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Okay. I admit. I'm in dire need of a website, but I honestly don't know where to begin design wise. The thing is I want a website that can showcase both my illustration and my marketing communications work, but honestly I'm not sure HOW to showcase marcomm. My graphic design work is corporate, not "pretty". It looks good, but is very..um.."boring" compared to a lot of the more artistic design work done for magazines and books (I write news releases and case studies, what do you want? XD)

Should I even showcase my marcomm work on an illustration site? Should I just have an illustration site separate?

Also, where's a resource for seeing some good "art gallery" based designs? Im having a heck of a time finding a concise list of things that are really well designed websites that are meant to be an online portfolio/gallery. Anyone have any favorites they wanna throw at me?

Thanks!
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tania From: tania Date: February 24th, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd suggest having one portfolio website divided into sections - "Illustration", "Design", etc. Keeps it simple, and there may be prospective employers who would like the option of seeing both. :) I would also suggest using your real name as the URL.
gab From: gab Date: February 24th, 2009 11:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Completely agree with this. It's good to have a small sample of all of the kinds of things that you do... potential clients/employers will like knowing the range with actual examples.
tania From: tania Date: February 25th, 2009 01:00 am (UTC) (Link)
I have also found that rather than using complicated Gallery codes and things, the simplest solution is often the best. My own online portfolio has always served me well and impressed prospective employers with its simplicity, clean design and ease of use. It's pure HTML. In order to make image replacement easy, I numbered my portfolio pages 1-10 (eg 1.html), set them up so each contains an image that is the SAME size, and then numbered the image files 1-10 (eg 1.jpg)... that way, I know if I want to change / replace the FIRST image in my portfolio, all I have to do is create a new image of that size, name it 1.jpg, and drop it into my website directory. Done. SO easy to update!

My portfolio is at www.taniawalker.com (hasn't been updated for a couple of years - not because it's hard, but because I haven't needed to and I'm just plain ol' lazy.)
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: February 25th, 2009 04:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Haha no worries, I already have nicolesart.com registered.
kuniopt From: kuniopt Date: February 24th, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
pac From: pac Date: February 24th, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
some webdesign showcases, portfolio category. though, many will probably be repeats, as these web 2.0 design sites tend to recycle content.

http://www.spoonfeddesign.com/50-impressive-portfolio-designs
http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/11/26/50-beautiful-and-creative-portfolio-designs/
http://bestwebgallery.com/category/portfolio/
http://www.designflavr.com/category/portfolios/
http://patterntap.com/tap/collection/portfolios


some specific sites where i like the portfolio layout.

https://www.theheadsofstate.com/
http://www.thisisthenewyear.com/ (note that some project pages have different views, which would be good for your marcomm stuff.)
http://www.thedecoderring.com/


also these

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/03/04/creating-a-successful-online-portfolio/
http://www.designerstoolbox.com/


hope this helps.
From: astolpho Date: February 25th, 2009 12:02 am (UTC) (Link)
I just discovered http://960.gs/ and it might be useful to you!
shoomlah From: shoomlah Date: February 25th, 2009 01:18 am (UTC) (Link)
I would like to note that lots of really fancy, award-winning websites are also impossible/frustrating to navigate, especially if you're in a hurry to get information. I always say to lean towards a design that's simple and elegant, with clean navigation and no flash. Flash works well for novelty websites, but if you're trying to get a job? Not as much fun for employers, if I'm to believe my bosses and their experiences.

There's no one way to pull off a successful website- your best bet is to look at all the artists you like, figure out which of their websites work for you, and steal MERCILESSLY. Or, well, borrow. :)

I am also a big fan of lightbox, obviously- organized but simple and damn pretty. :D

-C
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: February 25th, 2009 04:02 am (UTC) (Link)
As someone who's been on the "hiring" end of artists, I totally agree with you. I've seen some awesome websites that didn't show me what I was looking for: the art! Where is it? And yeah no flash. As cool as it is for 5 seconds, I agree it's just too much when you're trying to look at something in a hurry.
datasocks From: datasocks Date: February 25th, 2009 04:31 am (UTC) (Link)
If I recall correctly, Photoshop has a fairly decent function that will generate an album for you. If you don't have to update it all the time that may be the way to go.

Alternatively, there's this...

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/05/18/30-best-solutions-for-image-galleries-slideshows-lightboxes/

I'd stick with something simple and fast loading that puts the emphasis on your art, your experience, and how to contact you.

wolfmoonie From: wolfmoonie Date: February 25th, 2009 08:10 am (UTC) (Link)
It depends on HOW you like to market your self, what is your aim with your web page.
Do you want to market yourself as an all-round artist, then show the whole lot. It make clients more curious, and you show them that you can work in a wider area of illustrations.

As for how to display the art I have a whole heap of ideas of galleries in mind, it also depends on how you want to market yourself.

* flash based gallery as Simpleviwer
Perfect for a showcase portfolio but maybe not for displaying 100 + images at once.
http://www.yelth.com

* Manually made galleries with help from various javascripts. Can look very neat, but you have to code most if it manually
http://www.silverfoxwolf.com/index.php?site=gallery

* CMS tool, this site has a pre made framework where you upload your images to a database. Can handle a lot of images at once (you can do mass uploads) Good for a large amount of images to display.
http://www.thereselarsson.se/?page_id=3


Good luck :)

From: the_brad Date: March 7th, 2009 04:00 am (UTC) (Link)
i would highly recommend hiring a web designer -- someone who can gather what you want to do, help you design a purpose, and then implement it in a site. if you want to do it yourself, keep the site simple, don't use a content engine, and don't use flash.
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