really cool look, I'd definitely like to see bigger click areas, the icons are too tiny and hard to hover.
My wife just redesigned her portfolio site, she works mostly in print. Would love any feedback.
I think this is really nice, but I'm curious as to what an actual target client would think.
I had a portfolio design a while back that did something similar (stylized icons for each individual project). I got a lead on a job and they asked to see my portfolio. I sent it to them and then didn't hear back for a few days. I followed up and they said they wanted someone with "web design skills", which surprised me because my entire portfolio at the time was around web design. Turns out, they just looked at the icons and didn't bother clicking or hovering over them.
I didn't end up pursuing that client further.
My first thought was that this design had some discoverability issues. Sounds like you already (inadvertently) did the user test to prove it.
I'd be very curious to know the target client as well. Aesthetically, the site is very well put together. Usability wise, there's a lot of issues. A serious lack of affordances on the homepage is the biggest IMO. Put yourself in a clients shoes. If I was surfing through portfolios and I landed on this page (which gives basically no info I need as a client to be compelled to learn more), I'd probably just jump to the next site. Most people don't approach websites like a designer who will hover and click on everything. But hey, maybe she's looking for curious clients that are willing to explore. It's all about you audience.
I feel like the google material click effect doesn't quite match with her chronicle style. Other than that, impressive!
Also bug: scrollbar (without the bar)
Love it, she is very talented! I like the idea of the hovering icons and the minimalist design. I'd suggest 4 icons per row and make them a little larger.
Love the hover state animations! The simplicity of the homepage is very complimentary to the playful illustrations. The use of Avenir looks really fresh and fitting with Molly's style.
There were just a few tiny things I noticed that may be worth considering:
When exploring the body of work, it became a little redundant to have to go back to the grid every time I wanted to see another project. A footer on each project page with the past/previous work might be a pretty simple solution.
Although it's pretty minor, I was curious about the combination of the magenta as the primary accent with the muted off-white tones in the background and hover states. Totally subjective I realize, but the contrast felt a little off-balanced together.
All in all, really lovely portfolio—your wife must be so happy with it!
I would suggest making the sticking header shorter in height. For me, it is too visually strong as it distracting me from focusing on the images/photos
Lovely site, her work is beautiful! My only suggestion would be increase the click area, other than that, wonderful!
This is lovely. I've never seen a portfolio site quite like this. Definitely digging it. A couple of things...
It might be interesting (or worth a try) to see what the page would look like if the word/text/titles of the projects were not hidden when in-active, but were (instead) just a light gray and or thinner font/weight. So, then, hovering would be more like this: http://i.imgur.com/Hf3kLPE.gif
Also, that one mail/envelope icon is confusing to me... especially w/o any titles underneath the thumbnails. It comes across as the "contact me" link.
Seriously, though, I'm really liking the site. The icons are well designed and stream-lined. And, honestly, I think I like the size of the icons. It's cool that they're not huge like most portfolio site. I would agree, though, the click/hover area could be bigger.
This is wonderful, great use of that material effect. Definitely made me look through most of the work.
That is nice and refreshing. Your back button is messing up the coolness http://i.imgur.com/5oYb0Tg.png
oooh, good catch! thanks!
Love it, great work and that jumper is amazing!
This may just be me but I think it would be nice to have a description of the work you do in the header like you do on the about page. It might be a little unclear to someone what they're looking at if they just stumble onto your site.
Is it unusably slow on anybodys phone other than mine?
Your site redirects and causes my browser's back button to break. Please fix!
the click effect makes me anxious. i really think it'd be better off without it. really sweet design otherwise..
Looking good! The sideways scroll effect is a little disorienting for me. Perhaps make the project pages fade in or scroll in from the bottom?
Only real comment: the About page. What's up w/ that unhappy mug? Some really great work and then this page just kills it (not in a good way). Does she hate what she does?
Simple fix :-)
Really clean and easy to navigate. The about page is lacking a bit of info. And some of the others were saying, icons a bit too small, could use labels for context
This is awesome.