First of all, thanks to @Callum Chapman for the invite. I've been a benchwarmer ever since Dribbble went public. Since this is my first shot, please bare with me if you think it's an air ball, I've never had to express a design in less than 120,000 pixels.*
Speaking of first shots, I thought I'd share the "about me" section from the footer of my upcoming portfolio, so you could get a feel for me and a couple of my interests.
By the way, let me know what you think of the drop shadow for the text.. Now that I see it isolated from the design, I'm starting to think it's a bit harsh.
So glad to be a part of this community!
*I won't always be using basketball terms in my shots. I'm just excited to finally be on Dribbble.
11 months ago
yeah you rad! welcome to the community :)
welcome ! great debut :)
Great shot. welcome.
Welcome to Dribbble, Jaylin. Here are some tips:
Lighting Consistency: You already mentioned that the drop shadow for the text is a bit harsh, but I'd say that may depend on the context, since we cannot see your full design. You however want to be consistent with lighting as with any other art. The inner shadow on the button is light, versus on the profile picture which is a bit harsh.
Be Professional, Stand Out: I'm assuming you love design here, I'm assuming you'd give a kidney for it. I'm assuming you want to push pixels for a living. If so, scratch the kid statement up there. If you're British, It might be fine to call yourself a lad, but if you call yourself a kid, clients will think of you as a kid. You want to be at the same level as the client, if you state that you're a kid, you're going to have to prove that you're not. You're a man, Jaylin, show the world just how badass you are. I'm 18, but I have the experience of a 30 year old under by belt because God has been merciful to me by giving me great opportunities to work on great stuff. Work your butt off, Jaylin and it'll be worth it. Wanna sprint a thousand miles, start with a meter and just keep going. You'll get there.
Back to reality: Be as presentable as you can. If you need feedback, try Forrst. I love Dribbble, but I'm sad to say that it's become more of a "ooh, nice work," type of place that caters its crowd and is not as useful as I'd like for feedback. Some nice fellas here are, but those are few. But seriously, just my thoughts and my two cents. I hope you find it useful. Keep your head up, and I hope to see more from you. We should connect. @patricktrogan
@Patrick Rogan Thanks for the welcome AND CRITICISM. I'm glad it's not alll 3-word comments on this site.
Firstly, thanks for the tip about the inner shadows on the avatar and button; I'll fix it today.
Come to think of it, I have no idea why I put 'kid' there. I never put kid anywhere in my bios before.. I'll have to change that as well.
And I know there's a quality standard here so I'll make sure that's always on point. And yeah, I know I won't get much feedback here, but I'm glad I have another outlet to learn from and show my work on. Thanks again for the nice comments.
@Jaylin You're welcome for the invite - now impress me! ;)
@Patrick Rogan It has become a bit like that - much less good feedback. However it's great for landing work. 75% of my work is through Dribbble.
@Callum Chapman Thanks for agreeing~ Are you serious? I haven't found any work through here. Is it because you're applying for the jobs on the Dribbble job board or just regular traffic? And is it I guess recruiters, firms, or regular joes?
@Patrick Rogan Nope, I never seek work, they always come to me. I get 2-3 quotes a week and land 50% of them. Sometimes I get job offers (full time etc). But yeah, majority of my clients I get thanks to Dribbble.
@Callum Chapman That's amazing~ Guess I better get my game up~ You're a UI designer, no?
@Jaylin You got it, bro. I'll try to be as helpful as possible whenever I can.
So, the other day, when making edits to my portfolio mockup, instead of changing errors, margins, and other simple details, I ended going in a pretty different direction for my design.
And I dropped the round border radius on the design.. I'm going back to basics..
Now it looks more fun! Will show more soon. But until then..
11 months ago
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