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    Junior Member mhulse's Avatar
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    Hi folks,

    This probably will end up being a cold post, but I am looking to get some constructive feedback on a draft navigation system geared for my personal/professional website. This is what I have so far:

    MAIN NAVIGATION:
    01. Home
    02. About
    03. Portfolio*
    04. Resume
    05. Contact
    06. Scripts**
    07. Forum
    08. Feedback
    09. Dotcoms***
    10. Links
    *PORTFOLIO NAVIGATION:
    01. 3D Imaging
    02. Analog Art
    03. Digital Illustration
    04. Digital Imaging
    05. DV Production
    06. Font Design
    07. Interactive
    08. Logo Design
    09. Print Design
    10. Programming
    11. Sonic Comps
    12. Website Design
    **SCRIPTS NAVIGATION:
    01. (.fla)
    02. (.dir)
    03. (.php)
    04. (.cpp)
    05. (.js)
    ***DOTCOMS NAVIGATION:
    01. mydotcomsite.com
    02. mydotcomsite.com
    03. mydotcomsite.com
    04. mydotcomsite.com
    05. mydotcomsite.com
    06. mydotcomsite.com
    07. mydotcomsite.com
    08. mydotcomsite.com
    09. mydotcomsite.com
    As an alternative to the above navigation system, I was also thinking about having four main links:
    NAVIGATE - PORTFOLIO - SCRIPTS - DOTCOMS
    Those four would be the visible main links, and the rest would be hidden via a dropdown and/or Flash-based navigation...

    Anyway, please feel free to comment/suggest/critisize the above mock navigation... I am also contemplating having sub-links for my portfolio section too...

    What are peoples thoughts about one-word links vs multi-word links... example:

    Print Design vs Print
    Sonic Comps vs Audio

    And so on...

    Thanks in advance, cheers!
    < /m>

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    Senior Member justlivyalife's Avatar
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    Not a bad idea, but unless you have a huge amount of stuff to put in each category, then you will find that there won't be much content on the page. Perhaps splitting your categories up into smaller sections rather than having 10 in the portfolio, have between one and four. Once you have a large amount of stuff within these sub-categories, then you should expand. Just my view anyhow.

    I would have the links as multi-word, as they are likely to have more weight with search engines.
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    Junior Member mhulse's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by justlivyalife
    Not a bad idea, but unless you have a huge amount of stuff to put in each category, then you will find that there won't be much content on the page...
    Yes, I have had other people suggesting this too. Although, I do know that I could easily have 10+ solid works per section...

    Quote Originally Posted by justlivyalife
    ...Perhaps splitting your categories up into smaller sections rather than having 10 in the portfolio, have between one and four.
    ...I will brainstorm on combining the sections and post my results later today.

    Question: I do not want to over/under-do it... Does anyone have suggestions on what would be a good maximum amount of works per section?

    Question: Which one do you subscribe to: "More the merrier", or "Less is more"?

    If I combine the portfolio into smaller sections, and keep the amount per section limited to ~10, then I will be able to really pick my best work. In general, what do employers like to see?

    Another problem I am running into is this: A lot of my work fits many categories... Hmmm, I guess this is another reason why I should combine my portfolio into fewer sections.

    Quote Originally Posted by justlivyalife
    ...Once you have a large amount of stuff within these sub-categories, then you should expand. Just my view anyhow.

    I would have the links as multi-word, as they are likely to have more weight with search engines.
    Thanks for the input Justlivyalife, I really appreciate it.

    Keep the suggestions coming! Thanks in advance!
    Cheers, Micky.

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    Alas! I think I have figured out the best way to set-up the links/navigation for my portfolio:

    (This will be one of the main-navigation links "Selected Works"

    And on the "Selected Works" page, I can have some sort of list/thumbs that would have this info next to them:
    X <--- (thumbnail here) "title here" - 03/30/04 - Web Design
    X <--- (thumbnail here) "title here" - 02/17/04 - Identity
    X <--- (thumbnail here) "title here" - 02/10/04 - Sculpture
    .........
    .........
    .........
    X <--- (thumbnail here) "title here" - 01/12/04 - Interactive
    X <--- (thumbnail here) "title here" - 12/22/03 - Photography

    <<< [1.2.3.4.5] >>> (some sort of next/prev links)
    I think the above setup will be the easiest way for users to navigate my portfolio section.

    I could even have links to specific categories somewhere on the same page, for example:

    (link to View All
    (link to Web Desgn
    (link to Identity
    (link to Sculpture
    .........
    .........
    .........
    (link to Photography
    (link to Interactive
    And if any of the above is clicked, lets say "Sculpture", the thumbnails/list would then refresh to show only sculpture related works...

    Hopefully that all makes sense? Hehe...

    Please feel free to reply with your thoughts/comments/suggetions...

    Thanks in advance,

    Cheers!
    Micky

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    Junior Member mhulse's Avatar
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    Just out of curiosity, has anyone seen any code that would do something similar to what I have described in my last post? Dynamic Flash/PHP scripts would be preferable...

    There's no good reason to "completely" reinvent the wheel, right?

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    Junior Member mhulse's Avatar
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    So, just to clarify, I will sum up the complete website navigation system that I am envisioning:

    (These would be the main links for every page
    1. [HOME]
    2. [SELECTED WORK] or [PORTFOLIO]
    3. [SCRIPTS]
    4. [FEEDBACK]
    5. [LINKS]
    The "[HOME]" (home-page) would have my "news entries" and the "about" information.

    The "[SELECTED WORK] or [PORTFOLIO]" page would be as described in post #4 above. Within this section, users would be able to find a link to my resume.

    The [SCRIPTS] page would behave like the portfolio section... The main categories would be: CSS, PHP, JS, CPP, FLA, and DIR.

    The [FEEDBACK] page would be contain a guest-book and possibly a contact email form.

    The [LINKS] is pretty self explanatory...

    At the bottom of every page, contained within the footer, will be these links:
    1. [HOME]
    3. [CONTACT]
    4. [DOTCOMS]
    5. Copyright info...
    6. Unique hit counter
    7. Date/time
    Hehe, ok, I am really starting to like this navigation set-up... Thanks to all who have given me feedack so far (justlivyalife), I really really appreciate it.

    I am still open to suggestions.

    Thanks
    Cheers
    Micky


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