Another Wednesday is upon us, and it’s time for another great example site created by a Webs user. This week we’re featuring the online portfolio of model Patricia Olufemi.
Because a portfolio site is, by definition, a collection of images from different sources, it’s easy for them to turn out quite cluttered. Patricia’s site, on the other hand, is quite elegantly laid out. She uses simply typography, clean image galleries, and uses only the apps and plugins that are really necessary.
On the homepage, the only elements we see are her branding, top navigation, a single impactful photo, and text links to her social media sites at the bottom. This makes her name and her face really stand out again the negative space in black.
Another way in which Patricia keeps this site clean is the use of image carousels instead of a library of thumbnails. This allows for the same amount of “white” (black) space to exist, while still showing the breadth of her work.
One misstep that people often take when creating their own websites is the use of too many plugins, apps, badges, etc. While it’s certainly a good idea to offer as much functionality as your visitors need, less is more when it comes to these types of things. This website features only an elegant contact form, and tasteful text links to social media sites, instead of colorful badges that could detract from the design.
When it comes to website design, what’s your personal preference? Do you like a simple, elegant look, or something more vibrant and robust?