To meet the need for design portfolios, dozens of portfolio-creating tools have sprung up, and we here present our favourites on the market right now; some paid-for, some free.
Of course, there are plenty more portfolio tools out there. So if there’s one you have particular love for, and feel we should add it to the list, please tell us about in the contents below!
With more than a million creatives hosting their work on Behance, and traffic in the order of 60million+ page views per month, it must be doing something right. Launched in 2006, the online service was bought in 2012 by Adobe, and has since been incorporated into the Creative Cloud, making it easier for users of Photoshop, Illustrator, etc to share their works-in-progress as well as finished designs.
2. Adobe Portfolio
While Behance allows you to host your portfolio within the confines of its own ‘walled garden’, Adobe Portfolio (previously known as Behance Pro Site) lets you build your own independent portfolio website, using a number of templates and simple tools.
Subscription and as you’d expect, everything is synchronised with your Behance account, so you can bring in any portfolio work you’ve hosted there without having to upload it again. Other cool features include personalised URLs, password protection and use of Typekit fonts.
If you want to improve your portfolio of work, rather than just present it, Morpholio might be for you. Launched in 2011, this free iOS app enables you to easily get your designs critiqued by other creatives.
You can discuss work, ideas or projects in either a public or private forum; sketch over any image to make comments or share ideas; and view comments and sketches by others invited to critique.
Of course, if you’d rather people kept their opinions to themselves, you can also just use Morpholio as a way of showing your portfolio: after all, it is free.
Fabrik promises to help you create a customised portfolio website in a matter of minutes. It offers a drag and drop interface, a range of responsive templates and integration with Vimeo, YouTube, Soundcloud and Slate.
Fundamentally, Fabrik claims to offer a more professional solution than rivals, with intelligently designed themes that understand and adapt to project content. You can freely switch themes at any time without impacting your projects, and themes include multiple layouts, designed to complement different content and media formats.
5. Square Space
Squarespace isn’t specifically a portfolio tool; it’s actually a general website building service. But it’s so keen to target creatives who want to create an online portfolio, and so many creatives have heeded that call, that we felt compelled to include it in this list.
Squarespace does pretty much what other website builders do: offer an easy-to-use, off-the-peg way to create a portfolio quickly. But it does it better than most, with beautiful themes that present your work in an elegant, professional looking way, and simple but effective functionality that means any client or employer will find what they need quickly and easy.
The service offers a 14-day free trial (no credit card required) and pricing begins at $12.99 a month billed annually.