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BigMistake
post Dec 20 2011, 07:54 PM
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Hey guys,

I've got a few spare minutes so I wanted to ask for some advice. As some of you may know I'm studying International Game & Architecture Design. This means that in a few years when I'll graduate I'm supposed to like, work. Of course getting work is easier if you have a good resume and webpresence. A few days ago I bought a domainname that I thought was totally awesome (arrowtotheknee.nl) and started working on a design for my personal website, which I'll use to put stuff that I make online so people can look at my work and think "Hey, we want to hire this guy!". Now I've never done something like that before, so I was wondering if anybody had advice on how to make it look professional and fun at the same time.
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post Dec 21 2011, 12:51 PM
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QUOTE (Mata @ Dec 20 2011, 08:22 PM) *
At the moment the trend is for simple designs with easy navigation. Facebook is the classic example. Keep images simple. Don't use flashy animations where they don't need to be used (expanding a window plane is fine, a pane bouncing open and closed a few times before settling would be bad).

It makes me sad that easy navigation is considered a trend. And is there ever a good reason for resizing a window pane? I find it really annoying when a website tries to take over the job of the browser. Nowadays it seems like the trend is to do this with overlays instead of popping up new windows, but it's still just as annoying because it takes away the choice to view something in a new tab, new window or current window. With google+ I often end up closing the main tab by accident after viewing images in full, because I forget how I got there and the original isn't visible any more. Grrrr.

My advice:

If web design has nothing to do with the jobs you're applying for, you can probably get away with something quite simple.

You can reasonably assume that potential employers will be viewing the site on a monitor with a large resolution, using a relatively up to date browser.

I'd avoid flash unless you are very good at it. Definitely do not design the entire site in flash, this will only incite rage in the user.

You should make sure any "fun" additions don't distract from using the website. The primary focus should be your portfolio/CV. You could maybe add in something like little animations in response to mouseovers and stuff but I'd keep it subtle.

Make sure any text is readable. The text on the site you linked to is too small imo. Can't really comment on the artsyness as it doesn't fit on my screen sad.gif


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