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So, I am new to Squarespace. I need this to impress high end creative directors, and I just can't seem to get this site on the right path. (If you look at the site, please click around. Not every linked page has been created yet.)

I wanted to have a cool carousel that would be clickable to the galleries of designs. Worked on it for days only to realize carousels are not clickable without making a clunky button underneath, and I don't want that. I asked Squarespace for help and they basically told me it was not possible and that they don't recommend using Custom CSS.

So of course I started looking at Custom CSS.

I thought maybe the carousel was the wrong move, so I made a gallery and hoped I could do some CSS to make it cooler. I was hoping to have hover actions with type saying "Packaging," "Collateral," "Kids Design" etc... but the CSS only worked in edit mode. So, I gave up on that. I'm at the point where I just want to go to bed and forget all about it. I'm frustrated.

I would love insights and feedback on what you think could really make this site look better, and HOW TO MAKE IT WORK relatively easily if possible.

Honestly, I am SO TIRED of working on my portfolio site... I just want to get a new job already and be working!!!

Helllllp.

TIA!

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Try this for making a list item clickable:

https://sf.digital/squarespace-solutions/make-squarespace-list-items-clickable

As for how to make the site look better, that's really subjective, and I'm being cautious about giving feedback to another designer with a different aesthetic. I can give you specific suggestions if you want to improve your Squarespace experience like the clickable list items.

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8 hours ago, Ziggy said:

Try this for making a list item clickable:

https://sf.digital/squarespace-solutions/make-squarespace-list-items-clickable

As for how to make the site look better, that's really subjective, and I'm being cautious about giving feedback to another designer with a different aesthetic. I can give you specific suggestions if you want to improve your Squarespace experience like the clickable list items.

I love feedback and suggestions. I learn from other people, and I don't have to change stuff if I'm not into it. Fire away!

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On 11/13/2023 at 6:05 PM, wildalynn said:

Fire away!

Your work is great, I just don't think that it can sing in the website design. Hard to put my finger on it exactly, but the features don't gel: the blue italic serif font being used for headings; the footer with a wavy divider and background texture; the use of black and white is too stark and draws your eye in the wrong way for me.

I don't know if that helps you in any direction specifically. I might try to simplify and go minimalist like the logo and try and let the images speak for themselves.

Please like and upvote if my comments were helpful to you. Cheers!

Zygmunt Spray
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https://squarefortytwo.com 
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