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Title: My Portfolio Wordpress Theme (update)
Old Version : [link]
Time: 5 hours.
Icons - Iconfinder
Retro Wood Wall - [link]
Programs used: Adobe Photoshop CS3
Copyright © 2009 - sencerbugrahan
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A lot of people seem to be really digging this design, and while I agree that it's very vibrant and fun I also think it still needs quite a bit of work.
For one, you've got a TON of colors going on here. In my experience, good UI uses very few, very specific colors to indicate certain functions and elements. But in your case, you've chosen basically the whole visible spectrum as your "scheme" and it causes a very jumbled eye-path that is frankly undesirable.
I don't understand why you've elected to create "buttons" for Write Me/ Coffee?/About Me which do not at all resemble buttons. Because of your layout methodology, these elements more resemble headers and share no commonality to the "Read More" buttons (which are clearly defined as actual clickable buttons). You don't need to make these things look identical, but in order for something to look clickable (in this layout, at least) you've got to give it a button-like appearance.
The font you've chosen for most of your headers is clumsy. I get that this layout is intended to be fun, but this font selection feels entirely out of place when compared to the font you're using for the title of the page, "myportfolio."
There is superfluous gloss and texture on just about everything. Texture and gloss can be great when used sparingly, since the less you use an element the more special it becomes. But, on your layout here, everything is glossy or textured, meaning none of it is special. I would cut back on a lot of the areas so the few places you do embellish become more special.
You took every single modern web design cliché and somehow brought it together into something attractive. Good job! [link]
Wood-panel background texture? Check.
Shiny gradient effect? Check.
Coffee-cup stain on desk design element? Check.
I like your treatment of the twitter link. Nice work.
The colour scheme seems rich. ROYGBIV is out in full force here.
I'm also a fan of large text and few words. People don't read on the web much anyway. I'm sure that comment surprises some people but there's a decent amount of research available on eye tracking to back that up.
That probably is heavily dependant on what kind of site you're visiting though. <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/s/s…" width="15" height="15" alt="" title=" (Smile)" />
This is a great portfolio design that is quite eye catching and definitely stands out to a person. The icons and buttons work wonderfully with the overall design and the background doesn't skimp on being as appealing as the rest of the design.
There are a couples gripes though. Such as some of the contrast on some of the letters like the Grey "Categories" buttons and the "View This Project >" button. Though I feel a bit more could be done with the navigation due to the style of it not fitting in with the style used on the majority of the website. That isn't a huge problem as it does look nice in its own right.
Other then those quirks the design definitely does it's job and would certainly catch the eye of anyone coming to take a look at the work on it.
Really cool work, I love how you pushed the envelope on many aspects of the design. The typography is very beautiful and I love your mix of graphic design... they compliment each other very nicely.
I find the menu to be slightly disjointed and I'm not sure there is a need for so many colours but, it's cool.
I like how you have the borders around your portfolio items but maybe they could be a little thinner?
The icon is really interesting too... maybe this is something you can replace with your brand in the future <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/w/w…" width="15" height="15" alt="" title=" (Wink)" />.
Great work, keep it up!!
This design had been featured in a lot of blogs for a long time. and it deserve all its attention. A beautifully done portfolio design filled with information on the main page. Since most portfolio only show little information on the main page.