The best portfolio websites for designers and visual artists

first_imgAs a freelance designer, illustrator, photographer, or visual artist, you’re used to sharing portfolio items (or carting around samples) when you apply for new gigs. If you usually send links to online clips or attach a PDF to your emails, you should consider switching to an online portfolio.Here’s what an online portfolio does:It shows the full variety of your workIt can provide not only images, but case studies and explanations of your processIt makes your work Google search friendly (and can introduce your work to new clients in search results)It’s the hub of all your social media activityBest of all, it’s low cost.Most of these templates are free if you want to have a subdomain (, for example), but charge a monthly fee to have a unique domain name ( are five great online portfolio platforms for freelance artists:Behance ProSiteProSite offers many features of the above portfolios, but I like that you are automatically included as part of a network of creative professionals across the web. (The problem with having your own website is that all the work of driving traffic to your website is up to you.) They also offer unlimited bandwidth, which would be important if you’re an artist with lots of high resolution images.Price: $11 a month.SquarespaceGreat templates, easy to use, and easy to modify. Optimized mobile display is built-in. Freelancers we’ve talked to have been fairly pleased with the service.Price: $8 a month for the most basic plan. The additional plans provide more storage, content, and advanced features; linking to a custom domain name is also available for members who sign up for a yearly plan.PortfolioBoxPerfect for minimalists who don’t want the template to compete with their work. I like the flat design templates and appreciate that an E-commerce option is automatically included in the basic fee (includes PayPal integration). Very customizable templates.Price: $6.90 a month for the basic plan. Additional cost allows for HTML custom editing and higher bandwidth.4ormatLike PortfolioBox, very minimal templates. I like that they are continually designing new templates that they release to the community every month. Customer reviews seem to indicate that this site is a special favorite of photographers, who appreciate the full-page images.However, if you want to customize the templates, you’ll have to go for a more expensive plan.Price: $6.99 for the basic plan, but with limited bandwidth.CarbonmadeA quirkier and decidedly more playful experience is available on Carbonmade. Seems to be the portfolio site of choice for many illustrators. I’m not the hugest fan of the most common template since it feels a bit unintriguing to me, but people like it!Price: $12 a monthWhat portfolio sites have you used and liked (or disliked)?last_img read more

BJP leaders mourn loss of mentor hail Jaitleys contribution to party

first_imgNew Delhi: BJP leaders on Saturday mourned the demise of Arun Jaitley, remembering him as a dear colleague, mentor and guide and hailing his contribution to the growth of the party and the nation.BJP president and Union Home Minister Amit Shah said Jaitley’s death was a personal loss. Jaitley, 66, passed away at the AIIMS here after prolonged illness and is survived by his wife and children. “I am deeply saddened by the death of Arun Jaitley. Jaitley’s departure is a personal loss for me. I have lost not only a senior leader of the organisation but also an integral member of the family whose support and guidance I have been receiving for years,” Shah tweeted. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’BJP veteran L K Advani fondly remembered Jaitley as a man with a deeply analytical mind who the party depended on for finding solutions to complex issues. “A dedicated party worker for decades, he was someone who was inducted into the BJP core team when I was Party President and he soon rose to become one of the most prominent leaders of the party,” Advani said in a statement. BJP’s working president JP Nadda recalled Jaitley’s fiery speeches in Parliament and said that the senior leader’s smiling face as he dealt with tough situations will always remain with the partymen. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”His beliefs will always be our guide. The demise of Arun Jaitley has created a vacuum in Indian politics which can never be filled. “With responsibilities of both the party and the government, Arunji has always been dedicated to the service of the nation. Be it strengthening the Indian economy or its defence, his role in placing India in the front row in the world is incomparable,” said Nadda. A key strategist of the BJP and the Narendra Modi government during its first term, Jaitley held the finance and defence portfolios, and often acted as the chief troubleshooter of the government. “Jaitleyji will always be remembered for pulling the economy out of the gloom and putting it back on the right track. The BJP will miss Arunji’s presence. I extend my heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family,” said Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. Leaders recalled Jaitley’s sharp mind and quick wit and said that coupled with his “elephantine memory” he was a great asset to the BJP. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said Jaitley’s death is a loss to the entire nation, the government and the party. “I have seen him closely when he started as a student leader of the Vidyarthi Parishad. He was one of the top lawyers in the country who possessed natural argumentative skills,” Gadkari said. He said Jaitley had contributed immensely towards the expansion of the BJP. “I used to take his suggestions on various matters when I was BJP president. He was dedicated to the ideology of the party. His speeches in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha will be remembered by the people.” Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said no words can describe the loss. “A mentor to many of us, a guide and a moral support and strength. Have learnt so much from him. A fine large-hearted person. Always ready to help anyone/everyone. His intelligence, sagacity, astuteness have no match,” she tweeted. Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani said, “A stalwart who paid tribute to his simple beginnings by helping those with meagre means. Orator par excellence, legal luminary @arunjaitley ji served the Nation and sangathan with dedication and zeal. My tributes to him. Condolences to loved ones.” “Shocked at the demise of our guide and friend Arun Jaitley Ji. His wits, elephantine memory, great oratory skills, logical & unbeatable arguments & articulations will always be remembered. It is a great loss for @BJP4India,” said Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar. BJP ally and Union minister Ramvilas Paswan remembered him as one of the tallest leaders and also a fine human being. Jaitley was also a reliable troubleshooter for the BJP, he said, recalling his contribution during the first BJP-led NDA government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Union Minister Hardeep Puri remember his “old friend” and recalled the varied roles Jaitley played as “senior party leader, distinguished lawyer and political stalwart”. Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal descried Jaitley as an “outstanding statesman” and “administrator”. “Even on his death bed, he was giving his opinions on the biggest political matters,” said Shivraj Singh Chouhan, former Chief Minister, Madhya Pradesh. Union Minister Siddharth Nath Singh called Jaitley his “mentor”. “I have so many memories with him. Wherever I am and whatever I am is certainly because of him,” he said.last_img read more