As a digital designer, a well-organized portfolio showing off your design skills, range, and interests will be a backbone in your search for clients.
The good news is—even if you haven’t landed paid work yet—you’ll have no problem putting a solid portfolio together.
But a top-flight portfolio with design so sleek, clean, and stylized it brings a tear to the eye is useless if no one can see it. You need to get your work in front of as many eyeballs as you possibly can, which means you need to get it online, stat!
But where’s the best place to park your great work?
You can and absolutely should build your own portfolio site, but—even if you do—it’ll still be in a vacuum. Fortunately, there are plenty of places where you can post your work in a community setting so it has a chance to be seen by total strangers (also known as potential clients).
To get you started, we put together a list of four legit launching spots for posting your portfolio online. And keep in mind, this isn’t an either/or proposition—you can post your work on as many forums you see fit, so feel free to mix and match the options listed below, and then keep your eyes out for any other forums you’d like to add to the list.Visit here; Free portfolio website.
Since its inception in 2006, Behance has grown into a design mecca, and today it’s one of the best places to showcase your design portfolio online. When you create a Behance profile you’re then able to start uploading Projects—groupings of images, videos, and other digital content that make up a particular theme or process (web design concepts, branding packages, mobile UX prototypes, etc.).
Each of your Projects will have a unique URL that can be linked anywhere on the internet and lead viewers back to your Behance profile. You can also follow other users on Behance whose Projects and updates will appear in a social media-style Activity Feed—a handy way to stay inspired by designers you admire and make professional contacts.
Behance distributes its users’ content to online galleries like Illustration Served, Branding Served, and Web Design Served, and standout work has a chance to be curated and displayed on Behance’s homepage.
As of writing this article, Behance has logged nearly 71 million Project views in the last 30 days, which means people (including employers) are looking, but Behance allows you to be proactive about landing work, too—their job board gives you a direct pipeline to companies hiring.
Behance profiles are free to create, with an optional service called Prosite that lets you create a portfolio with our own custom URL. Prosite costs $99 for a year of membership, and is free if you’re an Adobe Creative Cloud member.