Tips to build an effective portfolio
Whether you're a developer or designer or an artist, you need a web portfolio. If your work can be put online, then do it. Now or later its going to be useful. So how should ones portfolio should be?
- Home Page is Work Page: Set your home page to you work page. Don't forget that no one has patience to go through your about page or any other page before looking at your work.
-Work Flow: Maintain workflow between your pages. Make sure that every page has links to every other page , both on top of the page as well as the bottom of the page. Other suggestion would be a side navigation bar.
-Stay organized: Make sure that your work is not mixed up or not properly organized. I would suggest using grid layout or table layout for displaying your work. Don't forget to add description of what and how.
-Maintain a theme throughout the website: Every page should have the same outline structure, this includes header and footer layout, navigation bar and any other components like logos. Also make sure to use uniform colors and font.
-No fancy colors: Stick to the web colors and very calm background colors. Using neon colors on background is a really bad idea. Don't make your website too colorful. It takes away the aesthetics. Be sure to follow color themes. Look up online if you are not sure of what color combinations are good.
-Display only what is necessary: A website should reflect only your work related information. Your love life or crazy night outs are really boring. Including your hobbies that may relate to your work might be useful sometimes. A web designer could showcase their sketches or an artist could showcase their photography. But if you are showcasing your talents on beer ping pong, its again boring.
-Filter your content: You may have a thousand pieces of work. Don't display all of them, Filter out your best work before adding it to your website.
-Quality: Use only high resolution media content. Whether it's background or photography, using low resolution takes away the effort.
-Physical Portfolio: I know no one really asks for a physical portfolio but having one would be great! Try to reflect your website's design.
-Finally, Review: Close the preview window, type in your actual web address and see for yourself. Check the website from different devices of different screen sizes. Also in different browsers. Share it with others and get a second opinion. Review every time you add content or change a style.