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Ezequiel Barranco

Portfolio of the day

March 27, 2017

 

Who are you?

I'm Ezequiel Barranco and I am a designer. I live in Seville, an especially nice but very traditional city where I find it hard to find jobs. I love music. Now I have a promoter of punk, postpunk concerts ... which is called Mango Tonight, and I have worked many years as a DJ in a rock room in my city, and most of the things I do are related to music. I really like Classical semiotics in the history of art and symbology. Now I'm making a dictionary of semiotics in the history of art to apply in my designs inspired by others that already exist (I recommend Cirlot Symbols Dictionary).

 

What is your next creative project?

I am currently doing the images of a fanzine on the night (I want to seriously start thinking about doing my own work), the billboard of a Psychedelia festival in Zaragoza, northern Spain. (Zaragoza Psych Fest) and a series of posters for concerts by Jägermeister Music in Seville.

 

What do you like about Portfoliobox?

I like many things. I like that you personally write to me and do not talk like machines and the truth is that I do not know what to say against. Everything is getting better :) It's great.

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10 Qualities of a Successful Online Portfolio

Tips & Tricks

March 27, 2017

Even if you very actively promote your work on social media, your online portfolio is still the mothership: the primary showcase of your talents, into which all other promotional streams will flow. But putting together a successful portfolio website can often seem like a daunting task. Where to begin?

 

Actually it's pretty simple, and the best portfolio sites all tend to share the same qualities. Follow our ten-point guide to creating an effective online portfolio and you'll soon be up and running.

 

 

 

1. Discretion Over Bling

A portfolio has one primary purpose: to show off your work in the best possible light. Therefore a good portfolio is invariably also a simple portfolio.

 

If all your portfolio demonstrates is that you spent a lot of money on a flashy design, then it's not doing its job. Never lose sight of the fact that a portfolio is there to present your work in a flattering manner, not steal the show.

 

 

2. Content Dictates Form

Choose a gallery template that is appropriate to the kind of work you want to show. This may seem obvious, but it's surprising the number of people who decide upon a gallery style without giving much thought to the most appropriate way to showcase their work.

 

For example, there's little point using a template that shows only one image at a time if your work makes most sense when viewed as a series. At the very least, you should opt for a template that allows thumbnail view.

 

Or perhaps your work needs extensive explanatory text or captions? In which case make sure to use the gallery and image description fields.

 

 

3. Spell It Out

It makes no sense to show off your talents to the world if visitors can't easily work out who was responsible for these masterpieces, or how to contact you. This means making all important information such as biographical info or geographical location quickly and easily accessible. For example, consider adding a footer to your website that prominently displays your contact information at the bottom of every page.
 

 

4. Foolproof It

Similarly, people don't have time to waste trying to figure out where the Back button is or how to view your work. Make your portfolio so it’s simple to use and logically structured. Endless menu subheadings or complex and frustrating navigation will quickly deter even the most patient of visitors. Don't give people an excuse to navigate away from your site.

 

 

5. Keep It Lean And Mean

Waiting for pixels to load row-by-row is the digital equivalent of watching paint dry. Sure, you'll want to upload images of a sufficiently high resolution for viewers to really appreciate the quality of your work, but there comes a point when any further increase in file-size will just translate into a decrease in the number of views - as impatient visitors click off elsewhere in frustration at your slow-loading pages. Upload photos that are no larger than 1920px on your Portfoliobox site.

 

 

6. First Impressions Count

Although it's tempting to believe that every visitor to your portfolio page already knows exactly who you are and what you do, the cruel reality is that this is probably the first they've ever heard of you and they could in fact care less.

 

You have literally a couple of seconds to hook new visitors before they go sauntering back off to where they came from. Keep your bounce-rate low and increase converts by making sure that the first thing anyone sees on your site is your absolute best and most representative work.

 

Or perhaps not your best, but the most attention grabbing and easily appreciated. You may have recently completed some exceptionally deep and complex work that you're just dying to share with the world, but if its subtle nuances can only be fully understood after reading a 3,000 word jargon-filled essay, it doesn't have any business being on your landing page.

 

 

7. Tell Your Story

So you've grabbed the visitor's attention and kept them hanging around. But are they getting the full picture? Does your portfolio create an accurate image of who you are and what you do? Are perhaps some important elements still missing?

 

Ask friends and colleagues who know your work well if they think your portfolio offers a comprehensive overview of your talents and skills. If not, change it.

 

 

8. Take No Prisoners

Everyone produces the occasional dud from time to time, even acknowledged masters. The difference between pros and wannabes? Knowing what not to show.

 

Whether your output is photography, architecture, graphic design, or any other creative endeavor, editing is an important part of your job description. Nowhere is this more essential than with your online portfolio: it's always better to show just a few absolutely killer pieces that leave people wanting more, than to make up the numbers with mediocre filler that drags the rest down.

 

 

9. Show Where You're Going, Not Where You've Been

Our creative interests and style of working develop over time. Perhaps you've made your name doing a certain kind of work but want to move away from that now? Yet clients keep coming back for more of the same, and it's hard to say no.

 

Consider removing this type of work from your portfolio, showing only the kind of projects you'd like to be commissioned to do. Don't have any projects like this yet? Time to make some!

 

 

10. The Only Constant Is Change

Your online portfolio is your store-front window display. Convincing potential clients of your skills and professionalism. It needs to be maintained: sun-faded posters and dead flies will not make a good impression on window-shoppers.

 

Sustain interest by regularly updating with new work. If viewers repeatedly return to your portfolio only to find tumbleweed blowing through it, they'll soon forget you in favor of more obviously active creatives.

 

 

Conclusion

Putting together a stylish and persuasive online portfolio needn't be a struggle. Consider these ten key points and you'll soon have a great looking portfolio ready to showcase your work to a new audience. And it makes no sense to put off the task, thinking it needs to be perfect right from the start: by its very nature a portfolio is always a work in progress. Get it online and you can tweak as you go.

 

 

Elena Zaucke

Portfolio of the day

March 24, 2017

© Elena Zaucke

 

Who are you?

I am a portrait photographer- from Hamburg, Germany. I am aaalmost 30 years old and enjoy shooting portrait on location and studio – though outside shootings are by far my favorite ones ;-) 

I mostly shoot actors and the only reason I am in photography really is because I like good conversations and meeting new people. Any good shoot also comes with a wonderful conversation – especially with actors. With my photographs I like to show the connection I had during the conversation with that person. I usually work without assistance so the connection between the "subject" and me even grows bigger and more intimate.

 

What is your next creative project?

No certain creative project, I feel like my job is a life-time creative project. 

 

What do you like about Portfoliobox?

Portfoliobox gives me the chance to just NOT care about all the complicating stuff that comes with websites/portfolios etc. It's easy and quick and JUST exactly what I need. 

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Meike Kenn & Adam Naparty

Portfolio of the day

March 22, 2017

 

Who are you?

Meike photographs for agencies, magazines, fashion shoots and portraits. Whether in the studio or on location she searches constantly for unique light, and embraces the staging process and production. While traveling she documents her surroundings with visceral, intimate images that give narrative to space. Her love of collaborative work, intuition and positive vibe always create motion and possibilities on set.

Adam photographs and films landscapes, people, interior space, architectural design, and objects such as the FIFA World Cup Trophy. Through his aerial photography he finds unrestrained perspectives, and on the ground he unleashes the inherent motion contained in the still image. He stands ready for the new, and always has his eyes open for inspiring moods and light.

 

What is your next creative project?

• Meike: Meike, Gus und Lester / a self portrait series examining stereotype and gender.

• Adam: Aerial & Timelapse Documentation, Berlin

• Stay tuned www.facebook.com/napartykenn and www.napartykenn.com made with Portfoliobox.

 

What do you like about Portfoliobox?

Simple, quick and easy to use, helping to create a stylish presentation. Lovely support. 

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Francesco Nerone

Portfolio of the day

March 16, 2017

 

Who are you?

I was born in 1987 in Formia (LT). I first studied at Academy of Fine Arts in Frosinone, Italy and then at Istituto Italiano di Fotografia, in Rome. The latter is known as one of the best photography schools in Europe. 

 

As a photographer I'm mainly involved in portraiture and fashion photography. I had a lot of photographs published on Italian and international magazines. I have always been looking for my own personal style, trying to make it extremely emotional and able to blend the psychological underwear of the characters and a modern aesthetics.

 

What is your next creative project?

I'm working simultaneously on fashion projects, portraits and conceptual still life.

 

What do you like about Portfoliobox?

Easy, intuitive and very beautiful graphics and clean.

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Nicasio Torres

Portfolio of the day

March 15, 2017

 

Who are you?

I am a Canary illustrator who lives in Barcelona. My work revolves around the representation of the human figure, as well as its relationship with Fashion. I am interested in plastic experimentation, playing with the abstract elements of Drawing and Painting. So, I can transform what I see and to create a pictorial process where to discover other emotional aspects of the image of us.

 

What is your next creative project?

I am always working on a general project. It can be said in my personal project, in which I can experiment and develope my work. Besides, there are the projects with place and date. About these, I have closed two for this year. The first, it is a collective exhibition about Ocaña, a Spanish artist who was very important in the freedom and rights of the LGBT collective. The other project is an individual exhibition at the end of 2017.

 

What do you like about Portfoliobox?

It allows me to design my own site in a simple and intuitive way.

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Alvin Lim

Portfolio of the day

March 14, 2017

 

Who are you?

I am an architecture student, currently living and studying in London. On the side, I'm involved in the work of theatre production and stage design.

 

What is your next creative project?

I am currently designing my final year building project: a memorial chapel, crematorium and columbarium for deceased pets, where bone ashes are used to craft unique pieces of bone china.

 

What do you like about Portfoliobox?

It is affordable, friendly to use, and has a professional aesthetic.
 

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Jill Duffy

Portfolio of the day

March 13, 2017

 

Who are you?

I am an artist, a creative, a mom - living, working and insprired in NY's Hudson Valley. I'm inspired by interesting roadside or yard sale finds, the story in anything old, primitive and outsider art, wood and being quiet observing nature.

 

What is your next creative project?

Delving into my sketchbook to flesh out some new conceptual work using vintage paper dolls, looking ahead to incorporate them into context for painting.

 

What do you like about Portfoliobox?

I love Portfoliobox for its ease of use and how beautifully it showcases my work.

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