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Best way to display your portfolio online

Designers do's and don'ts

     
1:06 pm on Apr 10, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Well, the online portfolio part is created. Now what would be the best way to display the sites my firm has designed / developed? Thumbnails?
1:22 pm on Apr 10, 2007 (gmt 0)

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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]

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

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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.
  • 3:24 pm on Apr 11, 2007 (gmt 0)

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    Just wanted to drop you a thank-you line, Limbo - your share will come of help to me too.
    1:20 pm on Apr 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

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

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    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.