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Thread: Building a personal website, what's wrong with it?!

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    Building a personal website, what's wrong with it?!

    So I am building a personal website to have a chance to mess around with everything I can get my hands on.

    My website is at KNYZ::Home

    I feel like there is something fundamentally wrong with it but I can't figure it out. Help please?

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    Whats the point of the site? I see you said that its a private development environment? Easy access makes it sort of lose the "private" aspect no? Or are you looking for clients? Seems like you also want to pitch your services? Then theres the quote at the bottom that is more for people like me, coders, also known as your competition? You have no central purpose for this site so it lacks in substance. That to me is fundamental so maybe thats what you feel is wrong


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    Quote Originally Posted by Vapr_Arts View Post
    Whats the point of the site? I see you said that its a private development environment? Easy access makes it sort of lose the "private" aspect no? Or are you looking for clients? Seems like you also want to pitch your services? Then theres the quote at the bottom that is more for people like me, coders, also known as your competition? You have no central purpose for this site so it lacks in substance. That to me is fundamental so maybe thats what you feel is wrong


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    I started it a fair while back and the text becomes more and more irrelevant as I change stuff and since I don't have any worthwhile traffic I forget to update stuff as time goes by.

    Purpose aside, I am really asking about the design. And as for competition I don't really care for it, I do web design as a hobby not as work.

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    That is concerning design.. The difference between art and design is design has a purpose behind it. Your choice of content makes this wrong for the fact that it has no clear and definitive purpose. Your bouncing from one idea to the next. You also say the site doesnt look nice in your own words. So you are asking for a critique on something you admit is lacking and needs to be corrected.

    Slow down a little. Go back and finish the site. That includes defining the purpose.


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    The competition comment wasn't meant as a negative it was just meant to separate myself from a potential client. Trying to help illustrate the differences


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    Quote Originally Posted by Vapr_Arts View Post
    That is concerning design.. The difference between art and design is design has a purpose behind it. Your choice of content makes this wrong for the fact that it has no clear and definitive purpose. Your bouncing from one idea to the next. You also say the site doesnt look nice in your own words. So you are asking for a critique on something you admit is lacking and needs to be corrected.

    Slow down a little. Go back and finish the site. That includes defining the purpose.


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    Your post here... I think your post here alone changed my entire perception on design... I am going to rethink my life now.
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    Vapr_Arts is absolutely correct. You can use the site as a test bed if you want, but then there's no point in us reviewing it unless we're reviewing something in beta that you're about to launch...which would give it a purpose in and of itself. Other than that, it needs a purpose. It's a few random ideas on one page with no connecting theme.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ViruZX View Post
    Your post here... I think your post here alone changed my entire perception on design... I am going to rethink my life now.
    Trust me.. When i first had someone explain this to me i felt somewhat the same way. It may sound intimidating but thats only because you haven't gotten the education. Design is both complex and fun (once you have a foundation). It requires critical thinking.

    If you like design dont let this discourage you. Id recommend getting a better understanding of what it is to be a designer.

    Is it the design aspect you were interested in? As in print design as well as web design? Did you want to just build sites? Maybe you confused a web designer with a programmer?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Vapr_Arts View Post
    Trust me.. When i first had someone explain this to me i felt somewhat the same way. It may sound intimidating but thats only because you haven't gotten the education. Design is both complex and fun (once you have a foundation). It requires critical thinking.

    If you like design dont let this discourage you. Id recommend getting a better understanding of what it is to be a designer.

    Is it the design aspect you were interested in? As in print design as well as web design? Did you want to just build sites? Maybe you confused a web designer with a programmer?


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    Well I ideally would only do the programmer part of web development. The issue is that my code is pointless if I don't have a website to go along with it which must be visually appealing and I work alone (since none of my contacts do webdesign) so I need to do both.

    Oh and also I stared at siteinspire.com for a few hours yesterday and changed the design a bit, I think it was the logo and alignment that made me feel uneasy. But I still got a very useful life lesson from you that I will apply eventually.


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