Do you use a custom designed site? Hosted portfolio (squarespace, behance, dribbble, etc) How current do you keep it? Do you have a print version as well or tablet?
I think i'll probably always keep something of my own, hosted, so I own the datas but with the rapid progression of sites like Dribbble they show off your work much nicer in my opinion.
I just use a personal website : http://victordarras.fr and I use html to update , I don't need more.
I'm on deviantART, Behance, Dribbble, &c, but I mainly push people to my self-hosted portfolio (http://dsgn.pw-software.com). It runs on Jekyll. I designed and coded it to be responsive.
Print is a pretty cool idea, but I'd only want to do that if there was a low-cost recyclable way to do it.
I always had a really hard time focusing on my portfolio quite well. I had the same simple and outdated portfolio for ages, but it was a static website designed and developed by me. Now, I have a placeholder at www.antoniopratas.com while I design my new website. I thought of using wordpress or indexhibit, I prefer hosted solutions so that I can control better the CMS, but in the end I'll want to make it as custom as possible, since I'm a webdesigner my own portfolio is a work I can show off, and it's this feeling of creating something great to myself that makes the work being postponed ad eternum. Apart from that dribbble for a few shots, I have a behance account but don't really use it anymore, I can't stand to be updating 2 or 3 different accounts.
I use squarespace (http://jasonjam.es) and customize the template. Squarespace is nice b/c their CMS is awesome and the templates are already responsive.
I'm using a custom design running on the ExpressionEngine CMS.
The way I see it however is that a custom design is not always ideal… The biggest issue I've noticed on my own site being that I've never properly built a responsive design into it.
When I designed and built it I had to rush it out in order to land a freelance job so I omitted the responsiveness and since then I've been too busy to revisit my own site which means it's not actually reflecting what I do for my clients —whom I design and build responsive websites for.
So in my case specifically I now find that having my own, outdated site, both for content (haven't updated it in a year now) and in technical proficiency, is actually a drawback on running something custom.
When using something hosted, all you have to do is manage your content and let the other party work on the display of the theme.
Depending on how busy you are in your professional life this can work better for you than the custom thing you have to maintain, adjust and manage content for at all times.
Something else I've noticed when talking to clients is that they mostly do not care specifically whether they're looking at a well designed theme by someone else which you're using or if they're browsing a design by yourself. As long as they can get the info that they want from it they all seem to not specifically care where the "shell" for the content came from.
As for print/tablet version: No. The latter should've been covered by a responsive design, while the former isn't needed for my line of work I've found.
Hope this helps.
How do you guys handle portfolios for UX style things that don't show well, or at all, on strictly visual sites?
Things like, large IA flows, narrative journey maps, persona research, annotated interaction diagrams, etc etc?
I use Virb these days. Before that, it was a heavily customized versions of indexhibit. I'll probably go custom next.
I built my own personal website with a portfolio section (http://www.tauziet.com). I feel like it's the best way to have thing exactly like you want them too, if you're capable of implementing your own stuff, or if you know someone who can help you with that.
I use Dribbble to showcase some random work or to share freebies or whatever, but I don't think you should only rely on that.
Also, I need to build a mobile version of my portfolio, even if I don't feel like it's really bad not to have one, since most recruiters are using their computers to go through portfolios. But it's still good to have.
Also, here's a direct like to my portfolio, which will save you a click. http://www.tauziet.com/portfolio/
Building my own custom-purpose CMS has always the way I've done stuff. Creating modular folder systems for projects and then displaying everything using PHP just seems right. See: http://helloauan.com
Pretty nice portfolio dude!
I am in the process of building Foundation, a portfolio tool for designers and artists. My portfolio is running on an early alpha version I built a few years ago.
We're releasing an open beta this year, and you can learn more on my portfolio: http://jedmund.com/made/foundation
foundation makes me think of zurb-foundation.
Yeah we know, that's feedback we'll have to live with for now.
Wow, loved reading about your design process. Is this something you plan to launch soon or just for fun?
We'll aiming to have something people can use at the end of this summer, so get excited!
Will try it out. Can I edit my portfolio on my iPad? Do you have native apps?
I have a responsive site which doubles up as my in-person portfolio. I developed in collab with a dev friend to make sure it worked well on touch devices, specifically ipad/iphone.
It's pretty handy because for meeting with people/interviews I just load it up on an ipad and it's the perfect portfolio to swipe through, to me, it's much more appropriate than a print portfolio. ( I use 'add to home screen' which means it looks basically like a custom app with no browser bar)
check it out for yourself... http://www.davidmcg.co.uk (try adding it to home screen too!)
David, that is really awesome, well done. Are you using a CMS to manage it? What about more details on each piece? Sometimes I find it good to show date of completion, client links etc.
Thanks Ketan! There's no CMS, I just hard code in a new
- with content if I want to add something, pretty simple. As for extra details, I kind of like the simple linear approach this has, so I just put the project overview before each project inline. Client links would certainly be a good one to add though for sure.
I use a custom designed site in addition to dribbble.
I am trying to keep mine up to date as I am looking for new work!
I do not have a print version, and am getting around to a tablet version!
What do you currently have?
I have a company portfolio at http://kidbombay.com that needs to be updated. I've taken screenshots and made an album on my iPad that works well in meetings but obviously not easy to update/share. Nothing for print yet.
I use Cargo Collective for my main work with a custom domain. I use Dribbble.com for small shots of work that wont necessarily make it to my portfolio or smaller pieces. For my sketch-a-day series and throw away concepts I maintain a tumblr blog.
Never tried Cargo Collective, is it invite only? Why do you want more than 1 spot for your work?