Paul Macgregor - Works (works.pm)
over 4 years ago from ChrisArchitec t, webdev, ops & solver of things
over 4 years ago from ChrisArchitec t, webdev, ops & solver of things
I heavily appreciate the resizing breakpoint indicators :)
Oh wow, hadn't noticed! That's awesome!
Love the site! so clean and minimal. I did get a little bit lost or confused when changing projects - I didn't realize I had to scroll down (or that anything had changed) the first couple times I clicked on different projects. maybe there is a clean way to hint at the rest of the project beneath the fold?
Love how the animations build into each other - you really nailed the timing!
Yeah - that's coming up a fair bit. Think I'm going to have to do something there. (I have an early comp where a massive red arrow appears if you haven't scrolled after a few seconds). Thanks for the feedback - appreciated.
I share the same sentiment as Willem. It wasn't immediately clear to me that I had to scroll down. I thought I was just back to the home page. however, I LOVE the transitions and the overall aesthetic. subtle, but also feels very luxurious. bravo.
Made a subtle change that - hopefully - helps the scrolling situation.
Nice domain. The navigation is massively confusing though! The Works page and the About page are totally different. About offers a traditional scrolling experience, while the Works page I have been unable to figure out after 5 minutes of experimenting. SO confusing! So you hover over the titles in the list (which you cannot scroll through), and a preview image appears. I still cannot figure out how to scroll the works list, I thought that clicking might work, and it sort of does because it will animate to that list item, but once the animation finishes, it goes back to what I thought was the home screen. Seriously, once I clicked on a few of them, I thought that I had returned to the home screen! After 4 or 5 clicks, I realized that the detailed portfolio pages look exactly like the home page, but you have to scroll first to be able to see the work. This makes the user have to pay really close attention to just navigate through the site, not good. Not to mention, users don't have a clear way of viewing the entire list.
Pardon my bluntness and overuse of exclamation marks, I just liked what I saw and wanted to see more and was frustrated with how hard it was for me to browse. I hope there's something of value you can extract from my reaction/feedback. The work itself is really top notch, I just want to be able to get around it without thinking too hard. Its accidentally a little bit too much like a puzzle.
After another visit, I realized that the list of portfolio items is a barreling list. I didn't catch that before. While its cool that you got that to work, I think the list is short enough to where you don't need it to repeat.
No worries Tim.
Its accidentally a little bit too much like a puzzle.
I think that's the thing certain parts of the DN readership fail to get - it's not accidental. I could have easily opted for a grid of thumbs, or a list menu, but I was more interested in finding a visual pattern that I liked. Even at the expense of 'usability'. Also, solving puzzles can be fun.
It's all good though - my sites have never been particularly well received on here - but I'm mostly doing them for myself.
People seem to hate fun these days, keep fighting the good fight.
love the transition between projects from the bottom links. very smooth
Dat domain tho
I'm a fan.
Some cool stuff here Paul (site wise and work wise).
Just as I was about to leave the website I realised that you could scroll down to see images of the projects. The home page doesn't scroll so I just presumed the work pages didn't either. I did think it was a bit strange that you just had a paragraph of text for every project but had decided to leave at that point anyway.
I wasn't keen on not having a link back to the homepage, it's frustrating. I've only now just realised that there are two different sites here too, follow.pm and works.pm, which is slightly confusing. Also only just got the connection with your name and the domain :)
I totally get that personal sites are meant to be a playground etc but I feel the navigation was just too confusing for me and I almost didn't get to see any of the work, which I guess is the main point of the website existing in the first place. I'd be worried too that a potential employer would view that as "bad UX" rather than me just trying something different. You won't be able to please everyone though!
As I said, some nice stuff here and I would be keen to check out any further iterations. I liked the Easter egg when resizing the screen...
Well, I think this is absolutely fantastic. Cool transitions combined with sweet interaction surprises, I was delighted with the follow page. Nice Work! This is a great piece of inspiration for myself.
Even though It's a bit unconventional but I really kind of enjoyed it. The simplicity in the subtle framing of the portfolio pieces was great.
The only thing I'm missing is more information about the work itself, but portfolio websites are dealers choice I guess.
Wow Paul, impressed by your work (realized I've seen most of it around and/or used it at one point or another) and I love this pared down approach to the portfolio. It's very focused, clean, and effective. Great stuff! Did you build it yourself, or work alongside a dev?
In 19 words it says work three times. Also, the line breaking after a word with a hyphen feels weird. When I resize the screen I almost got blinded from the bright pink background. When I clicked on Airbnb in 'work' i got 3 lines about what they did there but no work. Wtf? This website makes no sense.
Edit - oh shit you can scroll haha. Maybe give some indication you can do that, and dont get rid of the scrollbar.
Twice Todd, twice.
Not to nit pick, but one of those words you have circled for me isn't 'work'.
I dont really care man, It's not my portfolio, I was just trying to give some feedback. Have a nice day!
Really diggin' the site Paul. It's so clean and smooth, everything just feels so damn good. I'm inspired now, thanks!
In 19 words it says work three times.
three very distinct purposes: title, body copy, and navigation.
Also, the line breaking after a word with a hyphen feels weird.
a style choice in copywriting.
When I resize the screen I almost got blinded from the bright pink background.
a cool easter egg.
When I clicked on Airbnb in 'work' i got 3 lines about what they did there but no work. Wtf? This website makes no sense.
ok, kind of weird that the scrollbar is delayed a split second. i'll give you that.
1 - Yes, and the visual pattern of having the word 'work' three times in close proximity in such a minimal design seems odd.
2 - Cool? It is confusing to read
3 - Yeah, one that hurts to look at because it flashed bright pink onto my screen when my eyes are used to looking at white. It could've been done with a different, more subdued colour and you'd still get the same easter egg effect.
If you can't flash some bright pink onto a screen on your own website, where can you?
Honestly - it's not that important. It breaks lots of UX rules - being a sensible, expected, well written account of my work wasn't really the point.
Yeah I know man. People take this too seriously. Like I said, it hurt my eyes a bit when I did it. This isn't some FMCG site so it doesnt matter. You can still see you have shithot work from the site (once you scroll down haha) and thats the point.
I think it's a pretty cool detail. A simple 0.2-0.5s fade-in on the pink would probably help smooth out the jarring flash when you introduce it.
I don't see the point in indicating the screen resize... Is it just a random idea for the fun?
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