to the experience (I was half-expecting to be able to drag the page because of the cursor shape).

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    • Kyle ConradKyle Conrad, 7 months ago

      I can definitely take another look at that - was trying to go for something different without being totally unrecognizable, but if it's too much it might make sense to only have the custom cursors on video hovers for play/pause.

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  • Kyle Conrad, 7 months ago

    Finally launched my long in progress portfolio redesign and rebuild!

    Content: rewrote basically everything, added a ton of captions and more detailed breakdowns with behind the scenes of the concept and content structures to tell a better story around projects and clients. Also added a bunch of new case studies, including the longest case study I've ever put together (it's this one: https://kyleconrad.com/wolfenstein/).

    Design: found a gothic-inspired font that immediately threw my old redesign out the window, then was inspired by a pair of sneakers I fell in love with (literally stole the teal and purple from them thanks to the handy eyedropper tool).

    Code: started from scratch, building it all out in Gatsby/React and using Contentful as the CMS - so it's fully static but powered behind the scenes with all the goodness of React (and all the headaches of React). One of the best parts of this new structure/build is that I can have a standalone URL for each case study. And it's fully open source, so check out the GitHub: https://github.com/kyleconrad/portfolio-2020

    Hosting: moved away from a DigitalOcean droplet to an S3 instance with CloudFront distribution - basically that means it's hosted for cheap with blazing fast speed anywhere.

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