15+ Community Based Portfolio Websites to Showcase Your Work

15+ Community Based Portfolio Websites to Showcase Your Work

Being involved in creative industries like graphic or web design requires talent and good marketing, especially if you are a freelancer. With the common internet connection and social media these days, sharing anything online is just as easy as snapping your fingers. By virtue of these advantages, having an online portfolio is now obligatory.

15+ Community Based Portfolio Websites to Showcase Your Work

Most of us prefer to create a website to showcase our work using a custom domain, hosting, website theme, etc. But some others prefer to sign up for a community based portfolio website. Well, the benefit of using a community based portfolio is that you can receive feedback directly on your work, get connected with other designers, no need for you to take care of the domain, hosting and other self-hosted methods.

Other than that, the chance of getting more exposure to get more clients is greater by using these online portfolio services. And the best thing, most of them are free.

The DO’s and DON’T’s

The DO’s

  • Say Hello – Give an introduction of who you are and what services you can provide your future clients. However, make this short and clear. Long introductions will drive your visitors away from your page and they won’t even bother to check out your gallery.
  • Put Contact Details – Always put your contact details on any online portfolio you have registered with, such as email, Facebook page, or twitter. You never know when a future client could find you on the internet and they might find you as the right designer for them and need to contact you right away.

The DON’T’s

  • Clutter is a Big No – Don’t mix your personal photos with your projects. If you love taking photographs as a hobby or as a personal project, you might want to separate it from your professional web design portfolio. Having everything mixed together in one place will give an unprofessional impression to your future clients and it will only clutter your gallery.
  • Don’t Leave Blank Details – Whenever you’re posting new designs on your online portfolio, make sure to leave some details on what the project was it about, or some comments you have on it. This will help you to build an interaction with other designers through design feedback.

15+  Online Portfolio Websites

Behance
Behance

DeviantArt
Deviant Art

Carbonmade
Carbon Made

Design Related
Design Related

ShownD
Shownd

Krop
Krop

Bleidu
Bleidu

FigDig
Figdig

Virb
Virb

Coroflot
Coroflot

FlickR
Flickr

BigBlackBag
Big Black Bag

CpLuv
Cpluv

Creative Binge
Binge

Style Posrtfolios
Styleportfolios

Design Taxi
Design Taxi

Conclusion

So which one should you register or sign up with? This is your choice to decide. Basically all the portfolio websites in the list above offer pretty much the same services. Though, you can always try whichever you think will fit your need in showcasing your artwork to your future clients.

Where do you showcase your artwork online, and tell us the reason why? We would love to hear your feedback in the comments below.

Ari Suardiyanti also known as Chykalophia, is a professional freelance designer in graphic and web design with 3 years of experience. Founder and Editor of Frespiration!, she recently won The Annual Design Awards 2010 for best product packaging design. Other than design, she loves playing with her mac, being photographed, watching movies and listening to alternative rock.

Comments

    • motorious,
    • October 13, 2010
    / Reply

    you should have mentioned http://www.arcademi.com in here!

    1. / Reply

      That’s cool. I will add it to the collection later. Thanks Motorious :)

  1. / Reply

    Brilliant resource, are they dofollow?

  2. / Reply

    Did you know dribble.com? Also a nice one.

    1. / Reply

      Hi Michael,
      Yes, I do know Dribbble.com Though sadly it’s very hard to get their invitation to join the website, so I don’t think it’s suitable to be included here.

      Thanks for the suggestion though ;)

    • Nick,
    • October 14, 2010
    / Reply

    Great information. I personally use Krop and Jobrary.

    • kids,
    • October 14, 2010
    / Reply

    Very nice information to have especially for aspiring designers who need all the help they can get with exposure

  3. / Reply

    Great list of site :)

  4. / Reply

    Very nice post.. Thanks for providing the resources. Good work.

  5. / Reply

    Wow! Thanks for listing Bleidu.com.

    There has been some recent technical issue, but they have been corrected. Please stay tuned for new site updates and features to enhance your website Portfolio.

    If you have any suggestions, please be sure to use the contact form on the Bleidu.com website. Thanks and enjoy!!

      • Jayme,
      • January 16, 2011
      / Reply

      Actually, I’m currently trying to delete my site on Bleidu.com and I can’t find a link to do so anywhere on the site. I also can not get the contact box to work.

      1. / Reply

        The contact box is definitely working. Please send your username and email through the contact button.

        The new administration interface is getting ready to be released within the next few weeks. You will be able to have more control over your gallery content, add videos and build a beautiful resume…stay tuned.

        Thank you,

        Will Jones

  6. / Reply

    Nice list Ari. Readers might also be interested in PortfolioWebsites.com.

  7. / Reply

    Brilliant collection! It’s definitely important to build a portfolio site to put all your works together.

    I am using opresume.com provides a free career website you can post your resume and portfolio online.

    • LEO,
    • July 15, 2011
    / Reply

    Can i also suggest logottica.com, a logo designer community….

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