I finally got around to completely revamping my portfolio. For the longest time I wanted to lump clients together and make sections instead of scrolling after scrolling. I also added some commentary to certain projects / pages. There's still some work to do, like making a rejected projects page, designs for sale page, and I plan on reshooting all my album art and print packages again and adding those to the mix as well.

I also decided to sort of change the identity for the design side of my life for a few reasons.

1) In case people were turned off by the name Kyle Crawford. I've burnt some bridges and left a bad taste in people's mouth. It's cool, it happens. I took this as a way to give myself a fresh start, without completely starting over

2) I am constantlyyyyyy getting emailed from fans of the brands asking me how much so and so shirt is, and if I have them in a medium and all that jazz. So I took out EZ, and my name completely to sort of rid (hopefully) that problem

there's a lot of new work floating around. Check it out now

http://www.get86d.com
  • Geoff May

    I like this best out of all your past sites. It's clear, clean and concise and doesn't have tons and tons of scrolling through images. Nice job.
  • Kyle Crawford

    Geoff May said:I like this best out of all your past sites. It's clear, clean and concise and doesn't have tons and tons of scrolling through images. Nice job.

    thanks dude!
  • Denimous Snake

  • Micah

    what geoff said- also really dig that 86 logo.
  • Kyle Crawford

    Rejected concepts and designs for sale section have now been added!
  • Craig Robson

    man, that lenny kravits one would have sold.
  • JeffByNight

    This layout is way better, its much easier to browse your work. Obviously you don't care but I'd have to agree with a couple other people regarding the site being responsive to various screen sizes, but whatever.

    I was surprised you didn't feature a few projects, Kiss, The Contortionist etc.. Some of your best shit imo.
  • Kyle Crawford

    JeffByNight said:This layout is way better, its much easier to browse your work. Obviously you don't care but I'd have to agree with a couple other people regarding the site being responsive to various screen sizes, but whatever.

    I was surprised you didn't feature a few projects, Kiss, The Contortionist etc.. Some of your best shit imo.

    I did, its in misc
  • JeffByNight

    I meant as a primary project or whatever, not lumped in the misc group
  • Kyle Crawford

    JeffByNight said:I meant as a primary project or whatever, not lumped in the misc group

    because its lumped into those groups because I have done numerous designs.
    that was the point of the revamp
    otherwise it would just be a million things to scroll through again
  • cmeyers

    Kyle Crawford said:
    JeffByNight said:I meant as a primary project or whatever, not lumped in the misc group

    because its lumped into those groups because I have done numerous designs.
    that was the point of the revamp
    otherwise it would just be a million things to scroll through again

    i think he just means that he's surprised that a client of that magnitude would be tossed in there, and i kind of agree, but whatever, it's your thing, i'm sure there's a reason for it. i would just imagine that when going through the list of clients i'd like to highlight, kiss would be one of them over i the mighty.
  • WholeHearted

    Denimous Snake said:

    This made me giggle
  • Kyle Crawford

    cmeyers said:
    Kyle Crawford said:
    JeffByNight said:I meant as a primary project or whatever, not lumped in the misc group

    because its lumped into those groups because I have done numerous designs.
    that was the point of the revamp
    otherwise it would just be a million things to scroll through again

    i think he just means that he's surprised that a client of that magnitude would be tossed in there, and i kind of agree, but whatever, it's your thing, i'm sure there's a reason for it. i would just imagine that when going through the list of clients i'd like to highlight, kiss would be one of them over i the mighty.

    As I said, if I did it based off best work (single) or client name, then I should have just kept it the way it was.
    I went through and gave each band their own block if I did 3 or more shirts that I was happy with. The others got put in misc. I'm not going to give a block to a band because of the name. I could have a shitload of blocks based off names alone. Im not going to give billy joel his own section just because I got some shirts and posters approved with his photos. I did numerous designs for kiss and foo fighters as well. but im not happy with them. it's not about name or design cred based off names. I organized it how i felt suited the organization and quality of work. my work is what will get me more work, not the name of who i did it for. I treat everyone the same.
  • Jason Carne

    Not that you asked for it, but I did a quick 5 minute re-work of how I think the site could work a bit easier from a clients/viewers perspective:



    The wall of logos DOES feel like "big name dropping" which you said you didn't want to do with Kiss/Foo Fighters and it's weird considering you didn't design more than half of the logos up there (obviously you don't claim that you made them, just saying). It's just a scroll wall filled with other peoples logos (peppered with a few of your own) leading to your work - cutting out that step would just make more sense to me so you can focus on what you did for them, not their logo.

    Anyway, tons of great work as always. A lot of your rejected stuff is also your best stuff (IMO), weird.

    EDIT: Also, why is the type in the about section a photo?
  • akillerwombat

    Jason Carne said:

    ... no offense, but I'd stick to what he has. All be it not the best way to see work directly, it has a great style... and there is a pretty big chance anyone looking to hire Kyle out already knows his work.
  • cmeyers

    akillerwombat said:
    Jason Carne said:

    ... no offense, but I'd stick to what he has. All be it not the best way to see work directly, it has a great style... and there is a pretty big chance anyone looking to hire Kyle out already knows his work.

    then why would they be looking at his work on his site? besides maybe shopping for some designs that are in his for sale section.

    but yeah, i kinda agree with jason here on his point. i see kyle's as well, but it does appear that the site is trying to draw attention to certain projects, then tossing the less important stuff in a misc bin. that wasn't his intention obviously, but that's kind of what i get from the site. "look at all these clients i did stuff for, if you wanna see the less inmportant stuff, check out the misc section". then you go there, and it's not only huge clients, but it's also (like jeff said) some of his best. maybe kyle doesn't think so, but yeah.

    again, just an observation. not like the site sucks.
  • DanielAndHisArt

    Jason Carne said:Not that you asked for it, but I did a quick 5 minute re-work of how I think the site could work a bit easier from a clients/viewers perspective:



    The wall of logos DOES feel like "big name dropping" which you said you didn't want to do with Kiss/Foo Fighters and it's weird considering you didn't design more than half of the logos up there (obviously you don't claim that you made them, just saying). It's just a scroll wall filled with other peoples logos (peppered with a few of your own) leading to your work - cutting out that step would just make more sense to me so you can focus on what you did for them, not their logo.

    Anyway, tons of great work as always. A lot of your rejected stuff is also your best stuff (IMO), weird.

    EDIT: Also, why is the type in the about section a photo?

    I love this, although I don't really like how that logo translates when it gets small/smaller. does not look good to me. but this is a pretty neat mockup and would function pretty well imo.
  • Kyle Crawford

    Jason - Looks cool. its a little too busy for me. I am obviously going for a square theme. As far as the logo thing. The logo thing, is people are familiar with them. It catches their eye and they go oh, I know that! If i just did a font like you did, it all looks like a mess of futura on red. The logos take up most of the square, so when there is type ones, like the misc, designs for sale, rejects, it pops out. because it looks off of format, but still fitting the overall theme and look of the site. Why I did the logo in a box thing? Honestly, I'll be a man and step up and say it. Saw a well known design team do it, I liked it, I did it. It looked clean and sharp so I did it. With the logos I'm presenting but didn't design them. I actually designed 12 of them. So, there's that. For the text on the about section, I don't code or know anything about coding at all. If you look at the sections I typed commentary for, the text goes to about 700 pixels and then it starts a new line. This looked TERRIBLE for the about section. I'm not a coder anymore (started that way in 1999) and now I've lost touch of it. So, I did that to get the info out there for the time being. Thanks for even taking the time to give me critiques and do a quick little mock up!

    Corey - It's not less important. The entire site was DESIGN, DESIGN, DESIGN, DESIGN. At least before I did it and you can see a piece of the design, instead of this big annoying block. Again, I presented what I was proud of. I did 4 designs for kiss, and was only happy with 2. I'm not going to make a section for a kiss, for a shirt. I say "a" shirt, because no offense to some people on this site. But taking a photo and adding texture to it, isn't design. It's you name dropping you did something for a client. It was 30 mins of work and you know it. The photo tee for kiss however, was actually me compositing and laying out the photo to be stacked how it was. they were all in a line, and I made them stacked like that. So, to me it wasn't really a "photo" shirt. There's some designers on here that take a photo of a guy, grayscale it, and throw some generic type on top and then they through it on their portfolio. Theres guys not on here that do that as well. But, it's not design to me nor portfolio worth. It's name drop worthy, and I'm not about that. I have done LOADS of shirts for numerous people. I don't think they should be showcased, and Im not going to validate giving them a whole section because of their stature. If and when I do some work for those people that are portfolio worthy, and it amounts to 3 or more shirts, then they will get their own block.
  • Matt Borchert

    Well, what's cool in a way about the current structure is that you're basically rewarding clients who have thrown a lot of work your way with their own little showcase. Clients who haven't given you enough work to fit into their own section can still be shown, just not quite as prominently.
  • Kyle Crawford

    Precisely Matt!
  • Sam Kaufman

    I think it looks great and I like it a lot more than your previous one. I hate feeling like I'm "digging" on a portfolio. Put it in front of me and let me click or scroll. This does that really well. Also, it looks great on my 13" Macbook Pro. You're not a web designer, you're a merch designer, so the nit-picky web design stuff is kind of irrelevant. Also, In my opinion most merch art directors just want to see the work and determine if you have the chops. You obviously have the chops.
  • Sam Kaufman

    I also like how clean it is and how the work always stands out. I can't stand portfolios that go overboard on their "branding". The work should be the focus not how cool your portfolio looks.
  • ExaltedByMark.

    Dude! Looks really great. I've always been incredibly amazed with not only how quick you turn stuff out but the amount of detail you put into every piece. Really solid all around and can't wait to see what you put out in 2014.
  • cmeyers

    Kyle Crawford said:Jason - Looks cool. its a little too busy for me. I am obviously going for a square theme. As far as the logo thing. The logo thing, is people are familiar with them. It catches their eye and they go oh, I know that! If i just did a font like you did, it all looks like a mess of futura on red. The logos take up most of the square, so when there is type ones, like the misc, designs for sale, rejects, it pops out. because it looks off of format, but still fitting the overall theme and look of the site. Why I did the logo in a box thing? Honestly, I'll be a man and step up and say it. Saw a well known design team do it, I liked it, I did it. It looked clean and sharp so I did it. With the logos I'm presenting but didn't design them. I actually designed 12 of them. So, there's that. For the text on the about section, I don't code or know anything about coding at all. If you look at the sections I typed commentary for, the text goes to about 700 pixels and then it starts a new line. This looked TERRIBLE for the about section. I'm not a coder anymore (started that way in 1999) and now I've lost touch of it. So, I did that to get the info out there for the time being. Thanks for even taking the time to give me critiques and do a quick little mock up!

    Corey - It's not less important. The entire site was DESIGN, DESIGN, DESIGN, DESIGN. At least before I did it and you can see a piece of the design, instead of this big annoying block. Again, I presented what I was proud of. I did 4 designs for kiss, and was only happy with 2. I'm not going to make a section for a kiss, for a shirt. I say "a" shirt, because no offense to some people on this site. But taking a photo and adding texture to it, isn't design. It's you name dropping you did something for a client. It was 30 mins of work and you know it. The photo tee for kiss however, was actually me compositing and laying out the photo to be stacked how it was. they were all in a line, and I made them stacked like that. So, to me it wasn't really a "photo" shirt. There's some designers on here that take a photo of a guy, grayscale it, and throw some generic type on top and then they through it on their portfolio. Theres guys not on here that do that as well. But, it's not design to me nor portfolio worth. It's name drop worthy, and I'm not about that. I have done LOADS of shirts for numerous people. I don't think they should be showcased, and Im not going to validate giving them a whole section because of their stature. If and when I do some work for those people that are portfolio worthy, and it amounts to 3 or more shirts, then they will get their own block.

    yeah i get what you're saying, and i was being kind of hyperbolic with the less important thing. and again, it's just a difference in opinion. like me and jeff were saying, we thought some of that stuff in the misc folder was some of your best (not necessarily the kiss stuff, but yeah).

    also, i was looking on my cinema display at work and was having that same issue where everything was like oversized. i wonder why that would be? if on my 15" pro and my display at work both show it that way, but sam says it's all good on his 13", i'm not sure what the issue is.
  • 5thGM

    Sweet site. Very easily navigable.

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