Well, as things draw to a close I’ve got to look at the end result of my portfolio and critique myself. Arguably one of the most difficult parts of design is assessing yourself. Some designers tend to be overly fond of their own work. Others are overly critical. Still others think they are overly critical and not critical enough, because they are in fact overly fond of it.
I’m not really certain where I stand, but I like to think I’m fairly balanced with myself (which is probably what everyone thinks they are). Nonetheless, I will attempt an honest assessment.
My portfolio, overall, is incomplete, in the sense that I didn’t accomplish all that I wanted to over the semester. This turned out to be an exceedingly busy several months for me, and I didn’t get to achieve what I wanted to. I had intended to include more interactivity, and a few more visual effects and animations that would have added quite a bit. Alas, time ran out and I had to finish the project. So, in that regard, I would have to say the portfolio is lacking the extra “something” that would have really made it shine more.
Examples of those extra “somethings” would have been to have a dynamic “recent work” section that the user could quickly click through, filterable content on the actual portfolio page, as well as some dynamic effects on the individual showcase pages. Lastly I would have liked to include some animation as the homepage “hero” section.
That having been said, I don’t think it’s a failure in anyway. Especially when I consider that the groundwork is in place, and ready to be added on to. As for design, while it’s not 100% where I’d like it to be, I think the design is solid, with an easy-going color scheme. I also like the layout on most of the pages.
The strongest part, in my opinion, is the typography. I think the contrast on the heavy serif font contrasts nicely with the light body copy, and gives a very sharp appearance.
I had originally set out to create my own “template” from scratch, but realized switching over to a front-end framework like bootstrap would be much more maintainable and practicable. The switch set me back a bit in time, but the trade off is that going forward I can update easier.
Finally, I would say that there are a few more projects I would like to showcase, and I really need to polish them up and get this portfolio live. In the end, if I had to rate my portfolio… well… nah, I can’t decide.