Once you make your work, whether you are a painter or a sculptor, the next step is to get your work out there and share it with the world. This presentation will provide an introduction to creating your own portfolio website.
We will start with the thinking behind why you need a site. And the importance of getting your work out there. How you can use it to find jobs or freelance work.
Then we will discuss the best online tools and platforms to build your website on. Which one is better for certain things, and what is different about each of them. We will also discuss how to design your site a bit to make it unique.
And we'll finish up talking about what to do once you have your website. How do you promote yourself and get the word out.
The goal by the end of the course is for you to be able to go home and have everything you need to start making your own portfolio website!
Ethan Bodnar is a designer in Connecticut and a senior at the Hartford Art School who believes in making a positive impact through design. He is the author of Creative Grab Bag, published by HOW Books in 2009. He has been making websites for over 7 years.
Ethan has interned at co:lab, a design studio in Hartford. He was a designer at Be Playful, a co-developer of Prototype, and a founding advisor of Reimagine:Ed, all of which are focused on the future of K-12 learning. His clients have included 826 National, TEDxBloomington, and the Do Lectures. Ethan has been interviewed on Speak Up, featured on GOOD Magazine’s website and Felt and Wire, and his work featured on Swissmiss, Fast Co.Design, and Pictory.
Ethan has served on the AIGA Connecticut board for three (3) years as the Student Groups Director. He co-spoke at the AIGA National Design Conference on the main-stage about design education. Ethan was part of the AIGA BoNE [Best of New England] Show in 2011 and was a curator for AIGA’s Design Envy blog.