I'm going to start with my personal opinon and say that when I first saw this I was thoroughly impressed with what I can see.
It would be nice to see what the other pages would look like just to get a feel of how the written content would look but thats just a small thing to make writing this easier.
The use of the images getting smaller gradually is pretty neat and adds to the originality of the design. With this is mind, having the first images overlappying and the next three not definitely takes away from the feel it gives and makes it seem as if you lost track of what you were doing half way through.
The icons used for the navigation look very nice, but I would say the middle two (the heart and the person) are a bit difficult to decypher what they are for. Perhaps a very faint text description could be where the tooltips appear meaning you wouldn't have to hover over them to find out. This could solve your problem, or including a second, text-based navigation above the text could be used.
On looking at it again in more depth, my conclusion about including the written content could be seen as invalid as there is text already on there. My apologies for not realising this, however I was under the impression that it was text meant for 'terms and conditions/copyright' and the like! This is a major flaw in the design. It could easily be solved by increasing the font size. Even for me, someone with no visual impairments, it was not obvious that this text was for actual content rather than what I thought it was for before.
More apologies for how this was written, I do tend to ramble/mix my points up, but I do hope I've helped you.
This design is so.. so.. amazing. The simpleness is awensome. The way u used the lenses is very good. Im also in love with the menu. The background is plain but in my opinion thats just good! Good work on the Portfolio text.
Making a unique menu is pretty hard these days. Almost everything has been done. Though ive never seen a menu like this. The simple icons realy stand out but also dont stand out to much. The blue highlighted mouseover looks good. I like the way the page name is shown.
Overal you did a very good job def. a design ill add to my favorites!
This is beautiful! most certainly has inspired me to redesign I site I was doing. Was looking for something professional, but not your basic white background. Love this and the simplicity. One question though, do you have a slight grain effect on the background? or is it just a solid gradient and my eyes are just messing with me, hahah.
yes....... I guess it was my fault. I saw your critique in my messages and I clicked in the "X" button to close it because I thought that it wasn't necessary to click "FAIR" to show it in the main page (yea, I really apologize for this )
This is also very nice. I like the first version more because I feel the background frame that you put there gives a little more structure overall to the design. This way is a little more freeform, and organic feeling however. The color scheme is still nicely done, and easy on the eyes. Keeps the user focused on the content.
Well, you're absolutely right!. That were my thoughts, I liked the first version too but it was too perfect and limited in how I can show my works. I have to think that there isn't just icon work (sometimes I do smaller icons... 32px or 48px), I do user interface, and whatever other goodies that I want to make.
So with this design/layout, I will be able to show all the details of my 512px icons, and at the same time it will be much more space-efficient. I can move dynamically the left/right arrows and also the page navigation and the description above to fit the size of the current project