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Conor O'Driscoll

Conor O'Driscoll

Joined over 6 years ago via an invitation from Jared E. Conor has invited Jeff Broderick, Matt Thompson, Jen Marquez, Riki Tanone, Matthew Williams and 1 other

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  • Posted to Site Design: Conor O'Driscoll, Portfolio Site, in reply to Cole Townsend , Jul 03, 2013

    Hey Cole,

    Awesome, thanks so much for all this feedback, sorry I'm only just seeing it now. I'll definitely increase the time between the word changes, and will play around with the line-heights and margins as you suggested.

    As for the illustration, that's an entirely legitimate comment: Out of interest, how big is your browser window? It scales infinitely in relation to that. Maybe I should cap it at some point... And with regards the angularity and coldness of the illustration, I'll have a look into that too: I haven't received that comment from anyone else, but that doesn't exactly mean anything. If I was sensible, I'd just go and get some photos done, but that would require being sensible...

    Thanks again for taking the time to do this, and for the kind words!

    1 point
  • Posted to Site Design: Conor O'Driscoll, Portfolio Site, in reply to Cole Townsend , Jun 27, 2013

    Thanks, Cole! By all means, fire away!

    0 points
  • Posted to Using Proxima Nova, Apr 12, 2013

    "Typography is an artform in itself, separate from web design"

    I bake cakes, but cracking eggs is an artform in itself, separate to baking, so I just chuck the eggs in whole.

    Really not seeing the logic here - Web designers need to have a grasp of typography, because, y'know, the web is largely type-driven. That's not to say, of course, that you shouldn't use Proxima Nova - it's a fantastic font - but taking the safe font option all the time can produce stale designs.

    1 point
  • Posted to Forms vs. Email — Best Practice?, Apr 09, 2013

    I always have both - A site will rarely provide a contact form with absolutely no context, so it does no harm to chuck a "If you'd prefer, you can send an e-mail to me directly." link at the end.

    I personally far prefer to send messages via a mailto: link, and on sites where I give the option, I find about 60-70% of the people who message me agree...

    1 point
  • Posted to Ask DN: How to promote your personal blog properly?, Apr 06, 2013

    I'd definitely echo Allan's idea of posting at a consistent level, both time-wise and quality-wise, but, at the same time, don't write if you don't want to - We can tell. Good content comes when you want to write. That's not to say that you should sit around waiting for inspiration to come to you - There are ways of generating ideas that will, hopefully, get you excited to write stuff.

    In terms of actual promotion, I'd recommend marketing your site not solely on the content - Get it on web design galleries if possible, or whatever. People will visit your site, maybe just to look at the design, but then some might read your stuff and get interested in it.

    Above all, persist. You're not gonna go viral straight away. Heck, I've been writing my blog for 18 months now, and I'm only really getting 300-600 pageviews/day, on an average day, with a thousand-pageview day about once a week, and one day, I approached 10,000 (Yeah, I got featured on SmashingMag. I hit lucky.) So yeah, keep at it, a fanbase will eventually arise.

    5 points
  • Posted to Side Project of the Year, Apr 03, 2013

    Definitely one of the hardest categories to call! I'm gunning for One Minute With (obviously), but, if I'm completely honest, I'd say it's between Sidebar and Pastry Box - Two projects which have actually changed our industry in a significant way.

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