HA! thanks for the feedback.Honest opinion... start over, that 8bit design is really hard to read and honestly made me want to leave the site. Also as much as it's kind of trendy to be 8bit at the moment it's also kind of feels dated, especially to non tech/trendy people who might not be aware of the returning popularity of 8bit games.
I don't actually know what your site is for... you've got a great big contact button but I have no idea why I would actually want to contact you.
There are consistency issues with things like sizes of boxes on the timeline as well.
Nintendo have also been pretty hot of late over people using their 'products' without consent so your mario and pokemon might be an issue, not to mention looks quite 'immature' to me personally.
Why have you got links to sites you like, this is a portfolio/cv/resume type site so they aren't needed. You also need to put more emphasis on any 'portfolio' work that you have.
It's great having a little personality on your site but ultimately you're trying to sell yourself as a professional and imo some of your likes kind of makes you look like you're a little immature and/or have the wrong priorities.... I'll be blunt, if I saw your site I wouldn't hire you because you don't seem to be that serious about 'work'.
In my opinion, if you're someone who is basically teaching IT and web design etc, then imo you should really be showing off what you can do and to me this just doesn't really do any of that.
PS... hi fellow Huddersfield Uni person
with respect - it's my website it needs to do whatever i want it to doIt's a CV/resume site.
It doesn't have to be funky or clever - it just needs to display the CV/resume to prospective employers. Which means the words need to be legible and easy to read.
Personally, I think if you are going to go with that 8-bit thing, it needs to not be entirely that look and have that feel sitting within a modern, typographically legible overall design, ie, maybe keep headings in an 8-bit look, but used a more legible font for body copt. That way, it will look more intentionally retro and not dated.
You did say:with respect - it's my website it needs to do whatever i want it to do
bit salty, but better - thanks.But back to the design aspects.
People expect to see a logo or tagline at the top or on the left. Then either below or to the right main navigation. There is also an expectation that this navigation will be sticky when they scroll especially on touchscreens.
When they get to the bottom of the page they expect to see contact details and often a secondary navigation with privacy policies and the like.
It's this standard structure that gives visitors a warm fuzzy feeling.
When you site loads there is this 'loading please wait' message. This should not ever be necessary. There is no reason for anyone to ever have to wait for anything. You have a very simple site with very basic content - it should be loading in a nanosecond. If you look at the google insights repost you can see why it's so slow.
Is this the sort of review comment you wanted?
you are approaching this from the wrong angle - this isn't a startup businessBefore creating any content, the first design criteria should always: what is the purpose of the website?
You can then sort out your marketing plan (which I suspect in your case will be very simple). This will determine the prospective visitor and from there you can write the content.
Only then do you need to play with the styling and layout.
If you have already done all this please excuse the egg sucking lesson. It may however be useful to those who think you start with the website.
Um... you didn't ask for just a design critique, you asked forHA! thanks for the feedback.
i will not be re-starting, but i appreciate your comments.
i'm happy with the content tbh - it's meant to promote myself among educators in schools and colleges, so the content, order of content, and presentation is carefully considered. Had you arrived at the site in the way intended, you'd have reason to contact me, but i get that the CTA could be more clear - i will consider what to change the button text to. i'm not trying to 'sell myself as a professional' btw - it's not that sort of c.v. - no disrespect, but i asked for a design critique, not if you'd hire me for whatever it is you do, based off of this website.
timeline boxes are now uniform size - i forgot to do this - good spot, thanks
which includes content on said website.
fair point - i was clearer in another post - got muddled between them - the site isn't aimed at fellow professionals though and you have no idea of my position - thanks all the sameUm... you didn't ask for just a design critique, you asked for
which includes content on said website.
Actually my point about whether I'd hire you is actually valid imo, this site is being aimed at other fellow professionals and imo doesn't come across in a manner that represents your position. At the end of the day though it's not my name/reputation that's being put on your website so it's entirely your choice to leave it like it is, but personally considering who is going to see this, I'd be taking a more professional approach.
Whether this site is 'that sort of C.V.' or not is questionable as well, you actually contradict yourself in your reply... if you're using this to promote yourself among educators in schools and colleges then it is literally being shown to other professionals in your industry and this can move into hiring and firing etc. So I think you also need to careful think about who it is that is likely to see this website and actually work out what it's actual true purpose is.
Edit: seems like I'm not alone because fisicx has a similar view about it needing to have it's purpose defined more as well.