Between browsing Awwwards, dribbble, the Webflow showcase, and the Webflow Facebook community page, I'd say on average I see 15-20 portfolios a day. Browsing all these folios, I've started noticing similarities between some or all of them that drive me nuts.
Here are the top 5 worst offenders that I see on a daily basis:
Things your Memoji says about you:
If my grandma can use Memoji, you shouldn't be using it to represent yourself on a professional portfolio. When I see Memoji used on a portfolio, I assume instantly that you put it there for lack of creativity. Full stop.
Stop doing this. Stop it. Of course you make websites for humans. Who else would you make websites for?!?!?! Quadruple negative points if you refer to people as humans more than once. There's infinite alternative, better ways to say what you're trying to say. Here are a few examples:
I don't care how cool that one font family you're using is, or how dope your blinding hero image is. If I can't read what you're trying to say, neither can people who have actual visual impairments. If it's important, make it legible! Contrast checkers are more accessible now than ever; use them!
I get it. A black background with white text on it, or vice versa, is super easy to read, and looks slick. Sure. But your portfolio should be an extension of you as a person and as a designer. When I look at a black and white portfolio, I just assume you're either too lazy to play around with other colors or that you're just boring. Use more than two colors.
Alternative navigation means using non-traditional methods of mouse movement, clicks, hovers, or scrolls in order to navigate through your experience. A visually interesting way to separate yourself from the crowd, these alternatives may seem harmless, but are actually 100% detrimental to your overall accessibility. For example:
Using alternative navigation betrays your priorities. It's safe to assume that if you're using some crazy navigation method, you care more about the cool factor than you do about your users. And that's not cool.
The tools exist. You can make a website that is original, inclusive, and properly represents you without being blasé. If you are ever worried that you might be making use of a trend that will turn onlookers from 😀 to 🤮, ask someone what they think about it. If more than one person thinks something is weird, it might warrant changing.
More than anything, try your hardest to do things with purpose.
Because when you don't, it shows.