Wk 14 – Portfolio Website Part II – Build It!


  • Week 14a – Last week – Fall Break!
  • Week 14b – This Week
  • Week 15 – Next Week – Last week of semester!
  • Final – Wednesday, December 16, 2020 – 2:45 – 4:45 pm

What’s Due?

  1. Art Activity – Professional Portfolio Website – Part 2 – Build It! – Wix/Medium/etc
  2. BeachBoard Discussion – On BeachBoard

Part 2 – Build It! (this week!)

This week we apply last week’s research to building a website that presents our best professional face to Employers, Clients, Internships, etc.Pick a Platform.

As we discussed, there are “Free”, “Freemium”, and “Premium” or “Pay” websites. Here’s a couple examples:

  • Tumblr Free Website Builder or CMS (Content Management System)
  • Wix Freemium Website Builder or CMS
  • Squarespace Pay Website Builder or CMS

Some Helpful Links:

Our home page design from today’s class: Your name, front and center! Give yourself a title, not “Artist” but more specific, like Graphic Design, or Illustration. Not “Engineer” but more specific, like Chemical Engineer or Electrical Engineer, and so on. For your menu, don’t use a generic word like “Projects” or “Work”, use a few key elements from your field. If it’s Graphic Design, it might be “Identity Systems, Branding & Packaging”. If it’s Civil Engineering or Business Marketing, choose a few relevant areas within that. Then get some images of your work, projects you’ve done, “above the fold”. Add an About Page and a Contact Page. Add whatever are the relevant Social Media Links for you, like Instagram & LinkedIn. Now share your URL with the world and start building connections!

Your Website

  1. Pick a platform. I’d recommend Wix for most of you. But use anything you like.
  2. Your home page can be anything you choose. For general use for most of you, I’d do something like the image above of the home page we designed in class today: Your Name, Professional Tagline, instead of “portfolio” or “work”, list 3-ish categories within Graphic Design, or Electrical Engineering, or Business Marketing, or whatever your field will be. Get 1 or 2 or 3 compelling images of your work “above the fold”. Add “About” and “Contact” pages, Social Media Links, and BOOM! Website!
  3. On your “About” page include a “Headshot” or an “Environmental Portrait” of yourself. Try not to focus on being a student or on how the toy grandma gave you when you were 4 has inspired your whole life. Instead, hit your readers immediately with how, as a Public Relations Specialist, or Nurse, or Marine Biologist, you can solve problems.
  4. When you’re website’s rockin, all you need to post on Medium this week is a link to your website. Title your post: Wk 14b – Art Activity – Website


Each week I include a “Useful” section where I offer some ideas of how the week’s activity will not only inform you about art and ideas, but could also be useful in your career whatever your major is. I hope the connection this week is easy.

When you graduate you will have:

  1. a handshake from the president (or a virtual handshake if it’s still pandemic)
  2. a nice (if expensive) piece of paper
  3. a head filled with knowledge, experiences, and abilities

You can show the expensive piece of paper to a potential employer. But you can’t “show” them your head filled with knowledge, experiences, and abilities. If you get far enough to be interviewed, you can “show” them then, but how do you get the interview? A professional website is a great tool in opening that door and landing an interview. Even as you start your career and gain successes, it’s something, like a resume, that you should keep updated. You should always be able to show people what you’ve accomplished and what skills you can offer to solve their problems.

BB Discussion

You’ll never guess… 5 bitz! 😀


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