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Q: How to make an online portfolio?

Online Design portfolio website


Before starting, I published an article for artists and designers if you want to make your portfolio a Marketing Weapon.

Nowadays,
it’s super easy to publish a portfolio online.

There are several platforms that allow designers from different fields to put online there work and resume as well.

It’s like a fusion of [LinkedinInstagram].
They are the visual Linkedin.

If you are lucky, your artwork may be featured on the homepage – and you will get instant exposure for a few days.

It happened to me once, and I had a huge peak of visitors!
Felt super happy. Eheh.

But most importantly, you will connect with your pairs from all over the world as an art and design community.


Coroflot

The most popular: http://www.coroflot.com/
I have an affection for Coroflot that gathers a huge community of Graphic designers, but also Product designer (we also find photographers, illustrators, calligraphers…).

Users are students, freelance, and other professionals.

  • Connect with other pairs giving them some “Likes” or appreciation of there work.
  • You can follow your favorite designer that inspires you and get in touch with him/her.
  • Made to welcome professionals at looking at your portfolio and resume.
  • Some international job offers are regularly added.
  • They publish some statistics, such as a Design salary guide, in case you wonder how to negotiate at your next interview.

Coroflot - Design portfolio
Coroflot.com homepage


Behance

The most stylish: https://www.behance.net/
I never took the time to subscribe to Behance.

However, I love going there for getting inspiration for the high quality and creativity of the pictures.

You may find more works from the art directors, photographers, graphic designers, and amazing illustrators.

Yet there are good works published from product designers but not as much as Coroflot (If I am not wrong). Just the type of Product design in the search field will do.

The functions are very similar to Coroflot as social media.

Besides that, it seems to be less job research-oriented, and focus on displaying beautiful galleries.

Behance Design Portfolio
Behance.net homepage

A portfolio platform is great for getting exposure.

However, if you send your resume for a company, I recommend attaching a portfolio in .pdf instead of giving your Coroflot link for example.

If you send your Coroflot or Behance link, the recruiters may be tempted to browse at other designer profiles.

You want your application to shine by itself.

Plus, the other advantage is to select the exact content of the pdf.

It means you can personalize your portfolio according to the company you apply for. (Don’t put in all your work, keep some good stuff to show at the interview day – Remember, surprise the interviewer!)

PRESENTATION TIP
Use Adobe Acrobat reader Pro to create the PDF portfolio
and set up the display by default in Full screen.

It will looks just neat and pro.
No side distraction.


Alternatives:

For transport designers: http://www.cardesignnews.com/

For illustrators: http://www.deviantart.com/

For fashion designers: http://www.styleportfolios.com/


How to make your own online portfolio website

On top of these platforms, you can create your own website from zero to a low budget.

You can create a website for free with WordPress (The most used website editor in the world).

You can choose a theme suitable for portfolios, and put online your work in no time. It’s not super user friendly though. A learning curve is needed.

So, if you do well, within a week, you should be done.
Don’t panic, you don’t have to be an IT pro to build a website.

But if you are allergic to IT.

You still can make your life easier if you consider Wix, or Squarespace. They provide beautiful themes.

These options are not free.
Make a try and see what suits you guys.

For Wix, you can actually build up your website first.
Whenever you are satisfied and feel ready to publish, pay for their services.

You can take your time to build your portfolio up, and be ready to publish your amazing artworks online!

If you know other great resources on How to publish online portfolios, let us know in the comment below!

PS: Thank you Alessandro Millione for your question. 🙂


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Chou-Tac

Hello! My name is Chou-Tac. I am a Product Designer from France. If the sketching methods I’ve acquired aid me in my life and in my industrial design career, I believe that they can also help you reach your design goal as a student or professional. My aim to help you all along with your design projects and journey. Anytime, feel free to leave a comment in the blog or send me an email at choutac@thedesignsketchbook.com : )

2 Comments

  • Nacho Tortosa

    Reply Reply November 11, 2017

    Hi Chou-Tac,

    This is Nacho from https://www.faberin.com/, we are open to host all the product designers who want to sell their projects all oer the world and show up their talent!!!

    I look forward to hearing from you soon!!!

    Have a nice day!!!

  • Chou-Tac

    Reply Reply May 14, 2015

    If you guys know other great resources about Online Design portfolio, feel free to share with us. 🙂 Thanks !

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