1st edition — by Patrick McNeil — Sep. 5, 2006
The Site Type
Designing your own portfolio is probably the most frustrating thing in the world. Everyone I talk to starts over multiple times. I restarted mine at least 5 times before settling in on the current design. Which I am of course not nearly satisfied with. Clearly it is our connection to our own work that clouds our judgment. Most designers who I have talked to about their frustration with their portfolio seems silly. Usually the portfolio looks fantastic, it is just the individual that sees it in a way no one else does.
For this set of links I tried hard to find some portfolios that had distinct elements. Sites that don't just blend in. I home this set of links serves to inspire designers as they put together an online presence. More then anything that designers don't loose hope. Sometimes starting simple is your best bet, a one page portfolio is a great way to go. When I first started my portfolio site I had a many page site with pages for each portfolio item. It wasn't until I reduced it to a single page site that I got my hands around it, now I have plans to expand it to include a blog and a mashup. The point is to start simple, an ultra in depth portfolio is on good if you never manage to publish it. Do anything and everything you can to juts get a portfolio published!