As computers have become incorporated into our everyday life, where most tend to have more than one type of computer always readily available, it has allowed for the transition of the print portfolio to translate to the digital or mainly web interface. Potential employers can now easily access your information and work at the click of a mouse or tap of a finger anytime, day or night.
Over the years the digital portfolio has evolved from just images of work, to fully functioning and interacting websites. There are many options out there that are available for free and for a fee, and selecting one really depends on your field and web/coding skill level. You can use free portfolio sites such as Behance, Cargo, CarbonMade, and Coroflot. These kinds of sites, you simply upload images or actual files of your work and description and the site does all the work for you, creating the links, scaling images, etc. There’s also sites like SquareSpace where you pay a monthly or annual fee to use the site, but get a free domain name with the fee. There’s alsoWordPress.org, which is a free CMS that you can upload to the hosting account you pay for, that allow you to choose from various or even thousands of existing templates (there are a LOT of free ones out there, but usually the best ones are the ones you need to purchase) that can be manipulated if you know code to be unique. You then simply upload the images and content, and it will be placed in the theme you have selected. Now, if you really are good with code, you can completely create a 100% original and unique portfolio site by hand, or should I say keyboard and mouse.
There are so many options out there, and none of them are really bad, it all just depends on what field or type of job that you are looking for that will be the best option for you.
As a soon to be graduating graphic design senior this is something that has been on my mind lately as I go back and forth between deciding to hand code my website, or find an extremely well done and dynamic WordPress theme and just manipulate it enough to make it my own. Web design is my passion, and I really enjoy the coding aspect of it, but I’m by no means a coding wizard. Will potential employers want to see a site I’ve done completely by coding myself, or will a well executed and visually pleasing existing template suffice, since some of my portfolio pieces are all hand-coded?? Decisions. Decisions.