For the second peer review of this semester, I will be reviewing Hassan Abdullahi’s professional portfolio blog which can be found here. In terms of criteria, this peer review will be structured as follows: social media, content specifics, and growth that has occurred since the first round of peer reviews.
Upon landing on the homepage of Hassan’s blog, his creative and artistic talents are evident. With the assumed purpose of his blog being to promote his own brand and image as a graphic designer, his work is featured in large eye-catching photos that are directly embedded on the homepage. I believe this is an admirable layout and format for a portfolio of Hassan’s caliber. Moreover, he utilizes social media to connect these creative pieces through providing interactive links to his Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Unfortunately, Facebook and Twitter remain as default links, which in the future would be best removed or enabled as working links to these sources. By having an entire section dedicated to links for other social media platforms, assuming it gets updated, along with an action statement containing a phone number, clients wishing to contact Hassan will have little difficulty getting connected with him. This is an extremely effective decision and one that I believe suits his purpose adequately.
Being a fairly active university student, I have made friends and exchanged social media followings over my first couple years at SFU. Over time, I have memorably seen and explored Hassan’s content prior to even being enrolled in Pub 201. From stories of mutual friends and Instagram posts on explore feeds, Hassan’s content is advertised well, so much in fact that when I met him for the first time, I was almost starstruck in encountering someone so popular online. The quality of Hassan’s work is amazing, which is clearly evident from his IAT 201 Deadpool design here. I would love to see more work posted, whether being small or previous projects for a more consistent posting schedule, however, with the quality and work that I can only imagine is required for projects like these, it is understandable that it is not as easy to produce as opposed to a blog that focuses on simpler postings.
Growth and Progression:
By analyzing our class’s Google Sheets, I was able to track down Nick MacKay’s first peer review of Hassan’s Portfolio. This review can be found here. To summarize Nick’s critique, he too applauds the design and interactive features of Hassan’s portfolio, however, he also noted how the links to social media were defaulted. With this being said, I was able to click and access Hassan’s Instagram, and if this wasn’t working in the past, this could be considered a strong point of progression. Again, the content is certainly Hassan’s focus, and while there can always be edits and upgrades on any and all blogs or sites, there appears to be evident growth and continuing development of a sound domain.
In conclusion, Hassan has a great portfolio of quality designs that clearly illustrate his skills as a graphic designer. Some of the site functions require some additional attention, but that is why this course spans across a semester. My final piece of critique would be to allocate some time on proofreading writing sections, as I was able to find some minor grammatical errors that could detract from the overall presentation, but once again, Hassan’s blog is centered around his artistic pieces, which deserve the attention they receive online.