The first site attached, is the exhibit site for the Cooper Hewitt’s exhibit (from this past summer) of Rococo artifacts.  It includes images and information about the work shown at the museum and it categorizes the work in three ways: time periods, materials, and the countries which the artifacts are associated with.  The second site is more of a business oriented site that sells kitchen products.  This is actually the site of the company that I worked for this summer.

I did not choose either of these pages based on their content.  I am much more interested in their interactions and organization.  The first site provides the user with multiple methods of navigation.  It also provides secondary information to the viewer as the mouse is moved around the web page. The second site incorporates a moving left-hand menu.  I personally find this feature extremely annoying but appreciate the thta the developer was trying to provide access to the menu at point on the web page. Also, these are both loose examples of portfolios.  The first is a collection of work tied together by the over arching theme of the exhibit.  The second is a “portfolio” of a company’s consumer products that happen to be for sale.  By looking at these examples, it seems that we can find both inspiration as well as avoid aspects we don’t want to include when building our own sites.