If you love being creative, and want as many people to see your work as possible, then having an online portfolio is a massive step forward. The problem is; which one. There are dozens of portfolio tools out there, we’ve whittled down some of the best, for artists, designers and creative types who have a somewhat limited budget.
There is one overwhelming reason why creatives should use Behance — exposure. Sure, the interface is intuitive, and your creations will look at their best, but at its heart Behnace is one of the best ways to meet possible clients. Apple and Nokia, are just two of the companies who have found designers through Behance. You can also search job lists or sell prints via Behance; meaning that until you find a contract, you can still make a living.
If you want to develop a following – not just for corporate attention – amongst people who love to see your work, and watch you develop as an artist, then Tumblr is the place to go. Tumblr represents many different ideals. For some it is just a place to post cat pictures, but for others it’s a completely customisable way to show off their work, a place to make completely their own, for free. One of the most important things to consider is Tumblr’s 13 million users, a really high number of eyes to be focused on your work.
Shown’d might be one of the purest portfolio sites on the web. For what it lacks in social integration, it fully makes up for in style and elegance when presenting your work. Regardless of which media you’re in, be text, illustration, video, animation or a whole heap of others there is a graceful way to display your work on Shown’d. One of the best elements of Shown’d (other than it supporting every art form under the sun), is being able to create a full profile, which allows users to rapidly contact you when they like your work.
If you want to be seen by the ‘big guys’ in industrial or technical design then you should check out Coroflot. At the time of posting: American Express, Logitec and Adobe are advertising through Coroflot, which isn’t a bad list. Coroflot is one of the few portfolio sites which allows 3D models to be uploaded, which, when combined with a simple user interface and brilliant links to business and education makes Coroflot one of the best for designers.
Some say that Cargo Collective is the ‘go-to’ place for online portfolios; in my eyes it is very much like Tumblr, just more focused. You can use one of the many templates and then customise and add content to your heart’s desire. Whether you want to showcase, text, or graphics, or any other media there is a layout for you. Cargo Collective falls in the middle between the public and corporate world, whether you are aiming to sell your skills for work, or simply present your work for people to enjoy, Cargo Collective is a great place to start, and you might learn some coding on the way too.
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Subfolio is a great content management tool, it allows you 100% control, but also provides a great base framework. If you want an easier alternative to programming a system from scratch them Subfolio is for you. The only drawbacks are that it requires some programming knowledge, and it is still technically in development.