There are thousands of designers like you out there trying their best attract the attention of potential clients. In this highly competitive industry, it could be rather difficult trying to beat all of them and landing a lucrative web designing contract. For this purpose, a portfolio website is one of the best tools to showcase their work.
Creating a portfolio website is a must for any designer. No one out there will know about you unless you market yourself as a brand. And this is precisely what a portfolio website does for you. You can easily design your own portfolio website if you are an artist. What really is more important is marketing your portfolio website.
We have listed below 15 websites that are ideal for you to showcase and brand your design portfolio. All these websites are popular among your prospective clients and your presence in one or more of these websites is surely going to give you a massive business mileage.
50up.net is perfect for new designers and students. It has an attractive layout that is devoid of any online advertisements and gives you ample space to showcase your work. It is one of the simplest websites to use and manoeuvre through and is completely free. There is no limit to the number of images and videos that you can upload on this website. 50up.net also refreshes its Fresh List every now and then so that they can highlight the best works.
If you are creative then CargoCollective.com gives you a great opportunity to show your creativity to the world. This is another ad free website that is simple in design and is easy to use. This website offers you superbly designed portfolios and also gives your prospective clients a “Follow” feature through which they can track of all their favoured designs.
For those who love photography and street art, one of the best places to showcase their work is through PimpArtworks.com. You can use this website for free for your portfolio pages and you can even use the social networking feature available on this website. This website can also be used for selling your art work where you pay a base price for the production.
From all creative artists to all print designers, the one website that you simply cannot do without is Coroflot.com. This website is supposedly the biggest and oldest of all the websites in this domain. You can create your free portfolio and use the networking features to reach out to thousands of visitors to this website. Everything is free and you get unlimited uploads thrown in for good measure.
When you need high definition resolution to really make your illustrations to stand out, the website you should look to use is FigDig.com. This website uses a 1224×792 HD resolution to make your work stand out. This website also allows visitors to download samples of your work in PDF format. And the amount of publicity that you get when you make to their Hall of Fame is simply unmatched.
For those of you who are into 3D graphics and fantasy art, one of the best looking portfolio websites to use is Portfolios.deviantart.com. Here you also get your personal URL so that you don’t need to share space with others and this is an absolutely free service. You can also use their four free galleries that you can use for uploading as many as 18 images.
Vimeo.com is ideal for those that are into motion graphics. This website stands out due to the clarity and simplicity of its design and its original content. You can upload various file formats up to 500MB a week. You can also make use of the oEmbed and API tools that can be used both by novice and advanced users.
Flickr.com came into the limelight when it was acquired by Yahoo. This website gives you all that you get from Yahoo. You can use the website for showcasing your graphic designs and photography, online image editing and tagging. This website is massively search engine optimized and helps you publicize your work using the huge social networking platform. The flickrSLiDR API also helps you embed your Flickr portfolio into your personal website.
Behance.net gives you a platform where you can collaborate with other designers of any art category. This site also has a very clean look and you can use its popular social networking platform. You also get ample support due to the website’s “members only” rules.
Another great website to showcase your illustrations is Society6.com. You can create simple to look but effective portfolios on this website for free. This website uses similar templates like the way Flickr uses and there are no advertisements to take the visitors’ attention away. You also become part of the website’s community where everyone takes pride in promoting others’ works.
NOTCOT.org displays one image of yours and then provides visitors a link to your personal portfolio. This format is very useful for the visitors because when they show some interest in a particular image, they can quickly visit your profile page and get to know more about you.
For character designers like you, Mojizu.com helps you create your own personal profile. You can also create your Avatar and use it to combat other Avatars.
Carbonmade.com gives you ease of use to set up your portfolio that the visitors can easily browse through. This website features more than 72,000 portfolios divided into 45 categories. This is ideal for those into photography and illustrations.
Flavors.me is slick and is a platform for gathering information from Vimeo, Netflix, Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter. You can make a great impression on your prospective clients using the various colour combinations, backgrounds and font styles.
Squarespace.com offers you more than 60 templates with navigation options and varieties of designs. You can also manage your work with ease and use the analytics report that is available 24 by 7.