48 comments

  • Dom BriggsDom Briggs, over 1 year ago

    Looks great, nicely structured and clean!

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  • Cody IddingsCody Iddings, over 1 year ago

    I love the type and layout treatments of all your work. Want to move to San Diego? ;)

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  • Mike StezyckiMike Stezycki, over 1 year ago

    Hey Cole, I really like it, single column works for me, font sizes are nicely adjusted and the typeface itself looks really nice! One thing I have found is that on a blog post, if a line of code is long enough, the whitespace effects the length of the page and you can scroll:

    http://twnsnd.co/work/fresh-install-yosemite-easy

    Maybe set your pre boxes to overflow-x: scroll; to stop that. I'd also like to see a bit more meat in your case studies. It's nice you've done a write up, but I feel you could go into greater length about the designs you've made etc.

    Other than that, it looks slick and polished to me. Nice one!

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  • Dash FinnDash Finn, over 1 year ago

    Hey, you're the guy who made the Balzac theme, right? You had a great WordPress theme as well on Creativemarket, but now it's not available anymore?

    Anyways, lots of people giving you feedback on the design, so I'm going focus on the writing. I have three points for you. Hopefully these will help you:

    1. Your introduction

    Your index page has this description:

    "Cole Townsend is a designer who wants to work with you."

    I think you could do a lot better here.

    • Why is it that I should work with you, instead of another designer?
    • What kind of results you would be able to create?

    For example: you have visualized Tour de France! That should be on the front page, because it's something that people can understand quickly. Brutal truth is that people think about themselves when they visit your site and want to see how you can help them.

    2. Your offer

    "He has a penchant for thoughful solutions."

    Cole, have you said this to anyone in a real life conversation? Would this be a way for you to introduce yourself? Probably not. Not trying to shame you here – we all fall into the trap of using hard-to-understand language from time to time. This is very common. I would challenge you to think of an alternative for this. How do your friends introduce you to other people?

    Example:

    "Here's my friend Cole, he is a designer but not like most you've met. You have to see his work. His designs always show that he actually cares about the project and the people involved. He is very thoughtful. I'm always to see what kind of solutions he can come up with."

    Not perfect, put a little more plain language.

    3. Your social proof

    Do you have or could you get some feedback from people you've worked with? That would be great to see on the landing page. It doesn't need to be cheesy or sales-y. A nice-looking single quote could be great.

    I love the colors of the squares on the landing page.

    I hope this helps and good luck to you Cole!

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  • Eric TownsendEric Townsend, over 1 year ago

    I approve of your last name.

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  • Matt SistoMatt Sisto, over 1 year ago

    I dig it. It would be nice if the header animation didn't reset when navigating back to the home screen (like it doesn't on the other views).

    PS. Hello from just around the corner (Tremont St)!

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  • Megan VoMegan Vo, over 1 year ago

    The "Hire Me" link goes to thoughtbot. Not sure if that's intended...kind of confusing. Maybe different wording? There's a difference in pronouns in your site (ex. Work with Us vs Hire Me)

    Other than that, I think the layouts for the case studies are easy to read and get straight to the point.

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  • Steven CavinsSteven Cavins, over 1 year ago

    The "hire me" call-to-action could probably use some additional contrast from the rest of the options. I'm not really sure why you've organized the IA this way, but it's a little muddy. Good work overall.

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  • Thompson GeorgeThompson George, over 1 year ago

    Journal page and work pages are sick. Really like the layout.

    I would just edit the copy and some of the hovers on the main page. I would remove this "but don’t actually program that much", and that your a Buffalonian. Not that saying where your from is bad, but you can just say your from Buffalo instead of trying to be diff. Just my 2 cents.

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  • Rik RoukensRik Roukens, over 1 year ago (edited over 1 year ago )

    I like it! I think i spotted a mistake on your thenews project. It says Client Panda. Overall I really dig it!

    funfact: i live on townsend street haha.

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  • Victor MustarVictor Mustar, over 1 year ago

    You should go retina for the pictures. It's a detail but it's important :)

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    • Cole Townsend, over 1 year ago

      For sure! Quite a bit of them are, I need to regenerate some stuff for the home page — the gifs I can't serve too large because they take up so much space. Likewise for some of the assets on the Meta page (like the video).

      Thank you for looking!

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  • Tom ReinertTom Reinert, over 1 year ago

    great site! (your side projects rock, btw)

    i noticed two things that haven't been mentioned:

    • clicking on "hire me" leads to thoughtbot. "wait a second", the cient thinks, "I wanted to hire YOU. who's thoughtbot? who am I writing to now?" maybe have a little "hire me" site explaning the process? (i know it's in the homepage copy, but some might read over it or have forgotten it after looking at the other pages)

    • your about text gets very programming-heavy at the end. it's awesome that you learn new things but maybe it's a bit too specific (some potential clients might not know and care what framer is). and it somewhat waters down your focus. what do you do exactly?

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    • Connor NorvellConnor Norvell, over 1 year ago

      I agree on the thoughtbot link. i was confused for a second why the hire me page looked completely different. took me a second to clue in.

      I agreee with your second point as well. maybe OP could add a page talking about what he is currently learning, and keep the about page more "what i already know/who i am"?

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  • John MorrisJohn Morris, over 1 year ago

    Really dig the reversal of the standard hover behaviour for image/text overlaying. (showing the text and then the image on hover).

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  • Scott de JongeScott de Jonge, over 1 year ago

    Nice. Small fixes would be margins on

  • items in the articles http://twnsnd.co/work/fresh-install-yosemite-easy

    As well as styles for

     blocks and  to differentiate it from body copy.

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