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8 books every creative should read

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July 26, 2017


Are the dog days of summer getting you down?  Do you feel like you’re in a slump lately when it comes to producing high quality materials? Is it time for an inspiration intervention? If this is you, then look no further than our article below where we describe eight art books every creative should have on their summer reading list.

 

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Why Isn't Your Site in Google?

Tips & Tricks

July 21, 2017

 

You just created your Portfoliobox website and cannot find it in Google?
Don't panic, it's completely normal!

 

 

Even if your website is online, it does not mean that Google has indexed it already. It can take time for Google bots to crawl millions of sites each day and index your newly built portfolio.

 

The first step is to verify if your website is indexed by Google. Open your web browser and type in the address bar: "site:URL-of-your-site" (ex: site:www.portfoliobox.net). If at least one result shows up, it means Google has added your site to its index. Congratulations! If not, you can accelerate the process by submitting your URL to Google or verifying the ownership of your site with Google Search Console.

 

However, your site being indexed does not mean it will rank first in search results. You first need to work on the optimisation of your website. There are three aspects to take into consideration:

 

1.  On-site optimisation: improving your Portfoliobox site.

2. Off-site optimisation: improving what is happening beyond your site.

3. Google Search Console: a tool that helps you with the presence of your site in search results.

 

After you have followed the suggestions to improve your SEO, it is up to Google when they will index your site and show it in the search results. Note that Search Engine Optimisation is a long-term project that can never be considered finished. It's important to stay up-to-date with Google latest updates and to always work on your content, meta descriptions and keywords with SEO in mind.

A Graphic Designer's Guide to Shooting Portfolio Photographs

Tips & Tricks

July 10, 2017

As a graphic designer today, you probably work solely using digital tools, and only ever present your portfolio to prospective clients on a screen. But unless you specialize entirely in web-based projects, it's likely that most of the briefs you work on are ultimately destined to be realized in physical printed form. 

 

But do the photos you take for your portfolio really show your print projects off at their very best? Read our guide to taking pictures of printed design work and you'll have your portfolio looking top notch in no time.

How to Take Photographs for a Design Portfolio

For anyone working in print design, tangible qualities such as paper stock, printing techniques, textures and finishes all form an integral part of what makes your work stand out from the competition. In this case, clearly a few screen shots from Photoshop or InDesign are never going to effectively communicate the quality of your creative output to potential clients. 

What do you want to say?

As with the design itself, you'll need to choose an appropriate creative direction for your photographs before starting work. What do you want your portfolio to communicate about you as a designer? Are you a clinical minimalist? Or a neo-classicist? A retro-futurist? Or a folksy whimsicalist? Do you want to show your work in situ, as it's intended to be seen and interacted with by users? Or would you prefer to keep things totally pared back so viewers can concentrate 100% on the work? 

How you answer these questions will dictate many of the choices you'll make from here on in. 

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The 3 most popular templates

Tips & Tricks

July 07, 2017

Thumbnails, horizontal, vertical or slideshow... you can scroll through a lot of options to find the perfect gallery template. If you don't know where to start, why not use one of Portfoliobox users' favourite templates? The gallery templates below have been well-tested by Portfoliobox users and are a safe bet.

 

Take a look!

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