Design Junction was submitted to my site by Nikita Adnani for the HTML5 Designs area. Normally, I don't like to feature web design websites as my inspiration, as I believe web designers should be using their sites as a showcase of their skills and then going out and designing killer sites for clients. And it's easier to be inspired by the killer sites because they are more like what we need to design for our clients than the designer site itself. Plus, I don't want people to think I'm somehow endorsing or recommending one designer over another. I don't do that.
So when I was reviewing Design Junction for my HTML5 design gallery, I went to their portfolio to see if I could find some sites they had designed that I liked. I did, and was debating between several of the sites as I was flipping back and forth in the portfolio. And then I realized that there is a lot to like in this portfolio. The portfolio itself was inspring me to in some design work I'm doing.
Portfolios for web designers can be difficult to create. In fact, I have an entire section devoted to portfolios because they are so important and so difficult. And the Design Junction portfolio has a lot of really nice features, like:
- A scrolling image that is large showing several different features or pages of the site
- A short description of the site
- Details abot what they did for the company and what technology they used
- Links to share the portfolio page and (when available) links to the live site
- Access to all the portfolio projects in a visual slider down below
In fact, the only thing I don't think is done perfectly on this design is the slider showing the additional projects. I thought they only had four items in their portfolio for a long time. The slider didn't make it obvious and since the slider (a yellow rectangle inside a grey one) was very subtle I didn't notice it. I didn't figure it out until I clicked on the “View All” button at the top, and was surprised there were so many. I would adjust the images in that slider at the bottom to be slightly larger or slightly smaller, so that one is cut off on the right. By cutting one off, this makes people want to try and see the whole thing, and thus figure out that it's slidable.
Other than that, this is a great example of a portfolio. They include a lot of good portfolio pieces and provide a lot of information about each project.
Have you built an HTML5 site? Or do you know of one that does a great job with HTML5? Submit HTML5 site designs to be featured on this site.