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New Portfolio Website

PostPosted: September 9th, 2016, 4:46 pm
by JenJaw
Hey Everyone,

I'm in the process of overhauling my portfolio and have just finished the web portion of it. Before I get too stuck in to the print/PDF folio, I'd love to get some feedback from yourselves in terms of content, overall/initial impressions, etc. I currently work in retail design, but would like to move in to the product (ideally tech) design sector in the near future.

Here's the link:
http://jenniferwatling.co.uk/

Any constructive feedback is welcome!

Re: New Portfolio Website

PostPosted: September 11th, 2016, 1:21 pm
by KenoLeon
Hi Jennifer:

The biggest thing for me so far is the website format,the parallax on the pages and the general layout and navigation is both a barrier and a distraction to appreciate your work.

Once into your projects, I got lost trying to read them, they seem like cool projects, but upon scanning the page I couldn't figure them out at first, and if I am reading and scanning tiny text tables to find the information I feel it somehow misses the mark. ( a recruiter will probably not get this far) I would aim for better & simpler communication in your next revision.

As an aside, you will forever be working on your portfolio in someway or another, so my suggestion is that you start compiling stuff from your current job ( if you are allowed) to put into your future portfolio.

Best,
Keno

Re: New Portfolio Website

PostPosted: September 13th, 2016, 1:53 am
by ralphzoontjens
Hi Jennifer,
You are an experimenter, a maker, with a good sense for design. I like your portfolio and writing style - you manage to tell a lot with short pieces of text, it makes it read like a magazine which is a good balance between visuals and text. You have decent 3D, sketching, prototyping and graphic skills. Your website is good, navigation and presentation of your concepts could be done with more simplicity and elegance but it presents a clear story. With the watch, pet toys and office system I like where you are going with your design aesthetic. My main feedback is that while your work is of good quality, nothing stands out. Your pet project is your best project and I feel you can use this portfolio to step to future employers. If you are going to work in tech it will be a great advantage if you can work with interactive prototypes - Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Processing, basic electronics etc. so that may be something you want to look into. Also take care with details - for example the shape of the bark hub can be improved a lot, also your website background doesn't tile well. I like your use of colors, manufacturing processes and overall graphic style and typography so keep that up!

Re: New Portfolio Website

PostPosted: September 17th, 2016, 7:15 pm
by yo
Jennifer,

You have some solid work, and it is well presented. One thing that trips me up on your site is this particular page:
http://jenniferwatling.co.uk/work.html

It doesn't "make" me want to click projects. I think it might help if all 4 project briefs were done in the same style. Right now 2 are full width and two are half width and it breaks the flow.

Re: New Portfolio Website

PostPosted: September 21st, 2016, 3:18 pm
by JenJaw
Thanks for all the feedback guys, it's all appreciated and I'll definitely take it on board and edit a some of the pages and make the projects clearer!

As for the tip to experiment more with ardunio etc. I did actually use a bluetooth ardunio for the dog project prototype, though unfortunately I don't have and videos of it working! Lesson of the day: record everything!