Ask DN: Destroy my portfolio

over 5 years ago from , UX Designer

Hi DN!

It's portfolio season once again, and here I pledge my humble portfolio to your merciless critique. I've been doing it for quite some time, so this will probably gonna hurt. Some specific feedback I'm looking for:

  • Yes, it is wordy. But is it boring? It is easy to scan for important information in the case studies?

  • Is using Medium articles / external Dribbble links bad? Does it gets in the way of navigation or visualizing the projects?

Unleash your inner design critic! (or maybe not, just kidding)


PS: I'd like to thank everyone regardless of feedback, I've inspired myself in a bunch of great portfolios I've seen here in DN <3


  • Tom ReinertTom Reinert, over 5 years ago

    [destroy mode on]

    visually, the page is quite boring and weak. the only interesting element ist the background, which is barely noticable. playing with the lines is interesting, but it could be a lot stronger, even to the point that it's the defining element of your brand.

    overall it's lacking consistency. there's left- and right aligned and centered stuff, different colours with no apparent sense, then suddenly this weird animation. the typography is okay but nothing more. it could be a lot stronger and less well-behaved.

    i guess your case studies are nice, but I didn't read them, because nothing sparked my interest. also, the opening medium tab is an instant CMD+W.

    Your code and writing stuff looks like it wants to disappear. Which is sad, because it's some good work.


    Sorry ;)

    I think you do good work and you come across a great guy. You can be a lot more confident about your work and let your portfolio communicate that.

    3 points
    • Daniel Fosco, over 5 years ago

      No need to say sorry, this is all excellent feedback! Thanks :)

      Just curious, what do you mean by “Your code and writing stuff looks like it wants to disappear“?

      0 points
  • Alex CampAlex Camp, over 5 years ago

    Nice work. Totally just my personal opinion, but it's sort of my pet peeve to see emojis on portfolio websites. I feel like using them is dirty/generic/lazy. Custom icons would have more character and follow your branding etc.

    2 points
    • Daniel Fosco, over 5 years ago


      Yeah emojis, are everywhere, specially that “hello” hand... I'm enjoying riding this wave for now, but will keep in mind to explore custom icons in the future.

      Icon design is not my strong point, but maybe that's exactly the opportunity to improve :)

      0 points
  • Michael Senkow, over 5 years ago

    Made add lazy scroll to the nav so it doesn't just jump to the section. That may just be a preference on my part though.

    2 points
    • Daniel Fosco, over 5 years ago

      Thanks! You're not the first one to tell me this — taking a second look, the transition does look a bit jarring at the moment.

      0 points
  • Caleb SylvestCaleb Sylvest, over 5 years ago

    I think it's great. Exactly what a portfolio should be. Good work, shows that you're well rounded, simple and clear design but not boring. Has just enough sparkle.

    2 points
  • Ollie BarkerOllie Barker, over 5 years ago

    Looks great :) Love the animated git graphic! One thing I would say, is I'm not a fan of the little shapes in the header. They're a little to thin and to many for my liking. The animation is nice but I wonder if there should be fewer of them but each one should have a thicker stroke.

    1 point
    • Daniel Fosco, over 5 years ago

      fewer of them but each one should have a thicker stroke.

      hadn't thought of that, just making them thinner. will test it and see how it works out, thanks!

      0 points
  • Lee Beckwith, over 5 years ago


    Nice portfolio. I think it's cool you can code as well as design. I'll just skip to a couple criticisms for you.

    • I think the 3 cases is a good start, and I like that the portfolio concept is simple. However I think you can clean up the typography to make it easier to scan. The summary about yourself at the top that's narrowly aligned left, then the alternating side titles, all that doesn't mix that well because it takes the reader too much time to figure out what's going on. Since each case study is visually complicated with the image collage plus the title and description on alternating sides, overall it's overly designed. I think you should make the titles on the same side of the page and try and make each case study bar simpler. Also since there is an animated background that adds to the overall visual complexity and makes it more about the design than the content, which again is like a meal that's made too hard to eat. Even if the ingredients are good.

    • The contents of each case study has different places where the text starts adding further visual complexity, rather than starting the text on the same line.

    • "Selected Work" is really close to the actual selected work itself, and since it's on the opposite side as the title for the first case, it looks like it's actually part of the content rather than a section header.

    • I personally don't like to read Medium articles for a variety of reasons. And they're probably not popular reasons. But my opinion is that if the case studies were contained in this site it would be easier for me to read each one and navigate back. Sending me away to these really big articles seems like too much investment in a portfolio. I guess it depends on what you're trying to get out of your portfolio. But I like ones that are really simple, and have a couple quick stories that I can get through in a few minutes. This seems more like a 1-2 hour investment to read everything here.

    Overall I really like the concept of your 3 skill sets. But I would make the design section a lot simpler, especially typographically, and I would also consider getting rid of the animated background. Probably since you spent a lot of time here it's easy to think other people will also spend a lot of time here. But rather than designing for that, my humble suggestion is to design for a 3-5 minute read and have a good feeling and impact for the first time visitor.

    1 point
  • Dan Nanasi, over 5 years ago

    Your About page is lacking. I want to learn more about you as a person, and while you briefly mention that you sketch, I get the impression that your work is all-encompassing. What do you do when you're not working? DO you do anything when you're not working?

    You have a (currently missed) opportunity to set the stage for how you're going to integrate with a team, not just in terms of skillset.

    1 point
    • Daniel Fosco, over 5 years ago

      Hadn't considered that, but it makes sense. The whole site is about design already, no reason for “about me” to repeat it as well. Thanks!

      0 points
  • Art VandelayArt Vandelay, over 5 years ago

    Have the background load in a smidgen faster. I agree with another commenter that it feels boring but then i was like oh wait where did this bg come in from. But when I reloaded I realized it slowly comes in.

    If you make that happens a little faster it may add to the overall "active" vibe.

    0 points