When I was perusing the pages of past years’ Gateway Eportfolios, I have to say that there were some that were shining stars, and others that – to put it bluntly- just weren’t. Many were adequate, put together, even good. However, a few just sucked your attention in like a black hole (pardon my cosmic metaphors). Noticing this, when reading through the questions on the Eportfolio prompt, the question that seems particularly challenging to me is:
“What are some ways your portfolio can be distinctive, both in terms of how it presents you as a writer and in terms of the media and design you employ?”
This seems like one of the most challenging aspects of ANY creative project. It is relatively easy to fulfill requirements of drawing a portrait, or baking a chocolate cake, or creating a Eportfolio website. But creating something that is compelling, distinctive, and reflects your own creative spirit is a whole different ball of wax.
So obviously this all has my gears moving, just how am I going to make my Eportfolio something distinctive that I can be proud of? I guess I will start with MODELS, MODELS, MODELS. And where better to find models than….Drum roll pleaseeeeeee…. GOOGLE!
And only a few sites down I found some cool links! Mostly portfolios from college students like us from other universities in the United States such as these ones from Auburn University. Most of the ones I liked were simple and very visual. They often highlighted one photo and used very few different fonts or colors. Here are a few of the ones I like:
I think that these ones are clean and also distinctive. I would like mine to be similar, but of my own original design. The enlarged photos inspired me to maybe scan in some photos I have taken and use them within the Eportfolio. Overall, I have a long way to go, but I think looking at models to figure out what I find to be riveting along. I am taking baby mouse steps toward nailing down what kind of writer I want to portray myself as and how to accomplish that with the internet as a medium.