Making An Online Portfolio, Images At The Core:
An online portfolio isn’t just a showcase of an artist’s work, but it is an extension of the artist’s personality and style through a space on the internet. This was confirmed to me through the several portfolio studies that I have produced over recent weeks.
Engineering an online portfolio for yourself is difficult, because it forces you to brief yourself. What are my strengths? What are my weaknesses? What is my style? Does my work have a tone of voice? Is my work more formal or informal? How colourful are the colour palettes that I use? Should my portfolio become more illustrative, or more designed? These are all questions that I have had to ask myself to produce something that represents me.
After producing the mock up for the gallery site (see link), I realised that this did not really show off my style; anyone’s work can be displayed on white space, so I wanted to create something personal and unique to give myself presence on the web that people will remember. Reverting back to the previous style (see link), I set images at the core of the site once more.
As you may notice, this mock up has evolved from the previous: with rearrangement and polishing, along with the inclusion of my new B logo, and a more illustrative typeface. I used the Intro typeface for titles in this mock up, because Quicksand for both titles and body text was a bit excessive, and gave no distinction or hierarchy to the type. Intro is a nice, thick typeface and is perfect for titles; because of its thickness it holds colour well, which helps the site to look more illustrative.
I thought that it was important to include drafts and sketches of my illustrations and designs in my portfolio, as processes are an important part of the design process. So, when work is displayed on the site, behind it will be the original sketch/design of the work.
I want to find out how to make a jQuery Lightbox on my site, so that on a page that displays my work, viewers can see my work maximised to full-screen - and have the opportunity to zoom into fine details.