For class, I evaluated three different digital portfolio websites.
Kate Essig (Professional)
Kate Essig’s home page was rather blank, and I assume this was by design. That said, I do wish there was some sort of imagery on the front page, because it almost feels like the page is still waiting to load while it’s fully loaded.
That said, I was happy to see imagery on other pages, and was happy to see the minimalist design carry over to other pages.
The font was rather bald and boring, but again, went along with the minimalist way of the site.
Her “my work” tab made it easy to find work relevant to what a certain employer would be looking for, and it’s not all jumbled up in the same tab, it is nicely organized.
Her resume looks very readable on the site and also includes a PDF version.
Lauren Bohn (Professional)
There were many different images on the front page of Bohn’s profile, which were pleasing to look at and were all of high quality. Her home page includes a lot of information, plenty of sidebars, and while I appreciate the content, I can see why a prospective employer would be a bit overwhelmed with everything going on.
Her about me page has a lot of good information and good imagery, but the imagery is oriented left and right, and this makes it difficult to read as it feels like the eyes are zig zagging all over the place.
Her “Foreign Policy Interrupted” page was informative and had a call to action, really giving me a feel for what this writer was all about. I appreciated that, and appreciated the description of the movement. Additionally, there is a page about SchoolCycle, which is a campaign in Malawi.
I found that this writers’ portfolio didn’t have a resume, but at the same time, I didn’t find it necessary for their site. Their entire site really acted as their resume, and I felt like anyone who took the time to actually look at her site would not have needed a resume to supplement the information provided.
Tess Brock (Student)
Tess Brock’s home page was minimalist similar to Essig’s, but it included more imagery and more information (email address, phone number). I think it accomplished the same design appeal that Essig had, while providing more for the observer without having to click other links. Brock’s was more effective than Essig’s.
At the end of every page, there is a link to the next page, which I think is helpful because the whole website really acts as a book and encourages you to read on. I would imagine Brock sees more reader retention than other portfolios.
Her portfolio was simple and easy to navigate.
Having references right on her website was special, and really gives you a feel for how important she is to the different organizations she’s been a part of.
Since I don’t have quite as many accomplishments to jam pack a page like Bohn, I would like to go with a minimalist type of portfolio like Brock and Essig. I would still like to have imagery and provide all the necessary information, but I just think it is easier on the eyes of the reader to have a minimalist design. I believe I will retain more eyes for longer periods of time this way.
A rough draft of my portfolio can be viewed here.