- Ensure your images are optimized for the Web. The best image size is 640 x 480 pixels at 72 DPI. You want your images to look great, while not making people wait around for huge files to load. Also, viewers may not have a data plan that supports large file downloads.
- Refer to Why size matters when it comes to digitizing art for details on how to optimize your files.
- Avoid watermarks. They are distracting and won’t stop someone from stealing your art. If you must use something, put the © symbol in the image captions, or put a small signature on your art.
- Ensure your portfolio looks professional. As noted in What makes good Web design?, you have less than a minute to impress someone
- Ensure your online portfolio is easy to navigate.
- Ensure your images are well documented – don’t photograph them against cluttered or poorly lit backgrounds.
- Use services noted in What makes good Web design? if you need help building a portfolio.
- Showcase your best content. Less is more.
- Show only your best work – even if it is only 5 pieces.
- Show work that is consistent in quality and style.
|Image Caption 1: Example of an online portfolio menu. Note the “Connect” (contact) link.|
- Don’t show too much. Limit your portfolio or portfolio section to 20 images.
- Organize images into categories such as “Personal Projects”, “Children’s Illustration in Ink” – if you have more than 20 images.
- Keep your category titles concise and easy-to-understand.
- Present your content in a series of “thumbnails” rather than a long scrolling page of actual-size images. The page will load faster, and people prefer having a larger-view option.
- Ensure your content is well organized. Make it easy for people to understand what they’re looking at.
- Use proper headings and if necessary, sub-headings on all your pages.
- Start with your strongest piece in your portfolio and end with your next strongest piece.
- Ensure your page does not appear cluttered – use “white” (empty) space so it is easy for the viewer to scan for information.
- Ensure menus, contact information and social media links are on all pages and in the same location – make it easy for people to navigate through your portfolio.
- Ensure your portfolio is clean and non-distracting.
- Avoid putting non-relevant info in your portfolio – keep the focus entirely on your illustrations.
|Image Caption 2: Example of an online portfolio. Note the consistency in layout, use of headings and some explanatory text.|
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