55 comments

  • Wojtek Wojtek , 3 years ago

    I guess I'm the only person that hates this style.

    ughhhh so artsy

    30 points
    • Brandon Morreale, 3 years ago

      I think it's polarizing. I like it, but I can see the issues.

      2 points
      • B CB C, 3 years ago

        This as with many others done in a similar "break the rules" style (an increasing phenomenon), fails in the sense that the designers efforts to create a unique aesthetic comes at the expense of adequately giving relevant information to the pieces it intends to show off.

        4 points
    • Kai HuangKai Huang, 3 years ago

      I don't like it either. Readability is a must for me.

      8 points
    • Account deleted 3 years ago (edited 3 years ago )

      I love it. Break the grid. Sometimes..fuck legibility.

      7 points
      • Wojtek Wojtek , 3 years ago

        Just don't make it a trend that gets adopted in all the wrong places. Would not want my bank's site to look like this.

        2 points
        • Account deleted 3 years ago

          Its not even like that. This is not a "new trend". Dude knows exactly what he's doing here.

          4 points
          • Wojtek Wojtek , 3 years ago (edited 3 years ago )

            Of course. Right place and right execution. It's very nicely done, despite my disliking of this style.

            I didn't want this to be picked up as a trend and used sloppily in wrong places. That's the only concern.

            1 point
          • Mitch De CastroMitch De Castro, 3 years ago

            Too many folks are missing out on all of the post-modernist art and design that was going on over a century ago. Or even the grunge stuff.

            0 points
            • Eli SchiffEli Schiff, 3 years ago

              1905 Postmodern Design

              0 points
              • Mitch De CastroMitch De Castro, 3 years ago

                Hey, man FWIW I actually kinda dig your Critical Sharks blog series. I'm not a huge fan of verbose writing but Fear of Apple was a fun read. :)

                0 points
              • Mitch De CastroMitch De Castro, 3 years ago

                LOL, I apologize. I believe I meant to refer to proper modernism. We were just learning about movements like de Stijl and the Bauhaus in my design history course. I guess I allude that era to this style because of how the thinking was different from what was already dominant at the time.

                1 point
                • Eli SchiffEli Schiff, 3 years ago

                  Very cool. Too few designers care about those movements. They're instructive.

                  1 point
    • Joshua JenkinsJoshua Jenkins, 3 years ago

      Who cares if you hate this style? It's a personal website. If you truly must register an opinion why don't you at least frame it with something relevant beyond your personal whims? Why don't you like this site, specifically? What goals do you imagine it is trying to solve that it falls short of?

      You reduce design to aesthetics and personal opinion, and the people here prop you up (this currently has the most upvotes by a wide margin) because they get to feel superior about something. It's gross and it drags us all down.

      8 points
      • Wojtek Wojtek , 3 years ago

        Who cares if you hate this style? It's a personal website.

        Who cares about my opinion? It's personal as well. If I say that my comment was personal, does it take away your privilege to reply to it with whatever you want to say?

        You reduce design to aesthetics and personal opinion

        I wasn't talking about the overall design. Just this style.

        ====

        FYI, attached is a screenshot of a small area of the page that shows overlapping text and elements, making some things illegible.

        That's the style I was referring to. I think it's easy to deduct that from the screenshot.

        9 points
      • Jim SilvermanJim Silverman, 3 years ago

        If you truly must register an opinion why don't you at least frame it with something relevant beyond your personal whims?

        hello and welcome to the internet.

        4 points
    • Ray WangRay Wang, 3 years ago

      Also hates it

      1 point
    • Paul MacgregorPaul Macgregor, 3 years ago

      It says 'Started in 2011' if that helps.

      1 point
  • Eli SchiffEli Schiff, 3 years ago

    Look at me, I'm so edgy and postmodern.

    15 points
    • Joshua JenkinsJoshua Jenkins, 3 years ago

      Look at me, I have a keyboard.

      23 points
    • Zander BradeZander Brade, 3 years ago

      From this and your tweets you seem to care a large amount about disliking this website.

      3 points
    • Account deleted 3 years ago

      Thanks for tweeting a screenshot of my comment. Good luck with staying relevant and pushing boundaries of web design.

      5 points
    • Duncan GrahamDuncan Graham, 3 years ago

      If it's not for you, it's not for you. I think snark is great too, but for all you've written about criticism, I wish you'd take some time to critique it rather than marking the entire site/aesthetic as 'offensive'. (which, c'mon, is hyperbolic.)

      disclosure: As a portfolio site, I love the aesthetic and think it's really successful.

      3 points
  • Joel CalifaJoel Califa, 3 years ago

    btw Allan is a kickass designer

    12 points
  • Gen Uine, 3 years ago

    This is dope. It's a great F*ck You to the UX jerks who ride the three column, templated, cookie cutter approach, FOR EVERYTHING.

    God bless people who aren't afraid to crush it.

    9 points
  • Martin GarridoMartin Garrido, 3 years ago

    I miss you Svpply.

    9 points
  • Ryan BrennerRyan Brenner, 3 years ago

    Unlock the secret mode by resizing your browser to < 1100 pixels wide.

    8 points
    • Pedro PintoPedro Pinto, 3 years ago

      Interesting lol

      0 points
    • Olivier FOlivier F, 3 years ago

      Seriously. What is going on there? Apparently it's on purpose too. At first I thought it was a JS layout algo gone haywire, but then I found this:

      $(window).resize(function() { if ($(window).width() > 600 && $(window).width() < 1100 ) { if(!glitch_move_timers.length){ console.log('New Glitches'); (new glitch()).init(); }
      2 points
  • Luke GodwardLuke Godward, 3 years ago

    Interesting how few people who read Designer News have much if any experience in print / traditional design.

    7 points
  • Tom WoodTom Wood, 3 years ago

    What I find interesting is "Who" is allowed to have a personal portfolio site like this.

    If you're a designer who is working for Google Glass (can't imagine it's all rosy anymore), and has a a list of work where the clients speak for themselves then you can get away with something which is frankly hideous.

    You need context to appreciate a design like this - you need to understand the world of Portfolio design, UI design, print & where he comes from. Taken out of that context, or that gang of chin-stroking-trendies, then it just looks like it's broken.

    I realise that he clearly knows what he's doing, and he's carefully crafted something which is both a statement and personal, but ultimately his CV means that he can do something like this and people will lean towards appreciation.

    Show me the kid fresh out of college who did this and see if the comments don't turn dismissive.

    5 points
    • jj moijj moi, 3 years ago

      I was once the kid fresh out of college and didn't afraid of doing edgy/hip design for my portfolio and got praised by art directors at agencies, and got cursed by UX designers. There's totally a clash between tech and startup scenes.

      1 point
  • Jim SilvermanJim Silverman, 3 years ago

    april fool's?

    4 points
  • Mitch De CastroMitch De Castro, 3 years ago

    I'll be honest, I used to hate on this style because I didn't get it.

    But after seeing so many "clean" portfolios, I love all of this weird & less legible stuff so much more. Great job!

    4 points
  • Ernest Ojeh, 3 years ago

    Wow. So many haters.

    Chill guys.

    4 points
  • Taahir IsaacsTaahir Isaacs, 3 years ago

    It's polarising. That's what I like about it. You either hate it or love it. That's the beauty behind design.

    Personally I love it.

    3 points
  • Mattan IngramMattan Ingram, 3 years ago (edited 3 years ago )

    Haha he and Eli Rousso do stuff like this.

    A little difficult for the sake of it, but still entertainingly different.

    See http://elirousso.com/

    3 points
    • Ernest Ojeh, 3 years ago

      I don't get it. Why would anyone do this?

      0 points
      • Mattan IngramMattan Ingram, 3 years ago

        Because they don't need their portfolios to get work, so they have fun with it.

        If you were working with the Google Glass team you wouldn't need a "normal" portfolio either.

        2 points
  • Gen Uine, 3 years ago

    Have you guys tried resizing? It get's even more cray. So good.

    3 points
    • Adam T.Adam T., 3 years ago (edited 3 years ago )

      I'm a big fan of the desktop site but not even providing a mobile experience is just dumb. And trying to justify it as he does in the post is worse.

      5 points
  • Rob GreenRob Green, 3 years ago

    Hate this hipster-style bullshit... "Look how different I am everyone!"

    There's breaking rules and then there's this mess.

    2 points
  • Mitch De CastroMitch De Castro, 3 years ago

    Further reading: http://allanyu.nyc/2015/04/01/response-to-responsiveness.html

    2 points
  • M. AppelmanM. Appelman, 3 years ago

    This the guy who designed Bloomberg?

    1 point
  • Matt Smadner, 3 years ago

    love all this.

    0 points
  • jj moijj moi, 3 years ago

    love it esp the <1100px

    0 points