Syntax Highlight — We Review Your Portfolios


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

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Show Notes

03:59 -

  • Shared component animation between home / about really nice
  • Readable, clear
  • Simple
  • Check the contrast ratio on the white text on light blue:
  • 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 h2

10:35 -

  • 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 -

  • 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 h2

29:40 -

  • 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 -

  • 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 & h2, 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 -

  • 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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