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Displaying your portfolio

Discussion in 'Graphic Design Forum:' started by hankscorpio, Sep 23, 2014.

  1. hankscorpio

    hankscorpio Moderator Staff Member

    Basically - I'm looking for a way to distribute my portfolio via the web, alas, I am not a web designer. I tried doing an Acrobat Portfolio, but the file is a whopping 60mb. What's the best way to get my portfolio online - but not online, I don't want it coming up in web searches?

    I basically want to send a link of my portfolio - and the end user gets a nice layout and can click through my items. Do I need to save all the PDFs I have as PNG files, then do some jslidery thingymabobs? I don't really want an online portfolio that turns up in internet searches.

    It's been a while since I got a new job, and the internet wasn't as big then, hence I've never moved into that realm, being a print designer.
  2. Moominbaby

    Moominbaby Member

    I was a while ago but I did reduce the size of PDFs by using adobe distiller and post scripting the files from indesign. It drastically reduced the size without compromising the quality. And then maybe you could upload it to an online magazine viewer?

    I however cannot recommend getting a website enough, I have a website and a link so they can download my folio instantly, i just forward my website and say everything is there :)

  3. hankscorpio

    hankscorpio Moderator Staff Member

    If I have a website, won't it come up if people search for me online?
  4. Moominbaby

    Moominbaby Member

    Why would that be a bad thing? are you a secret agent designer, ooh that would be cool! ;)
  5. hankscorpio

    hankscorpio Moderator Staff Member

    Don't want current employer seeing that I have an online portfolio and seeking new employment...

    Anyway - I've setup a squarespace account, which seems quite easy to navigate and add content, so I'll go that route for now.

    Any suggestions to other sites I could use?
  6. bigdave

    bigdave Moderator Staff Member

    You could host a downloadable pdf somewhere. That way you can email a link to prospective employers for them to download/open in their browser but as a single file it's not going to get indexed by the search bots.
  7. Moominbaby

    Moominbaby Member

    Okay I understand but I do (not to be rude at all :)) think you are putting yourself at a disadvantage not having a site. You don't have to say within your site that you are looking for work, just show casing. I started off with behance and got their prosite but it was pretty basic back then. I am not a web designer but i did a 3 day HTML course got a free template of a fully responsive site and used that. I spent a bit on the course, but I have a website and my day rate has gone up a lot! (but im a freelancer so maybe not the same) Hmm squarespace looks good have a hunt around :) but make sure its fully responsive so people can view it where ever...good luck

  8. hankscorpio

    hankscorpio Moderator Staff Member

    I am doing that currently, hosting from my dropbox folder and sending the links. However, I think the current competition probably have portfolio sites, and if I can get one that looks half decent I think it may increase my chances going for jobs.

    I completely understand that I am at a disadvantage and I totally agree.

    I have very basic html skills, and I've designed 2 websites in 15 years. I look at some portfolio sites and they are so slick, where my attempt would be very basic.

    Looking around squarespace it looks good. And seems to have that mobile/tablet responsiveness for the site too. Much more testing to do, but I have to prep the portfolio first.

    Is there any advantage to showing the design, then a photo of the design when finished, side by side, sort of a before and after shot?

    Cosmetically, how do you see a portfolio should look - what are the do's and don'ts?
  9. Stationery Direct

    Stationery Direct Administrator Staff Member

    Adding <meta name="robots" content="noindex" /> will stop Google indexing the content so the only way to find it will be via the URL direct.
  10. Moominbaby

    Moominbaby Member

    I'm not sure dos and don't but I have thought that having a blog with progressive work would be good but i am lazy! :) something to link but also keeps your folio uncluttered

    This is mine after three days (not showing off but everyone likes it so far and its has CV, folio etc..

    I just googled HTML5 templates and changed bits :)

    Louie @ Robot Angels

    Its easy peasy :) just replace within the text and redirect the images and hide the bits of code you dont need the CSS etc is already done for you so I just played with the htlm


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