July 7th, 2021 × #Web Development#Portfolios#Design

Syntax Highlight — We Review Your Portfolios

Scott and Wes review listener submitted websites and portfolios, providing feedback on design, code, accessibility, and more. They also discuss Scott's upcoming move, funny kid stories, and share picks for lever wire connectors, podcasts, and web dev courses.


In this episode of Syntax, Scott and Wes review your portfolios!

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Show Notes

03:59 - cudd.io

  • Shared component animation between home / about really nice
  • Readable, clear
  • Simple
  • Check the contrast ratio on the white text on light blue: https://coolors.co/contrast-checker/ffffff-56ccf2
  • Nice SSR from Next.js
  • CSS vars
  • Very tall cards without much text, looks like a mistake
  • Better on a short browser window - peep the tall and skinny
  • Card heading should be h3 or h4

10:35 - damonbolesta.com

  • Nice design = super fun!
  • Good color palette
  • Shows your skills straight up
  • Animation
  • Not accessible - EASY fixes with Axe Dev Tools
  • Text on background images hard to read
  • White text on buttons
  • Bold some words in your bio
  • Border radius

21:52 - walterkjenkins.com

  • Map is fun
  • Contrast issues with the color choices
  • Transparency not needed on body content
  • Cursive font for links / buttons is a no for me dog
  • Labels on social media icons
  • Hero overlaps section below it
  • Maps data processing should be h4

29:40 - suhit.me

  • This is an example of a really good one
  • Wicked domain name
  • Design is ON POINT, like this is the type of polish I like to see - I'd hire on this
  • Can't get enough Inter font
  • Fun little animation
  • I'd go a little easier on the box-shadow
  • Github even has a custom readme
  • Resume
    • Very modern - JS, TS, Bootstrap
    • TypeScript A+
    • Drop the "5" and "3" from "HTML" and "CSS"
    • I'd add color to the resume, its likely not printed
    • Don't need to say Github and LinkedIn in front of the URLs

37:20 - jacobpawlak.com

  • Initial loading is great - transitions are hot
  • Typography looks nice - not sure about those serif all-cap nav items
  • Slider not very usable
  • View circle on hover is cool, but I'm not sure about following your mouse, covers text
  • T-shirt portfolio is awesome
  • Fun little bits in the footer
  • SSL is broken - fix that sh!t
  • Links don't show over background images - common issue today
  • External links should probably be indicated as such
  • HTML, paragraphs as h3 & h4, h5, should be

    - (i.e. "here are a few of my recently completed..." should be a


  • Design of resume is KEY - different colors, eh?

47:04 - mrtnvh.com

  • This is a good example of subtle flex of skills
  • Makes you say "Ohhhh" when you click a link (something that's missing from a lot of these single page sites)
  • Personal Photo A+
  • Position sticky
  • Love the skills layout on the about page
  • Email is a button
    • I can't copy your email
    • We have mailto links - don't reinvent
  • A+


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