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My biggest gripe with the hamburger icon is when it's used at large desktop sizes where the full nav could easily be displayed. Here are some thoughts I previously shared on the subject: www.adrianpelletier.com/2014/02/06/more-navigation-less-hamburgers/
Thanks for the input. I do believe you're right about the Homepage and I actually find that to be the hardest page to design when you have multiple passions. The common solution I'm seeing is whatever you do for your main living (i.e. web design/dev in my case) should be emphasized on the Homepage, then sub-passions like photography, writing, etc. can go on other pages.
Hey Paul, thanks for the comment. I've followed your work for quite a few years now and always enjoy seeing what you're up to.
Let me ask you this: do you run into any issues with curating multiple topics (design, photography, etc.) through your Posts section? Or do you think your readers are OK with expecting multiple topics?
To use myself as an example, I have been designing and building on the web for 10 years now, 7 of which have been self-employed. I feel I have a wealth of design/freelance knowledge that I want to share, but I have many other passions too, such as astrophotography (this was last weekend: https://instagram.com/p/389JMkMfqa/). In your opinion, could I write about design and photography (and possibly more topics) on my blog and still have it feel cohesive, or should I pick one and focus on that only? I honestly don't know if I could do the latter because I have many passions.
Makes sense. So, focus on highlighting what pays the bills, then mention your other interests on subsequent pages. This is definitely the technique I have found most when looking for portfolios with lots of varied interests.
Thanks for the comment.
I could not have said it any better — we both share the same perspective and struggle with this topic. Like you said, people want to hire an expert and that usually means someone who does just one thing. If I'm going to hire a carpenter, I want the person who has been doing it for decades and not the someone who does woodwork plus ten other unrelated things.
This is the reality but, unfortunately, it also severely hurts true Jack/Jill of all trades. Da Vinci may be a cliché example but imagine if he had followed only one of his interests. I'd like to think there is a way to embrace multiple passions and still be able to build a cohesive site around them all.
However, your idea of doing separate sites for each passion is likely the best approach and it's something I've been considering as well. From my main personal site, I would then have a "Projects" list that basically says, "Hey, Web Design is my main career but check out these other passions I pursue as well."
Thanks again for the input.
Thanks for the links, everyone. What I'm noticing in these examples is the authors separate their different passions into specific pages (Design, Photography, Music, etc.) and then there's usually a blog that tells the story behind it all. It's an interesting approach and is probably the only way to keep it all organized.
Very interesting. It looks like Alex's answer to showing his three main skills (design, photography, music) was to give each a dedicated page, then the blog appears to be a behind-the-scenes on all of these subjects.
Thank you for the link, this is great.
Aubrey, thanks for the feedback. Nice portfolio and sounds like you have your hands full!
I may not have been clear enough in my question but I'm really looking for individuals who are experts across many different fields. For example, someone who might do computer work but is equally good in an opposing trade, such as carpentry.
This is a hard question to answer without knowing what type of photo you want (nature, people, tech...?) but I think you can probably find what you need from one of the many free stock photos sites. Check www.unsplash.com first, amazing selection of royalty-free photos. If you're looking for nature only, try www.freenaturestock.com (full disclaimer: I run this site). Furthermore, try www.thestocks.im.
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It's been a lot of fun following this project, Anand. I can only imagine more good things to come in Gyroscope's future.