Nathan Leigh Davis is a designer and developer who writes about design, technology and things that inspire him.


My new portfolio site is finally live!

A lot of my freelance work involves designing and developing portfolio sites for other people, however it’s been a struggle to find the time to do my own. However after slaving away for the last month I’ve finally been able to put my own folio site together and launched it earlier today!

Preparing my own folio was interesting, because other than a lacklustre presence on Behance, it’s been awhile since I’ve actually gone through this process. I’ve done a lot over the last three years and taking the time to review and reflect on it all has been great. I’ve enjoyed being able to see the progress I’ve made since I started designing and building websites.

I’ve tried to keep the design simple, making my work and ease of navigation my sole focus. I’ve utilised the same scrolling effect seen on this website too, because it looks great and it’s intuitive. There’s no need to clutter the site with buttons. No arrows and other gallery controls, just scrolling. Simple!

Minimising the amount of elements on the page also helps when considering how it will look on smaller screens, making the challenge of creating responsive websites less daunting. However the way that JavaScript scrolling events work on touch devices is still a bit of a problem. The scrolling effect simply doesn’t work! I’m not sure that there’s an easy and elegant solution though, so I’m happy to leave it for the time being.

Over the next week I’m inviting feedback on the site, both positive and negative. What works? What doesn’t? What improvements can I make? Do you know a solution to my scrolling problem? Is it even something I should be worried about?

Have a look and let me know what you think on Twitter, because I’d love to hear from you.