Thursday, February 10, 2011
Updating my Portfolio Website
I spent a good part of last month with a ginormous* book called "HTML, XHTML, CSS for Dummies." And why was I dragging around a 10 pound computer manual? (Seriously this thing is over 1000 pages.) Because it's a new year and time to update ye ole website. I think the goal of any illustrator's website is to make it was easy as possible for potential clients to browse your work and determine if you are the right person for their project. I don't think I'm quite there yet but I think I'm moving in the right direction. You can see my new, and hopefully improved site at www.jemorris.com. I'm still tinkering with the layout, but here are the things on my wish list that I've accomplished so far...
1. Update the pieces in my portfolio - My portfolio was pretty out of date, which is rather pathetic, considering that's my main source of advertising. So I went through and decided what sorts of work I would like to do in the future and tried to showcase those sorts of pieces. One of my resolutions this year is to review my portfolio the first of every month and cull out the weaker pieces. No more letting it go for 6+ months at a time!
2. Make the site more maintainable - By changing most of the formatting over to CSS, I hope to be able to change the look and feel of the site just by tweeking the CSS files. At least that's the plan.
3. Make it more mobile friendly - Another thing that I could do by putting the formatting in CSS files, I was able to create a style sheet for iPhones and another one to display on smaller tablet screens.
4. Add a licensing section - I hope to expand this section soon but at least I have a place holder at the moment.
5. Have a way for folks to access individual images in my portfolio - Actually, I fixed this last time I updated my website. But it's a feature I was felt was important to keep. And something you might want to keep in mind if you are setting up your portfolio. A few versions back, I used frames to create my site and it was hard to bookmark a particular image or email a link to an image to someone.
So if you have time and want to let me know what you think, I'd appreciate any comments.
*BTW, did you know ginormous is a real word? Me neither. It's in the dictionary, who knew?