Personal websites are becoming more and more popular; after all, what better way is there to build a personal brand. These types of websites are crucial for people who want to pursue a variety of freelance fields without creating an actual brick and mortar business. Shaun Inman is one such person. He specializes in, well, a lot of things, and he has a website that suits his multi-talented lifestyle well.
Website Reviewed: Shaun Inman
Website URL: http://shauninman.com/
The home page of the website has been created in purposely pixelated Atari style. Buttons scattered around a cartoon version of Inman take visitors to each of his pursuits. You can buy an app, purchase design services, interact on a variety of social media, and more. The icons are pixelated to point of being difficult to identify, one of our only criticisms of an otherwise well-designed CSS website.
The website has a very simple color palette to allow the images to stand out. In addition, negative space is used well to compensate for the large amount of information clustered in the center of the page. A small amount of text below gives insight into the designer’s style and his wide range of pursuits and occupations. This website is visually well-balanced as well as unique. It’s unusual in an era of picture-quality images to see old school images used so effectively.
In all, this website shows an interesting way of approaching a personal site for someone who has a lot of irons in the fire, without being overly cluttered or unbearably generic. It hints at the subject’s style without feeling self-centered or boring. You get a good sense of Shaun Inman’s skills as well as the style of work you can expect from him, regardless of the actual genre.
Creativity: 4 stars. We like the pixelated icons and rendering of the individual. However, they could have been made a little larger (or conversely, created with smaller pixels) to allow for better recognition without compromising the core style. In addition, while we love negative space, it feels like there is too much on this website. It feels a little empty.
Ease of use: 4 stars. The lack of text details on the buttons makes it difficult to know what you are clicking on. However, this website is otherwise very well-designed and easy to use. The central location of the navigation buttons makes it impossible to miss them.
Functionality: 4 stars. You can connect with a variety of the creator’s pursuits from this simple, one page website. However, the only social media link is to Twitter. Surely a person this well-rounded has a Facebook or LinkedIn page, and a link would make it easier for visitors to become fans of his brand.
Content: 5 stars. The content is humorous and gives insight into the creator’s unique sense of style. There is very little text, but just enough to communicate the key ideas.
Appropriateness: 5 stars. The pixelated graphics and text add up to a personal brand that seems very appropriate for this designer.
Overall: 4.4 out of 5 stars.