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Pass along my compliments to your brother — he has a knack for capturing candid moments without making the subjects look silly. It sounds simple, but you’d be surprised how many wedding photos we didn’t frame because of one awkward, mouth-half-open-with-pototates guest in the background.
On the whole, you’ve built a tasteful, simple site — nice job! I dig the text and background colors choices, which distinguish you from the standard black and white photography portfolio, and the entire layout scales well across different devices. Although nothing immediately jumped out as need to fix, I do have a few areas you might want to consider revisiting if you have time:
In the contact form area, “What is your query regarding?” reads overly formal (and a bit off tone) compared to the rest of the site. I might look at rewording to “What can I help you with?” or “What services are you interested in?”. Go with the latter if you’re interested in keeping the third-person vibe established on the About page.
Homepage sliders / carousels are often unwieldy, but I think you’ve kept this one minimal, without any extra indicators or auto-advancing nonsense. That said, if you’re going to present photos in such a large way, I’d consider having each image link to its respective album. A few of the photos in the carousel really drew me in, but I didn’t have any way to find the rest of the set without manually going through each one.
Even though Wedding is in your navigation, it points back to the homepage, which confused me for a few seconds while I realized nothing had changed.
I was thrown off by the “Instagram // @Jeremy Blode Photography” copy, because I immediately attributed the @ sign to Twitter, not Instagram, and there wasn’t any indication that then entire string was a single link. Unless the “@“ is an important character, I feel like the link reads a little more cleanly without it, particularly when set in all caps?
On each wedding / travel album’s page, I’d look at ways to add a little variety to the single-column stack of images. Additionally, these pages are a ripe opportunity to inject some writing about the event, even if it’s only a few sentences at the top. Paul Stamatiou’s photo blog is a really advanced example of such a concept, but you can see how even a little writeup (coupled with some variety in the photo layout) makes the story of the event land.
Finally, and a little more broadly, I’d look at consistency of voice in your copy. You’re using first person voice on the FAQ page, but then third person in the About section. You’ve got
hello@ for his email, which I read as friendly, but then the formal “What is your query regarding?” on the contact form. Whichever route you go, I’d make all the copy consistent.
(Personally, I like the first person tone better. Everyone enjoys feeling like they’re a big third-person-bio type of creative, but I’ve always connected with and trusted folks who aren’t afraid to have a conversation with me through their site. If it’s just your brother, that’s not a disadvantage, and I’d make sure to sell the 1:1 aspect of his services.)
As I mentioned above, I think you’ve got a really simple, smart looking site here. You’ve definitely done right by your brother, and I’d wager he owes you a free photoshoot or two. Take what you will from the above notes, but regardless, this is an excellent start.
We've run a number of design sprints (including the shortened 3-day variant), and they're a great arrow to have in the quiver. That said, sprints are as much a people tool as a product one. The perceived value from a sprint by folks not on the design team (business, sales, etc.) might be why the process feels hyped right now.
Been using the beta for about a week now, and it's grown on me. Closer to Sparrow than anything we've had before.
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There is no shortage of text editors for MacOS, yet I continually come back to TextEdit. It’s fast, simple, open source, and every Mac has a copy preinstalled. Go pick out a nice monospaced font, and I think you have a challenger for even the most minimalistic of writing interfaces.
Good design is good SEO.
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Dribble shots are not news.
Neither are the handful of portfolios that get posted here each week?
If a Dribbble shot is relevant to the community discussion, vote it up. If not, ignore.
Stupid fast, simple, and a thoughtful alternative to the main NPR site.
With a name like CSS-Tricks, I think it's safe to assume we'll see a new design several times a year. I find it fun.
The only thing I dislike about this current iteration is how the site navigation moves the currently-selected item to the front of the list. Probably an oversight or bug, but still disorienting.
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