Because it’s the final semester, of the final year, it’s time to create an online portfolio of work that can be shown to potential employers. Before doing this I’ve been looking at some portfolios of people who work or have worked in the industry and actually look at the layout of their websites as well as the content. I started by looking at one of my favourite artists Tor Frick, he’s portfolio (http://www.torfrick.com/) boasts some amazing work and I’ve looked at it many times before. The design is very clean, straight forward and filled with images which makes it very easy to see what work he does.
Another artist that I like the work of is Calen Brait who previously worked on Bioshock Infinite. He’s portfolio (http://cbrait.com/) Is also very clean with everything you need to see on the main paig, letting the portfolio of work do the talking rather then a fancy or over complex website. These are also some other portfolio’s I looked at that I liked:
All have very similar designs, the backgrounds are plain with the images of work taking center stage. Name is placed at the top of the screen with what they do underneath (environment artist, level designer etc). Then underneath that are a few links to contact details, resume (CV), blog, about me, older work or some variation of that list but contact details and resume (CV) are ever present. The home page always contains all portfolio work and images are often linked to more images of the project or piece of work, sometimes containing texture breakdowns, wireframe renders etc.
On Polycount there are always people posting their portfolio’s to get feedback. Some things I’ve taken from there are:
- Work in progress shouldn’t be included only best finished pieces.
- Variety of presentation can be good.
- Websites with the website builder company name in don’t look as professional compared to a unique domain name.
I think the main thing to keep in mind for a portfolio website is that it needs to be clean, have minimal website design to let work stand out and be easy for anyone visiting your site to see your best work straight away and not have to waste time searching.