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Portfolio ideas
Hi guys!

Having discussed the content of my portfolio, I want to now consider the delivery. My current portfolio is something I designed personally and coded in HTML; in other words, it's extremely simple. While a lot of people comment they like the simplicity, I want to step-up the professionalism of the design... maybe get a proper web designer to design and code it for me. The functionality could be better too. I'd like to maybe section it off somehow - a section for illustration, a section for graphic design, etc. The problem is that a lot of my previous work blurs boundaries - can character design be put under illustration? How should product design be classified? Do I have enough graphic design to warrant a seperate section? Should cartoons have their own section, seperate to design and illustration?

So it's complicated, but I want some way to target the potential clients' specific interests, so if they come in looking for illustration they don't have to bother flicking past graphic design samples. I don't wish to use one of the available template sites like the new DA portfolio, as I want my site to have a distinct and memorable identity.

I also want to include a price list (making a note of the fact that the listed price ranges are guidelines only). And something else I'd like to do is have single Illustrator illustrations - cute girls, animals and the like - which can be purchased for personal or commercial use automatically from the website.

Something like this: http://www.cartoonstock.com/directory/p/penguin.asp

...only with a much clearer layout. And, ahem, better art. And set up so it's easy for me to add new illustrations to the database each time I complete a new one. Preferably with some sort of tagging system so if I were to do something like the above, it could turn up under a search for 'penguin', 'cartoon', 'single-panel' or 'gag'.

I'd also like to draw up some contracts and invoices. I used these once before freelancing but I want to start afresh this time, putting to use all I've learned. That's off-topic, just thinking out loud.

Anyhow, so I know when the time comes: who here does web design? Do you do both design and coding? Are there ways to do the sort of thing I talk about above? Can you show me examples? (Preferably of your own web design work along similar lines). What sort of charge am I looking at?
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gab From: gab Date: July 27th, 2009 05:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I do design and coding... my portfolio is here- http://www.gabapple.com

For searching/tagging/databases, I'd recommend getting a gallery from http://gallery.menalto.com/ installed... or see if there's a wordpress plugin (wordpress is powerful!) available for that kind of thing. No sense in reinventing the wheel if you don't have to. If you want to see a full gallery, we are using http://box.monsterinkstudios.com for uploading and searching of ALL of our art. It's fun.

Anyway, I'm sure there are ways to do all of the above and people out there to help you. And of course, I am happy to help in any way that I can. :)
tania From: tania Date: July 27th, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really love the web design work you do - it's so charming, simple and tactile... doesn't look too 'digital', you know? It has a human touch. Are you taking on any more freelance work right now? Because if you're willing, I'd like to commission a portfolio overhaul from you, and commission you to set up a wordpress plugin for the purchasing section too. I know, I know, everyone says I could probably do that part myself, but I have a lot of other stuff I need to be doing so I'm very happy to outsource and pay for the privelige. :)

So I guess my questions are: are you available, and can you quote me on the design of a portfolio (something that works much the same way as yours) and a little Paypal-connected online graphics store thingy? (wow, I sound so profesh.) Drop me a line - info (at) taniawalker (dot) com
gab From: gab Date: July 28th, 2009 12:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Email sent. Thank you for the compliments. :)
uniformgrey From: uniformgrey Date: July 27th, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like using Wordpress would be right up your alley and you wouldn't need to hire anyone to do it for you - you can do it yourself! You can utilize wordpress as a website instead of keeping the blogging aspect of it. You can separate pages for Illustrations, Graphic Design etc. into their own pages, and use a gallery system with it like lightbox (which is one example of different plugins you can get) for your gallery. Wordpress also has tagging and search engines for your site along with RSS feeds if you so chose and you can create downloadable PDF's for contracts for your clients.

I've done my website in HTML in the past, but right now I'm using Wordpress and I'm really liking its functionality and ease of updating. There is a TON of customization you can do with it, with several templates OR you can make your own or edit and existing one. There are also a LOT of database info and how-to's to get you started as well.

I think it'd be well worth a look in your case because you can get results that kick that Penguin's site's ass.
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