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spencereholtaway's picture

Hello,

I've just finished the first stage of my personal website and would like to know what you think. www.spencereholtaway.be

Also, anyone unfortunate to be using windows, can you check if any images look really awful and if the text is too small anywhere.

Thank you!

Spencer E Holtaway

vinylsofa's picture

I like it

especially the tone of your copy. And the line drawigngs of the rollovers work effectively too, and look good. The only thing I'd suggest is to have more navigation on the page of your work samples, where you can click through to the next example. When I return to the front page i then have to scroll along again to the piece i want to click on. And I'm lazy like that.
Nice work overall.

spencereholtaway's picture

yep

Thanks for your comments. I'll see how I can put better navigation within the portfolio pages.

If you're using Safari, pressing back will put you where you were on the page, but the links don't do that. However, I just remembered a tag. Something like # something... I forget, but it would let me change each 'back to main page' link to go to a specific part on the page, I think!

Thanks again,

Spencer E Holtaway
Graphic Designer
www.spencereholtaway.be

Apfhex's picture

Anchors

http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/struct/links.html#h-12.1.1 if you can't remember how to do it. Haven't used them myself in a while.

The beef I have with horizontal scrolling layouts is that normal mouse scroll wheels don't scroll horizontally. :) And it gets kind of messy if you have vertical /and/ horizontal scrolling.

spencereholtaway's picture

thanks for the link

Thanks for the link to the anchors thing. I couldn't remember for the life of me what they were called!

As for crazy scrolling, my target audience is creative directors and art directors. Generally Mac users, so hopefully they'll have a mighty mouse or a powerbook/iBook with the two-finger scroll.

Spencer E Holtaway
Graphic Designer
www.spencereholtaway.be

Creative_NRG's picture

What is 'Colouring-In'

I really like the line drawings and roll-over effect.

However, being from the U.S. I've never heard the term 'coloring-in' before. What does it mean?

It also seems a little 'over the top' to list all of your credentials as the first statement in a porfolio. Shouldn't your work speak for itself? It would be much cleaner to create a 'resumé' link to list this type of information if someone is really interested. [Most aren't]

I also felt a little uncomfortable to your question, "Can I go to your house and colour-in?" [No. I don't mix business and home life.]

The 'return to front page' navigation is very hard to spot on the detail pages. And why not a simple 'Next' button on each page to eliminate all of the bouncing back and forth? And I cringe everytime a designer misspells the name of industry standard software. [It's QuarkXPress]

spencereholtaway's picture

"Coloring Book"

Colouring-in is what you do in a colouring book, hence the outline drawings. They wouldn't work without the introductory line.

It's a joke in the UK that art students just colour-in, so there's a bit of my own sense of humour in there (and the site is not targeted for anyone outside of the UK, as I'm not planning on moving for work)

'Can I go to your house' line is asking if I can join their company.

A previous post mentioned putting next buttons in, and I said I'd fix that.

Anyone who has used an internet browser knows they can get back to where they came from using the back button, so I doubt anyone will use the 'return to main page' links anyway.

My deepest apologies for mis-spelling QuarkXPress.

Cheers for that,

Spencer E Holtaway
Graphic Designer
www.spencereholtaway.be

Creative_NRG's picture

Jokster

My college friends joked about that as well when I was in school but it didn't extend much past there. Maybe it's a sign of me getting too old or taking what I do too seriously but I don't find playing down to a negative stereotype all that funny. [Especially, when trying to find work]

You've got an outstanding start to a portfolio. Just be careful of how you "MARKET YOURSELF" to others. First impressions are hard to disspell.

And I'll consider your misspelling of "mis-spelling" as another bit of humor. [Keep up the good work]

spencereholtaway's picture

Spelling

You're strangely good at spelling for a designer, lots of people in my class were heavily dyslexic, I was one of the few who was not.

In my opinion, the student stereotype is only bad outside of the design industry. Within it, I hope my copy will seem 'tongue in cheek'. Plus, I wouldn't want to work for someone with no sense of humour, would I? :-)

Have a good week,

Spencer E Holtaway
Graphic Designer
www.spencereholtaway.be

lunatic's picture

wow, very nice web site.I

wow, very nice web site.
I really like the way you organize and present your works.

LUUUUV your avatar also lol you look so smart :P

spencereholtaway's picture

Thank you :-)

I'm glad you like it. I had a meeting this morning at a big agency and they loved it, especially the introduction text :-)

Have a good day,

Spencer E Holtaway
Graphic Designer
www.spencereholtaway.be

jonathanmortimer's picture

The introduction text is

The introduction text is good, and I believe a small bio at the start is also a good idea, you have that just about right. :-)
Having a 'next' button (and 'previous' where applicable) on the large image pages is a great idea, go with it!

spencereholtaway's picture

when I get time

Will do :-)

Hey, it's you again!

Spencer E Holtaway
Graphic Designer
www.spencereholtaway.be

jonathanmortimer's picture

'Tis me!

Feel free to look at the source code of my websites :-)
Some I did not hand code though and need tidying up, the horizontal anchors on my horizontal scrolling gallery page might even work better if I spend some time sorting through it :D

www.jonathanmortimer.co.uk/darkroom/

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