Michelle Clark Graphic Design

Portfolio Website Tips
April 29, 2009, 11:31 am
Filed under: Design, Web Design | Tags: , , , , , ,

Not to be redundant when referring to blogs with good information, but MyInkBlog dished out another interesting post today. Other members of my GD252 class and myself are working on putting a portfolio site together and I am more into the design phase now that I’ve gotten all of my links working and project images in place, so I was glad I found this post entitled Traps to Avoid When Designing An Online Portfolio. Here is a brief overview of the information in this post.

  • Arrangement: Arrange your projects so your best foot is forward. Organize them from strongest to weakest.
  • Excessive material: Quality above quantity. Less is more. Avoid grouping similar styles together, or showcasing pieces with overly similar styles at all so as not to bore your viewers.
  • Don’t try too hard: Make something simple and user-friendly. You can make use of your design skills and new web design technologies such as interactive elements or flash animation to add a bit of interest.
  • Obscure navigation: Make sure your navigation is clear and easy to understand. You should also arrange photos so they can be viewed one click at a time.
  • Decorative mess: Don’t overly design your portfolio site. Let your work be on display and don’t visually confuse viewers with a bunch of extraneous elements.

…and more type.
April 27, 2009, 9:15 pm
Filed under: Design, Typography | Tags: , , ,

I found a great typography reference from the Aisle One blog called 8 Simple Ways to Improve Typography In Your Designs, an article written by Antonio Carusone for Smashing Magazine. He talks about correctly measuring your column width (this is something I found useful when editing my chocolate book), leading, emphasis, and more. He even provides code examples of how you can mark up your text in CSS to achieve better typography on the web. It’s very straightforward and easy to understand – definetly worth a look.