Be nice. Or else.
San Francisco UX Architect at Critical Mass Joined 9 months ago
I agree with you, Jon – my immediate assumption upon landing here is 1.) oh a personal site on DN, 2.) oh they're a product designer, therefore 3.) they want critique on it based on what product designer portfolios SHOULD be.
Those were all presumptions on my part, for sure, and it looks like others have their own, too.
I like your site! It represents exactly what you want in your own personal corner of the internet.
So, based on what you've said it was, here's my thoughts:
I love the microinteractions! The hand wave movement + the canadian flag are cool, and the hover states on the links are great. You clearly explain that they lead to Dribbble too.
I like your color, type, and IA choices – it's very clear you're good at web design from such a simple site. It's very strong!
But at this point, it does look like this site stands as simply a site to be posted on DN for show and tell, and nothing more... which is fine! But if you actually intend to show people outside of DN, I recommend at the very least including some contact information.
Your site is better than most first timers'! Good work!
I think you can summarize your designer's statement on your about page by a lot. Also, consider showing work history; if you don't have a work history, think about including something that would work well in it's place. Side projects? Freelance projects? Anything?
the aesthetics are top notch, but your Where Next? case study is lacking a lot of pertinent information. UX is heavily saturated in the market, and your case study does not stand out.
It opens with grammar errors: "In Shoreditch, London We found that were were over ..." then an unnecessary comma: "radius, with" There are other grammar errors throughout the study. I'd go over it with a fine tooth comb again.
it's great that you 'kept the journey short,' but that doesn't tell me anything about the decisions you made to make that happen. How did you make users' journeys short?
What did you find in your interviews? How did that lead to your design direction?
Again, your visuals are top notch, but I'd consider beefing up your case study with more information.
Super smooth as hell and gorgeous portfolio otherwise!
This is a very common industry term.
what does fluid do?
And of course, Auto Layout :P
Everyone has their own workflows, and deadlines prevents standardizing workflow. Things such as canvas headers, layer and symbol naming conventions, etc.
Folks are too bogged down with work.
I'd like some time built into our schedules to get everyone aligned, but that's a big ask for many reasons, the most frustrating reason being no one cares as much as I do to get everyone aligned.
I certainly will keep in touch!
That's p rad re: CM stuff. I'd love to hear more about that. I'll shoot you a PM on twitter?
Aw, I wish I was looking right now! This vid rules!
had the same impression.