For creatives, the online world is becoming a vital facet of career development. While personal portfolio sites are important, so are those sites that help us share and display our work within collaborative communities; providing networking and career opportunities of all kinds. Indeed the power of the internet is being increasingly realised for it’s potential to create original work in sites like HitRecord from Joseph Gordon Levitt and the online skype structure of Universal Everything in their early days.
So what features are sites currently using to neaten up our portfolio networks? First up the recently launched D&AD Talent site is a great example of simple portfolio design, integrated nicely into their website. Destined to become a hub for New Blood clientele I would recommend you watch this space.
For networking with others, IdeasTap is growing fast for it’s comprehensive approach to community forming. When you have several portfolios online it is easy to forget about ones you have signed up to, but not so with IdeasTap. Once signed up they keep people involved and contributing with the use of their practical IdeasMag articles and competition briefs. The strength of the IdeasTap model is in the diversity of creative disciplines represented and genuinely engaged in the life of the website.
On the other side of things, portfolio websites like Indexhibit (with a new version on the way soon) and Cargo Collective are tackling the job of supporting individual portfolio websites. By creating communities that support the design of simple, but beautiful interfaces they alleviate the coding difficulties that hold back some creatives from venturing into online territory, providing forum support for coding newbies.
There are good number of sites out there, all offering different ways to exhibit your work and talk to the creative community. We’d like to hear from you. What sites would you recommend for collaborative portfolio goodness and which sites are doing that little bit more to get you and your work noticed? Answers on an e-card please.