So my new website has been live for just over a month now and I'm finally getting around to writing a proper blog post. Here's a few quick things I've learned since setting up the new site...
- Housing all of my work as well as my blog in the same place has made a bigger impact than I anticipated. Before this, my work was quite fragmented across the net. I had a blogger site to blog and sell work through, a Behance page for my portfolio, a Facebook group, a Forrst account, a Creativepool profile, a LinkedIn page including work samples, a Tumblr showing some poster art and numerous other social media pages I've completely lost track of! Now everything is in the same place it's much easier to manage. I've also received a lot of feedback from people who were familiar with some of my projects, but had never realised it was the same designer who was responsible for all of them.
- Using a .com domain has made a big difference. This is probably obvious to most of you, but for years I stubbornly continued with a blogger site. Since switching to Squarespace and buying my own .com domain my website looks and sounds professional, compared to a .blogspot.com address. My new domain is also much easier to remember.
- Carefully selecting which projects to show and which to leave out is a painful process. Ive settled on about 16 projects at the moment and I think this is the maximum I will show. Over time Im sure some projects will have to go as new ones appear. Nobody wants to click through pages and pages of work. But as a designer and an illustrator I don't want to pigeon hole myself as being one thing or the other, so I've made a real effort to show both sides of my skill set. I've also tried to show a varied amount of work ranging from posters and t-shirt designs to DVD covers and branding projects.
I've received some great feedback since I launched the new site, but I always appreciate more so please do feel free to leave a comment below.
Thanks for reading!