I have to admit that I’ve already looked through most of these portfolios. Curiosity got the best of me, and I wanted to have as much inspiration as possible before I began to create my own.
The ones that attracted me the most had clean lines, were easy to navigate, and had cool fonts. I have a thing for cool fonts.
Right away, they made it clear what the purpose of the site was, and they included an “about me,” which I found to be a helpful addition to their portfolio as a whole.
I think it’s important to explain who you are and what you’re about before people read your work.
Additionally, Caroline had a menu bar that was easy to read and easy to navigate. Even if I weren’t in the Minor, I would be able to understand what kind of writing is on each page, and what kind of project was being completed.
I think that the success of these portfolios had to do mostly with their professional nature; they look like real websites. For me, I am going to keep this in mind as I choose fonts, themes, and pictures, and I think I’ll want to stay away from making my site bloggish. I want mine to be a little more serious, and while it can still be personal, I want it to be professional.