Note that the things I will be stating about your site or pretty much personal and based on what I experienced myself and heard what others prefer.
I guess the name of the site is partly a bit of a personal thing and personally. I prefer a real name, or a logical variation (APerrin.com, Perrin.com, etc).
Agreed. I recently bought AndrewPerrin.com and I'm re-working the site
- When first entering your site, I could see your name, what you (want to) do and some projects, it gives me the proper information for a first impression, so I would keep it as it is. I'm not really a fan of "blog" portfolio sites, but yours is at least decently represented and not obviously a blog. (the blog thing is a pure personal thing, I see them pretty often but not many people seem to be bothered with it if it is presented well enough) I would also hide the meta stuff.
I think I'm going to hide the blog on the new site, and only make it visible if I've written something I really care to show.
- The tag cloud is something I do not like that much. Where the title states what you're aiming for, the tag cloud throws in some terms that might be related, but also states 3 different disciplines (programming, production, design), this might be confusing.
Well the truth is I'm not 100% sure exactly what I want to do yet, so while the title said "Technical Designer," I'm trying to be well-rounded enough to do multiple jobs. Clearly, when working on personal projects, we have to wear multiple hats. I'm just trying to show all my hats. I haven't found a good way to do this without making myself look unfocused, yet. On the new site, I'm just going to put "Andrew Perrin - Game Development" instead of listing "Andrew Perrin - Designer" or "Andrew Perrin - Programmer" or something like that.
- One of your portfolio items is your first website. I get that you might be proud of it, but I think it's not really adding anything to it in relation to the rest. That would be the first thing I would throw out.
Agreed. It's not going on the new site.
- It wasn't clear to me if for some of your project, you worked in a team or not. If you did work with something in a team, clearly state your role in it and what you did for the project.
The only team project was Daycare Disaster, and the other team members names are in the Credits document. I'll make that one more clear, though. Good call.
- In happy hour, you're stating some negative things about GameSalad, rightfully so or not, it's not something I would put in there. You can however state some of the limitations and how you managed to work around that.
- In general, don't let people wade through walls of text, but provide them with a list of things in such a way that they immediately see what you did and how you did it. If it sparked an interest, they could read the text.
I don't find 2 or 3 sentence paragraphs to be walls, but I'll try to limit my use of them, I guess? I'm not really sure how to explain what I did without using sentences, though.