Online Portfolio Websites

There are generally wo types of online portfolio platforms.  The first are profile-based sites where you create a profile and upload your projects to it.  These are usually community based with the purpose of sharing your work with other people on the same platform; you can follow people, tag the projects,  comment, etc.  The other type is a backend platform that allows you to essentially create your own custom website based on one of their themes.  These are less about community work and more about solely your own work.  These are usually free but will often have a premium version where you can use your own domain, store content, get rid of the service’s branding and essentially make it completely your own, all without any coding.

Behance: http://www.behance.net/

StudentShow: http://studentshow.com/

  • Student version of Behance

Coroloft: http://www.coroflot.com 

Dripbook:  http://www.dripbook.com/

  • Profile-based portfolio website
  • Mainly image/gallery based presentation; minimal text
  • Social, can track/follow people
  • Somewhat complicated to navigate

Behance Prosite: http://prosite.com/

Cargo: http://cargocollective.com/ 

  • Very similar to Prosite, but with a bit more flexibility
  • Large variety of themes (paid account has most)
  • Mix of drag-n-drop and basic HTML functionality, but don’t need to know any code
  • Formatting can be a little difficult, but highly customizable
  • Storage space (paid), but no FTP
  • $60 a year
  • Control over custom CSS and HTML

Indexihibit: http://www.indexhibit.org/

  • Barebones website platform
  • Very basic but highly customizable (if you know what you’re doing)
  • Made for people without web development experience, but definitely more complicated than the other platforms, but cheaper and probably gives you more control if you know what you’re doing.
  • CSS/code editor

Tumblr: http://www.tumblr.com/ 

Flavors.me: http://flavors.me/ 

  • Really great landing page
  • Great simple site to send people to for basic information
  • Link to facebook, linkedin, twitter, resume, portfolio, etc…

Other custom-site platforms

Inspiration: http://webdesignledger.com/inspiration/22-beautiful-portfolio-websites-to-inspire-you

 

Print Portfolio Resources

Basic Advice for Print Portfolio Design:

http://coryetzkorn.com/blog/how-to-create-an-amazing-design-portfolio/

(A really solid article on tips on designing your portfolio. You can see a PDF of his at the end which is a very nice, professional looking simple portfolio.)

Basic Advice on Picking a Format for a Print Portfolio:

http://nubbytwiglet.com/2008/05/25/planning-and-assembling-a-print-portfolio/

Basic Principles of Graphic Design:

http://www.slideshare.net/nikoutabaee/principles-of-graphic-design-basics

 (Very basic but good reminder of key visual principles like balance, using white space well, etc.)

Print (and online) portfolio ideas and Inspiration:

http://pinterest.com/rebeccaalise/portfolio-presentation-ideas/

(It’s a good idea not to get too complex if this is your first portfolio but it’s worth getting some ideas from here.)

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