“DONT MAKE ME THINK Revisited”
Steve Kurg has done an excellent job so far making usability and the human to computer interaction seem simple enough to understand. He points out a rather interesting difference in the way we as designers build websites and how users actually use them. When I’m looking on a website for just a, one, single, solitary snowboard, I go through the progressions of navigating to the place where I can browse them. It all happens very fast, and he makes sure to point that out in his little “self talks” that help illustrate some of his points. All of the things he points out that seem face-palm worthy in real life can actually help to build a better website that has users wanting to show others and go back and use it again.
Its important to remember how you feel when you cant figure out something on the internet. Do you want to do that again? What if there are other options that may be easier? Those other options are competitors and that is a very real thing. With the amount designers increasing as we get older, making sure you understand that you can not only affect people lives with design, you can help make you or your employer more money, which is mighty important concerning your future.
“Why Mood Boards Matter”
This was an interesting little piece about how moods boards can make a design process easier. When the author used “painting with big brush strokes”, it really sunk in. With almost any art, there is a process of layers that help build the overall and final piece. Without these layers, the final product may be dull and not as sharp as you would like it to look. This helps not only you but your future clients as well.
Hayk’s portfolio was very pleasing while being very basic at the same time. While this portfolio only has 6 projects (a realistic goal for myself) it spaced all of them appropriately. Font was san serif and no capitals were used, a style i am fond of. The navigation was simple shapes with hover states defining what each shape meant, located in the top right corner. The logo was also the “home” button and was in the same place whether you were on a project page or some other page. The page itself was one scrollable page, with an about me right above the footer. The color choice was muted but really went well together, the gray and tealish green worked nice together in my opinion. I would have liked to see a little more information about each project.
This portfolio is uber simplistic. Laid out like a backwards calendar, it is separated in boxes label in order of project completed and date. There are not any other pictures other than the one of Francesco’s back for the about me icon. This takes on a very interesting concept of having the person looking at your portfolio search for what they are looking for and peek behind the curtain. What also makes this portfolio special is the interactivity after you complete looking at a project. The website crosses out the project that you have looked at, kind of like marking off the days of the calendar. I don’t like how some of the pictures interfere with the description of the project though.
Nick Jones uses a very appealing layout to make a very intriguing and interesting portfolio website. The links at the top left included a way to contact for work, a link to github and a twitter account. The type choice, (i think times new roman) pairs well with the san serif headers used for the project titles and menu items. the hamburger is used for the menu once you explore the portfolio. the way the information is laid out is nice, it has you find it instead of showcasing words first. The interactivity of the site is pleasant and not difficult at all to understand. His link to various articles and other sites is very helpful for aspiring designers as well.
My Portfolio Ideas!!
So, the big one. My portfolio on the internet, for everyone to see. Lets get to it.