New Portfolio... Tell me what you think!!!

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by jdl8422, Jul 18, 2010.

  1. jdl8422 macrumors 6502

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    I just finished my new site for my online portfolio. I actually used a template for the framework and just added all my own graphics. Let me know what you think and what I can do to improve. Thanks!

    www.AddictiveStudios.com
     
  2. citizenzen macrumors 65816

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    I think it's totally over the top!

    Just like your design.

    Well done.
     
  3. jdl8422 thread starter macrumors 6502

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  4. Sdashiki macrumors 68040

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    Good stuff.

    Footer seems out of place though...
     
  5. bluetooth macrumors 6502a

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    Nice, I like it. :cool:

    Clearly you have a unique style and your niche seems to be designing sleek, eye catching, promotional media/flyers (which look great by the way).

    Can I ask how long you have been using PS? Your PS skills are impressive to say the least. How have you developed them to this level? Books?, Tutorials?, Courses?...thanks.
     
  6. creator2456 macrumors 68000

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    Looks great.

    Found one typo:
    I currently work out of Louisiana. I am available for freelance work so matter where you are located.
     
  7. jdl8422 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for all the replies. 90% of the stuff I do for work is direct mail and we usually have 8-10 a month so I try to have something fun that stands out in the mailbox. As far as PS skills, I learned how to use the program in college, about 4 years ago or so. While in college I didnt really learn cool effects and design ideas. I just get inspired by other designers and try and better myself on each design. I have looked at online tutorials and used those techniques on my designs. The best advice is just to try and one up your previous designs. Keep trying something new. My goal is to have local businesses copy my ideas, thats when you know its good lol.
     
  8. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Good looking site.

    Why would you put "Designed by Addictive Studios" if you used a template?

    Reading comprehension fail.

    The OP wrote: "i've used a template"
     
  9. Mac7 macrumors 6502a

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    I think it's horrible. You're going to steal all my business now. :p
     
  10. jdl8422 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I put designed by Addictive Studios because I did all the graphics. I didnt do the framework of the html. I guess I could change it.
     
  11. Brien macrumors 68020

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    Nice. One thing, though: XHTML 1.0 Strict and 1.1 are pretty much identical. Something to consider.
     
  12. resom macrumors member

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    From one LA graphic designer to another, I think it looks great!

    When you click more info on 'where I am' on the homepage it goes to http://www.addictivestudios.com/contact.html An error came up before going to the contact page which isn't finished. Wasn't sure if you knew this already!
     
  13. NoSmokingBandit macrumors 68000

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    The iPad looks terribly out of place. The rest has an organic flowing feel, but the iPad just looks like terrible product placement.
     
  14. bluetooth macrumors 6502a

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    Btw, what template did you use to create your website?
     
  15. citizenzen macrumors 65816

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    I'm sorry... and that mean's I failed to comprehend what? :confused:
     
  16. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    this portfolio is TERRIBLY slow on anything old. too large, too flashy.

    looks pretty cool :) bit hard to navigate, feels a bit chunky at times.

    AWSOME designs though! :)
     
  17. Clincher macrumors newbie

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    Great designs I like the Addictive Studios with the needle.
     
  18. bluetooth macrumors 6502a

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    Works lightening fast on my mini....What are you running it on?
     
  19. iMacBoy macrumors 6502

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    Awesome designs, like all the graphics.

    And the guy that said
    Runs perfectly fast on my iMac 21.5".

    -iMacBoy
     
  20. a cat *miaow* macrumors regular

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    Wow you sure have a talent for making such bold design work so well.
    I really like your work... it's one of those cases where a style could go terribly wrong but you really make everything pop amazingly!

    The site is OK (don't like the ipad as someone said before). But I think it kind of undersells your design. I can see something where the portfolio is the site (like a grid consisting of crops of work?). Maybe the background should be more glossy? Like i said it's ok but your work should be pushed more because it is really nice :) It's just not reflected in the site design as much as it should be
     
  21. definitive macrumors 68000

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    looks decent, but could always be improved. :)

    ex: an in-depth descriptions page for each project with several images (poster, poster on a wall, etc.), footer could be a bit better. it's kinda odd how it's made into a gallery view with those thumbnails.

    are you running the site on wordpress or something?
     
  22. jdl8422 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The site is in HTML and Javascript. Nothing too fancy. No wordpress.
     
  23. manueld macrumors 6502

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    Design is nice, tho I would resize your images that get cycled through the iPad to be the same so that the gray background on the top is more prominent in some and not on others.

    Additionally, I'd balance the 3 columns, "What I do", "Where I Am" and "How I do it" so that it spans the width more consistently rather than right against each other. as well as adding a bit more top margin so that the "How I do It" is not too close to the leaves flourishes on the iPad.

    Fav Sites when it wraps to the a 2nd column, have that list item parallel to the first list item on the first column rather than being parallel to the header.

    Overall looks good!
     
  24. manueld macrumors 6502

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    One other thing...i don't like that the "more info" text links are actually email call outs..very misleading, I think I'm going to more info on another page but my email program then busts open. HATE that.
     
  25. design-is macrumors 65816

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    I agree with almost everything else that's been said, so won't bother repeating :)

    I will add though - why do you have your logo twice, prominently, on your pages? I know it's part of your footer and header, but they are big and bright and it seems too repetitive. maybe reduce the size and use a simpler version in the foot?

    Also, mirroring manueld's note on 'more info' opening mail client - this happens for the contact page too. This isn't good. Make a contact page with a list of ways to contact you (email, twitter, phone number, address?), and add a contact form too if you can. No one likes to have an application open when they think they are heading to a webpage.

    Hope that helps - it does look great!

    /Doug
     

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