Graphic Design Portfolio Websites – Part 2

 Hello folks! Here we are in another week already. I have been working on Graphic Design Portfolio Websites. 

In case you missed Part 1 of this project, you can access it here.


“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:

Project Graphic Design Portfolio Website

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.

  1. Adding pages to showcase various stages of your progression as a designer such as:
    • Student Work
    • Design Contests
    • Personal Work
    • Branding
    • 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:

Graphic-Design-Portfolio-Websites-Project
Graphic Design Portfolio Websites Project

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.

  1. Work – to link to the pages where I would showcase the various categories of my designs
  2. 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.

Behance

New Behance Projects will be automatically imported into a default gallery. Select a default gallery here.

Work

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!

Manage Content

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


Coming Soon: I will be adding a subscription form so that you will be emailed each new post when it is published.

Yours In Creativity,

Virginia

Founder of Graphic Spot

Have any Questions or Comments?

8 comments on “Graphic Design Portfolio Websites – Part 2

Daniel Gonzales

Hello Virgina,

I really like your graphic designs and I think this is a great introduction to building a portfolio website. I am a former architectural designer turned entrepreneur, so I have alot of portfolio design experience from being a student, grad student, and then a professional. Each portfolio will need to change and evolve over time.

I first started my portfolio website on Wix back when they were flash-based. It was awesome for a long while. But then the web changed and so did their platform. I eventually had to updated the site from flash to HTML and it was a pain to get all of those images back. My advice would be to use InDesign or other graphic software to create 2-page pdfs of your absolute BEST work. Part of creating a great portfolio is the ability to decide what is truly GREAT and what is not necessary. When you are managing a project on the job, you will need to make these kinds of decisions. 

So in a way, it’s kind of the first test of your design SENSE. In architecture, they want to see our design process in the form of sketches or storyboard if possible. I think this could greatly benefit you as well. You just have to get into the habit of documenting everything as much as possible. 

When you go for a job interview, you will need to send an employer something they can print quickly and show their boss. This may not be the case for your profession, but it is for mine. So having this professional letter-sized brochure improved my chances of getting a job much more than the website. Many employers are too busy with work to browse every candidate’s website.

Good luck in your graphic design journey and never stop learning. Start to build your personal brand now and focus on building a following. If you can do that, then the sky’s the limit. 

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Virginia

Hi Daniel,

Thank you for your compliment to my post! I also thank you for some very useful advice this is exactly what I am looking for here.

Taking this journey will be a challenge and I believe that my blog can be a great spot for graphic design students and freelancers to help each other.

I will definitely document as I go from now on! It was very upsetting when a good chunk of my work was lost.

Virginia

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Dale

Your graphic designs are great as well as this article.  You should hire out your services.  I personally do not have time for everything and especially to learn everything so I am forced to spend money at places like Fiverr.

Graphics are a big part of our blogs so I think with your talents you could do very well.

Once again a very great article.  thank you

Dale

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Virginia

Hi Dale,

Thanks for stopping by! I really appreciate your comment and I think you have a great idea for me to consider once I have finished my training at WA.

I would like to provide design service to other members, I probably could post that on my WA blog to see who may need these type of services.

Thank you,

Virginia

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Furkan

I am really interested in building a graphic design portfolio website. I like that you broke down everything I need to do. However how long does it take to create a good one? By the way I am just a beginner.

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Thank you for your comment on the post! The amount of time it will take depends on the amount of content that you will be uploading to the site as well as the amount of designs. Also take into consideration that you can pretty much build out a simple and effective portfolio site in an afternoon and then add to it as the ideas to add to it come to you and as you learn what else you may need to have on your individual site.
Taking the first step is the hardest, if you have designs submit them to your site. Look around in the admin area and see what else you can use to present your designs.
Best of luck to you,
Virginia

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Ali Batuhan Oguz

Hello Virginia,

I can say that I have a lot of interest in graphic design, but I’m working on web programming. I researched the area of web design with photoshop. And I wanted to do these two jobs together. I hope I can make it. When I read this content, I understood how I could deliver my work to other people and I realized that how a portfolio site should be. Thank you for such nice content. Good luck in your graphic design journey.

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Virginia

Hi Ali,

Thank you for your wonderful comments! I am glad that I was able to give you some idea of how to deliver your creative works.

You can add pages to a Graphic Design Portfolio Website to show or discuss your other works as well.

I wish you the best of luck in your career as well,

Virginia

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