I think I can now safely say that my digital portfolio (part one of two) is coming together pretty well! This part is my website and I have pushed past the bare-bones of the Wix template to create something that isn’t bells and whistles but actually does what I need it to do and is starting to feel like ‘me’.
First thing’s first. I took the plunge! I paid out my domain money to get hnnhphllps.com because last week I decided to order my own business cards and I didn’t want a load of random usernames and handles on that card. I needed in essence to be a brand and so I used hnnhphllps as my Instagram and new Outlook.com email address. It keeps everything simple and it prevents potential clients who have the business card (and other people that are on my Instagram etc) from getting confused when navigating themselves.
So, the actual digital website. It uses a simple grid in order to keep it easy to use and the navigation bar across the top is another element that does this. I decided that telling people about me, allowing them to contact me and then guiding my audience towards work I sell on top of my actual portfolio was just an important. At the end of the day, if people can see the physical work but have no context to me, I don’t think that’s particularly useful to me.
One of the things this theme offers is the chance to click the image for an enlarged view and then a description and a title for the piece. I like this option, I do, but, I will try and work out how I can have one image for a project and click that for more photos rather than have a row of photos like I’m using at the moment.
A way in which I aim to keep this portfolio consistent with my social media and physical portfolio is both the simplicity, monochrome but with maybe one added colour is important to me. Another thing is the type that I choose. As you can see from my screenshots, I used a script-like type for the headers (I really need to note down what it was called!) and this was then taken across the website and even my business cards. It’s a small element but the consistency is important.