Hello folks! Here we are in another week already. I have been working on Graphic Design Portfolio Websites.
“If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you.” – Les Brown
As a reminder or for those of you who did not get a chance to read the previous post on this subject, I began a Portfolio Website on Adobe Portfolio. This portfolio is to be used as an example of how to create your Graphic Design Portfolio Websites. I am using sample designs that I created long ago during my coursework.
Home Page And Theme Selection For Your Graphic Design Portfolio Websites
I have chosen my theme and put some very basic information on my home page. As I mentioned this is just a sample website for the purpose of this article.
Give some thought about how you would like to present your designs, also keep in mind the type of designs and how they would best be showcased. You can check out the different types of themes, they even have some brief descriptions of what the particular themes are best suited for and demos to view!
Student Coursework On Your Graphic Design Portfolio Websites
You may be just beginning your studies or just beginning your journey as a freelance graphic designer, even so, the arena in which to show your student work applies.
I believe that your graphic design portfolio website should be an accurate depiction of your progression in the profession.
As a student your only choices will be your student work until you start selling some designs, that is why it is a good idea to begin participating in some design contests that will show designs that can translate into more professional skills.
I have included some samples that I still have available from past design contests. (what happened to the many others I had on an old PC is still a mystery to me! it was a shared PC)
Take a moment to check out my sample Graphic Design Portfolio Website now, here is the link:
As you look through the portfolio you can see the different options for building your site. Make a list of what you would like potential customers or employers to see. This is very important as you will want to showcase your best work. In my samples, I have only included the very beginning of my designs because this is a sample portfolio and I am not showing my professional work on this project.
- Adding pages to showcase various stages of your progression as a designer such as:
- Student Work
- Design Contests
- Personal Work
- Commercial Work
- or anything that you want to showcase separately!
2. Photo Grids and Captions
- Choose Layouts
- Label Designs With Captions
- Edit and Add Images to Grids
3. Background Images
- Choose Images for Backgrounds of Pages or Galleries
- Choose Background Colors or Overlays
Customizing Your Freelance Graphic Design Portfolio Websites
While setting up your Graphic Design Portfolio Websites be sure to click on all the options to the left of your screen. You will find a lot of options to customize your site. Please see screenshot below:
Here you can see how to add images, text, photo grids, video and audio, contact form, social icons, and buttons.
I have added 2 buttons on my Home page.
- Work – to link to the pages where I would showcase the various categories of my designs
- Check out My Blog – linking to my blog, this is a good idea if you would like to show what you are doing currently, the quality and content of your blog can say a lot to potential customers and employer.
I have not added social icons because this is a project and I don’t want to share this on my social pages, I have created this site solely for the purpose of our project here. Here’s hoping that this will help some of you that are just beginning in freelance graphic design or are currently students!
Integration For Your Portfolio
In the screenshot below you can see another area that is a great asset to your portfolio. You may have other creative sites that you upload work to this is where you can link the integration to your site.
New Behance Projects will be automatically imported into a default gallery. Select a default gallery here.
Using the integration is pretty straight forward, just follow the instructions to have your new projects automatically imported to your Graphic Design Portfolio Website.
There are several options, the ones shown are all Adobe sites. You can also Click on the blue plus sign at the bottom of the panel and a pop-up box will appear and you can insert your URL information there!
So Your Journey Begins!
Hope you had some fun with this project and got a bit of inspiration as to how to begin building your Graphic Design Portfolio Website!
Looking forward to seeing some of your sites if you wish to share please feel free to post in the comments below.
Any advice or tips are welcome for all of our readers to benefit from. As stated in previous posts and throughout this blog, I truly wish this to be a site for all to share and learn from each other.
Let’s keep up with each other. We can learn and contribute through the comment section for now. I would like to set up a forum soon, so keep posted!
“Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be.” – Zig Ziglar
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Yours In Creativity,
Founder of Graphic Spot