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Best way to display your portfolio online
Designers do's and don'ts
humaneditor




msg:3307385
 1:06 pm on Apr 10, 2007 (gmt 0)

Well, the online portfolio part is created. Now what would be the best way to display the sites my firm has designed / developed? Thumbnails?

 

cmarshall




msg:3307405
 1:22 pm on Apr 10, 2007 (gmt 0)

For my part, I'd suggest a combination. Portfolios are notoriously ephemeral things. The best portfolios I've seen have had this form:

Thumbnail, with brief blurb -> Bigger thumbnail, with longer blurb -> Local snapshot of the site in question (May be incomplete, but has all the important bits operational) -> Link to current implementation of the site.

[edited by: encyclo at 2:16 pm (utc) on April 17, 2007]

limbo




msg:3307536
 3:08 pm on Apr 10, 2007 (gmt 0)

Portfolios can be approached in many ways - in many respects they are the most important page of a webdesigners website - they showcase your ability to do what you say you can

I suggest we come up with a variety of dos and donts for designers who want to show off there wares.

What I like to see in portfolio's

  • Large, crisp images
  • Date ordered info
  • Sortable info (e.g. by, date, type, application)
  • Easy to use
  • Simple Navigation

    What I don't like to see in portfolio's

  • Tiny thumnails
  • Tricky Navigation (have to click many times to find images/links)
  • A pop up for each new image in the folio
  • Images that don't do a peice of work justice
  • Over-optimised screenshots - if people are there they are probably willing to wait that little extra for quality.
  • Frida




    msg:3308473
     3:24 pm on Apr 11, 2007 (gmt 0)

    Just wanted to drop you a thank-you line, Limbo - your share will come of help to me too.

    dragsterboy




    msg:3312408
     1:20 pm on Apr 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

    An online portfolio is needed for sure. Not because you will get that many visitors necessarily, but because it is an easy reference point for a potential employer.

    Frida




    msg:3313477
     1:49 pm on Apr 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

    An online portfolio is needed for sure. Not because you will get that many visitors necessarily, but because it is an easy reference point for a potential employer.

    For sure it is definitely so. A well-designed and complete portfolio of your best works will present you to your employer in the best light.

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