Assessing online portfolio systems

Consider the following five criteria for what is needed in an artist’s/Journalist’s portfolio:

  • Authority
  • Availability
  • Quality
  • Professionalism
  • Originality

I think these five criteria are very important to consider if you want to create a good online portfolio to represent your work. The subject of availability is more of a technical issue, making sure your website is available at all times and you are having no issues stopping your audience from seeing your work. It goes without saying that you should have your best work on your portfolio, the purpose of an online portfolio is to advertise your work, to show what you are capable of. I think it is very important to have a professional looking website, nobody is going to be impressed by a website that has not been thought through, or looks too tacky. And finally, originality is what will make your work stand out from the rest. If not the actual work itself, then the way you display it can be in an original way, a way your audience perhaps have not witnessed before.

My first online portfolio I made in college was using the website Carbonmade. As soon as you load up with site you realise it has been created to have a quirky and original, cartoony interface.

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However the portfolios themselves can have more of a professional look to them. Here is an example of how I displayed the work I did whilst at college:

Screen Shot 2013-10-02 at 09.25.26 Screen Shot 2013-10-02 at 09.25.59I decided to have a very simple layout, you can choose in which way you wish to display your work, whether it be laid out one image on top of another, or a gallery that you click through from one image to the next. I chose to have them stacked on top of another, so you can scroll up and down to view them. Though this is a very easy way to navigate the website, it’s not original in the slightest. There is nothing original in the way you can display your work using Carbonmade. I did however, find it very easy to use. It requires little to no technical experience when creating your portfolio so it is ideal to people who wish to display their work but lack the technical to build a website themselves.

Here is an example of photographer M. P. Stanley’s work.

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The layout is exactly the same as mine, only the background colour has been changed, this shows how similar different people’s portfolios look when using Carbonmade.

Next is Cargocollective.com. This website offers a variety of ways you can display your work, for instance this is the work of Franz Gruenewald.

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How these images are displayed are not drastically different from how my images were displayed on Carbonmade. However, Erik Soderberg has still used the same website, however his work is displayed in a totally different way.

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