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  • Mark Walczak

    November 26, 2008 at 12:45 am

    Hello everyone!

    My name is Mark and I am a designer in Chicago. I always love doing freelance work, and would like to redesign my website to better cater to potential freelance clients. I would like to create something clean, fresh and not too trendy. I realize that the galleries do not function too well in non-IE browsers, and something is being done to correct that. I am looking for advice mostly on colors and general aesthetic. Also, if you think I should add or remove certain items, please express that as well.

    Please stop by my site:

    Thank you so much for reading my post and feel free to add me to your network!

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  • Curtis Thompson

    November 26, 2008 at 4:53 pm


    a few comments that come to mind:

    – the high-tech look is probably not the best for freelance customers, although it does depend what your freelance work would entail (which brings me to the next comment)

    – i’m not sure from visiting your site as to what i would hire you to do – commercials? design? something else? it’d be good to get that sort of thing out there on the home page or at least create a services-esque section for visitors to learn what you can help them with

    – the galleries are very hard to navigate (you did say you were working on them, but i don’t mean from a not-working standpoint here) – i would definitely do thumbnails instead of text links, as i lost interest in clicking after about 2 pictures…with thumbnails i would definitely look around more

    – back to the first comment – your site should reflect your expertise that you are trying to get freelance work doing. if you are an expert 3-d renderer, then the design should showcase that…

    – from a usability standpoint, you should always give the user’s eye a place to quickly land and you should try to avoid large blocks of white text on a dark bg – when i hit your home page, i don’t know what to do…announcements are very prominently featured, but i wouldn’t imagine that i’d get much from those for a freelancer (that’s more of a big company style section)…so i’m back to not knowing where to go or how to learn more about you to decide if i want to hire you or not for my project

    just a few thoughts – hope that helps!


  • Mark Walczak

    November 26, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    Wow – thank you for giving my site so much thought! I noticed a couple of the things you mentioned, but it is great to hear it from someone else.

    I’ll certainly take these to heart, and welcome any further thoughts!

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  • Dan Brockett

    December 19, 2008 at 9:33 pm


    Nice site but when I look at your reel, a lot of that Speed Channel car stuff looks way too dark to see much. And yes, the screen on my MBP that I am looking at it on is calibrated with the Spyder 2 so it is pretty accurate.

    I would play with the gamma on those clips and consider a larger size QT.


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