Videos To Help You Create An Impressive Design Website

Website Portfolio Tips for Designers & Illustrators

Whether you specialize in illustration or focus on one of the myriad fields of design, such as graphic, product, or architectural, all creatives need a portfolio website that elevates their work and supports their business.

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Strategies for Creating a Design Portfolio Website

This video provides strategies for building a design portfolio website, focusing on effectively showcasing skills and talents. The key factors discussed include finding a theme that suits the designer’s style and allows potential clients to quickly grasp their aesthetic, using navigation and collection pages to highlight services and skills, presenting projects as case studies with text elements and descriptions, utilizing custom pages for Contact, About, and CV sections with attention to mobile display, and incorporating motion and media to enhance the website’s impact. The video emphasizes the importance of accurately representing work, highlighting achievements, and creating a visually pleasing and user-friendly experience for visitors.

Tips and Tricks for Designers : Tim Eggert

This video focuses on providing tips and tricks for creating an effective illustration and design portfolio website. The portfolio of Tim Eggert, a designer known for his bright and playful illustrations, is used as an example. The tips are geared towards appealing to industry and corporate audiences. The key points discussed include setting the homepage as an info page to introduce oneself and services, showcasing skills through developing a custom logo and bespoke graphics, maximizing the attributes of the chosen theme (in this case, Slate) to highlight design skills and compositions, choosing typography that reflects the tone of the work, and using slideshows to add impact and visual interest.

Create A Custom Page

This video serves as an introduction to custom pages, highlighting their versatility and media options. Custom pages allow users to create unique layouts separate from the site theme and offer various media options such as hosted videos, live Instagram feeds, slideshow carousels, and mailing lists. The video explains that custom pages can be started from scratch or using customizable templates provided by the design team. It provides tips for maximizing the functionality of custom pages, including utilizing image sets for galleries with different layouts, customizing text styles and typography settings, setting aspect ratios for images, adding links to images, and checking the page’s appearance in both full view and mobile view.

The Importance of an About Me Page on Your Site

In this video, Stanzie from Format discusses the importance of the “About Me” page on a portfolio website and provides tips for creating a compelling bio. The “About Me” page is often the most-visited page on a website, as it offers visitors context about the artist, their intentions, goals, and services. Instead of relying solely on CVs or resumes, crafting a strong “about me” statement is recommended, showcasing the person behind the work. Stanzie suggests several steps to follow for an effective “about me” page, including introducing oneself, setting the right tone based on the target audience, listing awards and accolades, adding personal details to create a more complete introduction, including a representative photo, and proofreading and editing to ensure professionalism.

Use your Format Account to Create Online Submissions

This video emphasizes the importance of using a Format account for private online submissions and project sharing. It highlights the advantages of creating a private page on one’s website instead of attaching images to an email. The “not in menu” section of the site allows for the creation of a page with a private URL specifically for submissions. Both gallery and custom pages can be used for this purpose, with custom pages offering more options for text formatting and incorporating varied media. The video provides guidance on filling out the submission page, including adding an opening statement, contact information, image and text blocks, image galleries with captions, hosted or embedded videos, and a closing statement. The option to add password protection for added security is also mentioned.

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