#IXD103 Week 9 – Portfolio Sites

Content Planning – How can I prepare for my website?

  • Consider formatting & Placement of elements –  Media, placement,  structure, sizing, etc.
  • What projects can I include/showcase? – Pizza brand, Travel app, Infographic, typeface specimen, personal projects, etc.
  • What order can I display these? – Favourite to least favourite
  • What text will I include – About me/Bio, brief project information, footer section, etc.
  • Additional information – Links, contacts, etc
  • Will my site be text led or image led? – Hero, gifs, etc
  • One page or multi paged? 

Looking at other websites for Inspiration

I’ve picked 5 of my most favourite website that Daniel has shared with us to gain inspiration from and both personal research of my own.

https://www.rachel-schmitz.com/

In my opinion this website is designed immaculately. This is personalised website by Rachel Schmitz which gained my attention right away.

What I like about this website:

  • Crisp clean interface and typography
  • Projects are all aligned and colour coded
  • Products are viewable from the start
  • Unobtrusive home screen – small NAV, large use of white space
  • Shows only the most important information in a very simplified manner

 

https://www.seanhalpin.design/

What I like about this website:

  • Very abstract and playful
  • Pop down menus on nav bar
  • Short description of him before jumping into his work
  • Interactive elements, hoovering over projects, eye follows cursor, etc.
  • Animative logo
  • Casual linguistic register
  • Footer blends into background

 

https://www.thatedchao.com/

What I like about this website:

  • No Navigation or footer – prescribes all of the vital information at top of page.
  • Simple monogram, wordmark and contacts all beside each other.
  • Straight into portfolio – no scrolling and no unnecessary information.
  • Two columns – one for information and the other for projects
  • Black background highlights both text and projects.

 

https://www.stevenmengin.com/

What I like about this website:

  • Starts off with an eye catching animation
  • Begins with name and title
  • Unique scroll bar
  • Interactive, animative and engaging –  hoovering over projects causes sweeping effect, scrolling causes animations, etc.
  • Headings are semi merged with projects ultimately resulting in one column
  • His ‘about’ is locked onto the left hand side – unique positioning.

 

https://svasnani.com/

What I like about this website:

  • Begins with a short about me page condensing all of the pages information to one information box.
  • One long column with different colours
  • Simplistic layout
  • Interactive hoovering animations over projects
  • Little scrolling or effort to see projects.

Tips

Checklist

  • Bio & Brand Dictionary
  • Monogram
  • Wordmark
  • Visual Marque
  • Brand Guidelines
  • Website Design
  • Website Build
  • Research Blogs

What have I learned

This session has been both a good reminder of what work I can do and plan whilst coming into the final weeks. Through some of the techniques that I have learned today I will now start to plan and develop my website starting with basic wireframes.

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