Blog 3 – Part 1: Online Identities and Part 2: Design Portfolio Websites Research

Part 1:
One example of a strong conceptual online portfolio is Robby Leonardi’s interactive resume.
Check it out here: http://www.rleonardi.com/interactive-resume/

Robby Leonardi’s interactive resume is strong because he has a great concept driving it by presenting his resume as an interactive game for viewers. Right away, Leonardi states to viewers that they only need to know how to scroll or press the up and down arrow on their keyboard to navigate his website. I believe that this is very unique, and speaks greatly of his ability to design, illustrate, code, and animate. However, I noticed that there isn’t an obvious navigation bar so it isn’t possible to jump from the work experience section to his awards section.

An example of a strong online portfolio that has clear messaging is the portfolio of designer, Marc Thomas.
Click here to view: http://mrcthms.com/

Designer Marc Thomas Portfolio

Marc Thomas’ portfolio has clear messaging that makes it easy for viewers to learn about him and what he can do for them. After his little elevator pitch on what he does, he provides a button for viewers to click to check out his work.

An example of a strong online portfolio with a good concept is Paul Currah’s website. View it here: http://www.paulcurrah.com/

Paul Currah’s website is clean and easy to navigate. It also has the look and feel of a creative space with the “taped papers” and “stickies”. I also appreciate how his work is organized in a sort of gallery view since they’re thumbnail images that one views by scrolling down the page.

Part 2:

2 different styles of “Portfolio/Work” sections:

Joe Nyaggah has a good example of this section because it shows the different projects with the client name and description of the client in a gallery style view. Also, if you click on a project, it will go more in-depth about the project. http://nyaggah.com/

nyaggah

Simple.art design studio also has a good example of this section because it shows thumbnails of their projects. Also, when you mouse over a project, another little preview window appears next to it with a picture of the whole project. http://www.simpleart.com.ua/en/portfolio/

simple.art

2 different styles of “About Me” (or the like) sections/pages:

Kirk Wallace has a good example of this section because he includes a picture as well as an informative biography of himself. He also provides a means of contact afterwards. http://trzown.me/about/

kirkwallace

Dan Mall also has a good example of this section because he also provides a history of his career that also has graphics to engage the viewer. He also has a biography at the top, and a more in-depth biography underneath. http://www.danielmall.com/about/

2 different styles of “Resume” (or the like) sections/pages:

Naiara Abaroa has a good example of a Resume section because she provides it across different social media. She also designs that section of the site in an engaging way with her color choice of yellow. http://www.naknak.me/

Whitney Miracle has a good example because she actually includes her resume on the page itself. It is also easy to read and goes well with the theme of her portfolio site. http://www.whitneymiracle.com/resume

2 different styles of “Contact Info” (or the like) sections/pages:

Chris Da Sie has a good example of this section because he includes a short blurb about contacting him. He also includes a contact form and various social media that he can be contacted through. http://www.chrisdasie.com/contact

Sarah Enid also has a good example because she also has a form on her one-page website. She also has a note in this section that she is accepting freelance work which is helpful for potential clients to know. http://www.sarahenid.net/#anchor_contact

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