As you start to consider platforms and presentation styles for your online portfolios, I thought you might benefit from reviewing some previous students’ graphic design portfolios. Below are five sites from the 2012 senior graphic design class at CCA.
Note: the internet being what it is, many of these have changed since this initial posting. By bet is they’re still great.
1. Cosmo Ray
A well-curated site that focuses exclusively on the kind of work he wants to get (in this case, motion graphics). He starts out with an overview in the form of a highlight reel, and includes the full versions of his best motion projects. He links to all his employers and instructors, hosts his videos on Vimeo for easy sharing, and includes discreet social media options. I really respect his link to a shot list for his reel, in which he details the extent and limitations of his role on each included project.
2. James Edmondson
Like Cosmo, James has ruthlessly curated his portfolio to focus on his passion: type and lettering. The site is fun and unexpected, and though not immediately intuitive, it doesn’t take a user long to figure out how things work. The site has a strong point of view, offers opportunities for discovery, and shows his range at a glance.
3. Stephanie Szabó
Stephanie’s site is pretty straightforward, but shows the work well. She lists her skills as a form of navigation right on the landing page (I wish she followed though on this organization scheme on the interior pages too).
4. Robin McIntosh
Robin worked hard to pare her site down to the absolute essentials. She uses the navigational tools already available in your browser, and takes advantage of the limited dimension of the visitor’s screen to indicate that there are additional images to view. Compare that to navigational arrows, drop-down menus, numbered images, etc. and you get a sense of what kind of designer she is. The typography is quiet but sophisticated, the colors both neutral and nuanced. This site gets completely out of the way of the work (which works because her work is great).
5. Greg Bjork
Having just denigrated the use of complicated navigation themes, here’s a site that uses them to great effect. One of the most annoying things about most portfolio sites is that, as a user, I have to keep taking my eye off the work to find the button or arrow or number of dot that will take me to the next image. Greg dispenses with all that by letting us use arrow keys to navigate. With my eyes fixed on his work, my two right fingers can scroll from project to project and image to image. Slick.