After looking at e-Portfolios from college students across the country, I knew where I wanted to take mine. White backgrounds with simple, elegant text and a picture at the top (starkly mundane in black and white more often than not) are the default in a lot of e-Portfolios. They look aesthetically clean and eye-pleasing, but after you see this repeatedly, it starts to look like you’ve been sucked into an episodic rendition of 1984.
I don’t want my e-Portfolio to be predictable, but I don’t want it to be overwhelming either, especially for who I intend it to be made for, future employers or admission counselors. I want to have a warm, earth-tone background, inviting a viewer to explore the site further.
This is crucial because my text—the writing itself, I mean—will not mirror this feeling. I want it to be formal and professional. The marriage between the design and writing will hopefully make me stand out while preserving my professionalism and employability.
With writing in mind, I want my pieces to be a subsection of the website. I do not want links or PDFs as the modes of access. At the top of the website, there will be a horizontal bar with broad categories that have a dropdown bar for my specific pieces or employment materials. In the “Writings” section, I want a carousel of images (an image loop) that displays the different themes or concepts of my writings in a visually artistic way.
I also want to incorporate various forms of technology, like YouTube videos, widgets, and a survey/feedback section. The last incorporation I think would make my e-Portfolio stand out to such an extent for two reasons. One, people like to give their input—it’s human nature—and their input can actually be helpful in the evolution of my e-Portfolio. Two, it shows that even though the e-Portfolio is about me, I am still cognizant of my place in our world. I embrace collaboration and feedback, and I hope a survey/feedback section would give subtle hints to these beliefs.
Putting it all together, I want my e-Portfolio to be intriguing and multi-dimensional. The writing is a part of it for sure, but it is not the only part. Presentation and a well-rounded use of technology matter, which is why I want to use a well-known site builder like Weebly or WordPress for my project. It shows that I am a serious writer, but I am also thinking about the full experience I am giving to a reader.