Ask DN: What do you use to show your portfolio?

over 8 years ago from , Founder • HireClub

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?


  • David SimpsonDavid Simpson, over 8 years ago

    I've got to say i've moved more towards pushing people to Dribbble (http://dribbble.com/simpsn/) and use my custom Wordpress site more for my blog (http://simp.sn).

    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.


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  • Sam SoffesSam Soffes, over 8 years ago

    I mainly use Dribbble (http://dribbble.com/soffes). I have a little page on my site (http://soff.es/projects), but I rarely keep that updated.

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  • victor darrasvictor darras, over 8 years ago

    I just use a personal website : http://victordarras.fr and I use html to update , I don't need more.

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  • ポール ウェッブポール ウェッブ, over 8 years ago

    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.

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  • Antonio PratasAntonio Pratas, over 8 years ago

    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 I had the same simple and outdated portfolio for ages, but it was a static website designed and developed by me.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.

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  • Jason JamesJason James, over 8 years ago

    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.

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  • Jannis GundermannJannis Gundermann, over 8 years ago

    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.

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  • Erik FlowersErik Flowers, over 8 years ago

    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?

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  • Jon KantrowitzJon Kantrowitz, over 8 years ago

    I use Virb these days. Before that, it was a heavily customized versions of indexhibit. I'll probably go custom next.

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  • Christophe TauzietChristophe Tauziet, over 8 years ago

    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.

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  • Jonathon ToonJonathon Toon, over 8 years ago

    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

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  • Justin EdmundJustin Edmund, over 8 years ago

    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

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  • Lukas DryjaLukas Dryja, over 8 years ago

    We built and run 4ormat : http://4ormat.com

    Would love to hear your feedback on our platform . lukas@4ormat.com

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  • David McGillivrayDavid McGillivray, over 8 years ago

    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!)

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    • , over 8 years ago

      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.

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      • David McGillivrayDavid McGillivray, over 8 years ago

        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.
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