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Online Portfolios – Resources & Examples

September 19th, 2009
 
Online Portfolios – Resources & Examples

I’m currently working on a redesign of my portfolio, so I’ve been doing a bit of research into current trends, techniques and basically looking for some great inspiration. The following is a collection of great resources and some stunning examples from both studios and individuals. While I believe the star of the show should be the work itself, the portfolio needs to tie it all together and take the user on a journey.

To be honest I’m a little daunted as the benchmark is pretty high. The old version of my portfolio is here. Hopefully it’s not long before the new one is ready.

Resources
12 Tips for Creating a Great Portfolio Site
Portfolio Design Study – Another great deconstruction by Smashing Magazine.
10 Cool Photo Portfolio and Gallery WordPress Themes
60+ Helpful Resources for Portfolio Design
Design a Textured Portfolio Site Layout Using Photoshop
Five Popular Design Portfolio Website Styles
Top 10 Portfolio Faux Pas
How to Design a One-Page Portfolio in Photoshop
Stacey, Simplified portfolios

Examples
6 Absolutely Stunning Design Portfolios
50 Beautiful and Creative Portfolios
50 Fresh Portfolio Websites for Your Inspiration
Elliot Jay Stocks – I’ve always been a fan of Elliot’s work. His new website is awesome.
Purple Rock Scissors
Five Popular Design Portfolio Website Styles
Marius Roosendaal – I love the way the theme changes depending upon the time of day.
STUDIO7DESIGNS
Travis Isaacs | My Life In Pixels
45royale Inc.

UPDATE: Elliot Jay Stocks also has a 2 part screencast on how to design a portfolio site.
UPDATE: Smashing Magazine’s  Showcase of Case Studies in Design Portfolios
UPDATE: Ready-made portfolios Hosted Portfolio Roundup on Heavy Backpack

Give your WordPress blog some touchy-feely love

September 16th, 2009
 
Give your WordPress blog some touchy-feely love

I’ll admit it, I’ve become a real WordPress convert. I particularly love the ease with which you can install plugins, not to mention the great value some of them offer. My latest find is WPtouch which basically repackages your WordPress blog for optimised viewing on iPhone, iPod & Android.

From the smart boffins who put it together – “More than just a plugin, WPtouch is an entire theme package for your WordPress website. Modeled after Apple’s app store design specs, WPtouch makes your WordPress website load lightning fast on touch mobile devices, show your content beautifully, all while not interfering with your regular theme.”

I particularly like the way it still allows your visitors to switch between optimised and large screen formats.

Installation may be a snap but customising it will see the time fly out the window. A lot of plugins offer a some level of customisation, however WPtouch has a full-featured and beautifully laid out set of options that allow you to tweak every last detail. I haven’t started with the options yet but I’m sure I won’t stop until I’m satisfied.

UPDATE: Apparently Stephen Fry loves WPtouch so much he had had it “inserted“.

Blogging tips, tricks and tardiness

September 9th, 2009
 

About a week ago it seemed as though the Interweb was going into meltdown. I think I first noticed something was amiss when my iPhone denied my my morning serve of email, tweets and analytics on the way to work. The disconnectedness continued at work when it became apparent that a major Telstra connection was down. This was soon followed by Gmail going offline and Twitter went into another tailspin (probably due to everyone tweeting complaints about Gmail being down). Finally there were the reported attacks on WordPress blogs. Luckily my blog is akin to a Mac – it’s small and insignificant so who would want to waste their time with malicious intentions?

While the folio and resume are for public consumption, the blog is really for myself anyway. If someone else finds it useful or interesting then it’s just a bonus. But really it’s just a scrap book of random thoughts and links about design that I want to save for later. It wasn’t always like that though. Back when I started my blog in 2004 there were only a handful of design blogs. I on the other hand was too busy writing about my travels around Europe. Then there was a long period of neglect before I imported my old Blogger database into WordPress. At first I was sceptical of the cookie cutter approach to applying pre-made themes, but now I am continually surprised by the ease with which you can make endless changes and additions. There really is no excuse for tardiness anymore.

It’s still early days in this new format and I’m still finding my feet, or more to the point my voice. Anyway, below is a collection of articles that will hopefully help me to get where I’m going. Where ever that may be.

100 Ways To Improve Your Blog
16 Excellent WordPress Security Plugins To Secure Your Blog
Must See SEO Guide for All WordPress Bloggers
Key Elements to Blog Visibility
The Anatomy of a Blog
Top 7 Crimes Best Bloggers Commit!
9 Things to Do To Make Sure Your Next Blog Post is Read by More than Your Mom
Writing Blog Post Titles That Grab Attention
Designers Discuss the Benefits of Running a Blog
The Benefits of Running a Blog as a Freelancer (Tips Included)

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June 14th, 2009
 

Now that Mattsarah.net and WordPress are playing nicely I will be making some changes to the website in the coming weeks. In the interim my Resume and Portfolio are still available.

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Mattsarah.net vs WordPress – Round 2

June 14th, 2009
 

I’m not sure what happened during the first WordPress install but something went wrong and Mattsarah.net was looking decidedly empty. So I’ve swept out the server and started over. This time I’ve brought across all of the old Blog postings from Blogger. Once again I can read all about my European holiday in 2005. Actually that was a bad idea – I’m getting kinda depressed. I wonder how much leave I have owing at the moment??

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I no longer keep a blog, at least not in the traditional sense of the word. Instead this is a scrapbook of interesting or useful design articles and artefacts.

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