How to make a graphic design portfolio in 15 minutes with Carbonmade
By Zoe Published May 25, 2020
Designers tend to put off their portfolio until it becomes a big, looming task hanging over their heads. It doesn't have to be so dramatic. With Carbonmade, you can build & launch your design portfolio in just 15 minutes.
Follow these five steps to create a personalized graphic design portfolio with Carbonmade – in a fraction of the time you've spent avoiding it.
The only thing you need for this tutorial is Carbonmade, which is free to use until you launch.
Sign up for Carbonmade here and pick a starting point for your layout based on your work and style. I'm choosing the "Big Layer Style."
Step 1: Edit the intro on your homepage
First, edit the headline and add your introduction. Don't overthink this – just tell us your name and what you do.
Step 2: Create your first case project
Now we'll create your first project. Click "Project" in the left-hand sidebar and upload a thumbnail to represent the project. Hit "Publish" under the thumbnail and it will appear on your homepage and link to your project page.
Now within the project, drag & drop your hero image onto your default "Fullscreen Cover" block. I'm deleting the text to put the focus on the full-screen image.
Next, drag the "Title & Teaser" block onto the page and type in the title and the type of project.
Now drag & drop the "Text/Embed" block onto the page and paste in your project overview. This can be just a few sentences summarizing the project and who you made it for.
Now we'll finish building out the project with the rest of our images. Alternate "Image/Video/Audio" blocks and "Text/Embed" blocks to describe your project in phases, from challenge to solution. For tips on writing case studies, read this article.
PRO TIP: Carbonmade is not limited to just JPEG or PNG images. You can drag and drop other file types like Photoshop files or video, and Carbonmade will optimize it like magic.
Step 3: Upload your logo
Have a custom logo? Under the Design tab on the left, click "Logo & Title" and drag your logo file into the Upload section.
Step 4: Create your About page
Now we'll get personal. Go to your default About page and drag your best photo into the default “Image/Audio/Video” block. You look 🔥
Now click to edit the text and tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? What is your main focus in design? Do you believe parallel universes exist? Show a little personality here. Make sure we remember you.
Now add the “Experience Details” block to list out your work history and any special press links, awards or speaking engagements you're proud of. You know, something your grandma can brag about.
Don't forget your contact info! To add your email address and social links, simply drag in a "Contact info" block onto the page and swap out the text.
Step 5: LAUNCH
That's it! Now it's time to launch. Simply click the GO LIVE button, add your payment info, choose a domain name and you're LIVE.