Onartis | Online Portfolio of Kevin Dendievel
I've only been working on the layout so far. There are just so many directions to take with this so I decided to put off the design for another week or so. Still need to fix some validating errors.
I love it. Simple yet attractive/too the point. Sorry if I sound arrogant/wrong
A few things I'd change:
Do you just design websites for individuals/small companies? No-one else? What if someone came along who didn't fit that criteria? I had a nationwide train-boring company come ask me for help, and they probably wouldnt have come to me if I'd put that. Maybe just say "My name is Kevin and I design websites"?
On the lists where you state stuff like "how you do it" or whatever (just a suggestion, I know you haven't got round to it), how's about introducing a hover background color. Inparticular five second test - look how extra nice they've made their page look, just by introducing a bright background hover colour.
I don't know, maybe it wouldn't fit, but I'm trying to imagine a nice subtle piece of art at the top of the page, as I think the spacing is a bit too big. Even just a few nice squiggles with an uplifting bg colour again (as an interesting base) would do the trick I think, although the site does look great with the current simplicity.
Maybe that helps, maybe that doesn't, just some opinions as no-one else has seemed to comment!
Good point on the quote. Should probably change that, all though "I design websites" sounds kind of tacky and unoriginal. And I already was planning to add a sliding effect, but I didn't feel like looking for a script at the time.
My only real beef is the column width you've used for the text. You're averaging 20 - 30 words per line, which is double what you should have for comfortable reading. The large leading certainly helps, but I would look at splitting the main text into two columns – work to a two column grid, like you've done for the links. Your users' eyes will thank you for it.
Also, and this is more of a personal preference, does anyone really care that you use Photoshop? The whole How I do it bit seems arbitrary and superfluous to me. You can mention you're standards compliant in your intro if you feel that's necessary.
I agree with the auto scroll feature, its easy to get lost if a page is jumping around.
Where it's split into two columns (recent post / popular post) try and have them aligned, because one is lower than the other. so it looks a little messy, could just be a browser issue though. Maybe have a gap at the bottom as well, its a pet peeve of mine when text scrapes along the bottom of a page. Its looking really good though! add some colour too, i would chuck loads in, just a little splash to brighten it up.
The header Image is nice. But I really don't like the yellow/purple colour combination either. And I have to agree with jHouse on the fixed nav. Perhaps it'll work better when you make the header fixed as well.
I also think the body area is too wide for the header. I would suggest making the header image wider or having a Horisontal nav instead to decrease the width of the body. Additionally I feel that there's too much space between the header and the body. So again you could try horisontal nav or just move the content up a bit?