Data #12: Steps to Perfection by Guest Chris Elsea

Chris Elsea is the guest blogger for this entry. He will give some suggestions on how you can present your online portfolio in the best way possible.

For clarity and quality purposes, parts of this guest blog entry was edited.

Steps to Perfection
The online portfolio is the most accessible and easiest way to present your work for employers, but a poorly presented portfolio will drive them away. Lee Munroe of Smashing Magazine has created “10 Steps To The Perfect Portfolio Website”, so that you can present yourself properly through a portfolio website.[1]

  1. Create a logo. Your logo is what catches the visitors’ eyes and makes it easier for them to remember your field of expertise. As a rule of thumb, always put the logo on the top left so when visitors see your website, the first thing that grabs their attention is your logo.
  2. Set your tagline. Let the visitors know what you specialize in. A catchy tagline can quickly inform your visitors about what you do and keep them interested in your site.
  3. Portray your portfolio. This is a very obvious suggestion, but present your portfolio professionally. Use high resolution images, provide links to recent projects, and organize those projects in an orderly manner.
  4. List your services. Visitors who are interested in what you works may want to learn more about what you do. Provide more details about your works, and organize them by fields or subjects.
  5. Create the About Me section. Let the visitors learn more about you. The more they know about you, the more comfortable they will be if they actually meet or communicate with you.
  6. Make contacts. Provide your contact information. Let the visitors contact you for any questions or anything related to your works. How will potential employers offer you a job if they do not know how to contact you?
  7. Blog your interests. Create a blog about your field of interests and show visitors how serious you are about the job. It is very important to gain the visitors’ trust about what you do.
  8. Make a call to action. Create a simple button that shouts “Choose me!” or “View my portfolio!” Make it obvious that you are interested about promoting your work. Create an easy access for your visitors to contact you or to navigate to important pages like your recent projects.
  9. Use social networking websites. Let visitors follow you on social networks like Facebook or Twitter, and provide them an easy way to contact you.
  10. Communication is key. Be courteous to your visitors. Most important: be yourself in a fine manner. Keep things short and simple so visitors can easily understand you.

About Chris Elsea
Chris Elsea is a fellow Arts and Technology student who is interested in digital compositing. Visit Chris Elsea’s blog, LCcompositing, to learn about his favorite topic!

Sources

  1. Munroe, L. (2009, February 26). 10 Steps To The Perfect Portfolio Website – Smashing Magazine. Smashing Magazine. Retrieved April 22, 2011, from http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/02/26/10-steps-to-the-perfect-portfolio-website/
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