The fact that you had to put this on the site proves that it fails to provide a decent user experience: http://i.imgur.com/rP2iRAZ.png Why hide your work!? Literally the only reason people have to view your profile is the work; which you have decided to hide.
You also have what looks like a navigation in the upper right. This has a mix of external and internal links, which may be jarring for a user. And even weirder that the ABOUT link just goes to the homescreen!?
If this was me fixing the site I would: ~ Swap social for icons ~ Remove the ABOUT link (make the site a 1 pager) ~ place the Grid of work bellow the about content ~ remove the scrollJacking (cos fuck scrolljacking)
p.s. The talking in 3rd person also is very weird, this is your portfolio yet feels like it is someone elses about you.
I came to say exactly the same thing. Until I read all of the copy I had no idea how to see your work. In my opinion a portfolio is about highlighting your work and experience and hiding that content makes it difficult for someone to get sense of who you are and hinders their ability to look through your work.
I also wasn't sure what clicking the arrows would do. Even after clicking them I was still unsure. Do they bring you to new page? Different about page? Work?
I think it is clever how all of the work thumbnails come together to form a pattern, but they don't really do a good job of highlighting what the project is going to be about or giving me any enticing reason to want to click through.
Also once I got on a project page I was unsure of how to scroll through. At first after seeing the project description I thought that was it and was confused until I figured out I could scroll. Seems like a waste of all the real-estate on the page to have all the images be a separate slide, especially since they don't take the full heigh of the page.
Also after I clicked on a project, I can't click the back button. Not sure how I get back to the homepage.
Thanks for the feedbacks, I am redesigning.
I'm refining it. Please let me know anything is not working UX-wise. Thanks.
The golden rule to follow here is don't make the user have to think.
Everything should be super obvious, and as Matthew points out the main feature content of the site is hidden behind a quest of looking for the squares, clicking the squares, etc.
Make everything super simple, and achieve the goal in the least amount of steps possible with the least amount of cognitive load.
Thank you for the feedback. :)
Really good body of work Xiaoye :) Nice to see you here!
Ah, nice to see you here.