Web Design Portfolio

jamis82's picture

I have a web design background, and am trying to improve my typography.

Please give me a critique of my new portfolio design, on the typography especially. This is just a flat comp and will eventually be a working site.

Version 1 (Large jpg 1.2MB)
http://www.jamischarles.com/dev/layout16.jpg

Version 2 (Earlier version, a few changes, large jpg)
http://www.jamischarles.com/dev/layout15.jpg

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

Jamis

Lex Kominek's picture

I'd say spell out "small to medium" instead of "small-medium". Also, that swash on 'You' does nothing but break up the sentence. Get rid of it.

Why is the word "DESIGNED" in small caps under the pictures? It doesn't stand out enough to be a link, and it stands out too much to be just normal text.

Go with the brown "Website Design" at the top right of each picture instead of the orange.

- Lex

jamis82's picture

@Lex: Thanks for the feedback. I agree with all of your comments. I've made those changes.
I removed the swash from then end of "you" but added one at the beginning. Let me know if you like it.

In response to your question: "Why is the word “DESIGNED” in small caps under the pictures? It doesn’t stand out enough to be a link, and it stands out too much to be just normal text."

Answer: I wanted highlight what I had done on those projects without having to make bullet points. So I used small caps to make emphasis to those. Do you think this treatment is not accomplishing that effectively?

I've made the changes and re-uploaded the file.
http://www.jamischarles.com/dev/layout16.jpg

Thanks,

Jamis

Lex Kominek's picture

I think it's looking better now.

The small caps in the middle of a sentence like that just doesn't work, at least for a website. Maybe try italics instead, but I really don't think any emphasis is necessary.

Also, I assume you'll edit your real copy so that every other sentence doesn't begin with "also".

- Lex

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