Site Design: The SSDoubleD (stefansohlstrom.com)
over 8 years ago from Stefan Sohlstrom, Design @ Plaid
over 8 years ago from Stefan Sohlstrom, Design @ Plaid
dig the style, but here's my obligatory "can't read anything on windows" comment.
this is helpful. I've never tested for windows machines (mostly bc audience is like 90% mac) will fix tho thanks
nice retro style.
use svg version of the font for chrome on windows. that will solve that problem.
Thanks for the tip deniz! Will try to implement that on next iteration.
Aesthetically, I like your site a lot. That said, if I come to your website because I want to see your portfolio, I should not have to play some puzzle game to find what I am looking for. Just some constructive criticism.
Great example of using reveal.js to its full potential. Lovely.
Thank you! Reveal.js is such an awesome lib. Hakim el hattab made it so easy to use and documented it so well. That guy is awesome.
Didn't enjoy it man. I liked some of the images but overall, not a good experience for me.
Some of the text was almost illegible, even on a mac. The navigation buries some of the most important content behind dozens of spacebar clicks and makes scanning impossible. I just now noticed that you can press ESC, but I (and others users) missed that instruction on the homepage. Most sites don't come with a manual so I'm not used to looking out for one.
I wasn't keeping an eye on the arrows in the bottom right, so I was unaware that I had multiple options on some slides. Anyway, one of my cursor keys is busted, so the design is inaccessible for me.
Your resume was extremely difficult to read, even after zooming in. Text is way too small.
I like the direction you're headed with the color scheme but I think the contrast is too high.
Finally, the transitions are pretty nice but I think they're a tad sluggish.
Hope that was of some help :)
Colm! thanks for the feedback. This site is very much hacked together, so the experience definitely needs tweaking and clarification. I actually used my dad to test the navigation. I reasoned if Hans could get through without leaving in utter frustration a reasonable amount of folks wouldn't hate it. I was afraid that some people wouldn't get it, and am still working on ways to better communicate that weird slide metaphor.
The goal of my resume was to differentiate myself from abundance of that simple & minimal look I see so often among young designers (which I appreciate, but I need to separate the product (me) from the rest of the market). So I went with the kind of crazy visual overstimulation you see in the advertising pages in old boys magazines. Yes its kind of ugly and unreadable but I'd say the document as a whole is trying to be the message, rather than the content of the resume itself.
Rationale (esp. post-rationale) rarely works for defending design tho!
Thank you for your considerate feedback.
I really liked your site, but this comment is what tells me how good a designer you are. Knowing how to accept and embrace criticism, and being able to explain and justify your decisions, those are some stellar qualities — and increasingly rare ones at that. Kudos to you, my friend!
One of the only portfolio sites that got me to read some of the copy (I usually just scroll through to look at pictures)! I really dig it!
Some constructive feedback:
Your work history body copy is too small to read (even on Mac). Try increasing the font size.
The instructions page has more copy than necessary.You can pare it down to one line, i.e. "Swipe or use the arrow keys to navigate"
Try adding in a mouse swipe feature for people who don't want to use arrow keys (ex: http://www.brandonwalkin.com/)
Hey, nice site! And small world, I also went to Forest Hills elementary school.
Woah very small world. Forest Hills the school of pride!
Colours and typography I like. Interesting navigation too. However, I don't see why they didn't allow scrolling? Maybe using scroll locking to each section.
The art direction is pretty swell, I really like it but I think navigation could use some improvement, especially for people like me that didn't read the text and tried to navigate the site with the mouse. It felt a bit restricting getting stuck in a small circle in order to move around in such a large canvas.
Also, I get the humor part but I really don't think you need to list where you went to high school & elementary school. It's just irrelevant information.
I would love to see something about your capabilities instead, preferably not in bar charts but still available in someway.
Doesn't really work for me either.
It feels a bit like 'click, click, click, woosh, woosh' haven't read anything, didn't look at anything.
Now I might not be your target audience and that is fine, but I wonder if you asked yourself these questions:
Who are you targeting?And what do you want from them?
You say : "The goal of my resume was to differentiate myself from abundance of that simple & minimal look"
But what if that is what works? If those people manage to convert visitors in to paying clients, or leave a potential hiring manager with a good impression, that what do they/you care that they are all the same? They are the same, because the problem they are solving is the same.
(after I visited your site for the second time, and hit the escape key as suggested in the comments, the site actually made a lot more sense and worked more pleasantly)
I can empathise with your comment, but I would definitely hire a designer who can look at the exact same problem and see a different solution — even against well-informed advice.
Nice work bud !
Nice! Loving the keyboard shortcuts. I did want to point out that I was distracted by the big beautiful photos and actually missed the option to select down arrows after first tapping on the right arrow.
I really enjoyed perusing your site. Well done- it was fun and beautiful! And you did a particularly great job at story telling.
This is great.
Thanks dood man
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