For centuries, philosophers have been asking themselves “If a tree falls in the woods, but nobody is around to hear it, does it still make a sound?” Think of your graphic designs in a similar way: if nobody is around to observe your portfolio, does it still make an impact?
Finding the answer to that first question may take a while, but thankfully, we already know the answer to the second. The designs you’ve created won’t help you grow as a designer all by themselves. You need eyes on the prize—the prize being your talent, and the eyes belonging to those who can offer you feedback, criticism, or perhaps even employment opportunities.
Don’t let your design portfolio become a tree falling alone in the woods. Use these graphic design portfolio websites, galleries and communities to promote yourself and connect with others who can help you move forward.
Quick-and-Easy Portfolio Sites
These high-profile portfolio sites allow you to create and share your own online gallery with fellow designers and potential employers. They feature incredibly easy-to-use interfaces; creating your portfolio is often as simple as making a profile and uploading your images.
Creative Binge (No longer available)
Creattica (No longer available)
Design Related (No longer available)
Behance ProSite Showcases
Consider registering at any of these Behance ProSites to gain extra exposure for your portfolio.
Design Inspiration Sites
If you have a particularly amazing design that you think deserves some recognition, consider submitting it to these design inspiration blogs and galleries to reach a wider audience.
(No longer accepting submissions.)
Use “Submit” button in From Up North’s header to submit designs.
Design Work Life (No longer available)
Youandsaturation (No longer available)
Creative Shares (No longer available)
Graphic Design Competitions
Submit your best designs to these competitions for a chance to win extra prestige and recognition.
Creativity International Awards (no longer available)
These design galleries only allow you to submit one type of design media, but each allows you to reach a wider audience for that particular medium.
Logo Design Showcases
The following sites all promote high-quality logo designs in some way. Keep in mind that some are galleries open to registration while others are inspiration blogs, which may require you to send your work through a submissions process before they are published.
Logoed (No longer available)
LogoBliss (No longer available)
Job Recruitment Sites
These sites are specially made to cater to both designers and the professionals that employ them. In addition to hosting or promoting your portfolio, you can use these sites to search for design jobs and engage with employers.
Shown’d (No longer available)
Click “Sign Up” to join Jobrary.
Portfolio Creation Tools
If you’re more the do-it-yourself type, these websites will provide you with the tools needed to build your own online portfolio from the ground up.
Social Media Sites
Practically everybody has a Facebook and Twitter, but the following social media sites provide better tools for showing off your portfolio and connecting with other designers.
Whether you’re fishing for work or constructive criticism, you’ll want to cast as wide of a net as possible so that a potential opportunity doesn’t swim away. The more places you post your portfolio, the greater your chances of having your work seen by the right audience. Don’t be shy. Get out there and show the world what you can do.
Did we miss a great portfolio site that you like to use? Do you have a portfolio you want to show off? Leave your comments below and let’s make some connections.