December 11, 2012
This online portfolio shows functionality and graphic design fluidly into one design. With its playful colorful pictures against a stark black and gray background, it shows that despite the artist showing off his work, there is a level of professionalism that could not be achieved by a run of the mill web designer.
December 9, 2012
An interesting creative work viewing site that I came across recently is: http://www.hitrecord.org/
An example of a collaborative work can be viewed on youtube here:
This site goes beyond the other online portfolio sites like Deviant Art, behance, etc. because it is establishing a communal resource for artists, writers, musicians, etc. to draw inspiration from one another’s uploads (referred to on the site as records) and to collaborate and incorporate their own ideas (a process referred to as remixing). Artists will provide credit to the records they ‘remix,’ and I think this is a wonderful opportunity that most online portfolio websites often lack–with other portfolio sites, the primarily goal is to draw attention to your work and increase viewership. But with hitRECord, the emphasis is on collaboration and establishing connections with other creative workers– developing one’s contacts is perhaps the most important aspect to a successful career in art.
Another interesting facet to this site is that part of the user-terms agreement is that the company itself also owns non-exclusive rights to use the user-uploaded records to create works which may be used commercially, but in such a case, profits will be split 50-50 with the original artist.
Although not a portfolio in the traditional sense, I think the concept itself is interesting enough to warrant some consideration and perhaps even some experimenting!
December 9, 2012
A popular website for people to post some of their creative work online is called deviantART. I just made an account recently for free. This is a website for a community of various artists to show off their work. It provides the artist with critiques by its viewer. Artists may also sell their prints and receive 20% of the profit. I like to go to the website several times and look at amazing art works. It’s free to make an account but you can upgrade to a premium account with a fee.
December 6, 2012
This website contains photography of people in different types of clothing, mostly with crazy patterns directed by Brynn Johnson. Many times the model’s clothing matches his/her surroundings whether it’s the same color or pattern which overall connects the piece as a whole (hence the example below). The website has a column of about 30 links that all lead to separate pages showing people modeling various clothing lines such as Juicy Couture. There is no fee to browse and the art director, Brynn Johnson, provides an e-mail to contact him about anything.
December 5, 2012
The site I decided to write about is RedBubble.com, I was introduced to it by a friend of mine at my old school. Pretty much you create your own portfolio by uploading your digital files, which then can be printed on shirts, sweaters, iPhone cases, mugs, among other items. There is no fee and you make a commission depending on what your design sells on.
December 3, 2012
An example of an advanced online portfolio site is Portfoliobox. This site is free and easy to navigate but allows you to create your very own unique portfolio that is showcased next to numerous other artists portfolios. Portfoliobox presents diversity in the portfolios on the site, does not feature ads, allows your website to be formatted to fit tablets and mobile devices, and if you upgrade your membership you can create a domain name for your portfolio site.