Let The Art Speak
1st edition — by Patrick McNeil — Mar. 3, 2006
The Design Element
Sometimes your best bet is to just put it all out there. Just lay it
out and let the world see you for what you are. This is exactly what
the following sites have all done. The thing all these web sites share
is a portfolio of outstanding and inspiring design work. So instead of
wrapping all this work up in a complex overbearing design that reduces
the impact of the work they have chosen to have the work be the focus.
By using the work as the primary element on their sites they reinforce
the idea that they are awesome at what they do. They present their work
in a simple and elegant way. I can't help but think that the people interested
in hiring these people appreciate it. There is no fluff, they get straight
to the point. Here is what I have done, love it or hate it.
These sites remind us that it is the work that makes a portfolio site
shine. It may not be necessary to spend all that time with a crazy concept.
If you have the work, keep it simple and just lay it on the line. Your
portfolio will be easier to maintain, and your clients will thank you.
As an interesting point, many of them use grey as
a primary color choice helping reduce the importance of the supporting
structure in comparison to the art work.