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Hey guys,

I semi-launched my portfolio site last night. Although it doesn't have any real work or articles on it yet, I'm interested to know what people think about the layout, structure, and any suggestions you might have. I'm looking to add a body drop shadow, remove the banner images with people in them, and possibly get the content to go full height (if anyone has any articles on that, post them here please).

Anyway, I would love to hear feedback on what is currently posted so I may improve it, and the portfolio section should be up this weekend.

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Not bad!

I think you need a better visual clue for the links though. Something to indicate which page you are on - I like the :active effect (the white), maybe use that to indicate the page you're on?

Very clean design, nice contact form - good job Laughing out loud

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Actually I was experimenting with using a current page state for the links, and was trying to decide between than and breadcrumb links which would seemingly be better for users coming in at random points in the site, along with any sort of search engine work.

What do you think?

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Breadcrumb links as in . . . ?

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thepineapplehead wrote:
Breadcrumb links as in . . . ?

http://www.usabilityfirst.com/glossary/main.cgi?function=display_term&term_id=786

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TymArtist

I think you should go for a current link effect rather than breadcrumbs. It's such a nice clean design that i think breadcrumbs might 'untidy' it.

#menu a:hover, #menu a:focus { ...}
You get the same hover effect when tabbing that way

Nicely done

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Hello. I was about to say that I loved the staircase theme that you were using until I noticed that the pictures came out randomly and that there's really no staircase theme at all. In my opinion, it would be better if an image was assigned for a particular section to hold things together thematically.

The Breadcrumbs would be a good addition at the top of the page and on the same blue background as the links (instead of having it inside the main page, which looks a bit awkward or "forced" while under the slope of your navigation items). Having that there should also frame the theme image nicely.

The page's background color also seems a bit off, like wearing a brown belt on grey pants-- seems a bit unfashionable.

I love the footer though. Laughing out loud

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Actually there is a staircase theme, I just cropped some of the pictures weird and that is something I will be fixing. There are only 10 total images and since there will probably be more than 10 pages, I was considering a good way to go around arranging them. It's possible that there should be a constant rotation through a php array, but we'll see.

As far as the breadcrumbs, I've found them personally rather useful and think they add to the page. I'll play around with the placement a bit though, I was looking at how they might fit in the menu and it might end up getting too long for the menu if there were ever more than two navigation levels (which should be avoided anyway).

Thanks for the tips guys.