How and why I built My Portfolio Website
I am recent graduate of Contemporary Web Design and this program has given me the practical skills to be an excellent designer as well as a practical developer. My final project was to design and build a portfolio website, and there are many problems that you can face. I will outline these problems below.
The problem I wanted to solve
As a student developer, you are most likely given a plan to design and code by. When given the opportunity to create my own portfolio website, I found that the problems I faced were very simple yet often overlooked. What is my plan? What frameworks will I use? What is my color palette and overall branding style? How will I present the most important information on this website - my work?
In my personal experience, it took a lot of back and forth and my overall designed changed drastically. However, I can advise that planning is the most important step to take before taking on a large project, especially if a lot of the design/efficiency is up to your discretion.
What is My Portfolio Website?
My portfolio website accurately describes my work and presents my portfolio pieces very well. I am very happy with the outcome and will continue to upgrade my designs as I continue to grow was a developer.
The process of building My Portfolio Website
When I first started building this website, I researched. I searched through designs I liked, color palettes I found interesting, and examples of imagery I wanted to use.
Challenges I faced
My overall challenge was how to make my portfolio website unique but still outstanding. My challenge was having complete free-range over the design and functionality and not needing to design based on a pre-determined plan.
Tips and advice
Make a plan - you don't need to follow it closely, but when it comes to design - create wireframes. When it comes to functionality, write down your pseudocode before you begin. Make sure your naming conventions are accurate, and your code is well commented for future use.