Portfolio is a collection of creative work on has done which is organized and showcased synchronously. For a designer or developer, an online portfolio can be a great boost for showcasing their past work and offer their services as freelancers or for being hired by corporate companies.
Although a designer can easily make use of free tools like WordPress etc. to create a custom portfolio, there are a lot of services on the web that can help publish your portfolio for free.
Behance is a platform that is pretty professional in look and presents numerous projects and artwork on the homepage. You can easily search for your desired work by using the advanced filter options. You can also filter for projects that are most appreciated, followed, liked or the projects that are the latest. Although its look reminds of the Pinterest social platform but it is more targeted for talent hunt.
To get started, you are required to sign up for a Behance account using your Facebook, Linkedin or Gmail accounts. As soon as you sign up, you are allowed to upload your first project and enjoy all other features. If you are looking for some freelancers then you can post a job offer instantly by clicking on ‘Post Job’ in the navigation bar.
Carbonmade is one of the most popular platforms for online portfolios. It is good for designers, artists, stylists, architects, photographers and whoever wants to show off his/her photos, images or artistic work.
Creating a portfolio with carbonmade is easy. There are two packages available ‘Meh’ and ‘Whoo’. ‘Meh’ is the free package which allows to upload 35 images. This package is suitable for starters only who are looking for a way to enter the professional world. After that you can upgrade to the Whoo package for $12/month for including your videos, flash projects and up to 500 images. Talent Pool is a new feature added to the website that helps client search for the freelancers.
DeviantArt is the largest online community for artists and developers to show off their creative work. DeviantArt is especially great for designers as they can upload unlimited images even in the free account. You can create categories to group your work into different collections. Unfortunately, DeviantArt does not support video and audio files. If your work includes video and audio then you better have to go somewhere else.
Coroflot is an easy to use tool that connects creative opportunities worldwide. Coroflot does not only showcase the work of individuals but also highlights the latest job opportunities at the home page. Sign up to coroflot and create online portfolio then go to the job board to start your job hunt. Complete your profile, upload your resume and subscribe to job alerts.
Flickr is popular known for photo sharing but it includes everything a designer need to showcase his/her work. You can have full control over your image privacy settings so that your work is not stolen by the viewers. The good side of Flickr is that it also supports video in addition to images. Flick includes more productive features like blog, groups, places etc. in order to expand your portfolio.
Do you prefer to have your own WordPress based portfolio or have your portfolio built with these free creative services? Which service do you prefer?