Building your Portfolio: Custom Website or Online Service?

by Jake Rocheleau
on August 18, 2014

in design

Deciding when to launch your first portfolio online can be a challenge. It’s tough to know exactly when your work quality is good enough to share with others. Plus how should you get it out on the Internet? There are numerous methods and building your own custom website layout isn’t always the best choice.

I’d like to share a few ideas for creatives about building your first online portfolio. The process is much simpler than you might think, and the toughest part is making exemplary work to demonstrate your skillset. But how people find your work is also very important. I hope to shed a bit of light on this topic and help designers make the right choice for their online showcase.

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Freebie PSD: Minimalist Single-Page Portfolio Mockup

by Jake Rocheleau
on August 11, 2014

in Freebies

Some say that less is more, but critics will often disagree. Yet how do you explain the success of Google, chihuahuas, or Gary Coleman? This minimalist rule can be applied to single-page websites that require a very small yet detailed amount of information. Landing pages & portfolios often work best. This PSD freebie is a […]

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Tips for Designing a Beautiful Single-Page Portfolio Website

by Jake Rocheleau
on July 22, 2014

in Business/Freelance

Many trends in general web design can also be applied to single page layouts. But there are some unique features to the lone webpage which can add more flavor into a design. Like most of the web design field, common sense and user experience always trumps inessential creative ideas.

But that doesn’t mean anybody can just understand the best techniques for creating a single page design. In this post I’d like to share a few ideas on how to create usable, tactile portfolios with content featured on a single page. Mobile users are growing rapidly so you have to be thinking about clickable and swipeable interfaces at all times.

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35 Mobile Responsive Portfolio Website Layouts

by Jake Rocheleau
on July 17, 2014

in Inspiration

A portfolio is used to showcase your creative work to anyone with Internet access. The goal is to present your talent front & center making it easy to navigate. Responsive layouts will look stunning on any device allowing visitors to can check out your work from their laptop, tablet, or even smartphone.

It’s tough to build a naturally responsive layout without a bit of practice. You want to understand which traits work best and how people normally interact with your website. This gallery includes 35 outstanding examples of fully-responsive portfolio website designs. Take a look over this collection and see if you notice any repeating trends. UI Patterns may help you identify solutions when designing your own portfolio.

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