Kyle Meyer of Astheria has an excellent post on why online portfolios just plain suck. He must be reading my mind, because I was just about to write about my intense hatred for online portfolios. Thankfully, Kyle’s saved me the trouble.
He’s combed 200 online portfolios to find these 7 common mistakes:
- Bad navigation
- Zoomed and cropped thumbnails
- “Mystery meat” squares
- No phone number
- No email
- No contact info of any kind
- Background music
Amen, brother. I’d also add three more to Kyle’s list:
You’ll overdo it, and it won’t work in every browser, so just say no.
Is it a CD cover, a poster, a billboard? What is it!? I hate guessing, so label your work with clear basic information such as project name, media, and dimensions. Even better, put your work in a physical context.
You’re not just a collection pretty little images. I want to know what classes you’ve taken, where you’ve worked, and what makes you tick. Remember, you’re more than your portfolio. Give me a resumé or even just a short bio.
Click here for Kyle’s detailed findings.
To see some online portfolios that don’t suck, check out my round-up of one-page portfolios.
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