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Site update for 2012

Discussion in 'Website Design Critique:' started by graphicscove, Jan 24, 2012.

  1. graphicscove

    graphicscove Member

    So I spent a couple of months before Christmas redesigning my old site and I finally updated it for the new year. I would like some feedback (the reason why I've posted here) as I'm trying to get everything spot on..

    Graphics Cove - The Portfolio of Steven Noble

    Thanks in advance to everyone who takes a look.

    Unleash the hounds of criticism..
  2. Squiddy

    Squiddy Guest

    Yeah, it's a nice wordpress site. How much of it did you do yourself..?
  3. graphicscove

    graphicscove Member

    Thanks for having a look. Yes it's built on Wordpress.

    I built it all myself from scratch using a blank Wordpress theme template that I created myself as well (obviously taking the code I needed for that from the Wordpress codex etc..) I'm not just a designer, I can code too ;)
  4. balders

    balders Member


    It might just be me but I don't think the owl really works. It seems to contrast with the rest of site and work examples.
  5. graphicscove

    graphicscove Member

    Thanks for the suggestion balders.
  6. Squiddy

    Squiddy Guest

    I'm glad you came up with it your self. Too many people just find a word press theme, change a few colours, call it their own and then ask for feedback as if they've just created something unique.

    I like what you've done so far, but there's an element of, "I do this, and this, oh I do this too, oh, oh, and this". I would really narrow down what your core services are, otherwise you're going to struggle to compete against people who specialise in each a couple of those areas, with the internet there is a never ending stream of specialists available to people. For instance, a customer is unlikely to care whether their 'website guy' can draw or not, they will want them to be spending time trying to improve their website, not learning how to draw different perspectives.

    I think your illustrations detract from the website because they aren't up to par with the standard set by the website, some of them look unfinished if I'm honest and a couple just look amateurish at best, mainly iScream and Koi Fish.. I like the pig in the mud one, but the mud looks more like a wooden pedestal or something. As for your owl, I would digitise that drawing and put it up instead of that one, unless you're going to focus on becoming an artist of some sort, but I'm going to make a wild assumption and say that you're probably more invested in web/graphic design.

    I think also a number of your logo's are lacking in creativity, some just look like titles you might find on a website. Your print media section needs to have more variety, especially for the content slider and photos of actual t shirts will look much better than example graphics.
  7. Wardy

    Wardy Well-Known Member

    I'm with Squiddy, there's too much on there. The illustrations aren't strong enough to have their own section, maybe group it together with "other stuff", otherwise get some better examples done. I don't think you should open with an illustration of yourself when this isn't your strongest suit. It's all a bit black and white, too, on some of the title pages.

    Lose the Warhammer - it's not relevant no matter how good you are at painting them.
  8. graphicscove

    graphicscove Member

    Thanks for the insight Squiddy, I can definitely see where you're coming from. Time to go back and re-think some of the portfolio work!

    Thanks Wardy, I'm still deciding what to put up on that opening slide but something is better than nothing for now.

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