Give Me a KISS

02 May

“When you’re just hatched as a designer, a lot of times you’re more concerned with the entertaining factors of your site” – Layla Keramat


No, no, not those kind of KISSes!  I have just needed a little reminder to Keep Is Simple Stupid (or Seriously depending on who you listen to).  When you’re a designer your degree and GPA are not going to get you a job. It is all about your work and your experience.  So you obviously want to make  sure you make yourself look good!  Find a way to show all of your skills and find your pieces of  work that are going to get you noticed.  The problem is, when you are trying to figure out the best way to represent yourself, many times you end up trying to show to much- going the direction of extravagance rather than simplicity.

But How?

Designing a Digital Portfolio‘s chapter on Portfolio Interfaces gives all sorts of tips on how to keep your portfolio site simple in order to make a stronger portfolio.  So, I took these tips and made myself a sort of checklist of the suggestions and then compared each suggestion with the design I had planned for my own personal portfolio site.  Here are the results.

  • Limit your color pallet to two colors plus black and white. My site is black, white, and different transparencies of emerald green which fits within the recommended amount.
  • Create a grid and/or column based site.  My site has an obvious grid that is defined by the white lines and consistent throughout the site, which brings up the next point.
  • Keep your page size small and consistent.  I am not a big fan of having to scroll to see everything that I need to. I built my site as 1024 x 786 hoping that this would allow my work to be displayed large enough but still be visible within the user’s screen without needing to scroll.
  • Choose a smart typography.  This means legibility, not all caps, not too big- not too small, avoid Times New Roman, don’t center, and don’t use italics.  I used a combination of the Minion font that is used within my logo for main title sections to keep consistency within the site and then switched to arial for the body text descriptions of each video which is a sans-serif and more legible font.
  • Organize and arrange ideas into groups.  This was a difficult decision for me because I had to decide which pieces I wanted to include and which was the best way to organize this work as well as the informative information such as about me and references.

Overall I am happy with the way that my design is coming along and the adjustments that were made to improve it.


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