Blog Post #1 – Critique Two Portfolio Sites

Portfolio site #1: http://www.dkbock.com/

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The first portfolio site I’m choosing to critique is the portfolio of David K Bock, a fun-loving, hard-working, no-nonsense graphic designer form Winnipeg, Manitoba with a very attractive body of work.

As far as the main page goes, it is simple and to the point. No bullshit. Just a quick intro then he gets right into the work, which I like. Bold colours and type reflect strong and approachable brand image, while white space is used generously, and… effectively? Perhaps not. Oh well. I guess that’s what you get for using a crutch like bootstrap. The typesetting isn’t exactly anything to write home about either, but that’s web design for ya. I do have to give him credit for the huge fixed  images in scrolling frames with rollover title and descriptions. Its an interesting, intriguing, and interactive way to showcase and give a preview of the work, albeit a tad disorienting or confusing to the eyes. That being said, the site is beautifully responsive and looks great on mobile.

Portfolio site #2: http://rubtsov.info/

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Finally a site that doesn’t suck. After the last site, I had to bleach my eyes with the portfolio of Alexander Rubtsov, an Art director from Moscow with an affinity for innovative and effective design and use of type in branding. He also does work for a wide range of high-profile clients such as Warner Bros and Burning Man, although it was his awesome campaign for Beat music festival that brought me to his site.

The main page is fairly paired-back and simple, with all the images having a blue duotone effect that ties into his personal branding. It is also quite well-responsive and looks good on mobile, but I do suspect that he used some kind of a template. I love the monospaced body copy, its not trying to be too fancy, and its getting the job done well. Although I am a sucker for monospaced fonts in general so that’s probably a little biased.

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