I'm designing personal portfolio website and came up with a design that is not common. Instead of putting all those clickable items in floating top bar (floating, because I want navigation and "Contact" CTA button to be always visible) I put them in sidebar that is floating and always visible as well.
That has solved my problem of menu items visibility and saved vertical real estate, which is important in portfolio viewing. Also it created an original website look but one issues came up:
It could distract user from reading project as user scans information from left to right and this heavy dark shape draws attention.
The pattern I have used is not common so I thought there are reasons designers don't use it. Does it have worse usability than traditional floating top bar?
P.S. I could have made it with white background but blue tones are my brand color and images stack nicely to that sidebar and have full width of the body container. On my opinion it would look so good if sidebar background were white, no "full-width image feeling", if you know what I mean.