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    This is basically a starter template for my portfolio, I haven't put too much work into it yet so I figure this is a good time to hear about what I'm doing wrong or could do better. So please let me know your opinions, and keep in mind this is 100% flash so far.

    http://www.dustinbrandt.com/

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    Senior Member shoffman3572's Avatar
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    I like it, though I have a couple of suggestions.

    Your name and title need to stand out more.

    On your gallery page - i thought it was odd that the image I wanted to see vanished when I hovered my mouse over it, leaving a click-able white space - once clicked I saw the enlargement - but perhaps you should change the way the buttons behave.

    Otherwise a good start.

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    thanks for the response, and i agree about the photo gallery deal im planning on switching the layout, i just thought id try something new and see how it went over :P

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    Tonight we're gonna party like it's 1999!!! :-D

    Very retro.

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    I don't dislike the design although I feel that - somehow - it needs to make a bit more of an impression. I personally don't like Flash (on one of my computers I don't even have it loaded) - so I ignored that and just concentrated on the static design. A few odd comments:
    1 On the About page, make it read like a professional website designer rather than a CV - ie take out Name, Birthdate, Interests etc. The paragraphs are indented in an annoying way - in my view, indenting each paragraph is fine for letters but not so good for websites.
    2 It took me a while to realise that the current page has the longest navigation button - to start with, I thought you'd made the Home button longer by accident.
    3 I like the Media page but agree with the last poster that disappearing images are slightly strange. The left hand margin is slightly out at the point of the bottom thumbnails - or at least it appears so as the darker grey line only covers the right hand thumbnail and the bottom of the thumbnails.

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    thanks for the critique, im thinkin im just gonna scratch it and redo the whole thing since i havent put too much time into it, and i know i can do a lot better.

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    I don't mind the site. However, I'd suggest that you speed up the main animation if you choose this route. I'd increase the frame rate by 25-50%

    However, since you haven't gone too far with this, I'd convert the site into html and, perhaps, leave the portfolio section as a flashlet (if you really think you need animation). Start thinking about SEO. Unless you think you can survive on word-of-mouth alone, your site needs to rank in order to attract customers. A one page flash site is not going to rank well. Good luck!


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