Two Professional Portfolio Sites for Designers
There are many sites that you can display your work online, and some have more merit than others. However, there are two sites every designer should take advantage of. They are professional sites, where potential employers go to seek out graphic designers. They both have similarities, and both are beneficial to get attention from the right people. My suggestion is to use both!
Coroflot is a wonderful place to display your work. It is free to use. Coroflot has powerful partners such as How+Print, the Graphic Artist Guild, and CreativePro.com.
For your profile page, you supply information such as a short bio summary, professional affiliations, awards, and your specialties, along with a few images of your work. You can include a header image for the profile page. You can also link to your other social media and list your work and education history. Someone can click on the mail icon to email you about your work.
For your portfolio page, you can pick your layout, but not the background color. You upload images grouped in their own collection with a category and a description. Viewers can favorite your work and/or share it with their choice of social media. They can also follow you.
You are able to see how many views or favorites you received, or look at the statistics for an overall view over time.
There are also employment listings, and a handy guide on salary divided by location.
My Coroflot portfolio is located here.
Behance is a little more involved. It is a service for individuals with a subscription to Adobe. You have to make a portfolio on Behance in order to create your professional Prosite portfolio, as one feeds the other. On Behance, you supply your work history and education, and a short personal statement.
For your portfolio, you can set the background color of each individual collection. You can add text to your collection for descriptions or explanations, and can choose the font, font size, etc.
Just like Coroflot, viewers can show love by giving you an appreciation. You are able to view the number of views your work is getting, your followers, and your statistics. There is an employment listing on Behance, too. There are also connections to view your portfolio through your professional organizations such as the AIGA.
When you are done with your initial portfolio you can head on over to your Prosite with a click of a button and set up this professional looking, very stylish portfolio. You can add everything from the background color, header, and logo. You can even edit to CSS/HTML!
The more exposure one gets on professional portfolio sites, like these, the better. Put yourself where employers will see you, and keep adding your best work. Both Behance and Coroflot will help you get noticed. Where do you post your work?
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