New Site: Feedback?

30 Apr 2009 - 5:56pm
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Nina Eleanor Alter
2009

Hey Folks:

I just re-did my personal/portfolio site, and would love love love
some feedback!

I've already gotten some very clear feedback that some key issues need
to be addressed, though the rest of the stuff I'd also like advisement
on.

There's a surveymonkey.com link on the homepage, or an email would be
swell.

Primary unknown that I'd love feedback on: What are your thoughts on
how the IxD/IA projects are presented within the portfolio, and what
might you recommend be done differently to provide either quicker or
more compelling or just plain better narratives/content/etc.

http://www.bigwheel.net

Thanks in advance!!!

- n

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1 May 2009 - 7:32am
Kelly Brooks
2009

Nina/Big Wheel dot Net

Can you clarify your potential user(s)? Perhaps a mini profile for
your top 3?

This will help with feedback.

Thanks!

Kelly

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1 May 2009 - 5:22pm
DampeS8N
2008

The first thing I clicked opened a new window. So I stopped clicking.
It was a string of what seemed like gibberish.

This will likely be the result for anyone else who doesn't care
about you. Which, unless you are making this for your friends, is
your target. People who don't care about you.

The goal is to make them care about you, and then hire or follow you.

I was offended and left.

Going back (cause you asked nicely) I find myself confused by the
interaction more than I am intrigued. I don't really understand the
difference between mostly interaction and mostly visual.

I don't know why the interface pokes under/through the content, This
almost seems broken. I know it is intentional only because I have a
natural respect for people. Again, someone who doesn't care about
you will just assume you are a bad designer.

Also. Absorb the spam, make accessing you easy.

Use a bayesian spam filter, don't force people to decipher an email
address or fill in a captcha... I hate captcha. I don't tend to use
sites that use them.

I love the idea of the repeated sub-nav in the resume. I hate the
implementation. I almost missed it, it was dumb luck that I rolled
over them and realized they were links.

Also. It bothers me when sites are shunted to the left or right. But
I realize I have a large monitor. But I think it is worse to only
support 1280 widths.

Come on... You can't shrink under 1280 with CSS? And you can't wrap
in a div and center?

Finally. JAWS seems to choke on your nav. (That is a screen reader,
for the blind) But I do have an older version, and you have some
funky JS (Dreamweaver?) that might be confusing it that a newer
version might handle. (JAWS is expensive)

Also, designer not: 2.0 pink looks really dated and obvious these
days. Thanks flickr.

(Anything insulting was meant to be humorous, yay lack of inflection
online)
Will

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2 May 2009 - 12:56am
Chan FoongYeen
2008

Agree with Kelly and William. A few questions that you should consider.

1. Your intended goal is to promote yourself, Nina Eleanor Alter or
Bigwheel.net (company)?
2. Did you consider the usability or heuristics when you're designing this
site? It has a serious UX in the site. Better watch out if you're calling
yourself an interaction designer. If this is just a graphic site, then still
OK.

Just like what William commented, it is really put off and confuse when
first look at the site.

no offense here :-)

regards,
Donny

On Fri, May 1, 2009 at 6:56 AM, Nina Eleanor Alter <ninavizz at bigwheel.net>wrote:

> Hey Folks:
>
> I just re-did my personal/portfolio site, and would love love love some
> feedback!
>
> I've already gotten some very clear feedback that some key issues need to
> be addressed, though the rest of the stuff I'd also like advisement on.
>
> There's a surveymonkey.com link on the homepage, or an email would be
> swell.
>
> Primary unknown that I'd love feedback on: What are your thoughts on how
> the IxD/IA projects are presented within the portfolio, and what might you
> recommend be done differently to provide either quicker or more compelling
> or just plain better narratives/content/etc.
>
> http://www.bigwheel.net
>
> Thanks in advance!!!
>
> - n
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2 May 2009 - 1:25am
Angel Marquez
2008

Run your url through this:http://validator.w3.org/

Then run mine (I whipped this out to make my friend laugh and send him
whacky layouts that he can do his thing to, I said I was trying lay low, no
egos...around the same time you posted your site):
http://dev.angelrobertmarquez.com/

Anyways, I already emailed you and gave you props. Your site reminds me of
the odopod <http://odopod.com/> hipster color scheme.

The only hard find is from the homepage you click portfolio, then pigeon
holed as print, and when you click on any of the other links Mostly etc..
the portomenu jumps.

I think I know someone that worked at all the places you have listed.

2 May 2009 - 11:33am
ambrin
2009

I am giving feedback based on usability and not the visual design
aspect. Here are a few things I noticed.

1) An ambiguous link (!8kRPM) above the "bigwheel.net" that when
clicked opens a new tab and takes me to a whole another site.

2) Majority of the content is loading on the far right of the screen
and this causes me to scroll horizontally. (see note below)

3) When I click on "Design" (i.e.
http://www.bigwheel.net/portfolio/notdesign09.html) it took me over 5
mins to figure our how to get back home. I used the "back" button in
my browser till I figured out there is a faint link running off the
page on the left side. The link isn't visible.

BTW the res on my laptop is 1024x768 and this site is obviously not
designed for 36% -- based on w3schools browser stats. It looks fine
on my other monitors.

http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_display.asp

Hope that helps!
Ambrin

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