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  1. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

    MacBoobsPro

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    I have been fiddling around in Keynote and decided I wanted to utilise it for something, but I dont have any presentations to give. So I thought why not use it to present my design portfolio on my website.

    This is the result:

    http://www.stuartluff.co.uk

    Please can you give me any feedback you feel necessary. Keep an eye on the portfolio section performance. Be warned the portfolio sections are between 3 and 6MB but they load in the background. If the movie has not fully loaded you will get some erratic portfolio behaviour so just click through slowly as you would if viewing the work.

    Many thanks. As it is late I will be going offline until tomorrow so I will read any feedback later.

    Thanks again.

    Oh its done in iWeb too.
     
  2. After G macrumors 68000

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    Question about the size of the viewed work. Should it be that small? (Running on 1280x1024 monitor here)

    Also, when I clicked to view the first portfolio (illustration) there was a michael jackson illustration that flipped three times while loading. An alarm went off in my head as "errant behavior". I mean you have your logo already in the upper-right corner so I clicked through instead of waiting. At the end, there's a black screen. It didn't immediately occur to me that that was "the end". Might want to make that clearer.

    Oh yea, jaggies in the art. I specifically noticed this in the "branding" section. I don't know if they would go away with waiting for the images to load as I just perused them quickly. Maybe it's by design. It's not a dealbreaker but distracting to me, especially when looking up-close and slowly. People won't wait, and I know as I've had my engineering portfolio (about 50-70 pages) shuffled through in 10 seconds flat.

    I do like the sparse design though. It's good. Just the stuff I mentioned should get a second look.
     
  3. apfhex macrumors 68030

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    My recommendation: don't use Quicktime for your portfolio. It's just plain user unfriendly. Also, although you're supposed to click to go to the next (I'm familiar with QT exported Keynote presentations), it just seems to just keep going on its own, not leaving any time to look at the work.
     
  4. wmmk macrumors 68020

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    that is iWeb? geez, you did a great job of making it look like it's not! what template did you start out with? that is really cool! I must make an attempt myself...
     
  5. DMBGuru macrumors regular

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    I'm not a huge fan of the color scheme, but the portfolio was a neat idea.

    3/5 for first impression
    4/5 for userfriendliness
     
  6. MacBoobsPro thread starter macrumors 603

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    Its shouldnt be too small? Its fine for me on my 1680x1050 screen as well as my 1024x768 at work?

    If you click further ahead than has actually loaded the movie jumps back to the beginning and so seems to be doing what it wants. If you aloow it to load a bit more the loading should hopefully outrun your clicking. Not ideal i know. :D

    Jaggies, I frickin hate but theres no way around it really because of how the movie is compressed. Its actually at max res now hence the large filesizes. :(

    I know but I tried to make is a friendly as possible without looking crap. It is just an experiment to see how people got on with the site. The keynote is started by clicking in the window, then all you do is keep clicking to flip to the next piece. The reason it seems to do its own thing is covered above :D

    Just started out with a blank template. I never use the templates.
    Heres another one i did in iWeb: http://www.logolibrary.co.uk

    Im quite fond of the colour scheme. Originally my colours were greys and orange but I got bored and wanted something that looked nice and fresh. Plus my stationery is already printed (for about a year now) :D

    Thanks everyone for your input. It was just an experiment to see what people thought of it. It does seem it is causing more confusion than than actually adding any benefit to the end user. So I think I will go back to the full HTML site. I will upload it a bit later on today.

    Thanks again for the input. Much appreciated.
     
  7. After G macrumors 68000

    After G

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    Just compared with Safari and Firefox and the site does look smaller in Safari, a visual illusion perhaps because of the brushed metal? They are the same size though so that's an oops on my part.:D

    Screenshot may explain it...but it just feels smaller somehow.
     

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  8. MacBoobsPro thread starter macrumors 603

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    Thats look about right to me.

    Something I did notice is the main portfolio page has black lines around the edges. This is something that iWeb does randomly on upload and it is ****ing annoying. You then have to reupload EVERYTHING and hope it doesnt happen again. :mad:
     
  9. MiniMan. macrumors regular

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    Hi i think this site is all really nice but not so user friendly i would advise using flash palyer instaed of quicktime cas i have found this alot more user friendly and it doesn't have to be such a massive file size!
     

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