Recognition & Respect

They are two essential goodies every designer looks and hopes for. Now, I can’t offer too many step by step instructions when it comes to gaining such things, however I do have my own beliefs. I find taking any opportunity to showcase your work and receive feedback as well as recognition, could only help in the long run. As I’m about to embark on my senior year of college, the challenge of creating innovative, creative, and suitable work for the many employers I may meet is in the back of my head. I think it’s safe to say it’s in the back of every senior’s head. But what can you do to separate yourself from the rest of the pack, what can you do to get a head start? Well I’m hoping getting your name out there is one of best options. I’ve compiled a list of artistic communities which allow you to upload your portfolio, add friends, comment on other individuals’ pieces of work, as well as establish many branches of support and communication.

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coroflot

1. Coroflot

We’ll start with one of the biggest communities for college student portfolios. Coroflot enables users to load assortments of work as well as look for job opportunities on their job board. You can also join and endless amount of groups that may appeal to different aspects of design (i.e. Industrial, Graphic Design, Freelancers Inc., etc.). Coroflot also allows you to see how many people have looked at each jpg., along with the visits to your portfolio page.

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5oup

2. 5oup

Equally as strong as Coroflot, 5oup showcases some of the best designers in the world emerging from college. 5oup also offers plenty of neat groups you can join along with the never ending access to thousands of portfolios and plenty of feedback from intrigued viewers. Hey, if you impress some people on 5oup, you may even end up as the featured profile on the front page.

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creativebinge

3. Creative Binge

I happen to like this last link a lot. Creative Binge may not be as structurally sound as the first two, it might not have as many users, but it’s under the radar and it offers a much smaller pool of designers to be involved in. I find that even though the caliber of designers that may be included in this site isn’t quite up to par with the other two sites, it offers you a better possibility of being recognized. The site offers a different approach than the past two, in which users can vote on pieces of work in everyone’s profile, and based upon that rating, you’ll be organized by design from best to worst score. Creative Binge also offers a featured profile on the front page, which I always love to see. I also feel the site will continue to prosper and is worth taking the time to upload a portfolio.

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So lets get serious here folks, are you really doing that much work this summer? Take a half hour each day and upload a portfolio to each site. You’re only helping yourself.

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Sounds to me like you are already a step or two ahead of the crowd. Good luck and Blessings to All.

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