“About Me” pages
“So I have been reflecting on portfolio sites and I have arrived at the point of viewing my about page…its pretty lame.” – Design Ninja
You have just put together a portfolio site linking to all your amazing designer work and you come to that link “About Me” and you are fresh out of ideas. Now what??? The great thing about this page is that you’re free to design like a crazy monkey and personalize it to communicate who you are. Here is the good news…online users browsing your site would love to know about you! About pages are important when people want to know more about the designer and therefore get a feel of the type of person you are. Don’t fear! I have rounded up a few good links to help get you started on that “About Me” page.
Web Design Ledger has some basic yet vital tips to create a great about me page. Tips include:
- Profile info
Too much info about yourself is a tad bit annoying so don’t rave on about how awesome you are and how much you love playing sudoku. Make it interesting and make it relevant, unless you’re just making an about page to make friends. Mention your skills and achievements and any work you have done. Many well designed about pages start with, “Hi” or “Whose that guy? Its me!”, but be more original (in Design Ninja’s opinion).
- The photo
The picture must portray your star personality. If you are a sweetheart, have a soppy picture of you eating ice-cream, if you’re a tart put up a picture of you adorned in fishnets whatever tickles your fancy. Professional photos look good, but then there are also really funny pictures which are great to laugh with. You get goodlooking photos that remind you of Facebook profile pictures or really pimped out photoshop pictures.
Smashing Magazine also comments that in today’s web age being personal and friendly and engaging with your audience is important because there are just sooooo many sites out there. Below is a page by French web designer Jean Delbrel. He is a great graphics and cartoon designer which we can tell just by the about page. He has incorporated his theme throughout even through his links. Impressive to say in the least. For more examples like this one check out net tuts+ for inspiring sites.