Surprisingly this didn't win over recruiters
Are you really surprised though?
I mean, I can see the effort you put in here, but I wouldn't show it to potential recruiters tbh.
Not surprising at all. Half probably thought this was your legitimate design style. The other half probably didn't take the time to click deep enough to see your work and if your design sensibility meshes with the role they are trying to fill.
I feel this kind of stuff works best when you're already happily working, have a reputation and are doing it more for fun - not employment.
Example of when it works...
They don't care quality :)
You should've done your mockups with a Nokia brick.
Not sure do I like the design (as a joke it's great) but I must say your cases are documented extremely well. Good job on that! I'm too lazy to create something like that and it's a problem.
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lol thanks Joe
The about page is a masterpiece.
I should be proud of my portfolio: https://surjithctly.in/
Why the hell?
This is fun!
Though, I'd be more impressed if you did this with 90s web technology. Flexbox is an unfair advantage.