Just a quick few thoughts on an array of “About Me” pages, primarily those contained in the Smashing Magazine article, Best Practices For Effective Design Of ”About Me” Pages.
The first page I will be looking at is extremely effective. It has a large image header, which immediately grabs the readers attention, followed by a large amount of information about the owner. However, the problem with this “About Me” page (For me, personally) is the long-winded, block of text in which this information is presented.
I feel this information could have been presented in a much more accessible manner, had it been sub-headered by date.
As far as the layout goes, it’s extremely clear and attractive, but lacking in color.
As a designer with a strong interest in application design, I find this page particularly interesting. It’s modeled in the style of Apple’s OS X. The style of the page perfectly reflects the job and interests of the designer who is, himself, an interface designer. The page it’s self is extremely simplistic and contains only the most vital information about the designer. The entire website is nothing more than an “About Me”, with two other pages which contain a list of the designer’s social networks and another with contact details.
This one-page layout is extremely effective and is designed in the style of a fold-out booklet, each page of which contains different information about the designer. The “About” section, it’s self is presented in the form of a mind map, detailing the designer’s name and age, the skills they possess and a few keywords to describe the way they work.
I especially like this “About Me” page because it is, again, dead simple but is also part of the designer’s entire own website, which, should the reader want to go into depth, would yield far more in-depth and plentiful information than an “About Me” page ever could. The “About Me” page it’s self contains simply the designer’s name, firms she has previously worked with, conferences she has spoken at as well as her current work, brief account of her personal life and hobbies.