The following is a healthy collection of 21 online portfolio websites and applications. Some are free and some are paid. We have the usual suspects in this collection and also some lesser known portfolio solutions, at least to me anyway. I spent some time trying to discover alternatives to sites like Behance and Deviant Art to provide a wider audience reach for your work.
If you are aware of any other portfolio websites not mentioned below, please do let me know. I would like to keep this as a up-to-date resource for portfolio and image hosting websites.
Reencoded posted an article with some great new free portfolio websites : 10 places where designers can upload and host their work for-free
Increase your reach
I love portfolio sites and I like to have a presence in all the portfolio sites I can lay my hands on. I am a firm believer in getting your work 'really' out there and not just relying on usual options. Clients can be found anywhere, I have had clients approach me after seeing my work in places I had forgot I had a portfolio up.
Keep your external portfolios fed with your best work not necessarily 'all' your work, this can help reduce the time intensive nature of keeping portfolios up-to-date. Given the majority of the online portfolio websites are totally free like CargoCollective, Behance and Coroflot; there really is no reason not to sign up and take advantage of this marketing and promotional opportunity. Even for the services that have the 'free limited plans' and the 'paid premium plans' like Carbonmade; you can make use of the free service and just be selective with the work you upload.
Invest time in really expanding your horizons and help potential clients find your work. I use most of the sites listed below in one way or another, except a couple of the 'paid only' options like DesignTaxi. Where I use the site mentioned, I have provided my own URL and status of the portfolio. Fortunately, paid only solutions are the minority, so there are plenty of free options to take advantage off.
The following list has creative logo design in mind more than any other form of design, although most of the portfolio sites are multi disciplinary. I have categorised them into 3 financial categories : 'Totally Free', 'Free and Premium' and 'Paid Only'.
Totally Free Creative Portfolios
Jobrary is a quick, simple, easy-to-use tool for creating and managing your Résumé & Portfolio.
ImJustCreative on CreativeBinge - Just getting started
ImJustCreative on Coroflot - In Progress
ImJustCreative on Glossom - Just getting started
ImJustCreative is on CrowdSpring but I am re-doing my portfolio
ImJustCreative on Brandstack - In Progress
ImJustCreative on Shadowness - Just getting started
Free & Premium Creative Online Portfolios
ImJustCreative on Viewbook - Just getting started
ImJustCreative on Krop - Up-to-date
ImJustCreative on DeviantArt - Up-to-date
ImJustCreative on Flickr - Up-to-date
Invite Only Creative Portfolio
Paid Creative Portfolios
The following portfolio sites will cost you money to join and upload your logo designs. LogoLounge is worth signing up if you are a serious logo designer, likely you are someone who relies on logo design to pay your mortgage etc. If you join, your logos will automatically be considered for future LogoLounge book volumes. This is a valuable source of marketing and exposure.
ImJustCreative on DripBook - Up-to-date
ImJustCreative on DesignTaxi - Nearly up-to-date
Bonus Portfolio Website
Subscribe to ImJustCreative
Subscribing to both WordPress and Posterous flavours of ImJustCreative avoids undignified and catastrophic disappointment, not to mention, unrecoverable humiliation from your peers.
LogoLounge Book Vol 6
Seems the LogoLounge range of books are the staple diet of any designer interested in logo design. I still carry the small pocket sized volumes around with me when I think I might end up in a coffee shop somewhere, a quick flick through for inspiration whilst sipping a coffee. Having all previous volumes of the LogoLoung series, I am in eager expectation of Vol 6.
Buy the LogoLounge books from Amazon :
Submit Your Own Logos
Although been more than aware of LogoLounge, the books and the website, I had not fully embraced the more functional role that the LogoLounge website provides. Namely providing a neat way to submit and showcase your own logo designs. The added benefit of joining up with LogoLounge and submitting your own logo designs, is that they 'could' end up in one of the LogoLounge books. Which has to be a good thing.
Maintaining portfolio sites like Behance, CargoCollective, Krop, LogoPond, Flickr, Facebook (list goes on...) is all very well, they can work well for general exposure, but investing in membership with LogoLounge offers that next level of publicity. The possibility of getting some of your work included in the LogoLounge books.
Membership costs $100 for one year, and as LogoLounge states:
Your $100 annual membership to LogoLounge pays for unlimited submissions with no additional entry fees or forms. Your membership also entitles you to full privileges and unlimited access to LogoLounge for 12 months. Online payment instructions are provided during registration. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted.
Discounts: All book contributors whose logos are selected for LogoLounge 6 will receive a 50% discount on purchase of the book from Rockport Publishers. Details of this discount offer will be sent to those contributors at the time of publication.
So if you want to stand chance of having some of your work possibly considered for the LogoLounge book, then you need to get your ass in gear.
The deadline for the Vol 6 publication ends 15th February. But if you miss that deadline then all is not lost. Any logos submitted after this date will be considered for Vol 7.
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25 Years Experience in: Logo & Brand Identity Design, Graphic Design, Advertising, Marketing, and Commercial Print.