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How Separate Portfolios For Your Creative Work May Just Help

We designers love to experiment with different styles. It’s practically expected if we wish to stay ahead of the curve and wow our clients. However, this can result in a mishmash of different types of work in our portfolios, which can confuse clients and make it difficult to establish yourself as a designer with a distinctive voice.

Do you have 2 or more different design styles that would clash in one portfolio? Let’s look at how and when to separate your work.

Sharing The Sunshine

Don’t let one type of work upstage or outshine any other type. If something is getting more attention than something else that’s equally deserving, it may be a good idea to direct people to a separate portfolio specifically for that kind of work.

A specific example of this is if you’ve become known for a specific project you did in the past – say a series of unique, vector logos – and you’d like to keep directing viewers to that work while also rolling out your new focus, which might be something completely different.

It’s always good to have a niche specialty for which potential clients know you and can seek you out. This ensures that you will always get the best clients and have a fulfilling career as a designer. But, if there are several things you are good at, and you don’t wish to stop doing one or the other, it’s probably better to keep them separate.

Partitioning Professionalism

Wildly different styles usually call for different portfolios. It can get confusing for potential clients to see a mish-mash of work. Also, it can be seen as less professional looking, depending on the types of work you do.

Do keep in mind, however, that some types of work goes naturally together, and can actually improve your standing in the eyes of a potential client. It’s up to you to assess your particular specialties and where they fit in the industry you’re working in.

For example, if you are both a designer and a copywriter, like me, I would recommend that you proudly advertise this fact to your clients. Clients love to hire freelancers who can do a variety of tasks, and your value to them will increase depending on what they need from you. Splitting up your design and your copywriting services will not do you as much good as keeping them together, because a client who only sees one of the services you offer may not know that you also do something else they might need.

Career Change

Changing your career focus? Probably time for a new portfolio. Otherwise it can look sloppy and confused. Potential clients will be browsing through the past several years of logos and web design work, then suddenly come to your flowing, hand-painted script lettering and go ‘wait…what happened’? To them, this kind of abrupt change in your work will signal that you are unsure of what image you want to present to clients, and they will pass you over for someone who is more organized.

There are plenty of reasons why you’d want to change your career focus – maybe you were offered a more specialized job, you took on a new job purely for financial reasons, or you simply grew tired of the work you were doing. Changing careers can be fun, because you can transfer the skills you learned in your old career over to your new one, and impress your clients or boss with your unique skill set.

But each time you change careers or career focuses, it’s important to clear out your portfolio of all the work that is no longer relevant. You may not have to start completely from scratch – or, you may have to do exactly that. It all depends on the kind of work you plan to do in the future.

A Whole New Beginning

Have you been extremely criticized or been the victim of cyber-bullying? A new portfolio can be a fresh start. Unfortunately, sometimes a designer’s critics can get so nasty and out of hand that they will have no choice but to abandon their former online persona and adopt a brand new one, just to get out of an impossible situation. Other times, you may attract the wrong kind of attention – a weird, obsessed stalker, perhaps – and you need to withdraw your online presence and lay low for awhile.

This is very rare, in my experience, but it does happen, and it can be devastating to a designer’s ability to make a living. The best thing to do in these types of situations, is to simply start over with a new portfolio. Perhaps you will even need to change the name people online know you by. This is not usually a problem when it comes to getting paid, but you may need to check your area’s local laws about doing business under an assumed or business name.

What Do You Think?

When do you think it’s appropriate to have separate portfolios? Have you ever had two or more separate portfolios online for different types of work? Does it work for you and your design career?





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40 brilliant design portfolios to inspire you

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The internet is full of thousands upon thousands of awe-inspiring design portfolios. To enable you to stand out in this tough market, it’s important to make your online portfolio as impressive as you can.




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10 UX portfolios done right

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A vast amount of effort goes into creating a simple, elegant portfolio that hits all the right notes for any prospective client. It’s more than a resume and you definitely do not limit yourself to one page. Think of it as your own personal proof of concept. Here, I’ve highlighted the main characteristics of a solid portfolio. And the team at UXPin – the UX design app – have scoured the internet for some of the best examples that illustrate these points below.




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Coding a Responsive Lightbox Image Gallery for Website Portfolios

In this tutorial you will learn how to code a responsive lightbox image gallery. You’re one step away from a cool gallery.
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37 brilliant design portfolios to inspire you

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The internet is full of thousands upon thousands of awe-inspiring design portfolios. To enable you to stand out in this tough market, it’s important to make your online portfolio as impressive as you can.




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39 brilliant design portfolios to inspire you

Read more about 39 brilliant design portfolios to inspire you at CreativeBloq.com


The internet is full of thousands upon thousands of awe-inspiring design portfolios. To enable you to stand out in this tough market, it’s important to make your online portfolio as impressive as you can.
    




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20 Beautiful UI & UX Designer Portfolios For Inspiration

A modern world requires new rules and you just can’t be a successful graphic designer without a personal portfolio website. Even when it comes to mobile user interface or user experience, without the ability to showcase your skills, you will have a hard time acquiring clients.

In that thought, we have collected a showcase of breathtaking UI & UX portfolios by a few talented designers and carefully chosen a few work examples that bring out their true genius. Not only are they good with catchy mobile interfaces, they also take the cake when it comes to website design.

Make sure to not only check out the samples of their work here, but also to check out their original sites for more of their work. Let us know which are your favorite and if you have other designer portfolios you would like to share with our readers.

CreativeDash Design Studio

VAUXCO

Cosmin Capitanu

Mariusz Cieśla

Flamy

Miro Hristov

Vitor Pinho

Aleks Faure

Jordan Flaig

Dave Keller

Cody Sielawa

Leo Drapeau

Jeff Broderick

Jackie Tran Anh

Ramotion

Nacho

Guilherme Bento

Julien Renvoye

Anthony Anderson

Érik Guittière


    




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25 inspiring typography portfolios on Behance

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With almost 30 million portfolio views in the past 30 days, Behance is quickly becoming the place to be for creatives. It’s a great place to find new work and creative inspiration from top web designers and agencies. But, with so many of them to browse through, it can be difficult to know where to start. So to make things easy for you, we’ve done the hard work and picked 25 of the top typography portfolios that are definitely worth a look…
    




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The Creative Portfolios Sites of 50 Designers


A few months ago we reviewed Web Design Agency Homepages. However, many designers prefer to work alone, and their portfolios are also worth checking out. Thus, here are 50 individual portfolios, which will knock your socks off!

Keeping in mind that most agency sites are built on a “Logo – Tagline – Best Work – Contact Info” basis, we were curious to see if this formula would work as well for freelance designers as it does for web design agencies. Yes, it works sometimes, and you can see it from the examples featured in this article, but it seems, as expected, the main focus of most portfolio sites is to catch visitor’s attention, introduce the designer and then invite readers to get deeper into the portfolio in order to see the best works and know more about the designer, his/her skills, awards and experience.

A lot of designers prefer one page portfolios; some designers put personal photos on their sites; many of those whose websites are listed below are fans of minimal design, and so on. Some of the other features and trends available on designer portfolios are: white space, illustrations, big background images, flat design, big typography and geometric shapes. As for colors, white, gray and emerald seem to be very popular.

And if you believe reading is not enough to understand what an inspirational portfolio site is, please take a look at the following examples:

Erik Ford

The design portfolio of Erik Ford

Marc Thomas

The design portfolio of Marc Thomas

David Hakkert

The design portfolio of David Hakkert

Pierrick Calvez

The design portfolio of Pierrick Calvez

Joshua James

The design portfolio of Joshua James

Tyler Finck

The design portfolio of Tyler Finck

Matthew D. Williams

The design portfolio of Matthew D. Williams

Oliver Brux

The design portfolio of Oliver Brux

Sam Markiewicz

The design portfolio of Sam Markiewicz

Daryl Thornnhill

The design portfolio of Daryl Thornnhill

Cody Sielawa

The design portfolio of Cody Sielawa

Derek Boateng

The design portfolio of Derek Boateng

GregSuj

The design portfolio of GregSuj

Daniele Petrarolo

The design portfolio of Daniele Petrarolo

Nicolas Borreil

The design portfolio of Nicolas Borreil

David Mcmenemy

The design portfolio of David Mcmenemy

Matt Luckhurst

The design portfolio of Matt Luckhurst

Oli Lisher

The design portfolio of Oli Lisher

Mahédine Yahia

The design portfolio of Mahédine Yahia

Fabien Cazals

The design portfolio of Fabien Cazals

Adam Hartwig

The design portfolio of Adam Hartwig

Jrutland

The design portfolio of Jrutland

Amanda Cole

The design portfolio of Amanda Cole

Ashley Farrand

The design portfolio of Ashley Farrand

Àlex Catalan

The design portfolio of Àlex Catalan

Jacob Heflin

The design portfolio of Jacob Heflin

Jake Lee Haugen

The design portfolio of Jake Lee Haugen

Daryl Brunsden

The design portfolio of Daryl Brunsden

Martin Fletcher

The design portfolio of Martin Fletcher

Caramel Budgie

The design portfolio of Caramel Budgie

Justin Aguilar

The design portfolio of Justin Aguilar

Yaron Schoen

The design portfolio of Yaron Schoen

Andreas Knutsson

The design portfolio of Andreas Knutsson

Maarten Teunis Hoogvliet

The design portfolio of Maarten Teunis Hoogvliet

Nicolas Bessol

The design portfolio of Nicolas Bessol

Armig Esfahani

The design portfolio of Armig Esfahani

Beta Takaki

The design portfolio of Beta Takaki

Mario Petrone

The design portfolio of Mario Petrone

Audrey Brouir

The design portfolio of Audrey Brouir

Kyle Thacker

The design portfolio of Kyle Thacker

Eliot Slevin

The design portfolio of Eliot Slevin

Simone Capano

The design portfolio of Simone Capano

Florian J. Färber

The design portfolio of Florian J. Färber

Bob Galmarini

The design portfolio of Bob Galmarini

Takumi Kobayashi

The design portfolio of Takumi Kobayashi

Nicolas Desle

The design portfolio of Nicolas Desle

Ivo Mynttinen

The design portfolio of Ivo Mynttinen

Cole Townsend

The design portfolio of Cole Townsend

Davy Rudolph

The design portfolio of Davy Rudolph

Anthony Goodwin

The design portfolio of Anthony Goodwin

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80 Impressive Photography Portfolios And Photoblogs To Draw Inspiration From

The art of photography requires not only talent, but also active and constant practice and patience. These two key components would help you to become a truly good photographer. Due to the connectivity of the Internet you can easily get to know lots of tricks and techniques from professional photographers that generously share their experience on photography websites.

Today I’d like to showcase a huge collection of photography websites that will teach you the art of photography from the beginning to the end.

Here you’ll find a healthy mix of 40 useful photoblogs and 40 amazing portfolios of famous photographers from all over the world. I hope this serves as a source of inspiration to help you hunt down and snap beautiful photographs of your own. If you have other portfolios that you would like to direct attention to, feel free to name them in the comments section. You have thanks in advance.

Photoblogs

I’d like to start with interesting photoblogs with lots of tips and tricks that are ranged from professianal travel photography to amauter iPhone shooting.

1. Photo Tuts

2. Pop Photo

3. Photodoto

4. 121 Clicks

5. Expert Photography

6. Jasmine Star Blog

7. Photography Blogger

8. The Photo Argus

9. Elizabet Halford

10. Photo Mint Blog

11. The Beginner’s Lens

12. Pixiq

13. Plain Joe Photoblog

14. Arnica Spring’s Blog

15. 500px Blog

16. Exposure Guide

17. Photography Awesomesauce

18. Hereandnow

19. Chase Jarvis Blog

20. Thomas Hawk

21. Joe McNally

22. Jeremy Cowart

23. Scott Kelby’s Blog

24. David duChemin’s Blog

25. Zackarias

26. Fro Knows Photo

27. Outdoor Photographer

28. National Geographic

29. British Journal of Photography

30. Cambridge in Colour

31. FStoppers

32. Rock the Shot

33. Lomography

34. Andrew S Gibson Blog

35. Katharine Landmeier

36. Teryn Robinson Photography

37. Momentary Awe Photoblog

38. Drew B Photography

39. Digital Camera World

40. Photography Concentrate

Photography Portfolios

Nothing could motivate and inspire better than works of of world’s famous photographers. Take a look at these photography portfolios and you’ll see that there photographers succeeded not only in photography, but also in designing of their own websites.

41. Alberto Oviedo

42. Mitchell Kanashkevich

43. Evaan Kheraj

44. Mareen Fischinger

45. Dimitris Theocharis

46. Marc Labrie

47. Lena Sanz

48. Mariana Onate

49. Thomas Brun

50. Joon Brandt

51. Koen Demuynck

52. Fredrik Clement

53. Corey Fishes

54. Lara Jade

55. Eric Ryan Anderson

56. Dave Hill

57. Paolo Boccardi

58. Gavin Gough

59. Jonathan Glynn-Smith

60. Lisa Bettany

61. Daniel Kennedy

62. Emmanuel Rouzic

63. Tim Flash

64. Zach Gold

65. David Vasiljevic

66. Erik Almas

67. Martin Klimas

68. Michael Muller

69. Brook Pifer

70. Zena Holloway

71. ZEITAUTOMATIK Photography

72. Tobias Zeising

73. Holger Pooten

74. Bentrovato

75. Feaverish

76. Vitor Shalom

77. Michael David Adams

78. Yuri Yasuda

79. Andrew G. Hobbs

80. Aaron Ruell

    


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