To order my portfolio I had to design a layout and presentation that made logical sense to best showcase my work.
My portfolio (https://alienmomhelen.wixsite.com/helenshowreel) has been designed to showcase my video and photographic work as I am progressing to university to study Digital Film. I drew inspiration from professionals already working in the industry by studying their own websites and portfolios, so it made sense to order my own portfolio in a similar structure.
My landing page is the most important part of my portfolio, I’ve featured my most recent film work available to play immediately when someone visits my portfolio. I made this choice to encourage engagement with my work. I believe the video I created on my Image and Sound unit is also my strongest and most relevant piece of work to my future studies and ambitions, therefore wanted it to be highlighted first.
I constructed a logical menu system, that is clear informative and responsive to use. It makes navigating my work easy and quickly, important when tutors or potential employers browse my portfolio.
Every page serves a vital function, the film & photography pages show my work in depth, including many examples of the work I have created both on and off the course. The contact, about and previous work pages contain simple, clear information relating to my intention and contact information.
To present my work on. my portfolio I have used galleries to display both images and videos. It is an effective way for someone to browse my images and videos, in a way that also looks visually engaging.
Accompanying the gallery feature to present my digital work, I have included text to contextualise my work and state my intentions. Additionally a pop-up window appears when an image or video is clicked to provide further information or captions about the work.
I believe this is the most effective and logical way to structure my portfolio to best represent my creative abilities. As well as looking visually dynamic, it also had to be responsive, work on a multitude of web platforms and devices.
Additionally when using WordPress as a supporting blog/ digital sketchbook to my portfolio I similarly implemented a menu system, and organised my blog posts and pages layout to create a logical presentation of research and ideas development.
To organise posts in a logical sequence I took full advantage of the menu structure that can be created within WordPress. I achieved this by creating a hierarchy of categories and posts to create a top menu and sub menus appropriate to tasks.
Within the posts I was able to organise information in a logical way, using headings and subheadings to define and separate information. I was able to incorporate a variety of medias and links to support my posts within the context.
Below I was planning a shoot and was able to embed a responsive Google map detailing the shoot locations and details:
I always provide a context to images including quotes, clearing formatting different sections of text to distinguish content.
An extended view of the post shows how I have used the text format tools and made use of paragraphs, headings, subheading and use of images within the layout of a singular post.
I used posts and categories within the customizer tool in WordPress to implement the menu structure in a logical and clear layout.
For the visual aspects, I have used the layout of the blog to prioritise and feature images, to show examples of my work and how I achieved the work, with supporting screenshots of Photoshop etc
This was an important as it allowed me to create a visually strong and engaging portfolio.
Within WordPress, I was able to change the layout of the featured images – with a range of options. I utilised this in different contexts, in the above images I was able to have my images side by side – comparing the two different versions of the same design.
Creating an effectively organised portfolio and blog allows me to present my creative work at it’s best.