A great portfolio to me turned out to be one that was very clean and shows a lot of depth about the person showcasing his or her work. You can almost tell their personality by the types of pictures they take and how the multimedia is arranged.
I enjoyed scrolling through dozens of pictures and listening to some clips from Susan Seubert’s Fina Art website. She created tabs on the left side and had slides of photos on the right. The color tones of the website reveals old-time or historical significance in her art, but when you select her magazine tab which is completely different from her art photography, it opens us into another side of her. Something that’s lively and modern.
This was a great departure from the monotone color scheme that takes up half the website. It’s a good distraction and Seubert keeps a simple font and color scheme to the magazine portfolio, too.
She also keeps a blog about photography and what I especially love about that is she makes everyday items into staged art in some of her photos then she writes about it. For example she takes shots of her shoes and writes about how comfortable they are whenever she travels. And that obviously ties into her background as a travel photographer.
Overall, Seubert uses herself and her work in this portfolio to the nth level because she uses her art skills, photography and blogging to pull together her background in travel photography.
I think by now you could tell I lean towards a simple, but powerful website. For me, a lot of color isn’t necessary for all websites. So when I came across Greening the Grid, which was a 2009 project from the University of Miami School of Communication and documented in Czech Republic as well as the United States. , I was drawn to how informative each section on alternative energy section was under the US tab before I went on to watch the video portion.
I also thought it was clever to include Czech Republic stories separate from the American tale, because we get an outside country’s history with coal and their steps in green energy. I was happy to see the this school take a story beyond America and put it all together with history, photography and video.