As I have been in the middle of my job hunt for the elusive first software engineer role I have been soliciting feedback from friends and mentors on my projects, resume and portfolio. With the gathered input on my portfolio site I set aside some time to refactor my portfolio website from this:
The original color story I had utilized originally didn't provide enough contrast to be visually pleasing or in the case that a user was visually impaired it could prove more challenging to read. Utilizing the below resources I landed on a color scheme that I loved and accomplished the contrast I was looking for!
The original image that I used for my landing page is from the wonderful open source illustration site UnDrawn. While I love UnDrawn's illustration it didn't fit what I envisioned for providing contrast to highlight the various links I wanted displayed. Thus I looked around for a vector image that suited the color scheme I was looking for and was eye-catching.
In my first iteration of my portfolio I only had links to these pages living in my hamburger menu rather than making it simple for the user by providing those links on the homepage.
This first refactor left me with a portfolio site that had around 87% total compliance rating for accessibility standards and definite room for improvement. Using the below resources I got scores and suggestions for ways to improve the accessibility of my website that I am working through now. You may be asking - What is accessibility and why is it important? In that case I suggest you check out this friendly introduction.
Resources being used:
I hope this is helpful for anyone looking to update their portfolio website!