27 comments

  • Tori PughTori Pugh, 3 years ago

    I find the cursor to be really large. I don't mind the look but the size is monstrous it's really distracting. The type could be a tadbit darker for more comfortable reading. Otherwise, nice and clean. I like the logo but think it might need to be a little larger.

    3 points
  • Josh KisselJosh Kissel, 3 years ago

    I don't like the change to my cursor - feels like pretty poor UX - especially coming from a UI/UX designer (not attacking you, just if you are going to call yourself out as one (on your personal site) you better make sure you really live up to it).

    I think you could darken up your body copy a little bit. The contrast feels a bit light.

    At the end of a portfolio item you have a contact me blurb but no way to actually do that. (I expected the "contact me" to be a link).

    Your logo (your name in that script) doesn't really seem to fit well with the rest of the aesthetic that you've created on your site.

    Mobile: It feels like your margins are too close to the edge of the phone (android - chrome latest) Also some of your line heights get screwy on mobile (way to high).

    Overall, I like the layout and it seems like you're providing the right amount of copy (not too much but not too little).

    1 point
    • Jonathan KelleyJonathan Kelley, 3 years ago

      Thanks Josh,

      Understand that you don't like the mouse cursor, had mixed reviews. Saying it impacts the user experience isn't "right" yes - it may if you put it on the likes of jet.com but right now the target audience is meant for employers.

      Oh - I will fix the contact bubble straight away thanks for pointing it out. Appreciated!

      Will take another look on mobile - what device are you using?

      0 points
      • Josh KisselJosh Kissel, 3 years ago

        RE: The mouse cursor I'm sure you have had mixed review. I had a similar type of (designer) mixed reviews element on my site (in the end I kept it because I liked it and could explain why I did it- which did come up in an interview).

        I'm using a Motorola Pure '15 - Near stock (nexus). Margins looked like ~10px felt cramped on edges. On the line height seemed like the second paragraph on each individual portfolio page was affected.

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  • Nate Parrott, 3 years ago

    Looks great! One thing that stuck out is the fact that you included the Tumblr logo, with the same positioning as the companies you actually did work for. Seeing that you'd included the Tumblr logo when you've just made a theme for Tumblr, rather than working directly on the product, made me question whether you'd actually done work for the other companies whose logos you included (all of which you actually did work for, it seems). May want to remove the Tumblr logo, or put it somewhere else, just to avoid confusing people.

    1 point
    • Jonathan KelleyJonathan Kelley, 3 years ago

      Hi Nate, thanks for the feedback. Will change this from your suggestion, it's difficult as a theme doesn't really have a logo, but I will improvise :). Thanks again for taking a look and giving your feedback - it all helps!

      0 points
  • Duncan RussellDuncan Russell, 3 years ago

    I agree that the cursor looks out of place considering how clean the design is. I think it would need more of a retro or ironic aesthetic to fit with the pixellated, novelty cursor.

    That said I really like what's underneath. The site's simple and elegant.

    As a side-note: I've been noticing the term "UI/UX designer" get used more and more recently – but what does "UI/UX designer" mean exactly? Is it just the cool new way to say "digital designer"?

    I've also noticed a lack of common UX work on UI/UX portfolios – which seem to focus on the final product instead. It just strikes me as odd.

    0 points
    • Jonathan Kelley, 3 years ago

      Thanks for the feedback Duncan. The cursor is getting a mixed bag of reviews as you've probably noticed with other comments. UI/UX designer, I think it stems from that you haven't pegged yourself into one form - similar to a developer saying 'I'm a developer and can do multiple languages' instead of saying 'I can do Ruby on Rails and that's about it'.

      With the lack of UX work, I did try and push bits of a case study, but obviously showing processes, A/B tests, User testing results etc.. would make the work 100x longer, especially when most employers will judge you on the first 10-20 seconds of viewing your folio.

      Thanks again for the views - really is appreciated!

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      • Duncan RussellDuncan Russell, 3 years ago (edited 3 years ago )

        You're welcome dude!

        UI/UX designer, I think it stems from that you haven't pegged yourself into one form

        Fair enough. To me that's just a digital designer I suppose (i.e. designs digital products, but isn't tied to one particular practise).

        I wouldn't have "UX" in my job title if it was evidenced with process in the portfolio though. I've been burnt before by designers who've added UXYZ to their job title to jump up a paygrade, but ultimately haven't been knowledgeable of otherwise standard UX practises.

        I don't mean to direct this at you – just explaining my wariness!

        0 points
        • Jonathan KelleyJonathan Kelley, 3 years ago

          Understand completely. I've previously put UX information in my portfolio, but a lot of employers like looking at finished designs in the portfolio, then within the interview process ask for more details on how you got to that point. I find this way of explaining a lot more personal, and you can explain the process in detail.

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  • Ryan Bibb, 3 years ago

    "You've reached the end of this portfolio piece.

    Don't worry there's lot more, are you sold? Contact me"

    Typo in the footer? Should read something like "There's lots more" or "There's a lot more".

    Great work though - it looks lovely.

    0 points
  • Obinwanne Hill, 3 years ago

    Like the handwritten signature. I think the site would look more professional if you made the UI more visual, something like this: http://studiyaplitki.ru/, but probably with bright block color overlays over your portfolio images with the logos in white (as a good contrast), and without the gratuitous animation.

    Right now, it kind of look like a theme and might not portray the kind of professional look and feel you need as a UI/UX pro.

    My two cents

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