I was recently asked by a designer friend of mine if I knew of any good resources for publishing graphic design work online. The friend in question – (hi Jules – ta for the blog post inspiration) comes from a traditional print background, and not wanting to spend loads of time messing around creating a webpage in Dreamweaver or similar, I decided to come up with a list of good places online where graphic designers can get additional exposure for web, print and traditional art. Fortunately a number of excellent web applications exist which require little or no technical expertise to get your work up on the web, with a good personalised URL. Enjoy.
Voodoo Chilli leads with very much with an “artist” slant, as in the traditional sense of the word, but has enough categories for web and print designers to feel at home too. Other users can view your portfolio, leave comments on your work, and as well as that you can.
- Upload 7 images for free
- Enter image of the month competitions
- Leave / Receive comments
- Chat on the forum
- Upload a biography/resume
- Add images to your favorites
- Promote yourself on the newsletter
- View statistics about your artwork
Final Crits’ main engine is a Flash based viewer – with the basic logic that users signin, upload their work and it gets transformed wonderfully via a small flash viewer, with multiple galleries for different sections. If you have hosting of your own, slideshowpro.net provide a super wee tool for doing pretty much the same thing, however the beauty of final crit lies in its ease of use. There are quite a few architecture type people on finalcrit showcasing work, so if Architecture is your bag, I’d recommend it. However the community is relatively young..so the exposure isn’t just tops as yet. Still the interface and implementation are nice enough to be worthy of a mention.
Carbonmade is the main contender in all of the portfolio tools reviewed so far. With an audience of staggering proportions Carbonmade is used by over 42,500 designers and artists worldwide. The design is very web 2.0 -(with an awesome colour scheme – it simply had to be mentioned). As well as free image hosting the site provides:
- An easy way to display and manage your portfolio online
- A clean canvas to show off your work
- Instant updating with no HTML experience necessary
- A set of easy to use management tools
Figdig’s claim to fame is that you can view artwork in high definition – 1224 x 792 high definition portfolio samples to be exact, which is pretty awesome considering the size that artwork like that can take on a hard disk. You can signup create a portfolio and start uploading pretty much straight away. FigDig’s profile page is your chance to share the things that inspire you every day, think of it like a twitter sort of account, where other designers can see your moods etc. If you have loads of high res artwork or PDF’s FigDig is your site.
Shadowness is quite simply stunning. The site itself feel true polished, they really have excelled with their own design. If you consider yourself to be a true digital artist, and have ever created something from scratch with photoshop, get yourself over here to marvel at some of the top digital artists and photographers on the web today. If for nothing else, for inspiration. If you do decide to signup and join the community you’ll have your own little corner of the web, where you know you are in the company of some extremely talented people.
DeviantArt has been around for quite some time. As my gran would say – “It’s as old as the hills” – still, its an established site, with a community of over it boasts as being the largest art community in the world. Here are some crazy deviantart statistics.
- 4.5 million registered users
- 14 million+ monthly global unique visitors
- 70,000+ new deviations uploaded daily
With figures like that, you’d be crazy not to find out what the fuss was all about. I wouldn’t suggest DeviantArt so much for being a good portfolio host, more so if you are a digital artist looking to collaborate, and get your stuff noticed, those figures cant be ignored for exposure. Its also a wicked place to bag yourself some decent desktop wallpaper as well.
Coroflot boasts over 88 thousand designer portfolios in its network. The site homepage is split between two different options job postings and the portfolios. The portfolio section is broken down into a number of different disciplines, so your work should fit into any one of the multiple categories.
As far as the presentation of your portfolio goes, there isn’t really alot here to write home about, basic HTML and images to showcase your work – which has its benefits, including increased search engine exposure compared to the flash based solutions. That said, there’d plenty of room to shout about what you do, and how you do it, with an about me page, and an email link. Overall the site does what it says on the tin, and is worth checking out.
Viewbook, is a tool aimed at designers who want minimal effort for maximum impact. The system really allows work to speak for itself, where you can choose to show high res photos (with dragging for those images that dont fit on screen) or show a webpage format with navigation. The system also has built in embedding functions, enabling you to add your viewbook presentation to your blog, or existing webpage easily. The web editor system also supports multiple web pages where you can drag and drop the presentations you’ve created with viewbook into the page. The final created site stays on Viewbooks site, but again is a subdomain which would be easily cloaked as discussed earlier. They offer a free basic account, complete with 100 images and most of the Viewbook features, but if you need more capacity you have to get the cheque book out.
The Behance Network allows you tobuild a dynamic, multimedia portfolio of your latest projects, open to all behance or shared selectively with whom you choose. The network feels very much like a design community, rather than just a place to post your work, and if that appeals to you – you wont go far wrong. There are many options for colloboration, commenting and general socialising around the site, and the community is both a vibrant and talented one.
Feel free to drop me any you guys use.