[thelist] Creating a portfolio

Austin Harris austin at dotmail.co.uk
Thu Feb 1 05:11:24 CST 2007

Strangely in the position of doing this myself at the moment, (or more the case that I should have been doing this for the last 2 years but haven't got round to it - busmans holiday ;)

My thinking is a title, (with link to the site), and one line intro, (plus screen shot), then with a "more info area" available via a show / hide area* which would include what exactly I did within the project. Being a "front ender" this bit is really important as the amount of times that what I have coded doesn't match up to the final output often changes as "back enders" / cmss don't always appreciate / understand the nuances of what I have implemented.

*Via a bit of javascript but with the fallback of server side code if no javascript. (Especially important in terms of accessibility).

Oh for the time to implement it all... The joys of being a busy contractor with no time off :)


----- "Barney Carroll" <barney at textmatters.com> wrote:
> Chris Ditty wrote:
> > This is what I was thinking about including.
> > Screenshots
> Sorry Chris, too lazy/busy to read this whole thread but I just caught
> this: If I can give you just a tiny bit of advice, a screenshot alone
> as 
> evidence for a website is pretty bad unless you're primarily a graphic
> designer. If you pride yourself in CSS, scripting and/or markup
> skills, 
> usability, interactivity and accessibility, an actual web page is just
> loads better.
> The serious client will be clever enough (by now) to know that a web 
> page isn't just a series of big scolling pictures with text, and what
> most are after is the stuff that pictures can't do.
> By selling yourself on these, you are effectively proving nothing but
> your artistry and graphic design skills.
> > blurbs on each site
> > bullet points on what I do for each site.
> These are great, but the client has to take your word for it. I
> believe 
> you should show them. Whatever happened to the original code? Give
> them 
> evidence via samples of this work. If this position is as a webmaster,
> the chances are your graphic design skills aren't even going to come 
> into the work they want from you.
> Regards,
> Barney
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