New portfolio

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by mehdiaityoussef, Aug 20, 2012.

  1. mehdiaityoussef
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    mehdiaityoussef Mehdi

    hello I would like to know what you think about my portfolio, constructive criticism, ideas .......

    this is the link: www.emaity.zzl.org

    thanks
     
  2. SamSam
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    SamSam Senior Member

    Are you able to engineer these renderings?
     
  3. mehdiaityoussef
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    mehdiaityoussef Mehdi

    To be honest, about the construction part, I have only theoretical knowledge, of course I had a module in which I have made ​​small pieces in FRP .
    hull design,hydrostatics & hydrodynamics studies, Hull scantling , interior design..
    I can do it.
    you didn't tell me if it was good or not (portfolio) to improve thanks to your critical
     
  4. SamSam
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    Well, I'm not sure what the intent of the portfolio is. I get the feeling you're trying to sell yourself more so than the boats, and I guess as a resume it shows you can use the software pretty well. The photos of sunsets and locations that scroll across the screen on the homepage (About Me) are pretty meaningless. The renderings are sort of clunky, but I suppose that's a software limitation. Clicking on the thumbnail images, the pages only come up half size or smaller and never get big enough to read the writing or see much details.

    I'm really not sure what you want constructive criticism about. The presentation of the webpage itself? The styling of the boats?

    I don't get the feeling you can connect these ideas with an actual boat. Aside from the actual structure of the hull, where do all the mechanicals go, like engines, generators, tanks, etc?

    I don't like the style much, but lots of people do so that's no problem. The interior of the sphinx gives more of the feeling of a house than a boat and in all the renderings nothing really seems to be much different than other boats of the type. I'm pretty sure a sunken pit in the main salon is not a good idea.

    As it is I think there are an awful lot of graphic presentation of ideas out and about on the web and there isn't much a person can do with them. But if you can connect these graphic ideas with actual engineered construction drawings coupled with construction instructions, that would be a whole different thing.
     
  5. mehdiaityoussef
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    mehdiaityoussef Mehdi

    Firstly thank you for your answer, this is just what I wanted, a direct and honest opinion, your comments are very interesting.
    The portfolio is a kind of laboratory experiment, I am a new graduate in naval architecture and I would specializeinthe yacht design and construction, So I had the portfolio with the goal of improving all (my projects, web page, my experience ...
    thank you again.
     
  6. SamSam
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    Well, you're welcome. I'm glad you didn't take offense. Your software skills and number crunching abilities ought to get you in somewhere and then you can learn on the job. Time on boats and if not actually hands on working at construction, watching and asking questions and opinions will certainly help. You never quit learning.

    My computer is old so problems with the web page are probably on this end. I click on images and they enlarge but not enough. The little hand is there instead of the cursor, and usually when I click then, something else happens, but no. But if I go to your "Gallery" here on the site, it's different as everything enlarges and the renderings become much more interesting. This one here I'm beginning to really like. I like the looks and the features like the back 'platform' access. On the bottom V shape, the bottom line from the keel to the chine isn't flat but slightly rounded. How does that affect anything like the ride or the speed or handling?

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    I really hope someone else chimes in here with some comments so you get a more experienced and balanced outlook on your stuff other than what I spout.


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  7. mehdiaityoussef
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    mehdiaityoussef Mehdi

    not at all ,we are here to learn, I think that I share with all members of boatdesign.
    (I haven't received the link)
     
  8. SamSam
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    This is odd. I'm assuming your
    statement refers to the image I posted..? I started to reply and opened up another window of this thread so I could search around your website there without losing my reply here. There is no image on this thread but there is on the other one. ? That seems strange.

    It was the image of your 550CC outboard boat with the 4 views, side, top, bow and transom. http://emaity.zzl.org/crbst_3.html

    Let me comment on the 550CC portion of your website. All the images in the 'Exterior' and 'Interior' when clicked enlarge to a 115 x 85 mm size, too small for my eyes to see much for details. (By the way, try shaping them to the Golden Ratio, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_ratio , which is 8 to 5, and see if the claims for it being the "most pleasing to humans" are possibly true)

    In the 'plans & view(s)' section, if I label them

    1234
    5678

    All the renderings when clicked enlarge to the same size as above, except #1, which enlarges to 205 x 145 mm, which is much better and more interesting than it's copy, #6. It wouldn't bother me if they enlarged even bigger. Also, I said before the little hand is there on all the renderings but didn't do anything, and I guess it does work to advance the slide show and exit. I thought it might be to enlarge too, but apparently not.

    Between the backgrounds of 4 & 5, I like 4 better, but that could just be because of the color, red being sort of big and 'alarming'.

    2 & 3 are unreadable. 'Motor Boat Project' on the one and 'Legend' on the other being it. Reminds me of eye charts at the doctors office.

    The presentation of the 4 views between 6 and 8 is a tossup. 6 is more balanced but the chart numbers in 8 would be handy, if they could be read. I think I like 6 better though. I wonder if the direction they point has a subtle effect for some reason, as in it's pointed in the direction I read and write, in a country where they read and write from right to left might prefer it the other way.?

    7 is good the way it shows the major portions at a different angle, it would be good if the 4 sub-renderings would enlarge when clicked on or the cursor passed over them.

    The way 4 & 5 do the same and also show the seats and deck and backrests are movable and open for storage are real good. The dashed lines clutter up and ' blur' the main picture though, I'm not so sure they're needed, the line connecting the balloons to the main picture being enough.

    After looking closely at that (#4), wouldn't it be a good idea to have a door in the transom access? If you stop suddenly from speed, the boat usually squats into the trough of a big wave that then slaps the transom. I can imagine it coming in there and then rushing back out with all the stuff and the wife and children, kind of like a tsunami when it recedes.

    Actually, thinking about it even more, I wonder if that whole portion of the aft end (from the door way back), might cause problems when backing. Maybe becoming like a large scoop. It looks like it might scoop smooth water, and for sure waves. It would be a shame if that were a problem, I really like that feature of the boat.
     
  9. kerosene
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    My suggestions.

    1. Start with work. The best work.
    2. Gallery of other work
    3. info about the skills and work
    4. other info of you
    5. everything else

    3&4 can be same page but emphasis should be on what you are trying to sell, not your persona. You can fill in more personal info too but start and emphasize the professional ambitions/skills.

    Otherwise my list is meant to be a priority list. For example have an opening page that has your favorite image (of your work, not sunset) or maybe 3-5 different images that load on random when you arrive). You could go straight to portfolio index but I think its better to have arriving page with a big and impressive image.

    Then once you have built interest people need to be able to get to your work and images easily. Your actual project (each boat) presentation is not bad. But you shouldn't have work in progress stuff there.

    The fact that you have it there suggest that you manually built your site instead of using wordpress or similar. I recommend strongly using a system that makes adding and managing content EASY. At worst it takes a few days to set up but then you can just go and add/remove/edit content through browser interface. This way you don't have to preserve space for "work in progress" or "under construction" which to be honest will likely be like that still in a year from now. Such pages give pretty hobbyist 1998 vibe to the presentation. Do not worry about quantity over quality. Its common fro design students or 3d artists (my field) and similar to insist on putting work that they know is not that great just to give impression of "more". Don't do it - 1-2 good projects is far better than 1-2 good AND 3 utter crap/in progress. Not saying you have utter crap but always be ready to edit and drop unfinished stuff.

    the actual layout of your site is visually nice and simple - no worries there.


    On my own site you can see that I have all projects under one button in the menu bar. They open as a list so I can add more. Your layout will need adjusting if you add projects and you will run out of space on your menu bar very quickly.
    My website is far from perfect but it does follow following ideas:

    1. start with a fancy picture (ignore the motorbike trip blog link - did the trip but had too much fun to update a blog)
    2. then you arrive in the portfolio index
    3. Latest work is at the top (best 1st,crap later -philosophy)
    4. Further info such as blog posts and resume are easy enough to find but not the 1st thing
    5. its very easy for me to add or remove a project, post, images etc.

    my website address:
    http://machinista.com
     

  10. mehdiaityoussef
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    mehdiaityoussef Mehdi

    Thank you for your comments, I'm working on a new design of the page, I posted a trial version for you to see it if you have time, i try to improve the plans and renderings to make it more attractive, I applied some of kerosene comments, regarding page layout, and I'm trying to improve the presentation of projects as SamSam said me and about the back door, I thought about adding a door at first, but I think it's better like this, I think I have a solution for that (a door that slides into the opening vertical rails), I'll post when it's finished.
    Thanks again, if you have more ideas or recommendation i'm interested
     
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