As a creative professional in the digital era, you need an online space where you can showcase your best works for potential clients to see. These are graphic design websites. Your portfolio is one of the most effective ways to market your talent to the rest of the world. Think of it like your online agent. When done right, it can be a powerful tool in attracting a steady stream of projects for your design business.
Beautiful graphic designer websites can only be created with the right kind of tools. But building an online portfolio can take so much of your time. Here are a few tools that can help you get your website up and running in no time.
Behance is arguably the most popular online portfolio builder today. After it was bought by Adobe and incorporated into the Creative Cloud in 2012, Behance has become a favorite tool for sharing finished designs and even those that users are currently working on straight from Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. The service itself is free and does not require a Creative Cloud subscription to sign up. However, the only caveat is you share branding with Behance and Adobe when you build an online portfolio from this platform, and you’re competing for attention with millions of other creatives on this platform. Design-wise, Behance may also be too simplistic for graphic designers. It features a limited selection of layouts and themes although you can use a third party application to customize your website if you are more adept in programming.
As a tool for creating graphic design portfolio websites, Fabrik promises to help you get your site up in minutes. It’s drag and drop user interface and variety of responsive templates make it a strong platform for online portfolios. You can also switch to different themes anytime without affecting your projects and galleries. Fabrik also has integrations with Vimeo, Soundcloud and Youtube among other apps. The downside? This service isn’t free. Pricing starts at £6.75 per month but they do offer a 14 day free trial so you can test the platform out. Portfolio websites are provided with a free onfabrik.com address but you have the option to link your own domain name.
Here’s an interesting idea: why not create your own unique graphic design websites through a site builder instead of a portfolio website? Strikingly is not considered a specialized portfolio builder because it can create different types of websites for various needs. But you get the best features of portfolio builders with the additional benefit of having an actual website that stands out above the rest of your competition. Unlike portfolio websites where your page can get diluted by all the other similar portfolios, you will have a space of your own on Strikingly’s platform. You get more control in terms of building traffic to your site and marketing your content. And speaking of marketing, the platform offers SEO tools and social share capabilities so you can get the word out easily whenever you come out with new projects or works.
Scaling up is also easy on Strikingly because you get all the tools you need to create a full-featured website - including ecommerce functionalities so you can sell and receive payments for your work online. Strikingly also features a growing list of website templates that you can access even on a free account. Building a website on this platform is also made simple by the user-friendly site editor and Strikingly app store. The gallery section allows you to showcase your best projects. You don’t need web development or coding experience to get your website up. All you need is your creativity, a bit of content and the best visuals of your projects and you’re all set.