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Always happy to give feedback (for whatever its worth!) to anyone who's put that much work into their passion project. You've got my email now and I'm pumped to get those updates in the inbox. Good luck!
Incredible type, illustrations and storytelling. The Marvin typeface page got me giddy - ended up reading it over a few times and searching through the VGC work. Truly awesome. A few things I noticed:
There was no site menu for me to navigate back to the magazine page after leaving it for the typeface page. And no persistent menu across any pages of the site - I would consider doing something just to keep the user aware of where they are. More on this below.
The typeface page content and story is well written and engaging, but the page itself is super long. Maybe think about having those anchor links persistent? Or breaking it up somehow? Even on desktop I got lost easily.
The anchor jumps are a bit stiff on both pages - maybe its because I feel like I lose my place each time due to the length of the pages. I know smooth-scroll is a bit overused but it might help give the user some context of where they are? But then again the length of the pages would probably make this tedious.
The scroll animations are cool but when climbing back up the page (more noticeable on the mag page) they halt progress and reverse themselves. Is it possible to set an end state for these so they aren't repeated after the user has interacted with them once? Didn't check out how they were built but css animation prop "animation-fill-mode: forwards;" could be a start?
Spacing on the mag landing page is a little awkward (on 15" lappy). Up top there is a big gap for me between the page title (top), intro text (far left) and stamp graphic (far right). It creates a black empty 'T' space which I think could be tightened up, and,
The hierarchy of this area could probably be addressed with the above, the "VISIONS" heading is awesome but I think the elements around it are a bit lost.
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Cheers for the words and recommendations Mitch!
Wow thank you for such a comprehensive response. Expanding through the decision tree like that is super helpful. The only times I have run into anything similar to what I described was doing contract work for government offices which in my experience are at higher risk of these kind of bureaucratic walls. And to be fair not necessarily at the fault of the individual or team but as you described a wider org challenge.
Do you write anywhere else? I would be interested to hear your thoughts on more of these design-within-business problems as I don't see a lot of that around. And/or could you recommend any people to follow who cover these types of things?
Again, thank you!
I've done this before but have had a hard time with some people not wanting to be the decision-maker/key-informer for a team - have you experienced this? and if so how did you get around it?
Have you tried Milanote? It's an artboard notation tool. Amongst other things I find it easy to create and edit user/journey flows with it. Boards can be shared with permission levels, commenting and export to PDF. A small snapshot below of a much larger flow:
Watching on Youtube atm. Thanks for sharing the module and for the awesome tutorial :)
I feel you bro, we've all been there and we'll be there again one day. Love to see these thoughts and feelings turned into something to reflect on and share with others. Kudos! and HNY!
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