14 comments

  • Danny KingDanny King, almost 4 years ago (edited almost 4 years ago )

    Good - Homepage looks great and draws you in. - List of past clients is impressive. [1]

    Bad - Presentations for the case studies add no value. [2]

    Ugly - Nothing. Aesthetically, everything looks great, even the animated gifs you mentioned.

    1. The first half of your client list is so strong that the second half almost seems to devalue it. If I see you've worked with huge brands, my instinct is to treat those as signal and the rest as noise. I wouldn't say your current setup is bad but if you only showcased a few of your favorite projects, you might get better results.

    2. Your presentations do nothing to excite or tell me what to expect when working with you. They make it clear you're talented, but I knew that from looking at your homepage. The presentation of these case studies could easily be achieved with something like Dribbble or Behance, and that kind of defeats the purpose in my opinion.

    Your Ebay case study is a good example of the mixed signals I'm getting as a viewer. It's the biggest brand on the homepage so I clicked it expecting a quick glimpse at your highest caliber of work. I was a little bummed to see a bunch of thumbnails laid out in a very strict grid. When viewed together as a whole, they almost feel a bit cheap, like they were cranked out of an assembly line. I'd be much more interested to see 1 or 2 of your favorite pieces and thoughtful explanations to go along with each. Rough explanation of what I'm trying to describe

    Side note: If I didn't bother to watch the ad that used those Ebay drawings, I never would've figured out the overall significance of the images and why they're all gray/white. Also, your pages load so slowly that I actually thought the gray images were placeholders for the page's assets while they finished downloading.

    tl;dr Your work is awesome. I just wish I had better means for absorbing all of it :)

    9 points
    • Jake Fleming, almost 4 years ago

      Danny, thank You so much for the detailed feedback. This was exactly the type of criticism I was hoping to get from the DN community. It seems like my next step here is to pair down the amount of projects and focus on explaining my process instead of strictly presenting the final product.

      7 points
    • Jake Fleming, almost 4 years ago

      btw, I've never tried Precursor before. It's pretty rad!

      2 points
  • Julian LloydJulian Lloyd, almost 4 years ago (edited almost 4 years ago )

    I took a look at your portfolio, and ended up here

    You’re hired.

    On a more serious note though, lots of personality, some name drop clients, and cool illustrations. Nice work.

    1 point
  • Jake Fleming, almost 4 years ago (edited almost 4 years ago )

    I'd love some feedback on my portfolio update. Some of the pages load a little slowly, because I haven't optimized the image size yet. I'd like to try alternatives for the animated gifs as well. Also not sure if I even need those categories on there. It was more of an experiment than anything else.

    1 point
  • Edwin de JonghEdwin de Jongh, almost 4 years ago

    This is really great Jake! One of the better examples of a portfolio I've seen posted on here the last couple of weeks! I think the only feedback I could give you would be to provide some larger imagery for your different cases, or maybe provide some more information on your process/show sketches?

    1 point
    • Jake Fleming, almost 4 years ago

      Thanks, Edwin! I 100% agree that I don't have enough explanation behind my process. That's something I'm hoping to improve upon next with this redesign. I appreciate your feedback and thank you for the kind words!

      0 points
  • Saul HardmanSaul Hardman, almost 4 years ago (edited almost 4 years ago )

    Hey Jake,

    First off; really strong portfolio - it's a well designed site with oodles of personality that showcases your talents well.

    However, from a user experience perspective I think it's somewhat lacking. I presume your 'loading' status refers to halting the page displaying until images are loaded? Why is that?

    I'm sat on an above average internet connection in London, England, but often found myself waiting so long that I almost bailed out. The first thing I'd look at is heeding Google Page Speed Insights advice.

    The problem lies mainly in the size of your images. The treehouse project in-particular could do with some image resizing (let alone compression) to trim the fat. On that post you're displaying monstrous images that are being dynamically scaled down in browser.

    This is just from a desktop perspective, I haven't explored it on a mobile device.

    I think this really detracts from the experience which is otherwise delightful!

    1 point
    • Jake Fleming, almost 4 years ago

      Thank you, Saul!

      I did not optimize the images yet. Hoping to knock that out today. The loading states were put in to let the user know that something was actually about to be shown instead of just a white screen until I can get all the image sizes down. Thanks again for the useful feedback!

      0 points
  • Jim SilvermanJim Silverman, almost 4 years ago

    a bit too monotone for my taste. looks great, though.

    0 points
  • Walker Reed, almost 4 years ago

    One thing that I think would be nice is adding some navigation options to the bottom of each project page. I found it a little confusing to have to scroll back to the top of the page, click the logo to jump back to the home page, and then scroll down to select the next project. Maybe you just put your thumbnails from the home page as the footer beneath each project, or maybe just a "next project" and "home" option.

    Lots of nice work!

    0 points