Weekly #4 – Finally Launch Your Portfolio
Every designer knows that feeling. You are designing your portfolio and start all over again. And again. It seems like you can never please yourself enough. A few tips on how to get out there faster.
It doesn't need to be perfect or fully finished
Any missing projects or website parts that are not done yet? Just iterate later on after go live. This will allow you to take steps forward and optimize each time you work on it. And you can work on it whenever you want and feel good about it. No stress.
Aiming for perfectionism is a very good mindset. On the other side, working until 100% perfectionism can also be bad. You might had this experience already. Putting right imperfections over and over again, which ends in stress because it's paralyzing everything else. Making something perfect takes a lot of time, which restricts you from working on other things. Less time ends up in less efficiency, profit, and reliability.
Commit to one
There was a time, I used to create about 30 portfolio design versions because I wasn't happy with it anymore a few weeks later. Some of them have been already developed. But I started from scratch again and again. Exactly that kept me away from launching it. Commit to the one you like and stick with it until it's completely done. Set yourself a challenging deadline for your final design. And after that, another one for putting it online. That helps you massively with your productivity. Btw, this mindset also helps a lot with all other projects. Check out this article to find out more.
Inspire yourself (carefully)
Inspiration is important, but can also be dangerous at the same time. You might look for inspiration before you start your projects, which is pretty normal and good. That can be on Dribbble, Pinterest, Behance, or on other platforms like Awwwards or SiteInspire. Where it’s crucial not to seek out inspiration is at that time, when you think your personal website's design is done. You might see another nice website somewhere and think, hmmm I also want to build a website like this, so let's wipe out your latest portfolio designs and start from scratch. Now, it happened. That moment prevents you (happened to me a few times) from putting it out there. As I already wrote above, commitment is all about it. In the end, it all comes down to committing and getting shit done.
Simplicity is key
Just keep it simple. The work on your website is more important than your website itself. Try building a container for your projects and present them in an elegant, but simple way. Make your work speak for itself.
Keep it up to date and iterate
Your portfolio will never be finished or perfect as written above. Update your projects and iterate on your web design on the go. This allows you to put it out there earlier and relieve stress.
What Platform should you use?
A lot of people use WordPress with theme templates to build a portfolio. There are pretty good ones out there, but most of them are not good enough or are very restricted in the design you can build there if you do have not a lot of coding experience. But there is an alternative: Webflow. With Webflow you can build fully custom websites without using code with a visual canvas. I use it for a few years now and wouldn't go back to WordPress anymore. It speeds up your process insanely and allows you to build your custom-designed portfolio for all devices. Check out Webflow on the link below.
A collection of my favorite websites & products of this week.
Media Monks – Agency website packed with exceptional interactions.
K72 – Stunning website with very special interactions. Love it!
Webflow NoCode Conf 2021 – Sweet site packed with gorgeous scroll animations.
Creating free Webflow components & snippets you can use and clone for free.
This Weeks Insight
“Modern man is frantically trying to earn enough to buy things he's too busy to enjoy.” – Frank Clark
A list of links to tools, products, articles I think are worth a look at.
Plausible Analytics – Simple and privacy-friendly Google Analytics alternative
Shaping Design Blog – Insightful blog about web design from EditorX by WIX
SigmaOS – Beautiful looking web browser you should give a try
Spatial Audio – Now supported in Netflix
Atlas - Partners In Parkour – These robots will blow your mind (Video)
I hope you enjoyed this week’s newsletter. If you have any suggestions on new topics or questions, just get in touch with me on Twitter @cedric_design. 💬