I wrote a blog post on some of the portfolio problems we see in http://onsite.io applications. Mostly common sense but amazingly all too prevalent.
It would be good to get the thoughts of anybody hiring freelancers (or full time employes for that matter) on what they look for in a portfolio.
My personal pet peeve is when they bury their work. Aint nobody got time for links.
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Perhaps the most salient point for me is "Let the work do the talking - a portfolio site is a container and should get out of the way as much as possible."
A parallax-scrolling-3D-press-the-fucking-space-bar-ten-times-then-tilt-your-ipad portfolio is probably time well invested if you have no commercial experience to speak of, otherwise it detracts from the work you're attempting to showcase.
I agree with many points of our blog post but doesn't the fact that you reviewed MANY portfolios in one year affect your point of view? ("C'mon, where's his email", "Ok, you drink coffee and ride bike like the 4000 previous ones"...).
When a single company is looking for a designer for a single work, does he really reviews 5000 portfolios?
I can't help thinking that there are many talented designer portfolios that break the rules (e.g. deaxon.com).
There are loads, sure - acknowledged at the end of the post. My own site is hardly an example of best practice (although I do have a private portfolio to share with clients when I need to).
4000 portfolios or not, you really should include an email address. And if you fail to mention anything about your professional background instead focusing on your preferred beverages and modes of transport, you have kind of missed the point of having a portfolio.
(And having a FT job at Stripe probably allows you a certain freedom to fuck about btw).
"(And having a FT job at Stripe probably allows you a certain freedom to fuck about btw)."
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"Talk about the work". I think this is very interesting, and we've discussed it earlier on DN as well. How much should you write about say a product you designed? I like long form case studies about projects (eg. my own http://www.torbollingmo.com/exceed/ ) but I've found it's really easy to get lost in those. I'm thinking about adding a better summary to the top and also a table of contents to give a better overview.
What do you guys think?
I would say a good middle ground would be to have a screen shot of the project with the title, link and short 2-3 sentence description. Then a button to view the case study where it takes them to another page with more screens and more detail about your role in the project and what exactly went down.
But how should that longer part look like and contain in detail?
Drives me crazy when I see poorly designed online portfolios. Presentation means a lot and when I see that the level of attention being spent on the work falters on the portfolio I get concerned.
Half of our job is selling & articulating our ideas/concepts/designs/etc. if you can't do that on your own site effectively (and with a little polish), that may be a red flag. And with all the options available if one can't code, there's no excuse.