Sooner or later there comes a time when the web designers and developers need to share their work with the world. This can be done in many ways, for example, use a special service, or create your own website. Both options have both pluses and minuses. Let’s look at them in more detail and try to choose the best.
Before beginning, you should ask yourself “what do I have in my portfolio and why do I need one?
To show off
If the job search is not your main priority, then the answer to the question will be exactly this. Oddly enough, many designers make a portfolio not for finding work and improving their social status, but for other designers. It is important for them to receive a portion of enthusiastic feedback from their colleagues. A senseless thing, if you think about it.
In this case, an excellent solution will be to put the work on a specialized resource. Believe us when we say this, the number of employers looking for employees on websites like Behance aspires to 0. At least in Sydney. HR just does not have time for this. Therefore, if you are still determined to find work in the shortest possible time, you should consider other, less time-consuming options.
If not, Behance is one of the resources on which you can post your work absolutely for free:
To create your own brand
If you want to create a brand – it’s worth looking towards your own site. But be prepared – you will fall on your shoulders noble haemorrhoids. To create a site, you will need not only minimal knowledge of HTML / CSS / JS, but also a huge amount of free time and commitment. If you trust yourself as a web developer, you should be able to face this challenge. What better way of convincing someone that you are a great developer than creating a unique website showing your work?
The above methods are perfect if you have plenty of free time. But this is not always possible and, often, just not necessary. So there remains one more proven way – PDF.
A simple, fast and effective way to showcase your work. Potential employers are not so stupid and still will not appreciate your “cosmetic” talents. In the portfolio, it is worthwhile to show the logic of the work on the project rather than fancy animations.
Here are 5 excellent tips for creating a competent portfolio in PDF:
- Add only the best works. No need to shove everything.
- Limit the number of slides per project. Two or three will be enough.
- Cosmetics in design and development are far from the most important thing. And this is well understood by employers. So the correctly constructed logical description – dramatically increases your chances of finding a job.
- Do not waste a lot of time on things that no one will appreciate.
- Use bullet points.