As creatives we often need to present our work on a global stage. A professional looking online portfolio can land you clients and even your dream job. So it’s no surprise that they’ve become an essential part of the designers’ arsenal.
The trouble is creating an attractive, professional and functional online portfolio isn’t always easy. As with any web design challenge it can take time, skill and coding knowledge. Not only that, once it’s designed you’ll need to get the word out. How else will your ideal employer or client discover your work?
The good news is that a lot of the hard work has been done for you. You’ve doubtless heard of sites like Behance, Dribble and DeviantArt. All great sites, but don’t just dive in, you’re better off picking a portfolio site that suits your specific needs.
Job seekers can use online portfolios to share their work and experiences with recruiters and future employers. In this instance it’s important to pick a portfolio site with a job board. You might even consider sites like Krop or Coroflot which actively put you in front of design orientated employers. See here for 13 top places to find freelance jobs.
More and more clients use portfolio sites to connect with the designer of their dreams. If you want clients, you need exposure, so go for a portfolio site with a bigger reach. It’s also a good idea to pick a site which shows your work to best effect. See here for portfolio photography tips.
In the end the portfolio site you choose will depend on many factors, including the media you use, your objectives and your budget. Setting up a portfolio doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated. In fact the following sites make setting up a beautiful, functional portfolio easy.
Here’s an infographic comparing them, to see what will work best for your needs. I recommend clicking on the image to view it larger as it’s a bit crunched below.
Thanks to Harry Bugg for their 11 Best Online Portfolio Sites Infographic.
What tools do you use for your own portfolio? Please share in the comments below.