My portfolio website was actually my second project rather than my first. I wasn't really sure where to start with it, because I didn't know what type of information I needed to feature within it, so I spent time looking at other Web Designer's portfolio's to find inspiration, and read lots of different blogs on the topic, and noticed there are so many wide-ranging opinions out there on subjects such as portfolio best practices, and whether to inject personality or keep things strictly professional, or whether you should include your CV to highlight past experiences, or just let your design work speak for itself. I still can't work out whether it was information overload, or inspiring and overwhelming in equal measures, but regardless, I was drinking in the information, and scribbling lots and lots of ideas into OneNote.
I didn't actually create a wireframe for my website, because again, I wasn't sure what information I wanted to include, or how I wanted to present my work to the world, and having no prior experience of design, I really wasn't sure where the best place was to begin, and so I took myself off to the startbootstrap website, and browsed through the various themes on there. The website I've produced now, is actually a combination of the Freelancer and Creative themes after initially starting life as the Freelancer theme.
With this being my second project, I was really just working on building up my coding skills, rather than trying to create a workflow process. My theory was that the more web design projects I worked on, the more a workflow process would evolve from that. I'm starting to notice that the more I practice coding, and expose myself to different ways of designing websites, the more these different aspects of design are making sense, for example, user experience design. And by experimenting with wireframing, it's helping me to understand how important a wireframe is in the overall design process.
During the process of designing my own website, I did draw upon some aspects of design that I’ve learned from Skillcrush so far, such as typography best practices for responsive web design, and because my website currently has minimal information, I’m letting the colour scheme and font do the talking until I have enough work to add to my portfolio and then the colour scheme and fonts will be toned down to allow the work to do the talking.
Overall I’m happy with the creation of my own website so far, and it has been a learning curve. What I'm finding is there is always room for improvement and I’m forever looking at it with a critical eye. My opinion of it has changed since the beginning, and I now see it as a constantly evolving product rather than something with an end-date.