I see a lot of portfolio sites that open up with a photo of the designer, out at least include one in the 'about' section. Do you think it is helpful, harmful, or neither?
Depends on how you look :P
...themselves on their portfolio.
If you're a white male with a beard and little round glasses , it's bound to improve your employment chances.
I accidentally tested this one while building my portfolio. I'm one of those people who feels strongly about having my work and thinking speak for who I am as a designer/person so mine really puts those things forward.
But when I took my folio on the road, the #1 feedback I got from people was that they wanted to get to know me more as a person. And since I'm applying for jobs in a different location where I have no opportunity to physically get my face in front of people at the company, the pictures really help.
So I reluctantly added a page full my pictures. I still feel weird about it, with all the subconscious judgments people can form just based on gender, age and ethnicity, but my site traffic data tells me people like it. ¯_(ツ)_/¯
You could use the site nav on that page. I had no way to get to your homepage. ;)
Dang yeah haha. I was gonna do that but totally forgot. I originally threw up that about me page thinking nobody was gonna click it, but forgot to update it once people did
great website. FYI, i had a really hard time figuring out how to get back to your portfolio from the 'about me' page ;)
Totally. This was originally meant to be a throwaway lol. See above comment.
Can't believe how many portfolios I get these days with a super HD picture of some dudes face and zero examples of his pissing work.
I personally find it kinda tacky, but definitely not harmful.
No, put it on your LinkedIn (or Twitter)
I vote more helpful than harmful.
If you're job hunting, unless you're a social media hermit, employers are going to track down what you look like if it matters to them.
The reality is your appearance plays a role in whether potential employers can envision you being a "good culture fit" ... so a picture of yourself that you've carefully chosen can help.
Can that picture leave the wrong impression and/or get you excluded for bigoted reasons? Of course. My guess is that you wouldn't want to work for companies like that. Plus, that saves you the trip of an in-person interview where they'll judge your appearance anyway.
If you're a freelancer soliciting new customers, putting a face to your work helps build trust in my opinion.
Just make sure your head shots are professional, non-polarizing and unique ... and if you have Photoshop in your list of skills, definitely fix the lighting, composition and zits! =P
I did have and now I don't (redesigned site, didn't fit well). Not sure it made any real difference.
Personally I always cringe a little when the first thing I see is a big portrait.
I literally just took mine off yesterday.
I don't think so. If you use linkedin or some other site you may have a photo there anyway. I don't even think a designer should be expected to have a website though I guess it helps. I feel that we're expected to be public more public than other professions, even than people in our industry such as programmers and business analysts. I've chosen not to include a photo of myself on my portfolio, and my website is hidden from the public. I have LinkedIn with my photo but even that makes me a bit uncomfortable.
A designer should totally have their own website! Even if it's squarespace/cargo/semplice/wordpress/anything!
I think if you're really good at what you do your portfolio will shine no matter what. I need a website because I don't think I'm at the top of my game. My point though wasn't whether designers need websites, it's about privacy. Designers give up a lot of their privacy online.
I think it's neither harmful nor helpful. Well, I haven't a put photo of myself on mine at this time, and because of my uncommon name, the last time I had an interview, the studio thought they were receiving a guy haha. I got the job so I'm ok ! I think it really depends on how you use it, the feeling you express on the photo so it won't look too haughty or else :)