Let’s take a look at some ways that you can use Graphic Design Portfolio Websites to further your freelance career. As mentioned in my recent post you can use design contests and your profile to create designs.
Then add your designs to your portfolio, now where do you showcase all of these designs in one place that is all yours?
Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. – Les Brown
Graphic Design Portfolio Websites – How To Get Started
I am a member of Adobe Creative Cloud and as a member, I have utilized their software and other benefits to enhance my freelance studies.
- Adobe Portfolio: A great way to showcase your skills and designs. Included in the Creative Cloud membership, this website takes you through the process much like a wizard. You can design your portfolio website and publish it all within this program.
- Behance: Also included in the Adobe Creative Cloud membership. Behance is a place where you can upload your designs and receive feedback. You can also apply for jobs, get inspiration and get noticed! This a creative community of professionals and students that share their works and follow each other for inspiration and networking opportunities.
- Squarespace: This site is basically a website builder where you can also create your portfolio. There a many sites like this that you may like to use to publish your Graphic Design Portfolio Website.
- Format: Offers a place to get started small and grow! They also have a magazine with articles relating to the field of Graphic Design. With the 2nd pricing package, you even get a free domain and other great services.
Which Graphic Design Portfolio Websites Do I Choose?
Let me say this first, ask yourself what you need from a Graphic Design Website? Once you have your needs determined, you can determine which website service is best for you.
- Are you a beginner?
- Do you need a community and inspiration? (or would you like to have this added benefit?)
- Are you more advanced in your studies or career?
- Have I researched all of my options?
- Do I have enough quality designs to upload to a Graphic Design Portfolio Website?
My Experiences With Graphic Design Portfolio Websites
I have been using Adobe Creative Cloud and that is where much of my experience has been. Although I have done a lot of research into the topic and the available services, I do not have firsthand experience with the other services. I am merely trying to provide options to my readers. As I have stated before I want this blog to be about sharing resources and information for all Graphic Designers, students, and professionals who wish to get started in a freelance career.
That being said I truly enjoy the benefits of using Adobe for my Graphic Design Portfolio! I use Adobe Portfolio and Behance. I have begun a new portfolio just to go with this blog so that you may follow the progression of its development. It is not linked to my original portfolio because I wanted to do this step by step during the building of this blog. As a compliment to each.
A Learning Experience
Here is the screenshot of my blank portfolio that will be built post by post along with you!
Here’s To Our Success As Freelance Graphic Designers!
I hope you have been enjoying the posts here at Graphic Spot! Please feel free to leave any comments that you may have on any of the posts or topics that you have found helpful. I welcome all feedback and would also like to provide feedback for anyone that asks! As you can see the portfolio above is completely empty.
This is on Adobe Portfolio and with my next post, I will be updating what the next steps are. At this point, all I have done is edit my name and a small description, and I have edited a button to link to this blog.
In our next post I will add some designs and customize the site some more, the site is very easy to use and has a lot of options for you! So stay posted or follow along if you would like you can start your site today!
I would like this to be a great experience for all of us! You can follow on the building of the new Graphic Design Portfolio Website, please keep posted.
Beginning Your Graphic Design Website
The objective in this current project is to take you through the step by step process of building a Graphic Design Website from start to finish.
I will be using some of my old designs to populate the portfolio, as I would like to keep this blog separate from my actual professional site until both sides of the coin are complete. I don’t want unfinished works to be viewed online and that giving my customers a wrong impression of my skills.
You should not publish your site until you have built it solidly!
What I mean by that is that your content and your designs are of your best quality. Remember you can create great designs while you are participating in contests or during your studies. If you are a professional graphic designer then you should have quite a few designs that you can add to your portfolio website.
Keep in mind that what I am trying to accomplish here is to take you through the steps of creating your Graphic Design Portfolio Website, I am not promoting myself or my skills.
I like to think of this as a learning experience for all of us that would like to share in the process.
Thanks for stopping by! Here’s to your success as a Freelance Graphic Designer.
If you believe it will work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you believe it won’t, you will see obstacles. – Wayne Dyer