Since writing my post, “What Art Directors REALLY Think About Your Online Portfolio,” I have come across another great online website builder for portfolios called Squarespace. I don’t see many children’s book creators using this service yet so I’ve pulled some examples from other illustrators.
Squarespace comes with several clean, beautiful templates that look instantly classy out of the gate. I am working with a client right now on a site using the service and it’s great. I had a few minor issues in the beginning but, after about an hour on the learning curve and one support email that was promptly answered, I got the hang of it. (They’ve got a few videos to get you started too. Here’s a video that shows how the style editor works.)
I love the fact that you can actually move things around with your mouse as if you were using Adobe Illustrator or InDesign. You can also customize fonts, colors, sizes, and layout without knowing any programming. As with other website builders I’ve used, like Virb and Cargo, I find myself googling around for answers to specific questions as I need them, but that’s a given with any of these sites.
Behance offers another opportunity to showcase your work and become part of a larger community of visual artists. You can follow people and they can follow you, comment on, and “Appreciate” your work. (Check out Mattias Adolfsson’s work on here. Pretty sweet.)
Do you have experience with a portfolio website builder you like? Please share!