Best 3 premium — portfolio tools
Free services are great, especially when it comes to portfolios. Whether you want a simple solution or a site that is highly customisable; there are tools out there for you. Though, premium tools offer the flair and functionality of a build your own site like Tumblr, with the simplicity and ease provided by Behance, as well as many additional tools and tricks.
All of these premium sites offer free or trial versions, which are great to play around with until you decide which suits your needs.
Price: $20 per year
Flavors.me offers unrivalled social integration, just by clicking a few buttons you can push or pull your work between Facebook, Flickr, Bandcamp or a ton of other social and content sites. What it lacks in direct business links and job listings it fully makes up for, by making your work visible pretty much everywhere. In addition to social links, there is a built in mobile site editor (which requires no coding), as well as thousands of options for style, layout, fonts, and everything in-between. Flavour.me also features built in analytics, meaning that you can keep track of when and how your work is viewed, so you can create more of what people like, or pursue a more cult following.
Price: $9.99 per month
In many ways Krop is a highly stylised LinkedIn for creatives. A place to show off your work, but also find jobs; with its excellent resume features and a completely searchable database. Krop is entirely template based, though there are so many that you’ll rarely come across a similar portfolio, and it takes all the work out of laying-out. The integration of Pluck’t, a tool which showcases the best pieces on the site, is a great way to find a new audience without any additional work.
It is important to stress the professionalism of Krop; there are no friend, comment or like buttons, just clear presentation of your work, and past experience. Krop is perfect for a refined client, or a way to give your designs that elegant edge.
Price: $12 per month
If anything Carbonmade is the anti-Krop. Sure it’s a great site to show off your work, and they are currently developing a searchable talent pool, but Carbonmade is very much geared towards easy, visual fun. There is very limited customisation, and no real way to connect to other sites other than linking, so what’s the benefit of Carbonmade? There must be a reason for its over 500 thousand users? Carbonmade focusses completely on your work, and it makes everything you publish look stunning. You won’t find crunched videos or low-res images here, everything you post retains its quality,it’ll make your art pop off the page against its crisp white or black backgrounds. Carbonmade is a really stripped down portfolio tool, but that simplicity will really do your work proud.
- Written by: Yiannis Pelekanos