By Yugesh Iwaram
In the age of social media, more designers are turning to hosted portfolio sites to share their work. Likewise, more clients are using portfolio sites to connect with the designer of their dreams. While there’s some debate as to whether personal portfolio sites are going out of fashion, hosted portfolio sites offer the inarguable benefits of increased visibility, rapid networking, and simplicity.Teachers and administrators have been making a move from traditional paper-and-pencil type tests to alternate forms of assessment. Teacher observation, projects, essays, and other more creative ways of evaluating student achievement have gained a larger following within the classroom. Although its use has declined, one type of assessment tool that can be used very effectively is the student portfolio. Portfolios remain quite popular in education coursework and with administrators evaluating senior teachers. Why, then, do so many classroom teachers forego the use of portfolios as assessment tools? One reason might be that the portfolio is a very subjective form of assessment. For anyone uncomfortable without a grading key or answer sheet, subjective evaluation can be a scary task. Secondly, teachers often are unsure themselves of the purpose of a portfolio and its uses in the classroom. Third, there is a question of how the portfolio can be most effectively used to assess student learning.
Behance, which is owned and operated by Adobe, was founded on the premise that designers should devote their time and energy to creating work, not maintaining and promoting it. Behance attracts millions of visitors around the world, helping top designers share their work with a global audience. Designers can sign up with an Adobe ID, and Adobe CC users can post work directly to Behance from the Creative Cloud. Search Behance by creative field (there are hundreds of them), or filter results by a specific country, school, creative tool, or favorite color. Designers can also make use of the Behance job list to search for creative and freelance jobs. Membership – Free
A quick look at the Coroflot home page reveals that this isn’t just a site for graphic and web designers. The design portfolios of Coroflot feature everything from 3D printing prototypes to rock climbing gear and candy wrappers. Originally launched in 1997, Coroflot hosts more than 2 million images and over 150,000 design projects from students and professionals around the world. Where some hosted portfolio sites place an emphasis on graphic design, Coroflot celebrates all facets of the design world. The site also offers an active job board and an up-to-date design salary guide.Coroflot is the longest running career community focused on the design and creative professions online. Our mission is to connect designers with meaningful and creative opportunities at companies around the world. Coroflot offers a free online portfolio hosting solution, and our job board is the largest and most active site specifically targeted at hiring designers and other creative professionals.
Viewbook lets you develop your own portfolio website through a simple design interface. The site seems to cater largely to photographers, though all designers are welcome to showcase their high-quality images. Viewbook is fully responsive and promises that your portfolio will look just as good on a desktop computer as it does on an iPad or phone. The site offers a variety of different ways to display your images, including mini portfolios and projects that can be featured alongside your main site. Viewbook also syncs with Lightroom® and Aperture® for easy image exporting. Membership– 30-day free trial; $19/month or $190/year for a custom domain name, cloud hosting, and dedicated support.
Now you can create a stunning visual website to display your work. With Wix’s easy-to-navigate template features, it’s easier than ever to showcase your designs for prospective clients. Choose from hundreds of fully-customizable free templates online, or upgrade to a paid membership for additional benefits.Wix was founded in 2006 by Israelis Avishai Abrahami, Nadav Abrahami and Giora Kaplan. The company, headquartered in Tel Aviv, with offices in San Francisco, New York City, Dnipropetrovsk, and Vilnius, is backed by investors Insight Venture Partners, Mangrove Capital Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners, and Benchmark Capital. The company entered an open beta phase in 2007 using a platform based on Adobe Flash. By April 2010 Wix had 3.5 million users and raised $10 million in Series C funding provided by Benchmark Capital and existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners and Mangrove Capital Partners. In March 2011, Wix had 8.5 million users and raised $40 million in Series D funding, bring its total funding to that date to $61 million. In April 2014, Wix announced its acquisition of Appixia, an Israeli startup for creating native mobile commerce (mCommerce) apps. In October 2014, Wix announced its acquisition of OpenRest, a developer of online ordering systems for restaurants.
Dribbble is a show-and-tell community for designers. The site began as a small side project, and has evolved into a profitable company that helps designer’s share their work and find jobs. Designers on Dribbble share small screenshots of their projects. In-progress projects are welcome, so visitors can get an inside look at the design process. Dribbble has a more lighthearted, community-oriented feel than some of the other hosted portfolio sites. Because designers are sharing thumbnail images of their work, it’s easy to quickly browse through many design pieces. Dribbble also has a job board, an online store, and active meetup groups across the country. Membership – Dribbble is free for designers, but the ability to upload screenshots or leave comments requires an invitation from an existing community member.
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