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9 years ago from Stefan Sohlstrom, Design @ Plaid

  • Colm TuiteColm Tuite, 9 years ago

    Didn't enjoy it man. I liked some of the images but overall, not a good experience for me.

    Some of the text was almost illegible, even on a mac. The navigation buries some of the most important content behind dozens of spacebar clicks and makes scanning impossible. I just now noticed that you can press ESC, but I (and others users) missed that instruction on the homepage. Most sites don't come with a manual so I'm not used to looking out for one.

    I wasn't keeping an eye on the arrows in the bottom right, so I was unaware that I had multiple options on some slides. Anyway, one of my cursor keys is busted, so the design is inaccessible for me.

    Your resume was extremely difficult to read, even after zooming in. Text is way too small.

    I like the direction you're headed with the color scheme but I think the contrast is too high.

    Finally, the transitions are pretty nice but I think they're a tad sluggish.

    Hope that was of some help :)

    2 points
    • Stefan SohlstromStefan Sohlstrom, 9 years ago (edited 9 years ago )

      Colm! thanks for the feedback. This site is very much hacked together, so the experience definitely needs tweaking and clarification. I actually used my dad to test the navigation. I reasoned if Hans could get through without leaving in utter frustration a reasonable amount of folks wouldn't hate it. I was afraid that some people wouldn't get it, and am still working on ways to better communicate that weird slide metaphor.

      The goal of my resume was to differentiate myself from abundance of that simple & minimal look I see so often among young designers (which I appreciate, but I need to separate the product (me) from the rest of the market). So I went with the kind of crazy visual overstimulation you see in the advertising pages in old boys magazines. Yes its kind of ugly and unreadable but I'd say the document as a whole is trying to be the message, rather than the content of the resume itself.

      Rationale (esp. post-rationale) rarely works for defending design tho!

      Thank you for your considerate feedback.

      2 points
      • Eduardo NunesEduardo Nunes, 9 years ago

        I really liked your site, but this comment is what tells me how good a designer you are. Knowing how to accept and embrace criticism, and being able to explain and justify your decisions, those are some stellar qualities — and increasingly rare ones at that. Kudos to you, my friend!

        4 points